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How to Recognize & Treat Gingivitis

August 6, 2017

Senior woman checking smile after treatment for gingivitisPeriodontal (gum) disease is a common oral health condition that affects millions of US adults. In fact, some studies indicate as much as 80% of the population over the age of 65 struggles with some form of gum disease. The mildest type is often referred to as gingivitis, and the warning signs of this common disease are very mild. Unfortunately, gingivitis can be easily overlooked by the untrained eye. That’s why visiting a dentist regularly for a maintenance appointment is so important. You can also educate yourself on the warning signs and risk factors associated with gum disease by reading this blog post. If we begin treatment in the early stages of gum disease, periodontal therapies effectively renew oral health.

The Dentist Lisle Trusts Is Now Accepting New Patients

September 24, 2015

Woman happy because she chose the dentist lisle residents love.At Arbor Dental Care, we know that finding a dentist you feel great about is no easy task. Some dentists are too rushed, and many dental offices just don’t feel all that welcoming. If you’re looking for someplace different this fall, we’re here to let you know you can stop the search. Dr. Marchese at Arbor Dental Care is already the trusted dentist of so many Lisle neighbors — and he’s now accepting new patients! Read on to learn about the excellent services offered at Arbor Dental Care, and choose Dr. Marchese for your next dental appointment.

Get Straighter Teeth, Faster with Invisalign in Lisle

September 11, 2015

woman puting in alignment tray from Invisalign in lisleIf you’re past the age of 12, metal braces probably aren’t on your wishlist this year. They used to be so cool, didn’t they? But once you’re dealing in staff meetings instead of sleepovers, and swanky restaurants over lunchrooms, the thought of getting adult metal braces just isn’t a possibility. But if you’ve got gapped, crowded or crooked teeth, there’s good news for you: Invisalign provides Lisle residents with straighter teeth — invisibly. Read on to learn more about this fabulous option in clear braces.

Best Dental Implants Lisle, IL – Arbor Dental Care

September 4, 2015

beautiful smile with dentures supported by dental implants lisle, il residents preferThanks to dental implants Lisle, IL residents rely on from Arbor Dental Care, tooth replacement looks and feels better than ever. If you’re in need of comfortable, permanent tooth replacement, call Dr. Frank Marchese, the local expert in implantology to schedule an appointment today.

Fight periodontal disease with therapy from Frank J. Marchese DDS at Arbor Dental Care

August 3, 2015

Scaling and root planing removes plaque and tartar, allowing gums to heal.Red, swollen, bleeding gums–these are symptoms of an oral condition called periodontal or gum disease. Unchecked, it leads to tooth and bone loss. Family and cosmetic dentist Frank J. Marchese at Arbor Dental Care offers preventive care and periodontal therapies to bring smiles back to full health.

You take good care of your teeth, but what about your gums? Your gums provide necessary blood supply and nutrients to your teeth and also help anchor them to your jawbone. When infected with a condition called periodontal disease, gum tissue recedes, leading to tooth loss and resorption of the jaw bone.

Frank J. Marchese DDS, Lisle, Illinois family dentist, wants to see your child for a back-to-school check-up

back-to-school check-upGood dental care is an important part of maintaining your child’s health. Dr. Frank Marchese of Arbor Dental Care in Lisle, Illinois performs back-to-school dental check-ups to look for decay and bite alignment and to apply preventive fluoride treatments and sealants to ensure healthy smiles through childhood and beyond.

The start of school will be here before you know it–time for those important errands and purchases. While you’re thinking about the best deal on backpack or scientific calculator,

have you scheduled your child’s back-to-school check-up with Dr. Frank Marchese, children’s and family dentist in Lisle, Illinois?

Lisle Dentist, Frank J. Marchese DDS MAGD, Says Fluoride is Important For Your Teeth

July 24, 2015

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ThinkstockPhotos-480246305Your Lisle dentist, Dr. Frank J. Marchesi at Arbor Dental Care, stresses fluoride as a key component in dental health. Whether applied directly to the teeth or ingested in water and other sources, fluoride reduces the incidence of cavities and strengthens tooth enamel.

Lisle, Illinois implant dentist Frank J. Marchese DDS MAGD would rather prevent tooth decay and gum disease rather than have to use all the restorative dental skills and experience he has acquired. So, he recommends the application of fluoride to keep tooth enamel strong and healthy and to even help reverse decay in its earliest stage. Coming to Arbor Dental Care in the Lisle, Illinois area every 6 months for exams and cleanings is important as well.

Fluoride is a tried and true dental treatment

The use of fluoride as a cavity preventative measure goes back decades. The American Dental Association (ADA) stresses that this mineral, either applied to tooth surfaces or taken internally, significantly reduces the incidence of dental cavities in both adults and children.

