By John Isbrandt, D.D.S., P.C.
September 10, 2015
Category: Dental Procedure

Dental Implants vs. Dental BridgesSay you've lost 2 teeth in a fall. Unfortunately, dental trauma can happen at any time, and accidents like this are all too common. You are faced with a decision: how should you replace those missing teeth?

Dental bridgework versus dental implants: which is right choice for appearance, function and longevity? John M. Isbrandt DDS PC, serving the St. Charles, IL area, has the experience and skill to help you navigate your options to create a superior smile that will last.

Dental Bridgework

For years, bridges have served people well as a good tooth replacement choice. Comprised of one or more porcelain prosthetic teeth, traditional bridges are anchored to neighboring teeth with crowns or by a bonding process (Maryland bridge). Either choice involves removal of tooth enamel from the supporting teeth.

Bridgework is relatively strong and natural-looking. It also restores normal chewing and speaking and acts as a placeholder so the remaining natural teeth do not drift out of alignment.

Budget-wise, dental bridges are usually a cost-sparing choice. They do not last forever, however. Depending on wear and tear, bridges require replacement after a decade or so.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are the definitive tooth replacement choice. For individuals with sufficient jawbone and healthy gums, implants provide the most natural-looking and functioning prosthetic teeth available.

Implants are constructed from 3 parts:

  • a titanium screw, or implant device, which the dentist inserts into the jaw bone in an in-office surgical procedure
  • a metal abutment or post affixed to the implant device after a period of healing
  • a custom-crafted porcelain crown

The implant procedure is highly successful (around 98 percent). The device bonds securely to the jaw bone and actually encourages its growth through a natural process called osseointegration. The American Academy of Periodontology, a group of dental specialists focused on combating gum disease, says that dental implants can replace one or more teeth singly or even support fixed bridgework or a full denture.

The initial cost of a dental implant is more pricey than bridgework or partial denture options. However, a dental implant is usually a one-time fix. Good brushing and flossing avoids gum disease around the implant, and the device is not subject to decay. Additionally, unlike traditional bridgework, implants and implant-supported bridges maintain the integrity of the jawbone, helping preserve surrounding teeth and avoiding expensive restorations down the road.

Which One is Right for You?

That's a great question to ask St.Charles dental implant dentist Dr. John Isbrandt. He will examine your teeth, gums and bone structure and present you with a treatment plan to correctly address your tooth replacement needs.

Contact his professional team for a one-on-one consultation today: (513) 825-7570.

By John Isbrandt, D.D.S., P.C.
June 17, 2015
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Dental Implants  

Find out what makes up a dental implant and how they work.

Want to know more about getting dental implants from your St. Charles dentist Dr. John Isbrandt? Discover what makes a dental implantDental Implants so successful in replacing a missing tooth!

Dental implants are made up of three different components:

  • The implant
  • The abutment
  • A dental crown

The Implant

The implant is the metal post that is placed into the jawbone and acts just like a tooth root. The key to what makes an implant successful lies in what it’s made from. Most implants are made from titanium. Titanium is known to have a unique relationship with natural human tissue and bones.

The implant is placed into a small hole drilled into the jawbone and then given several weeks to heal. During this time a process known as osseointegration takes place. This is when the surrounding bone and tissue bond and fuse with the implant, which is only possible because of the type of metal used. This is the basis for how a dental implant is so successful at replacing a missing tooth.

The Abutment

The abutment is screwed on top of the implant, where it sits above the gums. An abutment serves as a connector between the implant, which lies below the gums and the dental crown, which replaces your missing tooth. An abutment can be made from metal or porcelain, but porcelain tends to be more popular, as it looks more natural and tooth-like than its metal counterpart.

The Dental Crown

A dental crown is used for a multitude of cosmetic dental treatments including after root canal treatment or even to help support dental bridges. Your St. Charles dentist will also attach a dental crown to the abutment to permanently replace your missing tooth. While a dental crown can be made from everything from metal amalgam to ceramic, patients tend to choose options like porcelain, which are still durable but look more like a natural tooth.

Want to find out if dental implants are right for you? Then it’s time to schedule a consultation with your St. Charles dentist. Give our office a call today!

By John Isbrandt, D.D.S., P.C.
April 15, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign  

By now, you've probably heard about the fantastic new teeth straightening procedure John M. Isbrandt DDS, PC and other St. Charles, IL dentists are offering to their patients: Invisalign. Invisalign is truly like no other teeth straightening method out there. Read on to learn more about the benefits this fantastic new teeth straightening method can offer you.Invisible Braces

Invisalign is Invisible

Many people visit a Dr. Isbrandt for Invisalign because they want their teeth straightened without the unsightliness of traditional metal braces. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign aligners are practically invisible. Wear it to work, to your children's soccer games, or out on a date! The aligners are clear and inconspicuous enough that no one has to know.

