Posts Tagged: lake forest dentist

Do You Wake Up with Sore Cheeks and Temples?

sore cheeks and temples

Do you have frequent sore cheeks or temples? Some people experience cheekbone pain and tension in their facial regions after waking up. Sleep is supposed to rejuvenate your mind and body after a long day of work or school. Unfortunately, some people wake up with even more tension and pain. Headaches, dizziness, earaches, and jaw… Read more »

Is There a Better Dental Bridge?

To say something has room for improvement doesn’t necessarily mean that it isn’t an effective solution. For instance, a dental bridge is a highly-effective means of replacing a lost tooth, or more than one, if they’re lost in a row. While dental bridges have stood the test of time as replacement teeth, they still lack… Read more »

Surprising Links: Dental, Mental, and Emotional Health

Although they weren’t always correct in the details, doctors and scientists have postulated for centuries over the impact that oral health has on the body. Even Aristotle and Hippocrates, both notable for their knowledge in medicine, wrote considerably about the importance of teeth and correcting dental issues. More recently, numerous studies have highlighted a variety… Read more »

Types of toothaches | Patient’s Guide to Tooth Pains

There are many types of toothaches with many causes. If you pinch your tooth, it wouldn’t hurt like pinching your arm does. Good thing, too, considering how much pressure your teeth experience every day. The reason for their insensitivity lies in the composition of your teeth, which includes a thin, but super-resilient layer of mineral… Read more »

The Tooth Loss Phenomenon, and the Dental Implant Solution

The unavoidable truth is that tooth loss is one of the most devastating things that can happen to your smile. Losing teeth, however, isn’t necessarily unavoidable; in fact, it’s highly-avoidable in most instances. Adult teeth are frequently referred to as permanent teeth because they were meant to last for life; yet adult tooth loss remains… Read more »

Foul mouth odors

Foul mouth odors

Do you have foul mouth odors? Though it’s not unusual in small, isolated instances (like in the morning), persistent bad breath is often a telltale symptom of poor dental hygiene. Since it can also indicate a number of dental and health issues, treating nasty breath is usually different for everyone. Treatment can range from improving… Read more »

The Science of Stains and Teeth Whitening

Although teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments today, it isn’t the only way to brighten dull teeth or erase the stains that mar them. In fact, in many cases, teeth whitening won’t suffice, depending on the nature and severity of the stains. Your teeth are comprised of a dense, porous,… Read more »

The Grinding Phenomenon

You can’t exactly control yourself when you’re asleep. Though this doesn’t usually pose a problem, there are some things you might unconsciously do that could cause harm to your teeth and other oral structures. Bruxism, or the habit of grinding your teeth, typically affects patients in their sleep, although it can often manifest during the… Read more »

Find Out if Your Aches and Pains are TMJ-Related

Diagnosing some dental conditions takes a little more detective work than others. For instance, a cavity’s presence can be betrayed by the visual signs of decay (i.e., internal tooth discoloration, a visible hole in your tooth, and/or a severe toothache). Gum disease is usually detected by inflamed, bleeding, and receding gums (to varying degrees, depending… Read more »

The Ultimate Dental Hygiene Quiz

A toothbrush is one of the most recognizable products across the world, and with good reason. Unlike our ancestors, most of us live by simple, though effective, standards of good hygiene and dental health, which the toothbrush contributes to significantly. Nevertheless, just because you recognize a toothbrush and how to use it doesn’t mean you’re… Read more »

How to Keep, Lose, or Replace Your Teeth

Technically, your permanent teeth should last a lifetime. Realistically, however, that isn’t always the case. Tooth loss can affect anyone, given the right circumstances. With its astounding prevalence (statistics show that 69% of adults aged 35-44 have lost at least one permanent tooth), you might wonder if tooth loss is preventable at all. By understanding… Read more »

