Dentist in Westmont, IL
Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
6418 S. Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559

630-963-8680

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Dentist in Hickory Hills, IL
Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
9525 S. 79th Avenue
Hickory Hills, IL 60457

708-598-8363

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By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
October 30, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: jaw pain   tmj  

Find out the many reasons you may be dealing with jaw discomfort or pain.jaw pain, tmj

Pain should never be the norm, so if you are noticing achy, painful jaws on more days than not then you may be wondering what’s going on. Our Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL, dentist, Dr. Frederic Mrugala, is here to provide information about common conditions and problems that could be leading to your symptoms and what should be done about it.

Some of these conditions are more common than others. It’s important that you don’t try to diagnose and treat yourself without first visiting our Westmont and Hickory Hills general dentist for a proper evaluation. Here are some things that could be responsible for your jaw pain:

TMJ Disorder

This is a fairly common condition that affects how the jaw joint functions. As a result of this dysfunction, you may experience pain and stiffness when opening or moving your jaws. You may find that opening your mouth too wide can also result in the jaw locking up or clicking. Luckily, TMJ disorders often go away on their own and managing symptoms can easily be done through simple measures such as:

  • Icing the jaw for 10 minutes at a time
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Performing jaw exercises each day
  • Getting a custom night guard to protect teeth from grinding and clenching
  • Reduce stress

Teeth Grinding

Are you someone who grinds their teeth in the middle of the night? If so, this bad habit not only puts a lot of pressure and wear on teeth but it can also cause issues with the jaw. Teeth grinding may happen if you are stressed or you may do it while you are asleep.

To prevent teeth grinding from causing dental or jaw issues it’s a good idea to talk to our Westmont and Hickory Hills family dentist about whether a night guard might help reduce your jaw discomfort and protect your teeth while you sleep. If stress is the culprit, it’s important to find an outlet to reduce your stress (e.g. meditation; yoga; therapy).

In some situations, a condition that doesn’t directly involve the jaws can still lead to referred pain. This could happen if you have gum disease, a deep cavity or abscessed tooth. While the jaws aren’t impacted the pain can still radiate to the jawbone.

We offer comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages in Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL. Whether you are trying to get jaw pain under control or you just need to schedule your routine cleaning, call us today to schedule your next visit.

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
August 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: toothache   Root Canal  

Find out if the symptoms you are experiencing could be telling you that a root canal is on the horizon.Root Canal, Toothache

 

Wouldn’t it be nice if your mouth could tell you exactly what’s going on and let you know when there is a problem? Well, sometimes it actually does give out some warning signs, but it’s important that you know what these warning signs are so you know when to visit our Hickory Hills, IL, dentist Dr. Frederic Mrugala. It’s important that you give us a call if you start to notice any of these issues:

  • Severe dental pain, particularly when eating, biting down or chewing
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Swelling or tenderness of the gums around the tooth
  • Darkening of the tooth
  • A pimple-like growth on the gums near the tooth (an abscess)

While many of these symptoms won’t show up until the problem is more widespread, the first symptom most people will experience is a toothache. You should know that a toothache is considered a dental emergency and needs to be checked out by our Hickory Hill, IL, dentist right away. In most cases, a toothache is a sign that there is a problem and this problem won’t go away on its own.

What does a toothache mean?

Having a toothache could mean several things. You could be dealing with a cavity that will need to be removed and then filled. Of course, a toothache may also be the result of damage (e.g. cracks, chips or fractures), an infection or deep decay that has spread to the inside of the tooth.

Once the dental pulp (a structure inside the tooth that contains nerves and connective tissue) is infected or inflamed, it will need to be removed in order to prevent the problem from getting worse. This damaged dental pulp is removed during root canal therapy to prevent the damage from spreading to the roots of the tooth. Getting root canal therapy now could prevent a tooth extraction in the future.

With two offices in Hickory Hills, IL, and Westmont, IL, Dr. Mrugala is able to provide quality, complete dental care for everyone in your family. If you are experiencing a toothache or any changes in your smile that just don’t seem right, it’s the perfect time to give us a call.

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
June 16, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease   gum pain  

How your dentist in Westmont and Hickory Hills can help with gum paingum disease

If you notice your gums hurting all of a sudden, it could be just a minor scrape from a tortilla chip or a burn from hot pizza, or it could be a sign of gum disease. If your gum pain doesn’t go away on its own, it’s time to think about treating your gum disease. Dr. Frederic Mrugala in Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL wants to share the facts about gum disease.

