Posts Categorized: Crowns

Will My Crown Look Natural?

At Lake Forest Dental Arts, when we see patients with damaged and misshapen teeth or serious oral health issues, we can often correct the problem with treatments in restorative dentistry. Because we know how important a beautiful smile is to our patients, Dr. James Fondriest offers lifelike, natural-looking restorations, including porcelain crowns, veneers, and porcelain-fused-to-metal… Read more »

What Is A PFM Crown?

digital illustration of PFM crowns

Did something happen to your tooth that is far too severe for a dental filling? Perhaps you broke your tooth or are suffering from the effects of severe tooth decay. No matter the problem, a PFM crown is a wonderful solution to protect your remaining tooth, so you can avoid an extraction. In many cases,… Read more »

Restoring Unhealthy Teeth With Life-Like Dental Crowns

Cavities create an urgent problem for a tooth, and should be dealt with as soon as possible. With prompt care, it is possible to minimize the damage caused by decay. Unfortunately, many people will not realize they have a problem until they need more substantial care. While dental crowns are effective against more advanced decay,… Read more »

What Is a Dental Crown?

Modern dental restorations are designed specifically to mimic the size, shape, appearance, and function of healthy, natural teeth. For instance, when the top part of a tooth, or crown, is damaged or decayed, then a tooth cap or dental crown can be fashioned to completely cover and protect it. A dental crown is designed according… Read more »

Dental Restorations Don’t Have to Be Easily Spotted

Dental Restorations Don’t Have to Be Easily Spotted

Are you concerned that you might be suffering from some sort of dental problem, such as a cavity or even a tooth infection? Tooth sensitivity is commonly ignored. Unfortunately, if unaddressed, this can lead to worsening discomfort and eventually an infection or even the loss of a tooth. The good news is that modern dental… Read more »

Prepping for Candy Overload, Coping with Cavities: Part One

Halloween Teeth Cavities

With Halloween right around the corner, your kids are probably already anxious with anticipation for all the candy they’ll score and soon be sinking their teeth into. You may even be excited about sneaking a few pieces for yourself. But if you don’t want to spend November taking turns in the dentist’s chair having cavities… Read more »

Dental Crowns

What is a dental crown? A dental crown is a type of dental restoration. It is fabricated in the shape of the damaged tooth and is placed over it. Crowns are also referred to as caps because they literally “cap,” or cover, the tooth restoring it to its original shape, size, and strength. Depending on… Read more »

Do You Need A Dental Crown?

“I don’t have any tooth pain.  Why do I need a crown?”  This question is frequently posed to dentists.  Basically, the reasons for needing a dental crown are to protect teeth that have been weakened by decay, fracture, or a large, old filling that has failed.  In some situations, decay has done so much damage… Read more »

The Many Ways a Dental Crown Can Restore Your Smile

Around 100-200 AD, the Etruscans who populated the hills of ancient Italy crafted gold dental crowns and fixed bridgework to restore and replace teeth. Since then, the dental crown has remained a staple of contemporary dentistry, and today’s restorations are often indistinguishable from the natural teeth around them. When a tooth is damaged and can… Read more »

Transform Your 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… Read more »

Quality Care for Kildeer, IL Residents

  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… 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 »

Do Different Porcelain Crowns Work Better for Different Teeth?

Dental crowns, those tooth shaped restorations that have been used in human dentistry for nearly 2600 years, are a versatile tool in the restorative and cosmetic dentist’s toolkit. From ancient times until early in the 20th century, people who needed a tooth crowned had to opt for an alloy of gold or another malleable metal…. Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Restores 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 »

Lake Forest, IL Dentist: General Information about Dental Crowns

Placing dental crowns is a common practice in dentistry. From dental bridges to repairing broken or decayed teeth, 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, your Lake Forest, IL dentist provides patients with the straight… 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 »

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 »

Chicago Dentist Answers FAQs About Our Quality Dental Care

At Lake Forest Dental Arts, we strive to provide the dental techniques necessary to boost the appearance of a patient’s smile. We offer the latest in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. In today’s blog, your Chicago dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, answers common questions patients often ask about our dental procedures.

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 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 »

Lake Forest Dentist Discusses the 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… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Helps Patients 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 »

Lake Forest Dentist Offers 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 »

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: 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. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. Fondriest,… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Provides Balanced Dental Restoration

  A recent Kelton Research study revealed that beautiful smiles make a person appear more attractive and successful. Unfortunately, over time our smiles can become marred with damage and permanent stains. Cosmetic dentistry enables your Lake Forest dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, to improve your smile and boost your confidence.

