Dental Implants: Care Questions

Nobody really likes to focus solely on the logical questions and the long-term concerns when it comes to making changes to your smile. This is often what happens when a patient learns about implants. First, the patients feels overwhelmed with excitement that implants might benefit his or her smile. But then, the questions and concerns creep in…. Read more »

Could You Floss More Effectively?

Particularly for individuals who have porcelain crowns or veneers – or individuals who have brightened their teeth with teeth whitening – daily hygiene means a healthy smile as well as maintaining a sparkling smile. If you have a solid handle on brushing your teeth and you schedule dental cleanings once every six months, you are certainly… Read more »

The Care You Deserve | Seeking a Second Opinion

Visiting the dentist can cause you to feel a bit hesitant in some cases. We commonly find that patients feel concerned about whether they are being provided with dental care that is appropriate for their needs, whether diagnoses are accurate, and that they feel extremely passionate about receiving gentle care. When it comes to ensuring… Read more »

Designing Your Smile: Step By Step

If you have visited us before, you are likely aware of our philosophy that extends into providing patients with beautiful, natural looking smiles. We base your care on artistic dentistry, an approach to guiding you toward the most beautiful smile that best complements your features, while matching your smile goals and other preferences, such as… Read more »

Where Do Dental Prosthetics Come From?

When you visit us because you are concerned with tooth loss – or cosmetic improvements to your existing smile – you may find that we suggest dental prosthetics. A prosthetic is an artificial tooth or portion of a tooth that will improve the function or beauty of your smile. For instance, we may suggest porcelain… Read more »

Concerns with Porcelain Veneers?

Do veneers sound too good to be true? This is often the reaction we find patients experiencing when they come down from the initial rush of learning about the many benefits of porcelain veneers. Fortunately, the long-term and short-term advantages really do offer patients an exceptional opportunity for achieve a lasting, transformed smile. You know… Read more »

Dental Materials: Zirconia

Dental materials are getting better all the time. They are more esthetic, easier for the dentist or laboratory technician to sculpt and mold, have more disadvantages once they are placed, and last longer than earlier favorites. Porcelain is the most commonly used dental material today, but zirconia is fast becoming one of the favored dental… Read more »

A Word About Dental Materials

There are several dental materials in use today, and new and improved ones are always being developed. During historical times dentures used to consist of animal teeth and the teeth of deceased people. Today you can have dentures made with porcelain teeth that look and function just like real teeth. That’s because dentistry continues to… Read more »

Cosmetic Dental Questions You’ve Been Wanting To Ask

Cosmetic dentistry can seem mysterious and off limits to those of us who know little about it. At one time it seemed as if cosmetic dental treatments were only for the rich and famous. Today cosmetic treatments are becoming more and more popular among the general public. While the cost of cosmetic treatments varies, they… Read more »

Computed Tomography For Precision Placement Of Implants

CT scans play an extremely important role in the planning the future locations of implants. It is rare today to find a surgeon willing to take the risk of placing titanium fixtures without a CT scan. Computed tomography is often combined with digital software that helps to specify the arch location, depth, and axial inclinations… Read more »

Cosmetic Dentist Vs General Dentist

Both a general dentist and cosmetic dentist hold the same dental degree. A general dentist can only perform certain procedures. However, a cosmetic dentist can perform procedures that a general dentist has not been trained to. General dentistry focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatments of problems. Prevention would consist of regular checkups and cleanings,… Read more »

Root Canal Retreatment: Is It Right For You?

There are constantly new and improved dental treatments due to advances in dental technology. If you had a root canal several years ago, the way your treatment was performed may have changed. New and improved techniques are always being developed to decrease chair time for the patient and make things faster, easier, and less uncomfortable…. Read more »

Cosmetic Dentistry Not Recommended For Children

If your child was a tetracycline baby would you have veneers placed over his/her teeth? After all who wants their child to walk around with greenish-brown teeth? What will people think? That you don’t practice any sort of oral hygiene? According to research, more and more children are undergoing cosmetic dental procedures including teeth whitening,… Read more »

Porcelain as a favored material for use in Dentistry

Dentist’s Use Porcelain for Restorations There are various dental materials on the market today for any of a number of modalities. Some dental materials provide strength, others esthetics, and some provide both. They all have their advantages and drawbacks and may be recommended for certain treatments and not others. Ceramics have played a role in… Read more »

Pet dental health | It’s Not Too Late for your pet’s teeth

It may be the last few days of February which is National Pet Dental Health Month but it is never too late to take care of your pet’s dental health no matter the month.  The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) declared February National Pet Dental Health Month because they want to boost awareness regarding the… Read more »

Hygiene Recommendations for Your Gums

Taking care of your gums is important to both your tooth health and your overall health. Poor gum health can lead to periodontal disease which is the major reason for tooth loss. Periodontal disease has also been implicated in several other health conditions including diabetes, heart diseases, dementia, erectile dysfunction, and others. Unless gum disease… Read more »

Why You Need Dental Implants

Tooth loss doesn’t just result in an unattractive smile; it can cause a whole host of problems. Depending on where and how many teeth are missing you may have difficulty eating, speaking, and maintaining straight teeth. The underlying jawbone can begin to atrophy or shrink which can cause problems if and when you decide to… Read more »

Can You Keep Your Teeth White By Flossing?

