Your Guide to Teeth Whitening

Do you want a smile that will light up a room? If so, teeth whitening from your Lake Forest IL cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, may produce the effect you desire. Teeth whitening treatment is often effective in removing stains and brightening teeth multiple shades. As a result, patients who undergo whitening treatment tend to… Read more »

How A General Dentist Fights Cavities

You shouldn’t wait until your teeth or gums ache before visiting your dentist. Besides brushing and flossing your teeth twice every day, the American Dental Association (ADA) also recommends attending regular dental exams and cleanings at least once every six months. Ideally, good hygiene allows patients to prevent the formation of destructive dental diseases, like… Read more »

How Clenching Your Teeth Affects Your Dental Health

Even when patients diligently brush and floss their teeth, certain habits like teeth clenching can cause significant dental problems. For example, habitually grinding teeth can wear down a tooth’s natural defenses, leading to a host of dental problems that can destroy your smile. Clinically known as bruxism, habitual teeth grinding is more common than many… Read more »

General Dentistry from Lake Forest Dental Arts

How often do you visit the dentist? Regular dental care is crucial for maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile. Without routine dental care, your smile may become susceptible to a number of serious dental problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, and even TMJ disorder. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, we provide the latest in quality… Read more »

Transform My Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

A perfect smile can instill confidence and make a great first impression. In fact, according to a recent Kelton Research study, people with beautiful smiles are considered both more attractive and successful. The study went on to reveal that for many Americans, a smile is one of the first things they notice when meeting someone… Read more »

Kildeer Cosmetic Dentist

How do you feel about the appearance of your smile? For many people, an array of dental imperfections hinders the health and beauty of their smiles. In fact, a recent study conducted by Wakefield Research shows that over a third of Americans are unhappy with the appearance of their smile. Fortunately for residents of Kildeer,… Read more »

Do You Suffer from TMJ Disorder?

  Did you know that TMD disorder, or TMJ, affects over ten million people in the United States alone? Jaw strain that results in TMJ disorder can lead to a number of uncomfortable symptoms. Without treatment, TMJ disorder may make eating and even yawning difficult. Fortunately,  Dr. James Fondriest, offers the experience and knowledge necessary… Read more »

Sophisticated Dental Makeover

Is it time for a dental makeover? For better or worse, most people’s smiles (or lack of one) dominate their facial appearance. Even with a lifetime of diligent dental hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, visual blemishes can still appear and diminish a patient’s confidence. While many cosmetic issues don’t threaten a patient’s health,… Read more »

What are the Consequences of Gum Disease?

Gum disease is one of the most widespread dental health issues in adults today, and is the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the United States. Its overall destruction isn’t due to the fact that gum disease is difficult to detect, or impossible to control. On the contrary, like most dental health issues, gum… Read more »

A Discussion on Baking Soda and Teeth Whitening

Improving the look of your smile is as important today as optimizing its health. That importance is due in part to the many benefits that a confident smile can bring your health and quality of life. It is also due to the fact that many of the issues that mar your smile’s appearance also create… Read more »

Stress Management to Control Teeth Grinding

Management of your teeth grinding Our last post explained the basic symptoms and solutions of bruxism, or grinding teeth. In this post, Dr. James Fondriest, a Lake Forest IL dentist specializing in jaw pain, explains how stress contributes to bruxism and outlines steps you can take to control and prevent teeth grinding. Bruxism is a… Read more »

What is Bruxism?

bruxism patient

What is bruxism and do I have it? Many people clench and grind their teeth occasionally, which causes little harm. However, frequent teeth grinding, medically called bruxism, can damage teeth and lead to other health complications. Many people suffer with bruxism without even realizing it. Stress, anxiety, an abnormal bite, and misaligned teeth are some reasons people… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Answers FAQs about TMJ

You may not think that an abnormality in your bite could cause many problems, but the truth is, a misaligned bite could be a symptom of a more serious problem. TMJ, or temporomandibular joints,  refers to the two small joints that attach your lower jaw to your skull, and when these joints do not function… Read more »

Porcelain Veneers to Upgrade Your Smile

Upgrade Your Smile with Porcelain Veneers Smile improvement is a combination of science and art. Cosmetic dentistry is the branch of dental care that focuses on improving your confidence in you r smile by erasing embarrassing blemishes and revamping your smile’s overall appearance. However, maintaining excellent dental health also relies largely on preserving as much… Read more »

Why Do I Have Yellow Teeth?

