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.

By John Isbrandt, D.D.S., P.C.
December 18, 2014
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental implants have become more and more popular over the years. In 1952 a surgeon found that a piece of titanium metal incorporated itself into bone tissue and couldn’t be removed. This led to dental surgeons using titanium to replace teeth by setting the metal in the jawbone of the mouth. The technology has advanced since then, offering patients a viable and permanent tooth replacement solution. Learn how to take care of your dental implants after they’re placed by St. Charles dental implants Dr. John M. Isbrandt DDS.Dental Implants

Brush Regularly
Once they’ve healed, your dental implants are just like the rest of your rooted teeth. That means that you have to treat them with the same care and consideration as the rest of your teeth. Brush your teeth twice or more per day to remove food particles from the surface of your dental implant, but take extra care to brush around the area where the gum meets the artificial tooth. This will help remove bacteria that can lead to tooth loss.

Floss around Your Implants
In addition to brushing, it’s important to floss around your tooth implants at least once per day; preferably before bed. As is the case with your original teeth, plaque can form at the base of the tooth that could cause infections and gum disease. If you want to keep your new tooth for a lifetime, take special care to floss thoroughly.

Improve Your Diet
Another way that you can take good care of your St. Charles dental implants is to better your diet. Eat more healthy snacks like grapes, raisins, carrots, celery and whole grains. Improving your overall health will help keep your gums healthy and strong so that they can support the implants for a lifetime.

Schedule Regular Checkups with Dr. Isbrandt
Once you have your tooth replacements, it’s also important that you maintain regular dental appointments. Dr. Isbrandt can do a more thorough cleaning to ensure that the implants stay healthy. Schedule your next appointment with St. Charles dental implants Dr. John M. Isbrandt DDS by calling (630) 584-8787 or visit to request a time online.

By John Isbrandt, D.D.S., P.C.
December 10, 2014
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Dental Implants  

Every year, millions of Americans experience a variety of accidents that leave their teeth chipped, fractured, or missing completely. The sad truth about tooth injury is that it can often lead to tooth decay, which is treated by extraction in a lot of cases.

Just because you’ve lost teeth to injury doesn’t mean you have to give up hope that you’ll ever smile again. New developments inDental Implants dental medicine have made tooth restoration a staple in almost every dental practice in the country. Keep reading to learn more about dental implants and how they can change your smile—and your life—forever.

Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

The only way to know for sure if you are a good candidate for dental implants is to talk with your dentist. However, there are a few things that factor into your chances of success with dental implants. The following attributes can greatly increase the likelihood that you will be a good candidate for dental implants.

  • You are missing one or more permanent teeth.
  • You are a non-smoker.
  • You currently have no known tooth or gum disease.

Your dentist will also check to make sure you have sufficient bone growth in your jaw to be able to support an implant.

How Do Implants Work?

There are a variety of implant options available: single teeth, bridges, or even full dentures can be supported by implants. Your dentist can help you decide which type of implant will best suit your needs.

Dental implants are cylindrical posts usually made of titanium. These posts are surgically placed in the jawbone. As the bone heals from surgery, it will fuse to the implant, keeping it locked into place. After the site has completely healed, a permanent tooth prosthetic can be placed atop the implant and bonded with a special type of resin.

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

The benefits of dental implants are endless. Though implantation treatment can take several weeks to complete, it won’t negatively impact your everyday life. Most patients have reported minimal pain in the aftermath of the procedure and were able to eat, drink, talk, laugh, and smile without any problems.

To learn more about dental implants and other types of tooth restoration in the St. Charles, IL area, call (630) 584-8787 today!

By John Isbrandt, DDS, PC
November 26, 2014
Category: Oral Health

You would be surprised how much sugar is actually hiding in some of your favorite, and most consumed foods.

