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By Dr. John Isbrandt
August 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

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 root canalstop. 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!

By Dr. John Isbrandt
April 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you ready to find out whether dental implants are right for you?dental implants

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!

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
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
May 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

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