A quick peek at your photo album or those family portraits on the wall offer a heartfelt and sometimes amusing trip down memory lane. You might wonder what possessed you to get that haircut or wear that much eye shadow. You might also find yourself pining for those days when fewer lines creased the corners… Read more »

Restore Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

  Do you suffer from tooth loss? According to a recent study conducted by the American Association or Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, 69% of adults over the age of 35 are missing at least one permanent tooth. As we age, the rate of tooth loss often increases. The study went on to reveal that by… Read more »

Information about Porcelain Crowns

Want to learn more about porcelain crowns? Then take care to read today’s article. Here, Dr. James Fondriest, your Lake Forest, IL dentist shares additional facts about porcelain crowns with his patients. Learn Essential Facts about Porcelain Crowns Porcelain crowns correct a number of dental issues. Dental crowns can correct just about any dental issues,… Read more »

Gold Crowns

Placing gold crowns is a common practice in dentistry. From dental bridges to repairing broken or decayed teeth, gold crowns help teeth regain functionality and uniformity. However, while crowns do offer a number of benefits, patients should consider the disadvantages of crowns, too. Dr. James Fondriest, provides patients with the straight facts about gold crowns…. Read more »

Popping Jaw Exercises

A popping jaw is typically an indication of temporomandibular joint disorder (or TMD). This jaw dysfunction is oftentimes characterized by its unique symptoms, which include a popping or clicking jaw alongside back, neck, and even shoulder pain. However, as uncomfortable as this disorder is, a few at-home exercises can help improve symptoms and alleviate the… Read more »

Lake Forest, IL Dentist Teaches Patients about Excessive Gums

Excessive gingival display is a condition in which the gums overshadow the crowns of your teeth—it’s also referred to as excessive gums or a gummy smile. An excessive gum line can stem from a number of causes, one of which includes genetics. In fact, a large amount of people with a gummy smile have one… Read more »

Top-Rated, Everyday Dental Products

Imagine this: you’re in the teeth cleaning aisle of the local drugstore trying to pick out a few items. Toothbrushes, toothpastes, floss, and mouthwashes bombard your vision. Which to choose​,is the question, yet the correct answer doesn’t come to mind. To help his patients avoid situations, such as the one described above, Dr. James Fondriest… Read more »

Types of Mouthwash

Did you know that there isn’t just one type of mouthwash? In fact, some mouthwashes have a specialized purpose and require a prescription for purchase. In other words, not all mouthwashes were created equal and this blog is meant to explain the key differences. To teach his patients about the types of mouthwash, Dr. James… Read more »

Exercise Keeps Teeth Healthy

Did you know that exercise keeps you teeth healthy? Almost every physician shares two bits of advice with their patients: eat healthier and exercise more. Yet, were you aware that following this advice not only keeps your body healthy, it helps your teeth stay in top-notch shape, too. Today, Dr. James Fondriest shares the health benefits… Read more »

Dental Infections and Broken Teeth

Not all broken teeth were created equal. In other words, broken teeth have varying degrees of severity. A broken tooth could have just a chip missing, while other breaks reach as far as the tooth’s pulp. Regardless of the size of the break, leaving a broken tooth untreated could lead to infections. Since the enamel… Read more »

Lake Forest, IL Dentist: Dangers of Untreated Gum Disease

Gum disease is a serious oral illness that tends to become aggressive rather quickly, which is why the proper treatment must begin as soon as the first indicators of gum disease surface. If not, the consequences can wreak havoc upon your overall and oral health. Dr. James Fondriest, your Lake Forest, IL dentist explains the… Read more »

