Ouch! Having a toothache is unpleasant, to say the least, and it's even worse when you're not sure what's causing it or how to make it stop. If you've had dental pain for a few days with no relief in sight, you may need a root canal from Dr. John Isbrandt, your dentist in St. Charles, IL. Rather than wondering why your teeth are causing you discomfort, arm yourself with information that will help you make good decisions about your dental health. Dr. Isbrandt explains the signs that a root canal could be the answer to your problems!
Why do I need a root canal?
The solid outside layers of your teeth protect the pulp, a soft tissue that surrounds blood vessels and nerves, that is located inside each tooth. A cavity that has gone unnoticed or an accident that has broken the tooth, however, can leave this area vulnerable to infection. When this happens, a root canal from your St. Charles dentist will remove the damaged tissue and replace it with a rubber filling that keeps the hollow tooth strong and stable. A porcelain or metal crown covers up the outer damage to the tooth and adds another layer of protection.
How can I tell if I need a root canal?
There are some ways that an infection inside a tooth will make itself known, and it's important to know the signs so you can get treatment from your St. Charles dentist right away. Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold stimuli is often the first indication that something is wrong; that's because the nerves inside your teeth are no longer insulated from extreme temperatures. Breakage can also produce a sharp pain when you're chewing due to the outside of the tooth shifting against the inside. If a blister or open sore forms on the gum tissue near the affected tooth, this is a clear sign that you need to be seen by a dentist right away.
The best way to prevent toothaches - and root canals! - is to stay current with your checkups at Dean Street Dental in St. Charles, IL. If you need a cleaning, or you think you might require a root canal or other dental procedure, call us now to schedule an appointment with Dr. Isbrandt!
Are you ready to improve your smile but aren't sure which orthodontic treatment is right for you? Invisalign offers a few benefits you won't receive if you choose metal or ceramic braces. Our St. Charles, IL, dentist, Dr. John Isbrandt, can help you evaluate your orthodontic options during a visit to his office.
What is Invisalign?
Wires and brackets don't have to be a part of your orthodontic treatment when you choose Invisalign. The system uses clear, removable aligner trays to correct the position of your teeth. Trays are made of comfortable plastic and fit snugly against your teeth. A proper fit is essential to ensure that your aligner trays are virtually unnoticeable and don't interfere with speech.
During your first Invisalign appointment, your dentist will create a 3D image of your mouth using digital impressions, images, and X-rays. The image will be used to design a series of trays that you'll wear throughout your treatment. Trays are designed to be worn for two weeks, then replaced with the next set in the series.
What are the benefits of the Invisalign system?
Invisalign offers several important advantages, including:
- Little Change to Your Appearance: Metal and ceramic braces may be effective, but many people resist wearing them due to concerns about their appearance. Invisalign aligner trays offer the ideal option if you want to straighten your smile discreetly.
- No Adjustments: Metal and ceramic braces must be adjusted periodically by changing the tension of the wires. Although adjustments can be a little painful, they're absolutely essential. Adjustments aren't needed with Invisalign, although you'll still have to visit your St. Charles dentist regularly for follow-up appointments.
- Comfort: Stray wires can cause painful canker sores or cuts in your mouth. Irritation or lacerations aren't a problem when you wear plastic aligner trays instead of traditional braces.
- Convenience: Trays are removed when you eat, brush, and floss, play sports or attend special events. You won't have to eliminate certain foods during your treatment or learn a complicated oral hygiene routine.
- Shorter Treatment Period for Adults: If you're an adult, you may be able to achieve your straightening goals after wearing your aligners for only one year. Teenagers will need to follow the same schedule, whether they choose Invisalign or metal or ceramic braces.
Straighten your smile discreetly with Invisalign! Call St. Charles, IL, dentist, Dr. Isbrandt, at (630) 584-8787 to schedule your appointment.
Are you ready to find out whether dental implants are right for you?
While it was an exciting moment to lose a tooth as a child, we know that it’s anything but exciting when you lose a tooth as an adult. We all think this problem will never happen to us, but unfortunately for millions of American adults, it does. Luckily, our St. Charles, IL, dentist Dr. John Isbrandt is here to restore your smile with the next best thing to a real tooth: a dental implant.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw or post that takes the place of your missing tooth’s roots. The roots of a tooth are important because they provide the jawbone with the ample stimulation it needs. Without the presence of all tooth roots, the jawbone would deteriorate. This is why it’s so important to replace the tooth roots with an implant once a tooth falls out.
How does an implant work?
First, our St. Charles, IL, general dentist will need to examine your mouth and run X-rays to determine whether or not you are an ideal candidate for implants. Once we’ve determined that implants are right for you we will need to surgically place the implant into the jawbone. This procedure is minor and is performed right here in our office under local anesthesia (you’ll be able to go home right after the procedure).
Once the implant is placed in the jawbone we will give your mouth a few months to fully heal. During your recovery process, the jawbone and implant will fuse together.
Now that the implant and jawbone are one, the next step is to attach an abutment on top of the implant. In some cases, the abutment is already part of the implant so we won’t even have to attach it. The purpose of an abutment is to connect the implant with the artificial tooth.
