Posts Tagged: lake forest il dentist

How to Clean a Dental Bridge

Tooth loss is never an ideal circumstance, but when life happens, restorative dentistry can restore a full, functional smile. Thankfully, with the number of tooth replacement methods available, restoring your smile is relatively simple. One of the more common dental restorations is a dental bridge. Dental bridges can fill gaps in your smile with artificial… Read more »

Bad Breath and Dental Bridges

illustration of a dental bridge

Cleaning dental bridges can be cumbersome. The spaces between the pontics (or false teeth) and the gum line tend to be areas where bacteria and particles of food can gather. Because of such, a specialized flossing technique for removal is required. If those spaces are not cleaned properly, patients can experience severe bad breath or… Read more »

Lake Forest IL Cosmetic Dentist: 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 »

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 »

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

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 of exercise, which applies to your smile and body… 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 »

Dentist Explains Extractions

The main focus of today’s article is about extractions and the varying types. For patients who may need an extraction in the near future, this post can provide some insight on the procedure. Dr. James Fondriest, your Winnetka, IL dentist, discusses extractions with his patients. Types of Extractions Simple Extraction Patients who need simple extractions won’t… 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 »

Kildeer, IL Dentist Discusses 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, your Kildeer, IL dentist shares the following information. Commonly Seen Dental Allergies Penicillin. Some form of penicillin appears in a number of antibiotic medications and allergic reactions range… 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 from Your Lake Forest, IL Dentist

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 »

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

Do you display signs of teeth grinding? If you’ve answered yes, then you should make an effort to visit a dentist soon. Overtime, an untreated habit of teeth grinding can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD. This jaw dysfunction typically develops from prolonged tension and stress applied to the jaw joints. TMD can lead… 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 »

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 Explains Why Your Teeth Are Yellowing

Having yellow teeth can be very upsetting. If your teeth are not as white as they used to be, you may hide your smile, which can have a surprising impact on your day-to-day outlook. Research has shown that people who make a conscious decision to smile more often feel happier. Because our facial expressions are capable of affecting… Read more »

Lake Forest Dentist Explains Drawbacks of In-Office Teeth Bleaching

Do you hide your teeth when you smile? Yellowed or stained teeth can be a source of embarrassment for many people. Thankfully, there are several teeth whitening options to remove stains and brighten smiles. But how can you know which methods to try and which to avoid? Your Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, explains… 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 »

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 »

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 »

“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 »

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 »

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 »

How Stress Affects the Teeth

If you’re under a lot of stress, it’s important to relax your body as soon as possible to avoid damaging your teeth from long-term anxiety habits. A simple soak in the tub and a visit to Dr. Fondriest can help calm your body to relieve your painful behaviors. How Stress Affects Your Mouth Stress and… Read more »

Choosing Beauty Over Health

You want a beautiful smile to help improve your appearance and confidence. The truth is, cosmetic procedures won’t solve all your dental problems. Dr. Fondriest can explain what you need to achieve a beautiful and healthy smile. Fix Dental Problems Before Cosmetic Issues Your cosmetic treatments can’t do anything to fix damaged teeth. The Academy… Read more »

Brush Before Bed?

Get home, check the mail, exercise, eat dinner, watch some TV or read, then shower, brush your teeth, and hit the sack. This is the routine for most Americans between 5 and 11pm, Monday through Friday. It seems like a good routine. There’s a balance of exercise, fueling the body, relaxing, and being responsible. Oral… Read more »

Gum Disease and Diabetes

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, so Dr. Fondriest and our team want you to know the warning signs, as provide by the American Diabetes Association. Gum disease is a contributor to diabetes. If you experience these symptoms, visit your personal physician for a blood glucose test. Frequent urination Unusual thirst Extreme hunger Unusual weight loss… Read more »

Questions to Improve Your Smile

Can I improve my smile? Learn the options with a smile makeover consultation A nice smile contributes to overall health, happiness, and appearance. Before visiting Dr. Fondriest for a smile makeover consultation, take a few moments to evaluate your smile at home. Answer these questions to decide what’s most important to you. What do I… Read more »

The Human Touch

It’s amazing just how far the field of dentistry has evolved thanks to modern day technology and science. For dental professionals today, it’s not enough to just keep your patients’ teeth clean. Continuing education courses and countless hours and dollars are constantly being spent to ensure that patients receive the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and high-quality… Read more »