Vegan Dental Health Questions

Do you follow a vegan diet? Veganism is often criticized by the people who choose to not follow that dietary lifestyle and even some medical professionals. This is because it’s believed that the diet is unable to support a healthy body, due to the lack of nutrients vegans receive. However, while many of the foods… Read more »

Foods that make TMJ worse

Do you have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder? Then this article may prove beneficial for you. TMJ disorder is a serious condition that affects the joint in your jaw. This causes patients great discomfort and pain, which is why managing it is incredibly important. Part of managing TMJ disorder is watching your diet. There are certain… Read more »

Step-by-step guide to getting veneers

Step-by-step guide to the veneer placement process Have you considered getting porcelain veneers placed to improve the appearance of your smile? If you’ve answered yes, then take care to read today’s blog post. Here, we discuss how the veneers’ process works. Preparation. The start of the veneers process begins with the preparatory work. At this… Read more »

Some Misconceptions about Dentistry

The average person has some misconceptions about dentistry and oftentimes those misconceptions tend to lead to few and sparse dental visits. However, at Lake Forest Dental Arts, we like to keep our patients informed about dental work. In today’s fun and informative blog post, Dr. James Fondriest reveals some truths about dentistry. Learn the Real Truth… Read more »

Common Problems with Dental Bridge

In our last dental bridge blog, we discussed proper bridge cleaning techniques to ensure your oral health remained in tact even with bridgework. This article covers the problems typically associated with bridges. Dr. James Fondriest, your Lake Forest, IL dentist, discusses these issues to keep his patients informed about this tooth replacement option. Problems Frequently Seen… Read more »

Allergies to Dental Medications

Allergies to different types of medicine is quite common amongst the medical field. To teach his patients about the differing types of dental allergies, Dr. James Fondriest  shares the following information. Commonly Seen Allergies to Dental Medications Penicillin. Some form of penicillin appears in a number of antibiotic medications and allergic reactions range from very… Read more »

Broken Tooth? Your Lake Forest, IL Dentist Can Repair it

A number of factors can cause a tooth to break. For example, eating something too hard or suffering with dental trauma can lead to a broken tooth. Regardless of the cause, though, a dentist can typically repair the tooth. To help his patients understand how a broken tooth is treated, Dr. James Fondriest, your Lake… Read more »

Teeth Whitening Tips

Have you considered completing a teeth whitening procedure recently? If you’ve answered yes, you’re not the only one. In fact, having the whitest and brightest smile is the goal of many people and oftentimes, it leads to the endless use of over-the-counter bleaching kits. While whitening is perfectly safe to do, some limitations do apply,… Read more »

Can Green Tea Improve Your Oral Health?

Over the past few years, research has emerged touting the many health benefits of green tea. According to numerous studies, the soothing, warm elixir can lower your risk for a range of systemic diseases, including cardiovascular disorders and diabetes. Additionally, many health and beauty experts claim that green tea helps treat acne and calm puffy… Read more »

Not Everyone Qualifies for Teeth Whitening

Have you wanted to use teeth whitening to improve the appearance of your smile? Then you should know that not everyone can have the procedure. In fact, dentists often suggest a different whitening alternative, should they fall into one these categories. If you’re unsure if you can receive teeth bleaching treatments, Dr. James Fondriest, your… Read more »

Learn to How Manage Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding can cause headaches

Unconscious teeth grinding or rubbing the teeth together  is very common. It is thought that about 50% of  us grind to some degree. Though commonly referred to as a habit, the truth is that bruxism is a chronic condition, and patients who experience it often can’t stop even if they wanted to. The good news… Read more »

Limit Acidic Foods to Protect Your Smile

What you eat truly affects your teeth, whether it’s positive or negative. By eating healthy foods, your smile can become fortified and stay healthy. On the other hand, having foods that contain high amounts of sugars can lead to cavities. Acid wear on the enamel comes from a diet rich in acids and the effects… Read more »

Chicago Dentist: Learn More About Dental Bridges with Today’s Quiz

Losing a tooth can affect more than just your appearance. In fact, even a single missing tooth can start a chain of events that leads to diminished oral health and an increased risk of further tooth loss. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, we can replace one or more missing teeth using a dental bridge. In… Read more »

Chicago Dentist Answers FAQs About Veneers

Are you satisfied with the appearance of your smile? Recently, the American Association of Orthodontists commissioned a study conducted by Wakefield Research. The results were surprising: Over a third of American adults are unhappy with the appearance of their smiles. Teeth stains, dental damage, and misalignment are all common dental issues that can hinder the… Read more »

Crown Materials | What material should your dentist use?