When you think of whitening your teeth you probably think of in-office whitening, take-home whitening kits, over-the-counter whitening kits, toothpastes, and even mouthwashes, but do you ever think of dental floss? Keeping your teeth white can be a challenge even after professional or over-the-counter whitening. Bleaching doesn’t last forever, sometimes not even for a few… Read more »

We Can Give You A Healthy Mouth

There was a time when you would brush, floss, and gargle because you wanted white teeth and fresh breath. Today, you brush, floss, and gargle to maintain your health. Not just your oral health, but your overall health. Research has determined that your oral health affects your overall health and those people suffering from periodontal… Read more »

Why Porcelain-Fused-To-Metal?

Do you ever wonder why certain dental treatments are used for one procedure but not another? Each dental material has advantages and disadvantages. You and your cosmetic dentist will weigh the pros and cons when deciding which material best suits your needs. There are several cosmetic materials to choose from and new ones being researched… Read more »

Minimally Invasive Dental Treatments

In recent years the dental profession has moved toward the practice of minimally invasive dentistry. At the heart of minimally invasive dentistry is respect for the natural tooth structure and original tissue of the patient. The patient’s original healthy tissue is of more biological value than a non-biological fabricated replacement. The first and foremost way… Read more »

Do You Know What Ingredients Are In Your Tooth Whitening Products?

Everybody wants white teeth but going to the dentist for a bleaching isn’t always convenient. Sometimes it isn’t even an option. For instance, you may want a cheaper way out, or maybe your dentist doesn’t offer in-office whitening. You could get a take-home whitening kit from your dentist, or you could buy an over-the-counter whitening… Read more »

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Dental treatments that improve the aesthetics  and function of a patient’s gums, teeth, or bite are considered cosmetic dentistry.  Your regular general dentist provides preventive dentistry to keep your teeth and gums healthy which includes a thorough oral examination, a professional dental cleaning, and x-rays. A true generalist dentist might do other treatments that commonly are… Read more »

Your Mouth Is Part Of Your Body

It seems that for years people have not considered their mouth a part of their body. That sounds strange doesn’t it? Yet, even the medical field has ignored the implications of a diseased mouth on a patient’s bodily health. Today that is changing. There has been all sorts of research indicating a connection between the… Read more »

The Golden Proportion Of Dentistry

Your smile is important. Not only does a nice smile make you feel good about yourself, it affects the public’s perception of you.  People with a great smile are perceived as more intelligent, more successful, friendlier, more outgoing, more honest, more brave, more, more, and more. A healthy, esthetic smile can get you more job… Read more »

Cosmetic Dentistry And Continued Education

The number of cosmetic dentists in the United States is expected to grow by 21 percent over the next six years. The utilization of cosmetic services is expected to continue to grow as well. With less invasive and faster services due to new treatments and technologies, a higher percentage of the population is considering aesthetic… Read more »

What Are No-Prep Veneers?

Are you looking for an alternative to traditional dental veneer treatment? Something less invasive? Maybe you’ve look into cosmetic bonding but didn’t think that was right for you. There are many low-prep and no-prep veneers options on the market today. Although not all veneer cases lend themselves to low-prep or no-prep, your dentist can tell… Read more »

Depression Drug and Dental Implants

You’ve heard the saying “You are what you eat,” well, that goes the same for medications. You are what medicines you take, and some of them have side effects that are still unknown. For people with implants or who may be considering an implant, the following information may be helpful. Doctors remain aware of the… Read more »

Tooth Decay On Indian Reservations

Dental caries, or childhood tooth decay, is a concern world-wide. One might wonder why anyone in the U.S. should have to worry about childhood tooth decay with fluoridated water supplies and advanced dental technology. What is even more worrying is the percentage of tooth decay among the Navajo Nation and American Indians overall.  Research has… Read more »

Olympic Teeth

Olympic athletes are larger than life to us average Joes. They seem to have everything they need: coaches, doctors, sports therapists. They have Olympic lives, Olympic bodies, Olympic medals, and Olympic teeth. Stop. The fact is that Olympic athletes have poor dental health. They don’t have what you would imagine to be Olympic teeth: perfect… Read more »

Tooth Erosion And What Causes It

Everybody worries about cavities because they are uncomfortable and inconvenient. While many of you don’t mind getting your teeth cleaned, most of you probably do mind getting cavities filled. Cavities aren’t the only thing to worry about when it comes to your dental health. There is tooth erosion, abrasion, and attrition. All of them are… Read more »

Treatments for Stomatitis

In our last blog we discussed Stomatitis (a sore or inflamed mouth), where it occurs, and the different types. Although it may sound like it refers to your stomach, stomat is actually Greek for “mouth.” While not dangerous or life-threatening, Stomatitis can be uncomfortable and can make it difficult to eat, drink, talk, and sleep…. Read more »

What is Stomatitis?

