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.
March 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Want to save your natural tooth? Over 15 million teeth are saved every year with root canal therapy. A root canal is a procedure that is used to fix teeth that are infected or badly decayed. When possible, patients should always consider treatments to save their teeth. Dr. Frederic Mrugala, with offices in Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL, offers root canal treatments to the patients he serves.

Root Canal TherapyThe Effects of Tooth Loss

You should never get a tooth removed because you think it's more cost-effective or easier. Saving your tooth is always the best option. Missing teeth can ruin your smile, cause other teeth to shift out of place, and affect your ability to chew food. It can also cause speech problems, facial sagging, and bone loss.

When a Root Canal is Needed

A root canal is needed when the pulp of the tooth is infected or inflamed. The infection or inflammation can have numerous causes: a crack or chip in the tooth or deep dental decay. Furthermore, a tooth injury may damage the pulp even if the tooth does not have any visible cracks or chips. If the inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can lead to an abscess or cause tooth pain.

Root Canal Procedure

In most cases, a dental practitioner will perform a root canal while you’re under local anesthesia. During the procedure, your dental provider will remove the pulp inside the tooth. Next, the dentist will clean and shape the root canals seal the tooth. Afterward, you will return to your dentist, who will place a permanent dental crown on the tooth to protect it and restore it to full function.

Benefits of Treatment

Root canal treatment will relieve your discomfort and improve your well-being. With modern technologies and anesthetics, a root canal is no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed. Root canals help patients maintain their natural smile, continue to eat their favorite foods, and limit the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care, root-canal-treated teeth can last a lifetime.

Root canals can help you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime. If you need a root canal, why wait? We can help you today. Call Dr. Frederic Mrugala at 630-963-8680 today to schedule an appointment in Westmont, IL. Call 708-598-8363 to schedule an appointment in Hickory Hills, IL. You will experience exemplary service and world-class care!

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.