Oral Bacteria

What’s the greatest threat to your smile? If you’re a hockey player, it’s probably traumatic impact. If you smoke or chew tobacco, then it might be the chemicals your mouth is exposed to through the habit. In most cases, however, the greatest threat to your dental health is something you can’t always see; an ever-growing… Read more »

A Close Look at a Broken Tooth

Although protected by the most resilient substance found within the human body, your teeth aren’t indestructible. In fact, teeth crack and break all the time, which begs the question, just how strong are they, really? The answer is “very strong” if you take proper care of them, meaning more than just brushing and flossing your… Read more »

Dental Reactions to Overwhelming Stress

You might recognize a headache, tense back muscles, and an upset stomach as telltale symptoms of stress and anxiety, but can you recognize how the condition affects your dental health? Stress is considered one common cause of tooth grinding. One of the most common indications of prolonged tension is bruxism, or habitual teeth-grinding, which can… Read more »

Technological improvements in Dental Implants

Have you been thinking about getting dental implants and wondered about the technological improvements happening? The beauty of dental implants is that they improve conventional replacement teeth’s feel and function; but is there a way to improve a dental implant’s performance? Scientists in Japan and China believe so, and their research suggests a special coating… Read more »

Imagine a Candy that Fights Cavities!

For a lot of people, the thought of candy automatically invokes thoughts of cavities, and with good reason. Loaded with sugar and sometimes acidic substances, candy is a common contributor to cavities—the holes that form in your teeth when they’re infected with harmful bacteria. Your mouth is an ecological wonderland, with over 600 different identifiable… Read more »

How Clenching Your Teeth Affects Your Dental Health

How Clenching Your Teeth

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Teeth Caps, benefits and uses

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 tooth cap or dental crown will be recommended to restore… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Choosing the color of your teeth

What is the Right Shade for Your Smile? Choosing the color of your teeth is one of the most important parts of doing cosmetic dentistry. A bright, gorgeous smile can boost your confidence. 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… Read more »

Closing diastemas: Closing gaps in your smile

Do you have a gap in your smile? The dental term for a gap or space between two teeth is diastema. Many patients ask us about closing diastemas or the gaps between their teeth. There are many cosmetic options available for closing the gaps in your smile. What do Michael Strahan, Elton John, and Condoleezza… Read more »

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: 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 Discusses Diagnosing TMJ Dysfunction

TMJ refers to the tempromandibular joints that lay in either side of your face, where the jaw connects to the skull. Nestled within the joint is a cartilage disc that allows for full articulation of the jaw. Healthy TMJ function lets you to open and close your jaw with a smooth gliding motion. Any disruption… Read more »

Gum disease and arthritis | What Do My Knees Have to Do with My Teeth?

Your dental health can have wide-ranging consequences for your overall health. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, researchers from the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland have connected rheumatoid arthritis to periodontitis. The link between gum disease and arthritis comes from the bacteria released into the blood stream. Every time… Read more »

Brief History of Cosmetic Dentistry

Our earliest ancestors must have realized the importance of oral hygiene. As early as 3,000 BC, people were cleaning their teeth with nothing more than sticks. Since then, cosmetic dentistry has taken great leaps forward. Today, Dr. James Fondriest provides state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry procedures to perfect the smiles of his Chicago patients. To the Lake… Read more »

Anti-inflammatory Herbs for Gums | Herbal Remedies for Your Teeth

Teeth Cleaning with Herbs Have you considered anti-inflammatory herbs for your gums? Natural remedies come  from several cultures around the world as a preliminary toothbrush: chewing sticks. In India, the neem tree, or “Nature’s Pharmacy”, offered antibacterial properties that prevent plaque and clean teeth with the bristles of a frayed twig. In the early Americas,… Read more »

Bacteria in Your Mouth: Your Oral Ecosystem

Scientist Discover More About Bacterial Behaviors The word “bacteria” has gained many negative connotations. Our germ-phobic culture creates products that claim to disinfect 99.9% of bacteria; antibacterial gel dispensers reside on bank teller desks, classroom walls, and grocery store registers everywhere. But did you know that not all bacteria is negative, especially in your mouth?… Read more »

