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By Dr. John Isbrandt
January 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

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. fillingsJohn 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.

By Dr. John Isbrandt
November 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Invisalign   braces   orthodontics  

This clear orthodontic system could give you results without other people noticing your braces.invisalign

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!

By Dr. John Isbrandt
September 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Family Dentistry  

Selecting one dentist for your whole family can be very beneficial. Children can see the same dentist from childhood through adulthood so family dentistrythere is no need to make a change as they get older. Additionally, visiting the same dentist throughout your life allows your dentist to become completely familiar with your oral health history and provide you the best dental care possible. Dr. John Isbrandt is your St. Charles, IL family dentist for the entire family.

What is a Family Dentist?

A family dentist treats patients of all ages. They see young children to older adults in their retirement years. Family dentists provide a range of dental services, from routine checkups to cosmetic procedures. Services provided by many family dentists include filling cavities; performing root canals; installation of crowns, implants or veneers; teeth whitening; and even orthodontic work for straightening the teeth. Check with your St. Charles family dentist to learn more about specific dental services.

Benefits of a Family Dentist

Having one dentist for the whole family offers many benefits. One benefit is the convenience of coordinating with a single dental office when scheduling appointments for the entire family. Additionally, if you schedule everyone’s appointments for the same day, you’ll save time and travel by making a single trip to the dentist’s office. Another benefit of selecting one dentist for the whole family is comfort. The youngest members of the family will experience the comfort of visiting a trusted and familiar dentist from childhood through adulthood.

Choosing one dentist for your whole family is an excellent way to promote consistent dental care throughout each family member’s life. When your children are comfortable with the dentist they’ve seen since childhood and can continue visiting that same dentist at any age, they will be more likely to maintain regular dental visits in adulthood. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Isbrandt, your St. Charles, IL family dentist, call the office at (630) 584-8787.

By Dr. John Isbrandt
July 25, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: flossing   brushing  

Maintaining your dental hygiene is an important part of your overall health, but you may need to reevaluate your habits to make sure you'reFlossing getting the most out of your brushing and flossing routine. Dr. John Isbrandt, your dentist in St. Charles, IL, has provided some helpful information for his patients on this subject.


We all know that brushing our teeth is necessary in the battle against tooth decay, but are you doing it the right way? Read through this checklist from your St. Charles dentist and decide if your routine needs some "brushing up."

  • Use a non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush.
  • Switch out your toothbrush every three to four months, or whenever the bristles start to loosen or become splayed.
  • Brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time. An electric toothbrush with a timer can help with this part.


It can be difficult to know how to work flossing into your daily routine, but the benefits are well worth it! Your dentist wants patients to know that when you floss doesn't matter - morning, afternoon or evening - just that it's done once a day to keep plaque and tartar from building up between the teeth. This, combined with the convenience of disposable flossing picks instead of the traditional spool, gives you the freedom to choose a time and setting that works best for you. Flossing before or after you brush your teeth is always acceptable, but you could keep a supply of picks next to your bedside table to floss while you're reading or checking emails in the evening. Some people even keep the picks in their car and floss before heading into work in the morning or after their lunch break.


While brushing and flossing are an excellent way to keep your dental health in check, the best thing you can do for your teeth is make two appointments each year with Dr. Isbrandt. The deep cleaning will remove any tartar buildup, which will keep both your teeth and gums healthy. X-rays will display any cavities that may not immediately show up. Any other problems can be detected early and treated as soon as possible, giving you the best chance for a quick recovery and a lower cost.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact the dental office of Dr. Isbrandt in St. Charles, IL today!

By Dr. John Isbrandt
May 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Let our experts answer all of your burning questions about dental implants

Are you interested in getting dental implants? There is truly no better alternative to natural teeth than implants. Of course, you may not be sure this is the right treatment for you. This is why our St. Charles, IL, dentist, Dr. John Isbrandt, has answered some popular questions about dental implants to put your mind at ease and help make your decision easier.

Q. What are dental implants?

A. Implants are metal posts that are able to replace your missing tooth roots. They even function just like tooth roots by fusing together naturally with the bone and tissue. Once implants are in place, they will stay there permanently. From there, an abutment is placed over top of the implant. This structure’s sole purpose is to connect the implant with the dental crown that will be placed at the very end of your treatment.

Q. How are dental implants placed?

A. In order to get implants, you will have to undergo minor surgery. Not to worry, this procedure is performed right here in our office. During the procedure, we will place the implant under the gumline.

Q. How long does treatment take?

A. This will really depend on several factors including how healthy you are, how many implants we are placing and how well you care for your smile during the course of your treatment. It will take a couple of months for the bone and tissue to fuse together with the implant. The entire treatment could take anywhere from six months to one year or more to complete.

Q. Who is a good candidate for implants?

A. Anyone who maintains good oral and general health will most likely benefit from getting implants. Ideal candidates should also be non-smokers and not planning on becoming pregnant during the course of their treatment.

If you want to find out if you are a candidate for implants, then call our St. Charles, IL, dental office today to learn more. We are happy to sit down with you for a personal consultation to decide if dental implants are the best option.

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