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September 2019 Update

September 9th, 2019

We hope you had a wonderful summer!

Our team is excited for the many changes and upgrades taking place here at Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein.  We are happy to welcome our new dentist, Dr. David Markiewicz and Holly, our newest Business Team member.  They bring with them great enthusiasm and a dedication to help us provide you the best dental experience possible.  Our team photo shoot took place this past week, so look for updated team photos and bios coming soon to our website.

Trust that we are always working to make your experiences with our even office better!  While I can’t dance, I still compare to our planning and training to choreography.  As a team, we regularly review each area of our practice to determine what we can do to improve the quality and efficiency of the services we provide.  We may not always be perfect, but we are continually improving.

To make your experience with our office better, we have:

  • Expanded our hours: We now have appointments until 7:00 pm some evenings
  • Added On-line Scheduling: Schedule Now
  • For Your Comfort we have added Single Tooth Anesthesia: A great option, often allowing numbing of only the tooth to be treated!  This allows much quicker recovery after dental procedures.
  • Airway Prosthodontics: What’s that you ask?  It is turning out that many pediatric and adult dental and medical conditions can often be related to upper airway resistance.  This is a new and exciting area of dentistry.  Watch for updates, as we will begin rolling our program shortly.
  • Redecorated: We hope you like our redecorating.  David and his wife Erica did a wonderful job refreshing our décor!

  • Updated our Website: We continue to improve our website.  We want our website to be your go-to spot for dental information.  We have added many topics and videos to help aid your understanding of all that dentistry encompasses.  Checkout all our website has to offer.
  • For your enjoyment we made Netflix and Spotify available in our treatment rooms.  Children love watching movies while being treated.

Trust as always that Dr. David and I are continually improving our knowledge and skills.  Dr. David and I are both members of the Elite Dental Study Club and The Spear Center for Continuing Dental Education.  Dr. David will be attending an Implant Mini-Residency in October and we both will be attending a workshop at the prestigious Spear Center for Continuing Dental Education in November.

 

 

 

Why Adults Should Care About Baby Teeth

September 9th, 2019

Dr. David Markiewicz

 

At Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein, we help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.  That begins as early as 1 year old.  We are your dental office for Children’s Dentistry.  At Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein, what sets us apart is our commitment to you, our valued patients.  We focus on delivering the kind of outstanding experience that exceeds your expectations.  We strive to make every phone call and every office visit an exceptional experience.  That includes children.  We have been serving our community since 1988 and we even treat four generations of some families!!

Each of us will have two sets of teeth in our lifetime: baby teeth and adult teeth. Although baby teeth fall out and are replaced by adult teeth, they can be just as important. They help your child chew, speak, smile, and they hold space for the adult teeth. So, how can you best take care of your child’s teeth before they fall out? Well, it all starts with taking care of your own teeth.

Many studies have proven that children are more likely to have decay on baby teeth if their parents have decay on their adult teeth. Dental decay occurs when specific bacteria build up on the tooth and eat away at its surface. Preventing decay in baby teeth is important for your child’s oral and overall health. If a child has untreated dental decay, it can lead to unnecessary pain, expensive dental bills, missed school days, and early loss of their baby teeth. Losing baby teeth earlier than expected can cause crowding of the adult teeth.

Babies are not born with the bacteria that causes dental decay. Instead, the bacteria is often transferred to them from their parents. When you share spoons or forks with your child, lick their pacifier when it falls on the floor, or even give them a kiss on the lips, you can transfer harmful bacteria without realizing. Try to avoid acts that might move saliva from you to your child. Transferring some saliva is bound to happen, so visit the dentist regularly and brush your teeth to limit the amount of decay-causing bacteria in your own mouth.

After you brush your teeth, help your child brush theirs. Studies have shown that a child’s brushing habits are largely influenced by their parents. Daily brushing and flossing is the best way to limit tooth decay. Encouraging and teaching your child to brush their teeth can have a lasting impact on their oral hygiene, well into their adult years. Most children cannot effectively brush on their own until they are eight-years-old, so it is important that you continue to help them as they grow up. Assist them and teach them to brush their teeth two times a day for two minutes with fluoridated tooth paste. The fluoride strengthens the surface of baby and adult teeth, which further prevents decay. Children who have dental decay on their baby teeth are more likely to develop dental decay on their adult teeth, so forming healthy habits early is not only good for their baby teeth, but also their adult teeth.