Dental crowns serve a surprisingly wide range of purposes within the scope of restorative dentistry. They can cap a dental implant, provide structural support after a root canal, and restore the function of a cracked or broken tooth. While many of us still imagine a bright gold tooth when we think of dental crowns, advances… Read more »

Dental Crowns: The Multitasking Rock Star of Restorative Dentistry

When it comes to multipurpose dental restorations, nothing beats a dental crown. As far back as the ancient Etruscans, people have used different materials, primarily metals like gold, lead, and tin, to “cap” problematic dentition and restore the function of a compromised tooth. As advances in dental technology have become more mainstream, patients today have… Read more »

Chicago Dentist: Try Our Dental Repair Quiz

  Did you know that our tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body? Our teeth are meant to withstand bite force, bacteria, and trauma. Unfortunately, our teeth can still become cracked or chipped. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, we can repair and restore a damaged tooth. In today’s blog, your Chicago Cosmetic… Read more »

4 Surprising Facts about Teeth Whitening with Your Lake Forest Dentist

Since 1996, the number of professional teeth whitening procedures performed by dentists across the United States has increased an amazing 300%, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Given the ubiquity of the procedure and the wealth of information out there about it, you probably think you know everything there is to know about teeth… Read more »

Popping Jaw Causes and Remedies with Your Lake Forest IL Dentist

How often has this happened to you? You’re sitting down, about to take a bite of your favorite hamburger or piece of sushi and, as you open your mouth, you hear a familiar popping or clicking sound in your jaw. Even if it doesn’t cause any pain, that loud popping noise can be disconcerting and,… Read more »

Exploring Advances in Dental Implants Technology

The latest advances in dental implants and Bioteeth technology If you’ve done any research at all about replacing your missing teeth, then you’ve more than likely read about dental implants. These cutting-edge devices are comprised of three parts: the implant, which an oral surgeon or periodontist inserts into the jawbone; the abutment, which connects the… Read more »

Stained Teeth? Solutions from Cosmetic Dentist

You’re getting ready for the job interview you’ve been thinking about for weeks. Your portfolio’s in line, you’ve practiced answering questions in the mirror, your outfit looks crisp, and your hair looks neat and stylish. But when you flash yourself a grin in the mirror, you see that yellowish or brownish discolorations make your smile… Read more »

Common Dental Implant Mistakes

If you’ve lost permanent teeth or have done any research on options for tooth replacement, you’ve probably heard of dental implants. The dental industry’s not-so-secret hidden treasure, dental implants are far and away the best method for replacing missing dentition. Dental implants offer patients several advantages over other traditional dental prosthetics.  Although there are many… Read more »

Is Cosmetic Dentistry Right for Me?

Is cosmetic dentistry the best way to go for me? The cosmetic dentistry journey is one that begins and ends in the mirror. For most patients, the journey starts when they look at their reflection and feel unhappy or dissatisfied with the general appearance of their smile. That same journey often ends when their dentist… Read more »

Lake Forest IL Dentist Discusses Broken Teeth and Dental Crowns

A broken tooth can occur out of nowhere. Whether it’s the result of an unexpected blow to the mouth or gradual wear to the tooth, a broken tooth can be a very serious shock. Thus, it is good to have a plan of action should such a situation occur. Read below as your Lake Forest IL… Read more »

Retain Your Dentures with Implants

Are your dentures a serious source of frustration in your life? Does it seem like no matter what you do, they slip and slide around in your mouth? Do you fear embarrassment on a daily basis? If so, your dentures probably do not fit inside your mouth properly. But did you know that having your… Read more »

