Westmont, IL Dentist
Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
6418 S. Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 963-8680
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Hickory Hills, IL Dentist
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.
July 07, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

Plaque and tartar continually form on your teeth and stress your gum tissue. Your dentist, Dr. Frederic Mrugala, helps his patients prevent dangerous periodontal disease. In his Westmont, IL, office, he checks gums and individualizes care to keep both soft and hard tissues healthy for life.

What is gum disease?

It's an infection and inflammatory process caused by oral bacteria. These germs live in plaque and tartar, the biofilms on and between your teeth, decaying enamel and degrading gums. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) maintains periodontitis is a top reason why people lose their teeth.

Detecting and treating gum disease

Early on, you may not know you have gum problems. Mild gingivitis may have no symptoms at all or merely present as some bleeding when you brush your teeth.

However, over time, the periodontal disease becomes evident to both patient and dentist upon examination in his Westmont, IL, office. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Separating, loose teeth
  • Changing dental bite
  • Gum pockets, or sulci, deeper than three millimeters (as measured with a small metal probe)
  • Dark, receding gum tissue
  • Obvious, and sensitive, tooth roots
  • Pus at the gum line and between teeth
  • Continual bad breath

Once detected, Dr. Mrugala will advise therapies to correct the issue. Your care plan could include:

  • A deep cleaning to remove plaque and tartar
  • Antibiotic therapy to quell the infection
  • Laser gum therapy or gum grafting


To keep your gums healthy, be sure to:

  • Eat a diet low in carbohydrates and high in fiber--fruits, vegetables, whole grains.
  • Drink water rather than sugary drinks.
  • Brush twice a day.
  • Floss around teeth daily.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Watch how much alcohol you drink.
  • Wear a bite guard to protect against teeth clenching and grinding.
  • Get a six-month check-up and cleaning with Dr. Mrugala.

The American Dental Association (ADA) says that early gum disease is reversible. So, doing a careful oral hygiene routine each day every day wards off this destructive problem.

How can we assist you?

In their Westmont and Hickory Hills offices, Dr. Frederic Mrugala and his team desire the healthiest possible smiles for all of their patients. They'll help you improve your gum care at home. Call us for your routine cleaning and exam today. In Westmont, IL, phone (630) 963-8680, and in Hickory Hills, call (708) 598-8363.

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
April 23, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

Gum disease occurs when bacteria grows on and under the gums. Gum disease is progressive, which means that if it’s not properly treated by our Hickory Hills, IL, dentist, Dr. Frederic Mrugala, it could lead to tooth loss, severe gum damage, and even damage to the jawbone. Here’s what you should know about gum disease and its warning signs:

Gum Disease Has Stages

When the gums are inflamed this is known as gingivitis. If our Hickory Hills, IL, family dentist detects gingivitis during your next checkup, the good news is that it can be reversed by just improving your oral care routine and lifestyle. Of course, if gingivitis isn’t properly cared for, it can turn into periodontitis, or gum disease.

You May Not Experience Any Symptoms

It is possible to have gum disease and not realize it. The goal of our dental team is to prevent cavities and gum disease from happening to you in the first place. This is why six-month dental visits are important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. We can pinpoint inflammation and pockets of infection within the gums that you may not even notice. By catching problems early, we can prevent gingivitis from turning into full-blown gum disease.

Be Able to Recognize the Warning Signs

Sometimes your gums may let you know that something isn’t right, and when they do, it’s important that you pay attention. Some early signs of gum disease will start out subtle, and they may include,

  • Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
  • Red and inflamed gums
  • Gums that are sensitive or tender to the touch

As gum disease progresses you may notice,

  • Receding gum line
  • Gaps between teeth and gums
  • Pus between the teeth and gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Loose teeth
  • Changes in your bite

Our dentist, Dr. Mrugala, and his team provide dental treatment and care to families and individuals of all ages living in Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL. If you are noticing changes in your gums, it’s a good idea to schedule a checkup with us. Call us at (630) 963-8680 (Westmont) or (708) 598-8363 (Hickory Hills).

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
March 09, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Why experience an oral health problem if you can prevent it? At Dr. Frederic Mrugala's dental practice in Hickory Hills and Westmont, IL, your dentist creates a program of preventive care which supports healthy teeth and gums for life. Your smile can thrive!

Preventive dentistry is important

Your oral health impacts every area of your life--how you look and feel, your self-confidence, how clearly you speak, and even your overall well-being. In other words, your smile is very valuable. Your Hickory Hills and Westmont, IL, dentist and his team offer a variety of services which avoids dental decay and gum disease and strengthens tooth enamel from childhood through the senior years.

The American Dental Association (ADA) advises twice yearly check-ups and hygienic cleanings with your family dentist. Combined with diligent oral hygiene practices (brushing and flossing), a tooth-friendly diet and staying hydrated, these in-office services bolster long-lasting smiles.