The last step is to cement the tailor-made dental crown over the abutment to complete the restoration. Depending on which tooth and how many teeth you need to replace, the entire implant process can take several months or up to one year; however, that implant could end up lasting you the rest of your life.
Do you have questions about getting dental implants in St. Charles, IL? Do you think implants are the treatment option you’ve been looking for to finally say goodbye to tooth loss? If so, then call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Isbrandt today!
You're familiar with dental decay--the proverbial cavity. You've had a few in your life and sometimes wish your St. Charles, IL, dentist, Dr. John Isbrandt, wouldn't say the words,"You need a filling." However, did you know that fillings save your teeth from further damage, abscess and even extraction? It's true. Learn more about this restorative procedure and how it can help you maintain a healthy, functional and attractive smile.
What is a cavity?
A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study indicates that most Americans have experienced tooth decay to one degree or other by the time they are 65. This hole in tooth enamel originates in many ways, including:
- Poor brushing and flossing habits which allow plaque and bacteria to thrive
- High carbohydrate diet
- Lack of professional care, including check-ups and cleanings
- Oral trauma, creating cracks which allow infiltration of bacteria
- Heredity (soft enamel seems to run in families)
Ignored, a small cavity grows, often invading the soft interior pulp, causing infection and breaking down the appearance and functionality of a tooth.
How fillings help
Dr. Isbrandt examines all his patients for decay. Sometimes visual inspection uncovers a cavity, and other tools, such as intraoral cameras and digital X-rays, reveal decay in more hidden areas of the mouth, between teeth and under the gums.
If you have a cavity, rest assured your St. Charles, IL, dentist possesses precise restorative skills that will repair the tooth and preserve, or even improve, its appearance. The filling procedure is comfortable because the dentist uses locally injected anesthetic, or other sedation choices, to eliminate any discomfort.
After the tooth is numb, Dr. Isbrandt uses a high-speed drill to remove the decay and to shape the tooth to receive the filling. The most common kinds of fillings is composite resin, a durable, tooth-colored mixture of plastic and glass.
These days, composite resin is preferable because of its longevity, natural appearance and tooth-sparing qualities. In other words, the dentist removes far less healthy tooth structure to place a resin filling than he would if he were using amalgam.
Other filling choices include porcelain, precious metals (gold) and glass ionomer (which contains fluoride). Dr. Isbrandt will tell you which material is best for your tooth depending on its location and the extent of the decay.
How long will a filling last? Longevity depends on hygiene habits, material choice, and even size of the restoration. Be sure to treat all your teeth gently. Prevent fractures and dislodged fillings by avoiding hard foods and biting on pencils and other items that shouldn't go in your mouth. Finally, if you feel pain or sensitivity, see Dr. Isbrandt immediately.
Find out more
A filling can preserve the life of your tooth. Trust the process to your skilled dentist in St. Charles, IL, Dr. John Isbrandt. Call his office at (630) 584-8787 with any questions or concerns, and you'll get the help you need.
This clear orthodontic system could give you results without other people noticing your braces.
Sure, wearing braces as a child seems like a rite of passage akin to dealing with acne or learning to ride a bike; however, if you are an adult who is finally getting around to considering orthodontic treatment you may be less thrilled by the prospect of wearing metal on your teeth for the whole world to see. But what if our St. Charles, IL, dentist Dr. John Isbrandt told you that this isn’t the only way? Invisalign is the subtle way to straighten teeth without others immediately noticing.
How does Invisalign work?
Unlike the metal brackets and wires that you are used to when it comes to getting braces, the Invisalign system takes a completely different approach. Instead of bonding brackets to your teeth a series of clear, removable aligners will be created to cover over your top or bottom teeth. Each aligner is specifically designed based on the treatment plan our St. Charles, IL, general dentist creates. The treatment plan will determine what teeth will need to move and just how much they will need to move in order to get a straight smile.
What should I expect when wearing Invisalign?
This treatment is very different from traditional braces in so many ways. For one, you’ll enjoy the confidence of being able to talk to friends, classmates or colleagues without worrying that they will notice your braces first. The clear, custom-fit aligners ensure that your orthodontic treatment isn’t that noticeable.
Along with being nearly invisible, Invisalign can also be removed prior to eating, drinking, brushing or flossing. We know it’s a pain to give up your favorite foods during the course of your treatment. Now you don’t have to!
With traditional braces, people have to be careful what they eat and they also have to be more meticulous with the way they brush and floss since food can easily get trapped between the brackets and wires. Luckily, with Invisalign, nothing has to change. Just remove your aligners and you can enjoy your favorite foods or brush and floss as you normally would.
Of course, it’s important that you continue to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day to ensure that your treatment progresses as it should. The more you wear your aligners the better. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks, after which it is replaced with the next aligner in your treatment plan.
Don’t let a crooked smile get you down. Find out whether getting Invisalign in St. Charles, IL, could help turn your smile around for the better. Call our office today to learn more!
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