The CDC has found that childhood obesity has more than doubled, and adolescent obesity has quadrupled over the past 30 years. Some of this is due to the shockingly high sugar intake. In fact, the average American consumes about three pounds of sugar each week. If this doesn’t make your jaw drop, we don’t know what will; however, while some of us may nix having candy and sugary snacks in the house, there is still an abundance of added sugar lurking in foods you consume each day. You may not even know it, but it’s important that you’re aware so you can steer clear from unnecessary sugar. Your St. Charles dentist is here to give you the lowdown on sugar consumption.


What is the proper daily allowance of sugar?

First it’s important to note that there are two kinds of sugar: those that are naturally occurring (like in fruit or milk) and added sugar (like you would find in concentrated fruit juices).
The World Health Organization states that only 5 percent of your daily caloric intake should come from added sugars: this is about five to six teaspoons for women and seven to eight teaspoons for men.

Check labels

Just because you aren’t partaking in junk food or candy, doesn’t mean that you are still within the perimeters of proper sugar intake. Be sure to check labels for everything you pick up in the grocery store. Here’s how to properly read those nutritional labels:
  • Look for “carbs as sugars” on the label, as this will include both natural and added sugars. If the product is 5g per 100g, then sugar content is low. If the product is 15g per 100g, you’re looking at a high intake of sugar.
  • Look for ingredients that end in ‘ose’ like glucose or fructose, as they are types of sugar. Also be on the lookout for honey, molasses, corn syrup and agave.

Remove Hidden Sugar Culprits

  • Packaged and frozen foods, and even low fat and diet products can have a large amount of sugar and other unhealthy preserves to improve the flavor.
  • Canned soups and sauces (tomato sauce)
  • Fruit juice concentrates are often loaded with added sugars. If you must have your daily cup of orange juice, opt for the freshly squeezed bottle in your grocery store’s produce section. Also, stick to only one glass of fruit juice a day.
  • Salad dressings
  • Cereals
  • Flavored yogurts
  • Granola and other “to-go” bars
  • Processed white breads



Call John Isbrandt, DDS, PC Today!

Limiting your sugar intake will help stave off cavities and other dental problems, which will make your next trip to our St. Charles dental office a breeze. If it’s time for your six-month checkup, or you think you might be dealing with a cavity, then call our office right away. Removing sugar from your diet will inevitably create a healthier smile and a healthier you!
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By John Isbrandt, D.D.S., P.C.
November 13, 2014
Category: Oral Health

Injuries to the mouth are painful and excruciating, especially in the area of sports. Damages to the mouth tend to be a significant problem in the sports world, especially contact sports such as boxing. Joliet Smile World Dental Center has many precautions and information for those who participate in contact sports and need dental support.

When teeth are damaged from boxing or a contact sport, come see us as quickly as possible. Waiting to treat the injury after the sporting event can make it much worse than what it could have been, as well as giving you a greater chance at a full recovery. So, what can boxers do to ensure dental injuries don’t happen?

Mouth Guards

Mouth guards should be worn when participating in any activity that has high-impact segments. Strikes or blows to the teeth are the most common injury. Wearing a mouth guard for all sports can help prevent injury. Many guards are available. Different types include:

  • Pre-made: Can be purchased at sporting goods stores.
  • Boil and bite: Can be purchased at sporting goods stores.
  • Custom-made: Specifically made for you by your orthodontist so the mouthguard can properly fit over your braces to protect your smile.

Also, be sure it stays firmly in place during the activity and does not limit your breathing.

Emergency Dental Treatment

Sometimes, dental accidents cannot be avoided. Like we stated before, seeing the dentist immediately is the best choice for you and your mouth. Our office offers emergency dental treatment for those who have chipped teeth, moved teeth, or teeth that have been entirely knocked out. Call our office as soon as you can and we will do whatever we can to care for you as quickly as possible. We also offer a 24-hour emergency call system for our patients, as well.

You don’t have to give up what you love (boxing) because of a scary dental emergency. Just remember to use a mouthguard and see us as soon as an dental injury occurs. You can contact our office by calling 815-741-4155.

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