Offered preventive services

Dr. Mrugala delivers these important treatments:

  • Professional cleanings to remove sticky plaque and hard tartar
  • Complete oral examinations to check for cavities, gum disease, dental bite, and more
  • Digital X-ray imaging to assess bone and root structure and reveal hidden decay
  • Oral cancer screening, quick comfortable exams which look for the early stages of this deadly disease
  • Check of dental bite and jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ/TMD)
  • Assessment of existing dental crowns and fillings
  • Bite guards for bruxism (repeated teeth clenching and grinding)
  • Mouth guards for athletics
  • Plastic sealants, painted on coatings which protect the chewing surfaces of grooved molars from decay for up to 10 years
  • Fluoride treatments, easily applied varnishes which strengthen tooth enamel and protect against dental sensitivity

What happens in your mouth

It impacts the rest of your body. In particular, gum disease is inflammatory in nature. This inflammation and its associated bacteria are linked to cardiovascular disease, arthritis, dementia, stroke, diabetes, and more. In other words, if your mouth is healthy, the rest of you should follow suit.

Let us help

Your dentist, Dr. Frederic Mrugala, and his hard-working staff enjoy seeing their patients have the healthiest smile possible. If it's time for your six-month visit, contact their Westmont or Hickory Hills, IL, offices for an appointment. We look forward to seeing you! Phone (630) 963-8680 for the Westmont location, or for Hickory Hills, call (708) 598-8363.

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
December 20, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Choose the right dental treatment to get the smile results you want.

Cosmetic dentistry is an art, so you want a dentist that can provide you with the tailored treatment you need for the perfect results. Here in Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL, our dentist, Dr. Frederic Mrugala, prides himself on listening to the needs of his patients and providing cosmetic dentistry that makes patients feel confident and happy with their smiles. Here are three of the most popular cosmetic dentistry options available at our office:

Teeth Whitening

If you've been noticing that years of drinking coffee have left your teeth a little yellow and stained, then our cosmetic dentist can help you get your smile back on track with professional teeth whitening.

In-office whitening and our at-home system are both customized to your needs. In-office whitening can get some smiles up to five shades (or more) whiter in just one hour at either our Westmont or Hickory Hills office. If you have an important occasion or event coming up, you may want to consider our chairside whitening to get the smile you want before the big day.

Dental Bonding

Bonding is a simple, non-invasive and quick way to repair minor imperfections, from small amounts of decay to chips, cracks, and gaps between teeth. Bonding uses a tooth-colored material that can be molded and shaped over the imperfection. The resin used is first matched to the color of the tooth before it is applied, shaped, and hardened directly to the tooth using a special curing light.

Porcelain Veneers

If you have more widespread dental imperfections that bonding can’t treat then it’s time to consider more comprehensive cosmetic options. Veneers have become a popular way for patients to be able to get perfect “Hollywood” smiles. If you want teeth that are perfectly shaped, as well as straight and white then these porcelain shells can be bonded to the front of your teeth to hide a wide range of imperfections to give you your permanent dream smile.

Interested? Give Us a Call

If you are looking for a dentist in Westmont or Hickory Hills, IL, that can offer the comprehensive cosmetic dentistry you’re looking for to get a new and improved smile then call one of our two dental practices today to schedule a consultation:

  • Westmont, IL: 630-963-8680
  • Hickory Hills, IL: 708-598-8363
By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
November 05, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Are there aspects of your smile that you wish you could change? Whether you have teeth affected by chips, cracks, discolorations, or dental-veneers(some other cosmetic concern, veneers can help you achieve a flawless new look. Offered here at Dr. Frederic Mrugal's office in Hickory Hills, read on to learn what veneers can do for you!


Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin laminates that are placed over the front of teeth with cosmetic imperfections, such as stains or chipped areas. Each veneer is placed flat against the front of a problem tooth to conceal any imperfections. Veneers are custom made to achieve the right size and shape for the teeth being covered.

The porcelain material used to create veneers closely matches the look of tooth enamel, thus giving your veneers a completely natural look. When a patient’s custom veneers are ready, the veneers will be permanently cemented to the teeth. Once your dentist has placed your new veneers, they look just like natural teeth. When you smile, no one will be able to tell that you have veneers—all anyone will notice is your flawless new smile!


How Veneers Can Transform Your Smile

Veneers can dramatically improve the appearance of teeth with a variety of cosmetic concerns. Since veneers are placed over the front of teeth, they can readily conceal imperfections such as stains or discolorations, as well as change the structure of teeth that are crooked or misshaped. During a consultation at Dr. Mrugala's Hickory Hills office, your dentist can help you decide if veneers are the right choice for you.

Some of the cosmetic concerns that can be addressed with veneers include:

  • Stains or discolorations
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Teeth with cracks
  • Chipped teeth
  • Misshaped teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Uneven or rough tooth surfaces


Give Us a Call

No matter what cosmetic concerns you might have right now, veneers can help you show off your best possible smile. For help deciding if veneers are right for you, schedule an appointment with your dentist by contacting Dr. Mrugala's Hickory Hills office at (708) 598-8363. Appointments are also available at the Westmont dental office when you dial (630) 963-8680.

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