Posts Tagged: chicago restorative dentist

Good News About Tooth Loss

We may never be able to completely prevent tooth loss for everyone, but the good news is that today’s dentistry offers a wealth of preventive measures to help most patients avoid it. It also offers highly lifelike materials and techniques for replacing lost teeth so that patients can regain their confidence in their smiles. While… 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 »

Lake Forest Dentist Discusses the Connection Between Missing Teeth and TMJ Disorders

According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, nearly 70% of adults between the ages of 35 and 44 have lost at least one tooth. The primary causes of tooth loss in adult Americans include gum disease, tooth decay, and accidental injury. People tend to seek immediate treatment for teeth missing from the… Read more »

Alcohol and Your Oral Health

It’s Friday, and maybe you and some coworkers are planning on celebrating the end of the work week with cocktails at happy hour. Perhaps you plan to spend the weekend watching baseball and drinking beer. While a couple of drinks probably won’t hurt, heavier drinking can have negative consequences for the health of your mouth…. Read more »

Obesity and Oral Health | Gum Disease and Obesity

More than one third of Americans are obese, and medical costs associated with obesity total roughly $150 billion. Obesity, defined as having excess body fat, is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and several types of cancer. But did you know it could affect your oral health? Today, our Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. James… Read more »

Sensitive Teeth in Chicago

A bite of ice cream on a hot July day can be more painful than pleasurable if you have sensitive teeth. Today, our Lake Forest dentist Dr. James Fondriest shares some facts about why teeth become sensitive and what you can do about it. A Sensitive Subject Tooth sensitivity is caused by the exposure of… Read more »

Fuel Your Oral Health

Olympic champion Michael Phelps eats between six and ten pounds of food each day to fuel his body for grueling training sessions. His 10,000 to 12,000 calorie diet includes pancakes, eggs, French toast, cheese, pizza, pasta, and sandwiches. While it’s almost certain you don’t need to eat like a 2012 Olympian, there are several foods… Read more »

Energy Drinks Wage War on Teeth

Some of the most popular products available today are energy drinks. These energy drinks damage teeth. It comes as no surprise that Americans love the stuff. Between 30 and 50% of teens alone consume them. Contents of these drinks promise long-lasting energy boosts through caffeine, sugar, and herbal ingredients. The effectiveness and safety of these… Read more »

Yaeba: an Interesting Trend in Cosmetic Dentistry

Can you imagine spending a lot of money on cosmetic dentistry to intentionally make your teeth crooked and less than perfect? It might sound crazy, but it is a popular trend in Japan, particularly with Japanese women. “Yaeba,” as it is called, literally means “double tooth” in Japanese, and women are having cosmetic procedures to… Read more »

Advantages of No-prep Veneers in Lake Forest

Eighty percent of people aren’t happy with their smiles. If you fall into this category, you might benefit from no-prep veneers. This elective cosmetic treatment basically allows you to resurface your smile with tooth-colored restorative materials. Today, our Lake Forest cosmetic dentist Dr. James Fondriest shares some facts about no-prep veneers. What are No-prep Veneers? For years,… Read more »

All About Dental Cleanings

Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day are certainly important steps to keeping your smile beautiful , but it’s also important to schedule professional cleanings and checkups every six months. Our Lake Forest dentist Dr. James Fondriest wants you to know the benefits of regular cleanings and examinations and how they… Read more »

Bruxism and Restorations in Chicago

Teeth grinding, known clinically as bruxism, is the repeated clenching of the jaw, sometimes causing tooth damage that can ultimately require restorative work. If you already have restorations, you might wonder if your bruxism will damage your new beautiful smile. Today, our Lake Forest cosmetic dentist Dr. James Fondriest shares some helpful information about bruxism… 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 »

Chicago Cosmetic Dentist Raises Awareness for Osteoporosis

Did you know that June is National Osteoporosis Awareness month? In fact, about 25% of women in the United States will experience bone loss (osteoporosis) at some point in the lifetime—typically during or after menopause. Osteoporosis can lead to an increased risk for bone fracture. Many of our patients are surprised to learn that osteoporosis… Read more »

Dental Anatomy Explained by Your Chicago Restorative Dentist

How much do you know about the structure of your teeth and their functions? Your teeth are shaped and sized differently because each type of tooth serves different purposes when it comes to chewing and grinding food. If you’ve ever wondered about the anatomy of your teeth, our team at Dr. James Fondriest ‘s office have… Read more »

Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist Honors Famous Dentists in History

Like other forms of medicine, dentistry has had a long, interesting history that dates back to ancient civilizations. For example, ancient Sumerians chewed on tree twigs to clean their teeth and ancient Egyptians used ground pumice and vinegar as dentifrice. Thankfully, brilliant minds in the past have contributed to what modern dentistry has become today…. Read more »