Fluoride seems to work 2 ways: it hardens enamel by actually putting minerals back into the tooth, and it seems to prevent decay by making enamel acid-resistant. The oral bacteria present in sticky plaque which builds up on teeth because of the food we eat do more than give people bad breath. These germs secrete tooth and gum dissolving acids which break down the tissues, leading to decay and gum disease and its serious effects. Fluoride, though, helps teeth stand up to acid erosion.

How is fluoride delivered?

We’re all familiar with fluoride toothpastes. With all the kinds of toothpastes available today, the most important ingredient is still fluoride. Also, many topical mouth rinses effectively apply fluoride. Fluoride treatments Arbor Dental Care are the most concentrated kind, hardening enamel and even reducing dental sensitivity.

Fluoride enters the tooth enamel matrix systemically as well–in the water we drink. Most American communities continue to add the mineral to municipal water supplies. Fluoride also comes in drops, pills and lozenges.

Is fluoride enough to keep teeth healthy?

The answer is no. Your daily brushing and flossing routine is foundational to your oral health as these practices remove plaque. Plus, visiting your dentist in Lisle, Illinois has many benefits, including:

  • visual inspection for cavities, gum disease and problems with existing restorations such as fillings and crowns
  • early detection of dental issues before they become complex and expensive
  • oral cancer screening
  • periodontal probing
  • checking for bite problems, TMJ dysfunctions and bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • discussing oral health concerns and aesthetic goals
  • application of sealants on children’s molars

Set-up your dental appointment now

Frank J. Marchese DDS MAGD likes to see all his patients–from children through senior adults–semi-annually. When was the last time you visited your dentist in Lisle?

Contact Arbor Dental Care to arrange an appointment.

Beautifully Restored Smiles with Tooth Colored Fillings

June 17, 2015

Tooth filling by dentist

At Arbor Dental Care, we believe that all dentistry is cosmetic dentistry because it always affects your smile esthetic. That’s one of the main reasons we offer tooth colored fillings as part of our restorative dentistry services. As a comprehensive dental care practice, we strive to restore your bite to optimal health while preserving as much of your natural teeth as possible. If you need a filling or are interested in replacing amalgam fillings near Lisle, IL, Dr. Frank Marchese and the outstanding Arbor Dental Care staff are here to help. Call to schedule an exam today.

Pros of Tooth Colored Fillings

Tooth colored fillings are considered composite fillings because they are made from a composite of silicon dioxide and tooth-colored plastic resins. You may assume that the only advantage to composite resin fillings is esthetic appeal, but there are actually numerous reasons why these fillings may be a better option than traditional fillings. The material, the strength of the bond, and the ability to blend with natural tooth coloring are all advantages to composite fillings.

Because composite resin is non-metallic, it can be blended to perfectly match existing teeth, the bond between the resin and the tooth is much stronger which protects the existing teeth, and perhaps most importantly, potential health risks associated with amalgam (silver) fillings are avoided. Amalgam fillings are composed of 50% mercury. While mercury in its solid state is not harmful to humans, it is easily vaporized, and can be extremely toxic when inhaled. Choosing composite resin fillings instead of amalgam fillings or replacing already existing amalgam fillings can help you avoid any potential long-term health effects associated with mercury exposure.

The bond between the resin and your tooth is much stronger than the bond with traditional fillings. This means there is less chance your filling will come loose over time. The bond also makes it possible for our staff to preserve a larger amount of your existing tooth than they are able to with amalgam fillings. Finally, the tight bonding between tooth and resin protects your tooth from further decay because there is significantly less space for bacteria to collect.

If that wasn’t enough of a reason to consider composite resin fillings, the stark difference between a tooth with a composite and one with an amalgam filling might change your mind. While people are unlikely to see your tooth fillings during the normal course of conversation, laughing, yawning, and smiling often reveal fillings. With tooth colored fillings, your associates are none the wiser, but amalgam fillings stand out. To fully restore the esthetics of your smile after a filling, composite resin fillings are the best option.

Schedule an Appointment

Caring for teeth that are affected by decay is essential to protecting your overall oral health. Schedule an appointment as soon as possible, if you believe you have a cavity, or lose filling to minimize the amount of time bacteria are able to do further damage. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff are always here to help you. Our “ask the doctor” feature allows you to reach ask Dr. Marchese about any dental care concerns that arise between appointments. Call to schedule your appointment at Arbor Dental Care conveniently located in Lisle, IL. We welcome patients from the surrounding area including Naperville and Downers Grove.

Your Emergency Dentist in Lisle, Illinois

Woman Lying in a Dentist Chair With Male Dentist Sitting By Her Wearing a Face Mask; Female Dentist in the Background

It’s not always easy to prepare for an emergency, but at Arbor Dental Care we want to help our patients learn how to respond when a dental emergency occurs. The majority of dental emergencies are not life-threatening, and being educated on how to care for your oral health until you can come into our office can help alleviate your stress. An emergency by its very definition is an unprepared for event that can easily lead to anxiety or panic, but with a few tricks you’ll remain unruffled next time dental disaster strikes. Call our Lisle, IL office or use our helpful “ask the doctor” tool to find out more about emergency dentistry or any other oral health concerns.

