Westmont, IL Dentist
Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
6418 S. Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 963-8680
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9525 S. 79th Avenue
Hickory Hills, IL 60457
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By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
March 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Veneers don't just give your favorite celebrities Hollywood smiles, but can actually address a variety of cosmetic issues. Dr. Frederic veneersMrugala of Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL, explain how veneers can transform your smile.

What do veneers do?

Veneers don't change the structure of your teeth but cover the flaws visible in the front surfaces of your teeth. Unlike crowns, veneers don't require an extensive preparation process. If you decide to hide an imperfection with a crown, your tooth must be filed on all sides to ensure that its small enough to accommodate your restoration. When you choose veneers, only a very small amount of enamel will be removed from the fronts of your teeth.

Will veneers help me?

We may recommend veneers when you visit our Westmont or Hickory Hills office if:

  • You don't like the way one or more teeth look. Smile issues, even if they're small, can affect your self-esteem. Luckily, minor cosmetic problems can be improved by attaching veneers to your teeth. When you want to keep cracks, chips, bumps, or pits under wraps or make crooked or oddly shaped teeth look more uniform, veneers are an excellent option.
  • Years of wear and tear have had an impact on your smile. If your teeth have shortened a little due to wear or nighttime grinding, adding a veneer will eliminate the height discrepancy between your teeth.
  • You don't like the spaces between your teeth. Although you'll need braces if the gaps are large, small gaps can be easily concealed with veneers.
  • Your smile is dull. Veneers can brighten all of your teeth or ensure that a discolored tooth blends in with the rest of your smile.

What happens during the veneer process?

After a small amount of tooth enamel is removed during your first veneer appointment, we'll make an impression of your tooth or teeth and send it to the dental laboratory that will create your veneers. When you return to our office two weeks later, we'll check the fit of your veneers and make adjustments as necessary. The final steps involve applying a special etching solution to your teeth to improve bonding and attaching the veneers with dental cement.

Transform your smile with veneers. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Mrugala by calling (630) 963-8680 for the Westmont, IL, office or (708) 598-8363 for the Hickory Hills, IL, office.

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
December 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental crowns help your smile by strengthening weakened teeth, restoring normal tooth functioning, and improving the appearance of dental crownsteeth with cosmetic imperfections. Crowns can also replace missing teeth when installed with a dental implant, as well as anchor a dental bridge securely in place. Whether you wish to correct cosmetic flaws or strengthen weakened teeth, crowns can help your smile in multiple ways. Dr. Frederic Mrugala is your Westmont, IL, dentist for installation of dental crowns.

What are Crowns?

Crowns look like natural teeth, but actually fit over the tops of your existing teeth like a cap. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, but porcelain tends to be a popular choice as it closely resembles the look of natural tooth enamel. Once a crown is installed, the natural tooth is completely encapsulated by it. The serves to protect the tooth against further damage or wear and tear, strengthen the tooth, conceal cosmetic flaws, and restore normal tooth functions, such as biting into and chewing food, for teeth too weak and sensitive to function without pain.

Installation of Crowns

The size, shape, and color of crowns are all custom matched to the patient. An impression is first taken of your teeth so that the size and shape can be tailored to be a perfect fit over your existing teeth. The color of crowns made from porcelain, ceramic, or resin can also be customized for a perfect match to your existing teeth. Metal crowns, such as those made from gold, cannot be color matched to your teeth. Once your custom crowns are ready, your Westmont, IL, dentist will apply a dental adhesive to permanently cement them in place.

How Crowns Help

Some patients get crowns to strengthen damaged teeth, while others get them for cosmetic reasons. Whatever the reason, crowns can help your smile in several ways. Some of the ways in which crowns help include:

  • Improving the appearance of flawed teeth
  • Concealing discolorations
  • Covering cracked or chips
  • Correcting the shape of oddly-shaped teeth
  • Strengthening weakened teeth that have been worn down
  • Restoring normal biting and chewing functions in weak or sensitive teeth
  • Covering dental implants and replacing missing teeth
  • Anchoring dental bridges in place

Crowns help your smile by concealing imperfections, strengthening weak, or sensitive teeth, restoring normal functioning, and so much more. For installation of crowns, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mrugala, your Westmont, IL, area dentist, by calling the Westmont dental office at (630) 963-8680 or the Hickory Hills office at (708) 598-8363.

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!





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