In addition to gum pain, there are several other signs and symptoms of gum disease to look for including:

  • Swollen, puffy gum tissue
  • Irritated, red gum tissue
  • Gums that bleed when you brush and floss
  • Frequent bad breath or a sour taste in your mouth

Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, is caused by millions of harmful bacteria contained in dental plaque. The bacteria produce poisons that can destroy your soft and hard tissues. That’s why it’s vital to remove the plaque as frequently and thoroughly as possible by regular brushing and flossing.

The good news is you can reverse and eliminate gum disease by beginning an excellent program of oral hygiene immediately. Your oral hygiene regimen should include:

  • Brushing after meals and before bed
  • Flossing at least once each day

Your oral hygiene regimen should also include visiting your dentist and hygienist in Westmont or Hickory Hills regularly for professional treatment. It’s important to schedule an exam and x-rays at least once each year. Dr. Mrugala will carefully monitor your gums, supporting bone and teeth. You should also schedule a professional dental cleaning every six months. Your hygienist will remove hard and soft deposits on your teeth and monitor your gums.

Gum disease can progress to periodontal disease if left untreated. Periodontal disease attacks the supporting bone of your teeth and can result in tooth mobility or tooth loss.

Don’t ignore your gum pain because it could be a sign of gum disease. If you think you might have gum disease, it’s time to seek out the help of the experts. Call Dr. Mrugala with offices in Westmont, and Hickory Hills, IL, to help you. Call today!

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
May 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

If you have smile problems, porcelain veneers may be the answer. Veneers are thin shells made of tooth-colored materials designed to veneerscover the front of the teeth. Dr. Frederic Mrugala offers a full range of dental services, including veneers. He has dental offices in Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL. Here are five types of dental issues that veneers can fix.

#1- Chipped Teeth

Falling or biting down on something hard can cause a tooth to break or chip. If your front tooth is chipped, a veneer can make it look whole and healthy again. These porcelain shells are bonded to the front of teeth changing their size, shape or length. 

#2- Gapped Teeth

Self conscious about that gap between your teeth? Your Westmont or Hickory Hills dentist can fix that — for a price. It is possible to fix gaps cosmetically through the use of veneers. Veneers can close the gap between your teeth and give you the perfect smile you desire. 

#3- Stained Teeth

Dental veneers can give you a whiter, brighter smile. Veneers are routinely used to fix that are stained — because of excessive fluoride; root canal treatment, stains from medications; or the presence of large resin fillings that have stained the teeth. 

#4- Crooked Teeth

Crooked teeth makes people feel self-conscious about their appearance and affects their self-esteem. Veneers can be used to improve the appearance of crooked teeth. Remember, it's never too late to straighten your smile

#5 Worn Down Teeth

Over time, the enamel on your teeth may become worn down. Dental veneers are routinely used to fix teeth that are worn down. If you have worn down teeth, veneers can protect your teeth from further damage. Veneers are very strong and durable.

Are you ready for a brand new smile? Get the smile you've always dreamed of. Say yes to porcelain veneers! If you live in the Westmont, IL area, call us at 630-963-8680 to schedule an appointment. If you live in the Hickory Hills, IL area, call 708-598-8363 to schedule an appointment. Veneers will improve your smile and your life!

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
February 21, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Has it been more than six months since your last dental exam? Regular visits help you keep your smile healthy. Dr. Frederic Mrugala, dental cleaningsyour Hickory Hills and Westmont, IL, dentist, explains how you benefit from your checkups.

Prompt detection of dental and general health issues

During your regular dental visit, you'll receive a thorough exam and X-rays, if necessary. If your dentist detects any cavities or other problems, such as a deteriorating bridge or a cracked tooth, he'll recommend the appropriate treatment. Treating a cavity in its earliest stage prevents tooth decay from damaging your entire tooth or spreading to other teeth.

During the examination, your Hickory Hills and Westmont dentist will also look for conditions that can affect your oral health, such as tumors, cysts or gum disease, or signs of general health problems.

No more plaque and tartar

Dental cleanings, part of every checkup, help reduce plaque and tartar on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance that coats your teeth. The clear bacterial film is particularly noticeable when you wake up in the morning and may make your teeth feel rough. Plaque combines with sugars in food to form a strong acid that attacks teeth and causes cavities. Brushing and flossing are excellent ways to remove plaque, but it's not always easy to reach every nook and cranny of your mouth. Plaque removal is an important part of the cleaning process.

When plaque remains on your teeth long enough, it turns into tartar, a hard deposit that can cause gum disease. Tartar buildup pushes your gums away from your teeth, which causes pockets to form around the teeth. When bacteria grows in the pockets, a painful infection that can cause bone and tooth loss can occur. Regular visits get rid of tartar before it can cause gum disease.

Protect your oral health with regular dental visits. Call Dr. Mrugala, your Hickory Hills and Westmont, IL, dentist, to schedule your visit.





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