Advantages of Porcelain Crowns

Advantages of Porcelain Crowns

When looking to improve the appearance of chipped teeth, decay or a gap, you will see the best results with durable and natural-looking restorations. The big advantage of porcelain crowns is that they look and feel “real,” and they are strong too. They are stain resistant and can last up to fifteen years. Your Chicago… Read more »

Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist Discusses How Implants Can Positively Affect Your Life

You may not realize just how serious tooth loss is until you’ve actually lost some or all of your teeth. Even if you haven’t lost your teeth, damaged teeth can seriously impair the function and appearance of your mouth, as well as your overall oral health. In the past, dentists relied on dentures and bridges… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Provides General Dental Care

For patients who desire a beautiful smile, general dental care can be just as important as teeth whitening or any other cosmetic procedure. In order to prevent stains and decay, patients need to maintain good dental habits. This includes obtaining routine general care from your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest. At Lake Forest Dental… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Restores Broken Teeth

  What do you do when you a break a tooth? Many people don’t realize that a broken tooth can lead to serious dental issues if they don’t seek immediate treatment. Thankfully, at Lake Forest Dental Arts, we not only repair your broken tooth, our team of dental professionals can also completely restore your tooth,… Read more »

Benefits of Porcelain Crowns

Do you suffer from a chronic toothache? Do you find chewing and sometimes even talking to be difficult and painful? These are all common symptoms of advanced tooth decay. If left untreated, tooth decay can spread, infecting, and eventually even killing, your tooth. Often, a dental crown will be recommended to restore your damaged tooth…. Read more »

Natural Looking Porcelain Veneers

Do you ever find yourself looking in the mirror wishing you could have a more beautiful smile? Often, people feel self-conscious about their smiles due to stains or misalignment. But what if there was a dental procedure that could address a myriad of dental imperfections in as little as two visits? In today’s blog, Dr…. Read more »

Look and Feel Younger with Cosmetic Dentistry

  When we age, we may look older but we never seem to feel older. So, why not have a smile that reflects how young you really feel? Over time, our smiles become stained and damaged, losing their youthful luster.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t still have the glowing smile of your youth. A… Read more »

Smile Improvement with Smile Makeovers

Do you ever feel self-conscious about your smile? Do you want a beautiful smile free of dental damage or embarrassing teeth stains? Dr. James Fondriest understands that a beautiful smile boosts confidence and helps make a great first impression. In fact, according to a recent Kelton Research study, a bright smile can make a person… Read more »

Restore Smiles with Dental Veneers

  Our tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. But unfortunately, our teeth are still vulnerable to damage and discoloration. While teeth are meant to withstand a lifetime of wear and tear, your smile can still lose its youthful luster. Many people assume restoring their smiles will require multiple office visits and… Read more »

Innovative Plastic Fillings

Are you experiencing tooth sensitivity to hot or cold drinks? Are you currently suffering from a chronic toothache? You may have a cavity. Tooth decay is a common, but serious, dental issue. Over time, tooth decay can even threaten the stability of your teeth and the appearance of your smile. Thankfully, Dr. James Fondriest, offers… Read more »

Permanent Teeth Whitening

  A bright smile instills confidence. According to a recent Kelton Research study, the majority polled said a beautiful smile makes a person appear more successful and attractive. In addition, a large portion of the people polled said a smile was one of the first things they notice when meeting someone for the first time…. Read more »

Cosmetic Dental Face lifts

Our bodies change as we age, but not always for the better. Over time, our cheeks can appear sunken, jowls can form, and some people may even develop a ptotic, or witch’s, chin. Did you know that a beautiful smile can address many of these issues? As we grow older, wear and tear causes our… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Discusses the Benefits of Dental Implants

Do you have one or more missing teeth? Missing teeth can leave unsightly gaps in your smile and even endanger your overall dental health. Patients with missing teeth may also feel embarrassed and self-conscious. Fortunately, a breakthrough dental procedure exists for replacing teeth. Dental implants are strong and esthetically pleasing, helping your smile stay beautiful… Read more »

