Westmont, IL Dentist
Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
6418 S. Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 963-8680
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Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
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By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
October 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cavities  

Cavity Life DiagramDo you have a cavity? The answer may not be obvious as you might think; tooth decay can be sneaky! You may feel pain, but not always. You may notice a hole in your tooth, or you may not. The truth is, only your dentist can tell for sure if you have a cavity, which is why we're here to share some of the signs you might have a cavity. If you feel that you have some of these symptoms, please call one of dentist Dr. Frederic Mrugala's two convenient Illinois office locations in either Westmont or Hickory Hills today!

What are Cavities and What are Some Signs That I Have One?

Cavities are caused by bacterial acid which can eat through tooth enamel. Loss of tooth structure and integrity results in a hole or other defect in your tooth, commonly known as a cavity. Some common signs you may have a cavity include:

  • Pain when you bite down
  • Pain when you eat hot or cold foods
  • Pain when you drink hot or cold beverages
  • Pain when you eat sweets

However, pain is only one symptom and isn't always felt when there's a cavity present. It’s important to be aware of other non-painful symptoms to look for, including:

  • A dark or light spot on a tooth that isn’t removed with brushing
  • A brown or black stain that isn’t removed with brushing
  • An open hole, crack, or crevice in the surface of your tooth

It’s also important to see your dentist at least once each year for an exam and x-rays. Your dentist is the only one who can tell you for sure if you have a cavity. That’s because many cavities begin in between your teeth, in areas you can’t see. As you get older, it’s also common for old fillings to begin to crumble, causing open areas for bacteria to get in and begin to destroy tooth structure.

Protect Your Teeth - Call Our Offices in Either Westmont or Hickory Hills Today!

Don’t let tooth decay take over your smile. Practice excellent oral hygiene habits like brushing, flossing, and regularly visiting your dentist! By following a few healthy tips, you can enjoy a lifetime of beautiful, cavity-free smiles. For more information about cavities and other dental topics, call Dr. Frederic Mrugala with offices in both Westmont ((630) 963-8860) and Hickory Hills ((708) 598-8363). Call today!

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
August 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canals   toothache  

Root Canal DiagramMost people have heard all the jokes and horror stories about root canals, which in addition to being inaccurate can also prevent people from getting the dental care they need. In reality, root canals are much less invasive and traumatic than the myths would have you believe. They are also often the last resort available to save a badly damaged or decayed tooth (hint: extractions are much more intense - and obviously permanent - than root canal therapy). Dr. Frederic Mrugala, a dentist serving Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL, offers general and cosmetic dentistry services for every dental need.

Root Canal Therapy in Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL

In healthy teeth, the nerve endings, blood vessels, and root (known as the pulp) are insulated and well protected from bacteria and infection. But sometimes teeth become vulnerable to bacteria and infection either through trauma from an accident, fall, or sports injury, or from large and untreated cavities or structural fractures from previous dental work. When pulp tissue becomes inflamed or infected, it can be extremely painful and put the tooth and your oral health at risk. A root canal procedure cleans the tooth from the inside out, and removes any damaged tissue to bring the tooth back to health.

Is Root Canal Therapy Painful?

The irony is that despite its reputation, root canal therapy is not only not exceptionally painful, but it is actually a tool to relieve tooth pain. The procedure is fairly similar to getting a cavity filled in terms of the minimal discomfort and pressure you may feel while the dentist works. After applying local anesthesia, the dentist will drill a small hole to remove the damaged tissue and clean the tooth, after which it is sealed and protected with a dental crown.

Find a Dentist Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL

You don't have to let fear and anxiety interfere with your oral health. For more information about root canal therapy and how to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mrugala by calling 630-963-8680 in Westmont or 708-598-8363 in Hickory Hills, IL.

By Frederic Mrugala, D.D.S.
May 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth-colored fillings have replaced silver amalgam fillings as the filling material of choice these days. Our Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL, fillingsdentist, Dr. Frederic Mrugala, can share some information on the fillings.

What are tooth-colored fillings?

Tooth-colored composite resin fillings are tinted to match the shade of your teeth. As a result, they blend in with your tooth enamel and aren't obvious when you speak or laugh. When you visit our Westmont or Hickory Hills office for a tooth-colored filling, we'll remove the decayed portion of your tooth, replace it with composite resin filling, and use a curing light to harden it.

Why are tooth-colored fillings used today?

Silver amalgam fillings have a few limitations that tooth-colored fillings don't. Both the decayed portion of your tooth and a margin of healthy tooth structure must be removed when you receive a filling. Even though your tooth is restored with a filling, the process of removing part of your tooth weakens it. Tooth-colored fillings require the removal of a much smaller area of healthy tooth structure, which helps keep your tooth stronger.

Silver amalgam fillings contain a mixture of metals that react to temperature changes. Every time you sip a hot beverage or enjoy an ice cream cone, your amalgam filling contracts or expands. Daily contraction and expansion can stress your tooth and eventually cause it to crack or even break. Tooth-colored fillings bond to your teeth and don't expand and contract, reducing the risk of damage to your tooth.

Tooth-colored fillings also help you avoid noticeable discolorations. Large silver amalgam fillings tend to make teeth look dark, while tooth-colored composite resins fillings don't change the appearance of your teeth.

Restore your smile with tooth-colored fillings! Schedule an appointment with Dr. Mrugala by calling (630) 963-8680 for the Westmont, IL, office or (708) 598-8363 for Hickory Hills, IL, to schedule your appointment.

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.