Keep Your Toothbrush Sanitary for Your Dental Health, Chicago

Keep Your Toothbrush Clean and Sanitary When you brush your teeth, you’re main concern is, of course, removing food debris and plaque from your teeth. But your mouth is full of bacteria (including those found in plaque), much of which ends up on your toothbrush. According to the American Dental Association, studies show that microorganisms… Read more »

Going Green: Eating Leafy Green Vegetables Could Prevent Oral Cancer

Leafy Green Vegetables Could Prevent Oral Cancer You could be aware of the dangers of oral cancer, especially if you regularly read this blog. Maybe you’ve read the statistics: oral cancer is diagnosed in 37,000 people each year, and it kills about one person every hour. You could also be aware that use of tobacco… 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 »

Chicago, See How Beautiful Dental Bridges Can Be

In a recent blog, we explained how dental bridges from Chicago cosmetic dentist Dr. James Fondriest can replace missing teeth. Today, we will look at examples of the beautiful bridgework that Dr. Fondriest has placed for some of his patients. The bridges that Dr. Fondriest designs and places are created by a world-class ceramist. They… Read more »

Know the Facts: Gum Disease and Stroke

May is Stroke Awareness Month. How much do you know about strokeprevention? Did you know that stroke is linked to oral health? Although diabetes and high blood pressure are well-known risk factors for stroke, a recent study released by the Seoul National University-College of Dentistry in Seoul, North Korea, found that gum disease poses double… 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 »

The Cosmetic Dentist as an Artist

Is Your Dentist an Artist? Cosmetic dentistry is a scientific discipline, but it also involves artistry. Dr. James Fondriest, a Chicago cosmetic dentist, possesses the attention to detail and aesthetic eye of a true artist. His work is highly sought-after by people in Chicago and across the country. Dr. Fondriest holds consultations with each patient… Read more »

Chicago, Porcelain Veneers Can Give You a New Look!

Porcelain veneers can hide flaws in your teeth to give you a gorgeous smile. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. James Fondriest provides state-of-the-art porcelain veneers. The veneers that Dr. Fondriest places are ultra-thin (which means they require less tooth removal), yet durable. And the technology used to bond veneers to teeth was originally developed… Read more »

Celiac Awareness Month: How Celiac Affects Dental Health

Celiac is a disorder triggered by the protein gluten, found in wheat, barley, and rye. When a celiac sufferer eats food containing even traces of gluten, the immune system produces antibodies that attack the small intestine. This not only causes intestinal pain, but also prevents the absorption of important nutrients, which affects the entire body. This… Read more »

Dental Bridges: The Right Fit to Replace Your Missing Teeth?

If you are missing teeth, it is important to replace them early because they can cause shifting or loss of remaining teeth, gum disease, or loss of jawbone density. Dentists offer a variety of options to replace teeth, including dental implants, partial dentures, and bridgework. Dr. James Fondriest, a Lake Forest, IL, cosmetic dentist, will… Read more »

How Sophisticated North Shore Residents Achieve Whiter Teeth

If you want whiter teeth, you might be overwhelmed by the number of professional and over-the-counter products available. How do you choose the right one? You can start by eliminating over-the-counter products from your list, because they do not yield results that are as permanent or striking as professional whitening. As for the right professional… Read more »

Dr. James Fondriest: Putting the “Care” in Dental Care for Chicago’s North Shore

Do you dread appointments with your doctor or dentist because the experience is akin to being herded in and out like cattle? Dr. James Fondriest and his staff at Lake Forest Dental Arts will give you the one-on-one care that you deserve. Dr. Fondriest intentionally limits his patients so that he can fully meet the… Read more »

Flossing Tips from Your Chicago Dentist

Does flossing daily seem like a tedious, unnecessary task? Do you rarely or never floss? Perhaps you should understand how important flossing is. Brushing alone cannot remove all of the food debris and plaque that hides between your teeth. When you don’t floss, you put yourself at risk for gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth… 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 »

Revolutionary No-Prep Veneers

When you think of porcelain veneers, you may imagine undergoing a long process during which tooth enamel is removed and a bulky new layer is added to your teeth. But if you have an issue with slightly crooked, poorly shaped, too small, or otherwise less-than-gorgeous teeth, no-prep and low-prep veneers are a wonderful way to… Read more »

Do you brush your teeth properly?

How to brush your teeth You might think proper brushing is common sense, but many intelligent people brush their teeth incorrectly. Brushing and flossing your teeth properly is the key to keeping your mouth healthy. You should use a different technique from the one you used as a kid. Adults and children should use slightly… Read more »