Invisalign is Removable

Invisalign aligners can also be taken out whenever you want. While you will still need to wear your aligners 18 to 22 hours every day, if you ever have a special occasion that you would really like to attend without your aligners, you can!

Invisalign is Easier to Clean

Cleaning your teeth is always important, but it is even more important when you have braces. Unfortunately, wearing braces also makes cleaning your teeth that much more difficult, as getting in between every wire and into every crevice can be difficult and time-consuming. Thankfully, cleaning your teeth with Invisalign is simple. Just remove your aligners and brush, floss and rinse like normal! Make sure that you clean your Invisalign aligners while you're at it too.

If you would love straighten your teeth, but you are concerned with how wearing metal braces will impact your life, you do have options. Call Dr. Isbrandt, your St. Charles Dentist, to discuss your treatment options, and to find out if you might be a good candidate for Invisalign today!

By John Isbrandt, D.D.S., P.C.
February 20, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Cancer  

Oral cancer may not receive the publicity of other, better known, cancers, but that doesn't mean that it's any less dangerous. In fact, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation, the death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of skin cancer and cervical cancer. Clearly, oral cancer isn't a condition that can just be ignored.

The problem with oral cancer isn't just that it claims so many lives, however. The problem is that too often the signs and symptoms Oral Cancerof oral cancer don't show up until after the disease has already progressed. This means that many St. Charles residents may be at risk for or even have oral cancer, but they aren't visiting their dentist, John M. Isbrandt D.D.S., P.C., for treatment because they don't know that they have it.

Symptoms of oral cancer typically include dry or irritated patches on the throat, difficulty swallowing, decreased ability to move the tongue, swelling, numbness and pain. If you notice any of these symptoms of oral cancer, you need to visit your St. Charles dentist for an oral cancer screening right away.

On the other hand, if you don't have any of the above symptoms, does that mean that you aren't at risk for the disease? Unfortunately, it does not. Oral cancer generally begins to spread before there are any symptoms at all. This makes catching the disease early difficult, but not impossible.

The best way to prevent oral cancer is by visiting your St. Charles dentist for cleanings and oral cancer screenings regularly. Generally, patients need a cleaning twice a year and an oral cancer screening once a year. The process is quick and non-invasive, and it is essential for catching the disease early, when treatment options and expected outcomes are at their best.

If it's been a while since your last visit to Dr. Isbrandt, today is the day to change that. Call and schedule an appointment for a routine cleaning and oral cancer screening today. Your health may just depend on it.

By John Isbrandt, D.D.S., P.C.
January 16, 2015
Category: Oral Health

If your dentist has diagnosed you with periodontal disease, this information will walk you through the process of treating it.

Periodontitis is a chronic oral inflammatory disease characterized by swelling of the gums and density loss of the bones surrounding the teeth. It causes receding gums, bad breath, and can lead to tooth loss in its later stages. Severe gum disease has also been linked with other more serious vascular problems such as stroke, heart attack and hardening of the arteries. Therefore, it is imperative that its process is arrested through the following techniques:

Calculus removal

A dental hygienist at your St Charles dentist office will begin treating the periodontal disease by removing hardened tartar, also called calculus, from your tooth surfaces. Calculus cannot be removed by conventional brushing or flossing. This is done through a deep cleaning procedure called scaling and root planing, which involves using hand-held instruments that scrape the calculus off the teeth and away from the gums. Mild discomfort is common during and after the procedure; numbing agents can be used to alleviate this.

Oxygen therapy

The bacteria that causes periodontal disease is unable to survive in oxygenated environments. Hydrogen peroxide, administered on the gum line through a water pick at your dentist's office, thoroughly cleans the areas where calculus had previously formed. At home, brushing gently with a hydrogen peroxide solution will prevent the growth of these pathogens. Because periodontitis is a chronic disorder, diligent routine maintenance at home is essential for keeping it at bay.

Other options

Occasionally an oral antibiotic (doxycycline) is prescribed to inhibit bone and tissue loss. Its side effects are generally mild, making it a good choice in helping to eradicate the disease-causing bacteria.

In critically advanced cases, surgery may be the only option. These procedures may involve grafting tissue or bone.

Although periodontitis is a serious infection, it is treatable and largely preventable with proper oral hygiene. Your Kane County dentist will discuss the degree of your diagnosis with you and help to plan a course of action to treat it.

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St. Charles, IL Dentist
John Isbrandt, D.D.S., P.C.
2210 Dean Street Suite 0-2
St. Charles, IL 60175
(630) 584-8787

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