Dentures vs. Dental Implants in Chicago

There are many reasons for tooth loss. Gum disease is the most common cause for missing teeth in adulthood. Whether you have lost your teeth to injury, infection, extraction, or any other number of reasons, you understand the discomfort that comes with eating and speaking. Some patients are embarrassed to show their smile because of… Read more »

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 »

Dental Cavity Facts from Your Chicago Dentist

Dental cavities are a common dental ailment. Despite the prevalence of cavities, tooth decay is a serious condition. Tooth decay must be addressed by dental treatment. Over time, cavities will become larger and may infect the sensitive interior structures of teeth. Dr. James Fondriest addresses cavities with white restorations that help prevent further dental damage… 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 »

Jaw pain while yawning

Do you have jaw pain while yawning? About 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… Read more »

Sports Drinks Are Dangerous

Did you know that sports drinks are dangerous? 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… Read more »

The Connection Between Diabetes and Oral Health

As scientists and researchers discover more about the connection between oral health and overall vitality, we would like to provide our patients insight into how diabetes affects your oral hygiene and overall health. Dr. James Fondriest strives to continually educate his patients, especially patients with certain conditions and special needs. Below are some commonly asked… 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 »

Quotes to Put a Smile on Your Face

What do people say about your smile? Smiling is an important aspect to improve many parts of your life. Dr. Fondriest hopes these quotes will put a smile on your face and help you understand the importance of grinning. Your Appearance “People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile.” –Lee Mildon “A… Read more »

Should You Get a Second Opinion?

It’s important that you understand exactly what dental treatment you’re receiving and why it’s necessary. If the condition of your mouth confuses you, or your dentist confuses you, then Dr. Fondriest recommends seeking a second opinion to clear things up. Why Should I Get a Second Opinion? All dentists have different backgrounds, training, and perspectives on… Read more »

Which Tooth Replacement Method is Best?

Is your smile missing something? Periodontal disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. When you lose a tooth, surrounding teeth can drift into the open space, creating alignment issues and difficulties chewing and functioning. Fortunately, Dr. Fondriest offers many different types of tooth replacement options to help fill in your smile. Dental Implants… Read more »

Honoring Your Dentist

Your smile needs to receive the best dental care available to stay healthy and beautiful. Education, experience, and technique are some of the main qualities people look for when searching for a new dentist. Dr. James Fondriest has numerous awards, honors, and recognitions that make him favorable to so many patients. Honorary Organizations Dr. Fondriest… Read more »

Reduce Your Risk for Heart Attack

It has been theorized since the 1920’s that heart disease and gum disease are linked. Recent research has indicated links not only between heart disease and oral health, but between oral health and diabetes, hypertension, lung infections, and dementia. Although the links are not perfectly clear, research continues to try to narrow down specifics as… Read more »

Patient Testimonial: TMJ Headaches

“After 3 years of chronic TMJ pain, various treatments (such as biofeedback, physical therapy, and massage therapy), and countless doctors, I started to just accept that my headache and neck ache pain was always going to be a part of me. However, like all good stories, just when I had accepted my fate, my story… Read more »

Why are dental x-rays important?

Dental X-rays give insight into some of the most elusive dental health issues to the naked eye. Using digital radiography can not only diagnose problems, but also develop treatment plans. Dental radiography is an irreplaceable diagnostic tool. Dental x-rays show issues like tooth decay, misalignment, soft tissue damage, and periodontal disease that escape visual detection. Children generally… Read more »

What is Dental Plaque?

You’re probably aware that dental plaque is the sticky, yellow substance that forms naturally on teeth. We brush our teeth to remove plaque so that it doesn’t cause cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. Un-removed plaque calcifies into a hard substance called calculus or tartar. At dental cleanings, a hygienist removes plaque that we miss… Read more »