June 17, 2015
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and implant dentistry.
May 14, 2015
The value of an attractive smile cannot be under-estimated. Your smile can give you confidence, communicate joy and happiness to family and friends or even tell a complete stranger, “Have a nice day.” A smile can do so much… unless it doesn’t. If you tend to cover your mouth when you smile because you don’t want people to see your less-than-attractive teeth, then consider cosmetic dentistry. This branch of dentistry offers a number of treatments that can take your smile from drab to dazzling. Dr. Frank J. Marchese is the cosmetic dentist in Lisle, IL, which many people have turned to for brighter and healthier smiles.
Perhaps you’d be satisfied with your smile if your teeth were whiter. In that case, the Lisle dentist, Dr. Marchese, offers both in-office and take-home teeth whitening systems. With our in-office system, we’ll prepare your mouth and then apply a gel to your teeth and activate the whitening process with a special light. In about an hour, you’ll leave our Lisle dentist office with a smile that’s up to 10 shades whiter. On the other hand, if you prefer to whiten in the comfort and privacy of home, we’ll give you custom trays and professional grade gel to wear each night for a week or two.
Cosmetic Bonding and Porcelain Veneers
For teeth that are chipped, slightly cracked or a have small gaps in between them, consider cosmetic bonding. Dr. Marchese will apply a mixture of composite resin materials that have been shaded to blend with your tooth’s natural color. Then, he will construct a pleasing shape for your tooth and harden the resin with a curing light. He will artistically sculpt and polish the restoration, and in only one visit, you’ll have an attractive smile. For teeth that are more seriously damaged, there are porcelain veneers. Made of thin layers of dental porcelain, these are bonded to the facial side of teeth to cover your existing smile and give you an entirely new and beautiful smile.
If you missed the chance to straighten your teeth during childhood and would like to do so now—but without the unsightly appearance of metal braces—Dr. Marchese is a certified Invisalign provider. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners to gradually move teeth into proper alignment. After about one year of treatment, you’ll have a straight smile to share with the world.
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To learn more about the cosmetic dentistry services offered by the dentist Lisle, IL, trusts, call the office of Dr. Marchese today. Our Lisle dental practice serves the Naperville and Downers Grove communities with comprehensive family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and implant dentistry.
April 9, 2015
Patients who are missing teeth have alternatives when it comes to selecting a tooth replacement option. Of course, there are bridges, partials, or full dentures. But perhaps the most lifelike choice is a dental implant. Dr. Frank Marchese, your dentist in Lisle, IL, can use dental implants to improve your smile and your lifestyle. Implants look, feel, and function similarly to natural teeth because of a titanium post that is anchored in your jawbone. Implants can also be strategically positioned along an arch to secure bridges, partials, or full dentures and eliminate slipping.
After a complete evaluation, Dr. Marchese will know whether or not you’re a candidate for dental implants. The first stage of the procedure involves minor oral surgery during which the biocompatible titanium post is implanted into the jawbone for each missing tooth or to anchor a bridge or denture. Nature will take its course, allowing your bone tissue to fuse with the titanium post in a process called osseointegration. This creates a solid foundation, much like that provided by a natural tooth root.
Once you’ve healed and the implants are secured, Dr. Marchese will adhesively bond a handcrafted, permanent crown to each post, or your new bridge or denture will be firmly attached to the implanted posts. The restorations will match your natural teeth and blend seamlessly with your smile.
By imitating a tooth from root to crown, dental implants from the dentist Lisle trusts offer a prosthetic that closely mimics nature. The result? Dental implant patients enjoy restored function, which allows a healthy diet of a variety of foods. Speech may also improve. Strong and secure, your new smile will boost your confidence, enhance your appearance, and improve your quality of life.
We are committed to providing you with professional treatment in an environment that is relaxed and comfortable, so you can enjoy the confidence of healthy and beautiful teeth. Experience the difference of personalized care from the dentist in Lisle using dental implants to replace missing teeth with the most natural alternative. Contact our Lisle, IL, dental office for your appointment today. Our Lisle dental practice serves the Naperville and Downers Grove communities with comprehensive family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and implant dentistry.