Chicago Dentist Discusses the Link Between Fibromyalgia and TMJ Disorder

Fibromyalgia, a debilitating and painful disorder, has been recently linked to TMJ disorder. According to a published study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, fibromyalgia patients possess a heightened risk for TMJ disorder and related symptoms. Dr. James Fondriest and our team at Lake Forest Dental Arts explain the relationship between fibromyalgia and TMJ… 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 »

The Benefits of Porcelain Veneers Explained by Your Chicago Dentist

Our cosmetic dental expert, Dr Fondriest, offers artistic restorations and cosmetic enhancements to patients in the Chicago area. One of our most popular cosmetic services involves bonding porcelain veneers. This cosmetic procedure addresses many smile imperfections by carefully placing cosmetic enhancements over the front of your teeth. Made from porcelain, veneers are thin shell-like coverings… Read more »

Gummy Smile? Your Chicago Dentist Can Help!

  Excessive gingival display or “gummy smiles” are addressed with gum lifts and other treatment options. Current estimates indicate that up to seven percent of men and fourteen percent of women have excessive amounts of gum tissue or smiles that appear “gummy.” Excess gum tissue creates a disproportionate appearance of a patient’s smile by covering… Read more »

Foods that Harm Your Teeth: Your Chicago Dentist Explains

Most people strive to eat healthy for reasons other than protecting their oral health. We may be avoiding bacon to lower our cholesterol or forgoing desert to achieve a trim waistline. Since oral health is connected to your total well being, foods that promote a healthy mouth also promote a healthy body. Dr. James Fondriest… Read more »

Your Chicago Dentist Discusses How TMJ Affects Your Dental Health

In past blogs, we discussed TMJ dysfunction and TMJ disorder symptoms. TMJ disorder is a common condition that varies in severity from patient to patient. The most noticeable TMJ symptoms produce discomfort and pain in the face, neck, jawbones, and the ears. However, teeth grinding (bruxism) is often interrelated with TMJ dysfunction. Bruxism is best… Read more »

Bad Dental Habits You Should Avoid

Are you harming your teeth? Surprisingly, many of our patients are unaware that many habits are detrimental to their oral health. For patients who have recently had restorative or cosmetic dental work, these bad dental habits may affect the appearance and function of their smiles. Dr. James Fondriest wants his patients to preserve their smiles… Read more »

What You Need to Know About Your Tongue

The tongue is one of the most overlooked parts of the mouth. You have probably been told many times not to neglect brushing your tongue when you clean your teeth. Despite being frequently forgotten, your tongue is very important. The tongue has three major functions. It assists with chewing food and pronouncing words properly along… 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 »

Historical Dental Trivia from Your Chicago Dentist

In honor of Presidents’ Day, Dr. James Fondriest and our staff at Lake Forest Dental Arts have composed some interesting trivia on George Washington’s oral health. Despite his ability to rally troops at Valley Forge and effectively lead our country as the first President of the United States, George Washington was plagued with oral health… Read more »

“Do I Need to Sanitize My Toothbrush?”

Many patients inquire about how they should take care of their toothbrushes. For our patients wondering about toothbrush replacement and storage guidelines, our staff answers commonly asked questions below that are in accordance with the American Dental Association’s guidelines. Should I Buy a Special Solution to Sanitize My Toothbrush? At the least, we recommend that… Read more »

Full-Mouth Reconstruction Services in Chicago

Have you ever heard of the terms full mouth reconstruction, full mouth restoration, and full-mouth rehabilitation? These terms essentially mean the same thing: a smile makeover. Reconstruction of the mouth and/or teeth includes an array of procedures that create a uniform smile, restore proper jaw alignment, and improve overall oral health.  Although full-mouth restoration can… Read more »

Information on TMJ Disorders From Your Chicago Dentist

Did you know that 15% of Americans suffer from severe facial pain? Our team has found that over half of our patients exhibit symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. TMJ dysfunction disrupts the natural and harmonious movement of the facial bones, muscles, and ligaments. Dr. James Fondriest holds extensive experience with diagnosing and treating TMJ… Read more »

Tips for Dental Injuries

What to do after a Dental Injury Occurs Although Dr. James Fondriest and his team are extensively experienced with cosmetic dentistry, they can also restore your smile from traumatic dental injuries. We understand that dental injuries are frightening and anxiety inducing. To help ease our patients’ minds, we are here to serve you compassionately throughout… Read more »

Stay Hydrated Without Harming Your Teeth

Dr. James Fondriest encourages his patients to live an active lifestyle with plenty of cardiovascular exercise. Many of us are concerned about staying hydrated throughout the day and sports drinks are a common choice for maintaining a healthy level of hydration. Although beneficial ingredients in sports drinks like electrolytes can help with dehydration, sports drinks… Read more »

Alternatives to Drinks That Stain Your Teeth

If you start your morning with coffee or finish an evening off with red wine, you might be staining your teeth. These beverages, along with cola and many others, are notorious for causing extrinsic tooth stains. Many of our patients can ease the incidence of these stains with regular dental cleanings and comprehensive daily oral… Read more »

“Why Does My Dentist Recommend Fluoride?”

