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.
May 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Fillings  

Tooth colored fillings, sometimes called white fillings, are dental fillings for replacing lost tooth structure in teeth that have developed smielcavities. The difference between tooth colored fillings and other types of dental fillings is that tooth colored fillings blend in with the natural teeth since they are the same color. Unlike some other dental fillings, tooth colored fillings are not noticeable to others and provide a discreet option for filling and sealing teeth. Dr. Frederic Mrugala is your Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL, dentist for tooth colored fillings.

Tooth Colored Fillings

Tooth colored fillings are a discreet option for replacing lost tooth structure in teeth with cavities. Tooth colored fillings restore those teeth and make them strong again so they can resume normal biting and chewing functions without pain, discomfort, or sensitivity.

Tooth colored fillings closely match the color of natural teeth because they are made from a white material that is a blend of silica fillers and plastic resins. Tooth colored fillings are placed in the teeth in the same way as other dental fillings. After cleaning out the infected or decayed area inside a tooth, your Westmont and Hickory Hills dentist Dr. Mrugala fills the empty cavity in with the filling material and dries it with a special light. The light cures and hardens the filling material so it remains securely in place. Once dry, the filling blends right in with the natural teeth.

Benefits of Tooth Colored Fillings

The benefits of tooth colored fillings are numerous. One of the benefits that is so appealing to patients who chose tooth colored fillings is that the fillings are discreet since they readily blend in with the natural teeth. Other benefits of tooth colored fillings include:

  • Strengthening teeth affected by infection or decay
  • Preventing infection from spreading to other teeth
  • Restoring biting and chewing functions in affected teeth
  • Eliminating the risk of exposure to metals with other dental fillings

Another benefit of tooth colored fillings is that they help preserve more healthy tooth structure. With some types of dental fillings, such as silver amalgam fillings, several undercuts must be made in a tooth to help hold the filling in place. That means some healthy tooth structure must be removed to make the undercuts. Tooth colored fillings readily bond with the natural teeth so no additional undercuts are needed.

Tooth colored fillings are a discreet option for restoring and strengthening teeth affected by decay. To find out if tooth colored fillings are an option for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mrugala, your Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL, dentist, by calling (630) 963-8680 for the Westmont office and (708) 598-8363 for the Hickory Hills office.

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.
January 04, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Veneers  

Dental veneers are one of the quickest and least invasive methods available to makeover a damaged or unattractive smile. Whether your teeth have become dull and discolored due to age or you need to fix chipped or cracked teeth for a more symmetrical smile, veneers can give you the healthy look that you've always wanted in as little as three dental appointments. Dr. Frederic Mrugala, a dentist practicing in both Westmont and Hickory Hills, IL, offers a number of cosmetic and restorative dentistry services to improve your smile, oral health, and overall quality of life.


A New and Improved Smile with Dental Veneers

Veneers can correct common cosmetic issues like stains, discolorations, chips, cracks, mild gaps, and spacing. They can also change the size, shape, and color of teeth to make them look more cosmetically attractive. Veneers are made of a razor-thin, translucent layer of porcelain designed to match the texture and color of a natural tooth, and are bonded onto the surface of the tooth to create the desired length and shape. In some cases, a small layer of enamel may have to be removed from the teeth to make room for the veneer and ensure a smooth, natural looking fit.

Some of the most common uses for porcelain veneers include:

  • Covering permanent stains and discolorations that can't be removed with surface whitening treatments
  • Fixing mild to moderate chips, fractures, and cracks
  • Close gaps and spaces (spacing issues caused by significant bite and alignment problems may require orthodontic treatment)
  • Improve the cosmetic appearance of damaged or deformed teeth

With good oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, veneers can last anywhere from five to ten years and well beyond in many cases.


Interested? Give Us a Call!

For more information about dental veneers and other cosmetic and restorative dentistry options, contact either our Westmont or Hickory Hills office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mrugala. Call (630) 963-8680 for Westmont or (708) 598-8363 for Hickory Hills.

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.

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