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By John Isbrandt, D.D.S., P.C.
February 26, 2016
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: dental fillings  

Find out more about a dental filling and how it is placed.

A cavity can wreak havoc on your oral health, especially if you don’t see your St. Charles, IL dentist Dr. John Isbrandt right away for dental fillingstreatment. Of course, the minute someone thinks about getting a dental procedure they get a bit nervous, especially if they don’t know anything about it. So let’s make sure you understand more about your upcoming dental filling so you feel more at ease.

Why are fillings necessary?

Your mouth contains bacteria, which feeds off certain foods like sugary treats that then produce an acid that damages and wears away at the enamel of your teeth. If you don’t properly brush away this sticky plaque layer then the bacteria causes small holes in your teeth known as decay or cavities. When a cavity occurs the only way to treat it is to get a dental filling from your St. Charles general dentist.

What are the different kinds of fillings?

Fillings are designed to fill the removed part of decayed enamel to restore the tooth’s appearance and function. Of course, there are a couple different ways to do this. Dental fillings come in a variety of materials like amalgam or composite resin. Amalgam fillings are often made from silver, mercury, tin, copper or zinc. Sure, they aren’t the color of a real tooth but they are extremely strong, long lasting and great for restoring back teeth.

Of course, composite resin fillings are the most commonly used and the most popular since they are tooth-colored. Even though they aren’t as strong as their amalgam counterparts they are still durable and offer a better aesthetic option.

How is a filling placed?

Our goal for any treatment is to make sure that you are comfortable the entire time. This means a local anesthesia will be administered to eliminate any potential discomfort. Once the anesthesia has taken effect we will begin to drill out the decayed portions of enamel until it has all been removed.

If we are using a tooth-colored filling this is usually the time that we will check the shade of your tooth so we use a composite resin that most closely matches. Then we will fill the tooth layer by layer, often using a dental laser to harden each layer. We will also need to mold and adjust the layers to make sure they are properly shaped and don’t change your bite.

Once the last layer is hardened we will give your filling one last check and smooth down any areas that may be a bit rough before polishing the tooth.

Need to schedule your next dental visit? Dealing with tooth pain or other issues? Then call our St. Charles dental office right away. Let John Isbrandt, DDS, PC give you the healthy smile you deserve.

By John Isbrandt, D.D.S., P.C.
January 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Invisalign  

Find out if you are a good candidate for these practically invisible braces.

With the New Year in full swing, you’ve probably been thinking about ways to revamp your smile. If you want to get a straighter, healthierinvisalign smile for 2016 then it’s time you started. Braces are certainly not what they used to be and now your St. Charles, IL dentist Dr. John M. Isbrandt can offer patients a virtually invisible way get the smile they want.

Consider this a helpful self-assessment to see if you should take the next step and get Invisalign in St. Charles:

Q. Are you an adult or teen?

Q. Are you looking for a more subtle way to straighten your smile?

Q. Will you be dedicated to your orthodontic treatment?

Q. Do you have dental insurance or a health savings account?

Q. Are you looking to achieve one of these smile corrections with Invisalign?

  • Fix an overbite
  • Fix an underbite
  • Fix an open bite
  • Fix a crossbite
  • Fix gaps between teeth
  • Fix overcrowding
  • Get a straighter smile altogether

If you answered yes to most or all of these questions then Invisalign may be the right choice for you. Invisalign is made up of a series of customized clear aligners that are designed to strategically move teeth a specific amount, as predetermined by your St. Charles general dentist.

Invisalign offers some wonderful benefits for both teens and adults looking to achieve a straighter smile but without other people seeing their braces. The customized thermoplastic also makes these aligners more comfortable than traditional metal braces.

While you’ll have dietary restrictions and changes to your oral care routine with traditional braces you won’t have any of these issues with Invisalign. Just remove your aligners before brushing or eating, rinse them out and put them back in. It’s that simple.

If you are ready for a new smile this year then it’s time to find out if Invisalign is the best option for your smile goals. Call our St. Charles dental office today to schedule your next appointment and let us know you are interested in getting Invisalign.

By John Isbrandt, D.D.S., P.C.
November 10, 2015
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Dental Implants  

When it comes time to choose the right tooth replacement option for you, you want an option that's not only durable and attractive but also easy to take care of. Thankfully, dental implants from John Isbrandt, D.D.S., P.C. in St. Charles offer all of these great benefits and more.Dental Implants

Caring for Dental Implants

Caring for dental implants from Dr. Isbrandt in St. Charles couldn't be easier--you simply clean and maintain them the same way you would your original teeth. Brush twice a day; floss and rinse once a day. Visit Dr. Isbrandt for routine dental check-ups twice yearly and be sure to let your dental hygienist know you have dental implants while you're in.

With dental implants, you don't have to give up any foods or use any special tools or cleaning products. You don't ever take them out and you don't have to worry about special pastes to keep them in place. Once the procedure is complete, you simply smile and eat like normal. Except that this time, you'll look great doing it!

Dental implants look and feel so natural and are so easy to take care of that you might even forget that you have them!

Additional Benefits of Dental Implants

The ease of maintenance isn't the only benefit dental implants have to offer, either. Dental implants are also strong, durable and reliable. In fact, they will last a lifetime if taken care of properly. Dental implants don't shift or slide around and they don't harm your surrounding teeth, like other tooth replacement options can. They look completely natural and they support proper jaw health.

If you are looking for a quality tooth replacement option that is durable, attractive and easy to maintain, look no further than dental implants from Dr. Isbrandt in St. Charles. Call today to set up an appointment for a consultation. You'll be glad you did.

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!

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