Dr. James Fondriest and our staff recommend that our patients use fluoride in their daily health regimens. Fluoride is found in many types of toothpaste and provides numerous benefits to dental health. What is Fluoride? A mineral on the periodic table, fluoride naturally occurs in food and water.  For example, underground water sources often naturally… Read more »

New Technology for Reconstructive Dentistry

Yesterday, we learned all about the mandible’s shape and size change throughout different cultures. We saw that conditions like missing teeth and periodontal disease can lead to bone loss in the jaw. Today, we’ll learn how that bone loss may be addressed. Printing New Organs for Transplant Patients You’ve probably heard of 3D printers and… Read more »

The Mighty Mandible

Of the 14 bones that make up your face, your mandible—lower jaw—is the largest and strongest. Unlike the other bones in your face, the mandible is not attached to your skull, and therefore has the incredible mobility that allows you to eat, speak, and spit. Time, diet, and dental work affect your mandible’s shape and… Read more »

Many People Grind or Clench Their Teeth

Many people grind or clench their teeth unconsciously.  Whether awake or asleep, this difficult-to-break habit, officially known as bruxism, can have detrimental effects on not only your teeth, but also your overall health. Breaking the habit while awake is not as serious as when asleep because—of course—it’s nearly impossible to break an involuntary action if… Read more »

Breaking Down: Your Chicago Dentist Repairs Dental Damage

We all remember how the terror of a loose tooth was offset by the subsequent visit from the Tooth Fairy. However, we only get one set of adult permanent teeth, and losing one is hardly a cause for celebration. Proper oral hygiene is the most important part of caring for your teeth, but minimizing and… Read more »

Chicago Cosmetic Dentist Offers No-Prep Veneers

Dentists have placed porcelain veneers to correct imperfect smiles for years. Innovations in dental technology allow Dr. James Fondriest to offer minimal or no-preparation veneers. These dental restorations are ultra-thin (as thin as 0.2mm) and bond directly to the tooth, with minor to no tooth reduction. The ultra-thin veneers created at Lake Forest Dental Arts… Read more »

Beautiful Alternative Treatment Options to Traditional Dentures

Alternatives to Dentures When you are missing teeth, you may be embarrassed to smile or talk. Missing teeth are a sign of aging, and dentures, a traditional option to replace multiple teeth, are also associated with old age. But Dr. James Fondriest, a Chicago cosmetic dentist, offers two alternatives to traditional dentures that could replace… Read more »

Lake Forest Beware: 10 Foods and Beverages That Stain Teeth (Part 2)

Foods that Stain your Teeth Everyone wants a beautiful smile, and bright teeth are a big part of the package. That’s why products like at-home whitening systems and whitening toothpaste are so popular. But many of the foods and drinks we consume can stain our teeth and take away from their beauty. On Monday, you learned… Read more »

80% Of Americans Have Gum Disease

Periodontal Disease, a chronic infection of the gums, is caused by bacterial plaque that accumulate on teeth and destroy the gums.  Plaque can build up on teeth if improper brushing and flossing habits have occurred, though some people are more prone to plaque buildup than others. Various medications and health conditions also contribute to the… Read more »

Oral Cancer Awareness

Cancer kills over two million people annually. Of these two million people, approximately 7,900 people will die from oral cancer. Oral cancer has a considerably high death rate because it is rarely detected in early stages.  The HPV virus has been shown to be responsible for a rise in incidence of oral cancer. Dentists are… Read more »

Can Porcelain Veneers Improve Your Smile?

At Dr. Fondriest’s Lake Forest dental office, he’s given smile makeovers to many of his patients. They come to him unhappy with their appearance. But after their smile makeovers, they are confident and pleased. Porcelain veneers are one way that Dr. Fondriest improves people’s smiles. Porcelain veneers can rejuvenate your look by covering yellow or… Read more »

Your Choice for Dental Implants in Chicago’s North Shore

Are you missing teeth? Are you afraid that dentures or bridges are your only options? You’re in luck. At Lake Forest Dental, our preferred method to replace teeth is dental implants. Dental implants have multiple advantages over traditional tooth replacement. For example, they: Don’t require tooth preparation: With bridges and partial dentures, the adjacent teeth… Read more »