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


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


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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.

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
January 19, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental emergency  

If you have ever experienced a dental emergency, you probably know how frightening they can be. However, knowing what to do if you dental emergencyfind yourself in the midst of a dental emergency can help you take fast action and increase your chances of a successful recovery. Find out more about dental emergencies with Dr. Frederic Mrugala in Hickory Hills and Westmont, IL.

Common Dental Emergencies and How To Handle Them

  • Lost Tooth: Losing a tooth can happen for many reasons, but normally occurs due to some kind of trauma or injury. If you find yourself in this scary situation, there are several steps you can take to help your dentist preserve your natural tooth. First, retrieve your tooth and, if necessary, rinse it very gently with water. Hold the tooth only by its crown and never touch its roots or try to scrub off any tissue which it may have still attached. If you can, try to replace the tooth into its socket, but stop if you feel discomfort or pain. House your tooth in a container of milk and bring it with you to your dentist, who you should see as soon as possible.
  • Toothache: Toothaches are a nasty business and can create a high-stress situation. A painful tooth usually means that decay has reached the inside of the tooth and infected its nerve and inner tissues. If you have a sore tooth, take an over-the-counter pain reliever and swish your mouth with warm water mixed with sea salt to help relieve pain and swelling. Schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible to decrease the chance of an abscess.
  • Broken Tooth: Sometimes, a tooth can break during an every day task like eating. Unfortunately, if this occurs, it normally means that decay inside of the tooth has weakened it far enough for it to break. In this case, you should see your dentist as soon as possible for a filling or root canal, even if your tooth has not produced any pain or discomfort. By taking care of the problem sooner than later, you may be able to avoid an inevitable toothache once the decay reaches your tooth’s nerve. If you break a tooth due to trauma or injury, gather the pieces of your tooth and bring them with you to your dentist appointment.
  • Chipped Tooth: A chipped tooth is not normally a dental emergency unless it causes severe pain or has chipped up to or underneath the gumline. In this situation, you should see your Hickory Hills and Westmont dentist as soon as possible. Otherwise, gather the pieces of the tooth, if possible, and schedule a dentist’s appointment as soon as you can.

For more information on dental emergencies, please contact Dr. Mrugala in Hickory Hills and Westmont, IL. Call to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mrugala today!

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
October 31, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Good oral hygiene is the key to preventing cavities and gum disease. Dr. Frederic Mrugala, your Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL dentist, oral hygieneshares a few essential oral hygiene habits.

Daily brushing and flossing is a must

Failing to brush and floss allows plaque, a sticky, colorless film to accumulate on your teeth. If you ever noticed that your teeth felt a little rough, you've experienced plaque buildup. Plaque is a problem because it contains bacteria that can cause tooth decay. When you're exhausted at the end of the day, it's tempting to skip brushing or flossing. Unfortunately if you do, you'll not only experience additional plaque build up, but will also wake up with worse breath than usual.

Brushing twice a day is an excellent way to remove plaque before it can turn into a hard deposit called tartar. Although you can't see plaque, tartar is visible as a dark yellow or brown substance on your teeth. No matter how much you brush, you can't remove plaque yourself. It's so hard that it can only be removed with special dental instruments. Failing to remove tartar can increase your risk of painful gum disease.

In addition to brushing, it's also important to remove the plaque that forms between your teeth by flossing daily. Special flossing tools can help you reach hard-to-reach areas of your mouth.

Healthy foods and beverages help protect your teeth

What you eat affects your smile. Keep your teeth strong by avoiding sugary or carb-heavy foods and choosing fresh fruits and vegetables instead. Soda contains sugars and acids that destroy tooth enamel and cause cavities. Water and milk are the better beverage choices if you want to protect your teeth. If you do indulge in an occasional treat, stay away from gummy and sticky candies that can remain stuck on your teeth for hours.

Regular dental visits help you avoid problems

Visiting your Westmont and Hickory Hills dentist every six months is an important part of maintaining good oral hygiene. After you plaque and tartar are removed from your teeth during your cleaning, you'll receive a thorough dental examination. If you do have any cavities, it will be much easier to treat them when they are still small and haven't caused much damage.

Has it been a while since your last dental visit? Call Dr. Mrugala, your Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL dentist, to schedule your next exam.

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