Best Porcelain Crowns Chicago

  Did you know a recent Kelton Research study revealed that people with beautiful, bright smiles are considered more attractive and successful? It’s true. A gorgeous smile can boost confidence. Often, our teeth become damaged due to tooth decay or injury. When this happens, people can become self-conscious regarding the imperfections in their smile. Thankfully,… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Offers Single Tooth Replacement

Are you missing a tooth? Are you looking for the best single tooth replacement? A lost tooth not only makes patients feel self-conscious about their appearance, but can also endanger their dental health. Many people avoid or delay necessary dental care to replace a tooth, unaware of the damage a missing tooth causes their smile…. Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Explains the Importance of Roots and Cementum

  While a bright smile can boost our confidence, we shouldn’t forget to pay attention to what’s happening to our teeth below the gum line. The roots and cementum of our teeth help keep our smile healthy and beautiful. Dr. James Fondriest, explains the importance of our less visible tooth structure.

Lake Forest Dentist: Choosing the Right Shade for Your Smile

What is the Right Shade for Your Smile? A bright, gorgeous smile can boost your confidence. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. James Fondriest understands what a beautiful smile means to our patients.  Which is why we offer state-of-the-art cosmetic dental procedures to transform your smile. Dr. Fondriest, explains the importance of proper shading for… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist: Closing Gaps Between Teeth

  What do Michael Strahan, Elton John, and Condoleezza Rice all have in common? Along with many other well-known celebrities, they all display diastema, or a gap between their teeth. In some cultures, a gap in your smile is considered good luck or a sign of future prosperity. But for many others, a gap between… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Explains Dental Pulp

  Keeping your teeth bright and free of stains doesn’t just make your smile sparkle. Regular dental hygiene also protects an important part of your teeth that you can’t even see. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains he importance of protecting your dental pulp.

Tannins and Tooth Stains

  A variety of factors can lead to discoloration in our teeth. Tannins, which are found in several popular beverages, play a unique role in causing teeth stains. In today’s blog, Dr. James Fondriest, explains how tannins aid in discoloring your smile and discusses our professional teeth whitening procedures.

How Your Tongue Affects Your Dental Health

  When discussing dental care, most people focus on their teeth. While bright, healthy teeth are vital for good dental health, don’t overlook the tongue. In addition to being one of the strongest and fastest healing muscles in the human body, the tongue helps maintain good oral hygiene. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest dentist,… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist: Two Types of Smiles

  Often, in the name of politeness, we find ourselves faking a smile. People may force a smile during a bad joke or to mask a bad mood. For years, researchers believed one could easily distinguish a genuine smile from a fake one. In fact, many considered it impossible to fake a genuine smile, also… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist: Love Your Heart This Valentine’s Day

  We’re now in the middle of American Heart Month. In addition to wooing your sweetheart, why not take the time to care for your actual heart? Physicians, dentists, and healthcare professionals take advantage of American Heart Month to raise awareness about heart disease prevention. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. James… Read more »

Bacteria Can Fool Your Immune System

In the United States, over 75% of adults exhibit symptoms of gum disease. Literally millions of Americans suffer from the affects of periodontal disease. Recently, researchers discovered a new clue as to why this disorder is so widespread. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains how the bacteria that cause gum… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Explains How to Prevent Bone Loss

  When caring for their smiles, few people consider the importance of a healthy jawbone. In fact, your jawbone helps keep your teeth strong, healthy, and holds them in place. But when a patient fails at replacing missing teeth, they leave their jawbone vulnerable to bone loss. In today’s blog, Dr. James Fondriest, explains how… Read more »

Repairing a Chipped Tooth

Accidents happen. Whether from a sports injury or biting down on a popcorn kernel, our teeth can become cracked or chipped. Thankfully, patients have a variety of options available for repairing damaged teeth. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, discusses popular methods of smile restoration.

