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
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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.
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.