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.

Lake Forest Dentist: 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 Offer Durable Restoration with PFM Crowns

  At Lake Forest Dental Arts, your Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, 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… 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 »

Lake Forest Dentist: TMD and Earaches

  Do you experience frequent TMJ earaches or a constant ringing in your ears? Have common over-the-counter pain remedies failed to solve the problem? Your earache might be a sign of a far more serious condition. Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains the symptoms of TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, and treatment… Read more »

Amazing, Lifelike Crowns from Your Lake Forest Dentist

  We all want strong, confident smiles, but after a lifetime of use, our teeth are sometimes left cracked, chipped, or broken. Luckily, this doesn’t mean you can’t still have a pristine, beautiful smile. With porcelain dental crowns, a Dr. Fondriest can repair damage and roll back the clock on your teeth. Your Lake Forest… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Explains Crowns, Onlays, and Inlays

When you sustain damage to a tooth, you face several restorative treatment choices. Deciding between procedural options may prove daunting. Understanding the subtle but important differences that distinguish dental restorations can help you work with your dentist to choose the right treatment plan. What current dental restorations can you choose from to correct a damaged… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist: Quality Dental Implant Restorations are Worth the Wait

So, you’ve lost a tooth. It’s not an ideal situation but instead of mourning for your missing tooth, you’ve done your research and decided that replacing it as soon as possible will preserve your oral health in the long run. You’ve read up on dental bridges but you have concerns that the enamel preparation involved… Read more »

All-Porcelain, All-Ceramic, and PFM Crowns

  Metal has long been the standard choice for those who need a crown. While metal certainly has some benefits, the alloys used to make dental crowns are unseemly and look nothing like natural teeth. Porcelain is much more aesthetically pleasing. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. James Fondriest will match the look of your… Read more »

PFM Crowns in Lake Forest

Lake Forest dentist Dr. James Fondriest focuses on comprehensive esthetic restorative dentistry. He offers many services, including porcelain veneers, dental implants, and dental bridges. Today Dr. Fondriest would like you to know about porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, or PFM crowns. What is a Crown A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cover, or “cap,” placed over a badly-damaged… Read more »

Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist Answers Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Crowns FAQs

What are PFM crowns? Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, often called PFM crowns, are full tooth coverage dental restorations. Crowns cover the entire exposed portion of your tooth. These dental restorations are commonly used for building back tooth structure lost to dental injury or tooth decay. Crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes, to correct misshapen teeth,… Read more »

Root Canal Awareness in Chicago

Did you know that the last week of March is devoted to raising Root Canal Awareness? It’s true. The American Association of Endodontists and dentists throughout the country use this week to dispel myths and misconceptions about root canal therapy. Unfortunately, root canal procedures have a bad reputation. Just saying the words “root canal” may… Read more »

Crowns, Inlays, and Onlays Explained by Your Chicago Dentist

Experienced with enhancing smiles, Dr. James Fondriest utilizes crowns, inlays, and onlays in restorative dentistry. Crowns, inlays, and onlays are restorative methods that save decayed and worn-down teeth from extraction while also restoring the function of damaged teeth. When possible, our team at Lake Forest Dental Arts strives to restore smiles with conservative approaches. The… Read more »

How to properly brush your teeth

How to Brush Your Teeth Brushing your teeth will go a long way toward good oral hygiene and disease prevention. The ADA recommends that you brush twice daily to maintain good oral health. As Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It is better to try to avoid problems… Read more »

Porcelain Dental Crowns Can Improve Your Smile!

Tooth breakage, decay, and failed dental work negatively affect the appearance and functionality of your teeth. Dr. James Fondriest, a Chicago cosmetic dentist­­­­­, places top-quality porcelain crowns that will repair your teeth and improve the way you look. Unlike metal crowns, porcelain crowns from Lake Forest Dental Arts: Blend with the natural color of your… Read more »

PFM Dental Crowns: Things You Didn’t Realize

PFM dental crowns in smile

You might find yourself at a crossroads when you are in need of a crown. You may really want a beautiful all porcelain restoration to maintain a beautiful and natural-looking smile after restorative care. However, depending on the location of your affected tooth, the restoration could benefit greatly from the strength of metal. The metal… Read more »