Lake Forest Dentist: Protect Your Heart and Dental Health

  This February medical professionals across the country are observing American Heart Month. The goal is the raise awareness about heart disease prevention. In America, one out of every three deaths is a result of heart disease and stroke. Many people don’t realize that a few simple steps can help reduce the risk of heart… Read more »

Durable Restoration with PFM Crowns

Dr. James Fondriest, understands the importance of a beautiful smile. This is why Dr. Fondriest offers porcelain-fused-to-metal, or PFM, crowns. With PFM crowns, Dr. Fondriest helps patients preserve and protect their smiles. In today’s blog, Dr. Fondriest explains the benefits and placement process of PFM crowns.

Lake Forest Dentist Explains the Importance of Tooth Enamel

  Tooth enamel protects our teeth from cavities and injury. In fact, the enamel on your teeth is the hardest substance in the human body. But what is tooth enamel? What happens when our enamel is damaged? In today’s blog, your Lake Forest general dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains the importance of tooth enamel.

Protect Your Gums

When people consider cosmetic dentistry to improve their smile, they rarely consider their gums. While Americans spend over 1.4 billion dollars a year on teeth whitening systems, over 75% of the country has some sort of gum problem and 47% of adults have gum disease. In today’s blog, Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest,… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist: Dieting Tips for Your Mouth and Body

Most dieters are more concerned with their waistlines than they are with the health of their mouths. Unfortunately, these dieters are missing a big opportunity to make their diets work for their entire bodies. Much like the ripples that spread from a stone thrown into a lake, one small change can spread throughout the body. Because… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist: Brighten Your Smile From Home

  Everyone wants a bright, beautiful smile. In fact, Americans spend over 1.4 billion dollars each year on store bought teeth whiteners. Simply put, a whiter smile boosts confidence, and many people assume over-the-counter whiteners work just as well as professional systems. In today’s blog, Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains the disadvantages… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist: Is Coffee Good for Your Smile?

  Did you know that over 54% of Americans drink coffee on a regular basis? Most people can’t start their day without that first cup of java, and on average, an American spends over $1,000 a year on the brew. How does all that coffee consumption affect our health?  In today’s blog, your Lake Forest… Read more »

Top 5 Surprising Benefits of Dental Implants

Within the last 20 years, dental implants have become the tooth replacement option of choice among dentists and patients. Comprised of small, screw-like devices that an oral surgeon literally implants into your jaw, dental implants are made from biocompatible titanium and enjoy a very high success rate. While you may have read about the extra… Read more »

You Can Handle the Tooth: Single Tooth Dental Implants

Let’s face it: once you move past a certain age, losing a tooth is bad news. Unfortunately, adult tooth loss is a serious problem in the U.S. According to the American College of Prosthodontists, 178 million American adults have one or more missing teeth. For centuries, dental bridges have served as the tooth replacement option… Read more »

Implant Secured Bridgework Offers an Innovative Tooth Replacement Option

While some people blame the economic downturn and others blame the high sugar content in our diet, both sides agree that modern times aren’t great for American smiles. Indeed, approximately 178 million American adults are missing one or more teeth and the top three culprits are gum disease, tooth decay, and accidental loss during contact… Read more »

How Dental Implants Help Secure Dentures

Replacing missing teeth is essential to maintaining good dental health. When a tooth is lost, the body often deprives the jawbone of calcium and phosphorus, minerals that promote bone density. Missing teeth can cause a variety of oral issues, from bone degeneration to bite misalignment. However, many people avoid replacing missing teeth because they are… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist on Dental Implants and Bone Retention

  Did you know that losing a tooth can promote bone loss in your jaw? In addition, traditional dentures can actually make the problem worse, further degrading the bone around the missing teeth. Your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains how dental implants influence jaw bone retention and provide seamless tooth replacement.

Understand TMD

Dysfunctional temporomandibular joints (TMJ) can cause pain in so many different areas that you and your doctor could easily misdiagnose the problem. Radiant pain from a TMJ disorder (TMD) usually remains localized around the jaw, ear, neck, and shoulders. Sometimes, you can feel symptoms of TMD in your back or legs. Because TMD sends unpleasant sensations to… Read more »