What if?

Playing the game of what if, can be dangerous. What if Martians are real? What if we run out of chips at our party? However, preparing for the inevitable by considering possible dental emergencies before they occur, allows you keep calm and level headed in the face of the most extreme emergencies. There are really only two things to remember: clean and cold. If you can remember that, you can provide interim dental treatment until you can see our expert emergency dentist, Dr. Frank Marchese.

What if someone loses an adult tooth? This is a fairly common occurrence, and it is easy to take action to neutralize the situation. First, remember to clean the socket where the missing tooth was, and clean the tooth itself. Never clean your tooth with abrasive or chemical materials, and never handle a tooth by the root. Hold teeth gently by the “cap” or chewing surface. Swishing warm water through the socket and rinsing the tooth with warm water should be sufficient to clear them of blood or debris. Time is of the essence with a tooth that has completely detached from the socket. If you are able to see a dental care professional within an hour of incident, the tooth can usually be saved. However, it is essential to keep the tooth moist and protected. The best option is to reinsert the tooth into the socket immediately. If this is not possible, holding a tooth between the check and teeth, or placing it in a cup of milk will also preserve the tooth. If you are unable to see a dentist within an hour, there are numerous restorative dentistry option to replace your tooth. Your chief concern then becomes stopping any bleeding and preventing swelling.

What if someone has bleeding or swelling from a dental injury? For the socket left by a knocked out tooth, a cut lip, or other bleeding or swelling a cold, wet, sterile compress applied to the affected area with gentle, consistent pressure will typically slow bleeding and prevent swelling. If a compress on the affected area is not sufficient to stop bleeding, ice will further slow the flow of blood. By slowing or stopping blood flow, you are also better able to determine severity of wounds. Since there are more blood vessels beneath the skin of your face, wounds here bleed more heavily.

Other What Ifs

For a broken or dislocated jawbone, do not wait. Go to the hospital or call an ambulance immediately. Gently hold the jaw closed, and apply a cold compress when possible to reduce swelling and further injury. Once you have seen a physician, contact our office to schedule an appointment for our dental professionals to ensure you are returned to full bite health.

If you have food or debris of some kind stuck between teeth or your gums have swollen suddenly, gently floss between teeth to remove any debris. If you cannot remove debris by flossing, or your gums remain swollen, never use a sharp object dislodge materials because you may cause further damage unintentionally. Continue to gently floss and brush teeth, and schedule an appointment with our office to assist you.

Schedule an Appointment

If you need emergency dental treatment, we will try to see you as quickly as possible. Call as soon after an accident that you safely can to schedule a visit. If you fear a dental emergency may be life threatening, proceed to an emergency room or call an ambulance. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff are always here to help you. Call to schedule your appointment at Arbor Dental Care conveniently located in Lisle, IL. We welcome patients from the surrounding area including Naperville and Downers Grove.

A Family Dentist Lisle, IL, Turns to for Every Age

May 24, 2015

Today, the “family unit” includes people at all stages of life. Perhaps yours includes toddlers, teens, Uncle Joe and your kindly neighbor who feels like a member of the family. No matter who is in your family, you need a Lisle dentist who can take care of everyone’s dental needs. Dr. Frank Marchese is the family dentist Lisle, IL, can count on to offer a comprehensive menu of family dentistry services.

From the very youngest patient to the eldest, the key to maintaining good oral health is avoiding problems in the first place. Therefore, Dr. Marchese and his team of dental hygienists and assistants focus on prevention. With this in mind, we’d like to see you and each member of your family every six months for dental checkups. At these checkups, we’ll clean your teeth and evaluate the health of your gums—both of which go a long way toward preventing tooth decay and gum disease. We’ll also examine each tooth for any early signs of cavities and take x-rays when necessary to find spots of decay that may be hiding between teeth or below the surface. At each of these checkups, you can expect an oral cancer screening and an evaluation of your bite to check for signs of TMJ disorder.

Fluoride Treatments and Dental Sealants

For the children in your family—and perhaps for you, too—fluoride treatments and dental sealants offer an added measure of protection against tooth decay. Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens teeth’s enamel, the outer layer of each tooth and the first line of defense against the bacteria that generate the acids that can damage teeth. Likewise, dental sealants create a barrier between teeth and bacteria. Sealants go on as a liquid plastic and then harden to a solid. For children who might not have the dexterity or patience to adequately brush, dental sealants can be the difference between needing the drill or not.

Call Our Office Today

At Dr. Marchese’s office, we’d be delighted to take care of your entire family’s dental needs. We are the family dentist Lisle, IL, trusts for dental and oral health care in an environment that is simultaneously professional and caring. Our Lisle dental practice serves the Naperville and Downers Grove communities with comprehensive family dentistrycosmetic dentistry and implant dentistry.

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