Decay, or the dental cavity, is the number one oral health issue in children and adults across the globe, asserts the World Health Organization. Most often the result of weakened enamel or poor oral hygiene, cavities can lead to a dental abscess, or infection, and even to tooth loss.
What's the usual treatment? Fillings help make your teeth strong again after being attacked by dental decay. Dr. John Isbrandt, your St. Charles, IL dentist, diagnoses tooth decay with careful inspection of tooth surfaces, and digital x-rays as needed. He offers the latest in restorative dentistry to bring tooth structure back to full health and great appearance.
What Causes a Cavity?
The human mouth teems with a particular kind of bacteria that thrives on food residues leftover on teeth and in interdental spaces after meals. Twice daily brushing and once a day flossing, as recommended by the American Dental Association, removes much of that sticky biofilm, or plaque.
However, even the most diligent of toothbrushers and flossers miss some plaque. So, twice yearly professional cleanings with Dr. Isbrandt and his staff remove hidden plaque, hard tartar and the bacteria that live in the mouth.
Sometimes, these oral microorganisms have secreted enough enamel-etching acid to damage teeth. That's when cavities form. If decay goes deep enough, the soft pulp in the inner chambers, or root canals, may infect, necessitating endodontic, or root canal, therapy.
Options for Restoring Decay
Metal, or amalgam, fillings have restored cavities for generations. Strong, but dark and unattractive in appearance, amalgam fillings repair damaged teeth and last for many years.
In recent decades, however, the tooth-colored, or composite resin, filling, has become more popular. Unlike its amalgam counterpart, the tooth-colored filling looks good anywhere in the mouth because it is:
- bonded right to existing tooth structure
- wonderfully natural-looking and color-matched to tooth enamel
- smooth and reflects light just like the real thing
Additionally, composite resin, a unique combination of glass and acrylic, flows smoothly into the area prepared for filling. Your St. Charles, IL dentist etches the tooth surface with a special primer and adds the composite resin layer by layer, hardening it with a curing light. The result is a highly durable bond that withstands the constant physical forces of biting, chewing and speaking.
Composite resin also has applications in cosmetic dentistry as it fills gaps, repairs cracks and chips and smooths mildly overcrowded teeth. With good hygiene and avoiding hard foods such as peanut brittle, bonding and tooth-colored fillings stay intact for years.
Improve Your Smile
If you fall prey to dental decay, don't worry. Dr. John Isbrandt, St. Charles, IL dentist, has the resources and expertise to fully restore your smile. Call the office today to make an appointment: (630) 584-8787.
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 treatment. 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.
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, healthier 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.
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.
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.
Say 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.
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 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.
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