Do you have stomatitis? Would you know if you did? Stomatitis is a catch-all term for a sore or inflamed mouth. It can occur anywhere in your mouth including on your lips, tongue, inner cheeks, your hard or soft palate, and your gingival tissue (gums). Stomatitis can be very disruptive by making it difficult to… Read more »

Bisphosphantes with Dental Problems | Is Your Jaw Safe

For those of you who have denture phobia (the fear of having to wear dentures) you may worry obsessively about your teeth and the health of your gums. Tooth loss is most commonly caused by periodontal disease, which in most cases can be avoided, and periodontal disease affects your gums. However, there are things that… Read more »

Do I Qualify for Dental Implants?

  Do you have one or more missing teeth? If so, you understand that missing teeth compromise your health and your appearance. Replacing your lost teeth is vital to protecting your smile and facial structure. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, our team offers patients access to the latest and most natural looing tooth replacement option:… Read more »

Holiday Gag-Gift Ideas

Does your dentist or dental hygienist have a good sense of humor? If so, there are some really cute dental-related gag gifts to make them shine their bright smile this Christmas. Looking for something that does more than just collect dust? Some of these gifts are even practical and can be used year in and… Read more »

Posture And Poor Dental Health

Does your posture have anything to do with your dental health? Good posture has much to do with many aspects of your health actually. You probably didn’t think standing up straight was really important but not only does your posture affect the way you feel mentally (happy or depressed), and the way you feel physically… Read more »

Do Your Genetics Affect The Strength Of Your Tooth Enamel?

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body. It protects your inner tooth (the dentin and pulp) from decay. Mature enamel consists of 96 percent minerals, 3 percent water, and 1 percent organic material. It is hard and fracture tough, yet tooth decay or childhood caries is a chronic worldwide disease. Caries begins on… Read more »

Adults With Developmental Disabilities

Many adults with developmental disabilities cannot tend to their own dental needs and therefore require assistance from caregivers. Research has shown that somewhere there is a disconnect between the caregivers of adults with developmental disabilities and the at-home dental care that adults with developmental disabilities receive.  Because of this there has been a call not… Read more »

Pancreatic Cancer and Gum Disease?

If you’ve been keeping up on the developments with periodontal disease and other health problems, then you probably won’t be surprised to find that periodontal disease may also be linked to pancreatic cancer.  So far periodontal disease has been linked to a host of other chronic illnesses including heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure,… Read more »

Healthy Teeth Help Digestion

The reason dentures were invented is because without healthy teeth you cannot eat healthy. Your teeth allow you to masticate hard, tough, and crunchy foods. A variety of different foods provide a variety of vitamins and minerals that keep your body healthy. Perhaps you didn’t know that the digestive process begins in your mouth, and… Read more »

Athletes: Take Care Of Your Oral Health

The lack of oral health among professional athletes is surprising. One might think they have access to the best oral and dental health available. So why is their oral health so bad? Not only can poor oral health have adverse effects on your overall health, according to the British Journal of Sports Medicine, athletes themselves… Read more »

Endocarditis and Dental Treatment

Before 2008 it was required of certain patients to take antibiotics before dental treatment. This was to help protect them from a rare but very serious infection of the heart lining called Infective Endocarditis. Before invasive treatments that might leak harmful bacteria which can travel to the heart, antibiotics were prescribed for people at risk… Read more »

Better Dental Care, Healthier Hospital Stay

Considering the research, the importance of dental and oral health cannot be underestimated. The effects of your oral health reach far beyond your teeth and mouth. There are new research developments everyday that prove the connections. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, explains why better dental care means a healthier hospital stay.

Periodontal Disease Now Linked To Kidney Disease

Periodontal disease is definitely earning itself a bad reputation. Not only has it been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, dementia, and even impotence in men, it has more recently been linked to a risk of kidney disease. In today’s blog your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, explains the recent study linking periodontal disease and kidney disease.

Periodontal Disease And Impotence

Men beware, not only has periodontal disease been linked to many systemic health problems including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, it has been linked to impotence as well. So if you are a man looking for a reason to take better care of your teeth and gums, don’t wait to make a New Year’s resolution…start… Read more »