Even though your child will lose their baby teeth, they should be cared for as if they were permanent. Maintaining baby teeth largely falls on the adults who care for them. Simply keeping your own teeth healthy and brushing your teeth regularly can have a positive impact on your child’s oral health. By helping prevent dental decay and forming good oral hygiene habits with your children, you can help them keep their smiles for a lifetime.

Drs. David and Anthony Markiewicz can help your child develop great habits that will help your child keep their teeth for a lifetime.

Works Cited:

Borges H, Saliba Garbín C, Saliba O, Saliba N, Saliba Moimaz S. Socio-behavioral factors influence prevalence and severity of dental caries in children with primary dentition. Brazilian Oral Research [serial online]. November 2012;26(6):564-570. Available from: Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source, Ipswich, MA. Accessed September10, 2017.

Hall-Scullin E, Whitehead H, Milsom K, Tickle M, Su T, Walsh T. Longitudinal Study of Caries Development from Childhood to Adolescence. Journal Of Dental Research [serial online]. July 2017;96(7):762-767. Available from: Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source, Ipswich, MA. Accessed September 10, 2017.

Sujlana A, Pannu P. Family related factors associated with caries prevalence in the primary dentition of five-year-old children. Journal Of The Indian Society Of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry [serial online]. April 2015;33(2):83-87. Available from: Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source, Ipswich, MA. Accessed September 10, 2017.

SKEIE M, RAADAL M, STRAND G, ESPELID I. The relationship between caries in the primary dentition at 5 years of age and permanent dentition at 10 years of age – a longitudinal study. International Journal Of Paediatric Dentistry [serial online]. May 2006;16(3):152-160. Available from: Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source, Ipswich, MA.Accessed September 10, 2017.

Can Veneers Improve Your Smile?

July 1st, 2019

At Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein, we help improve our patients lives through quality dentistry.  Veneers are just one of the many Cosmetic Dental treatments we offer at Markiewicz Dental.  Many of our patients have chosen to improve their smiles with veneers.  Here are some reasons why:

Let us begin with: What is a Veneer?

Dental veneers are thin pieces of tooth-colored restorative material applied to the front surfaces of your natural teeth.  They are usually porcelain or resin.   Resin veneers are placed in one visit, while porcelain veneers require multiple visits.  Our doctors at Markiewicz Dental would be happy to discuss your options.

Process for Porcelain Veneers

Why would you consider veneers?

Easily Whiten Your Smile

Years of drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes or eating highly pigmented foods eventually take their toll on your teeth, turning them an unattractive shade of yellow or brown. Stained enamel can be whitened at home or at our office, but they can become stained again. If you're looking for a way to whiten your smile permanently, dental veneers may be a good fit for you. Veneers are largely stain-resistant, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), so you won't have to worry about discoloration or needing to have your veneers whitened.

Fix Minor Cosmetic Problems

Slightly crooked or gapped teeth can be treated with braces or other orthodontic treatments, but these problems can sometimes be helped with veneers as well. Veneers are attached to the front surfaces of your teeth – so although they don't change their positions, they do camouflage minor orthodontic problems once they're applied. Your natural teeth may still be gapped or crooked, but nobody will know aside from you and your dentist.

It's important to note that veneers can't always replace orthodontic treatment.

Replace Damaged Enamel

Enamel is strong, but not indestructible. Your enamel may still be worn down from overzealous tooth brushing or eaten away by highly acidic foods and drinks. The stomach acid associated with acid reflux disease can also damage your enamel. This can become a cause for concern, because lost enamel doesn't grow back. Fortunately, it can be replaced. Veneers are an excellent treatment for teeth with enamel abrasion or enamel erosion.

At Markiewicz Dental, we are committed to improving our patients lives through better dentistry. If you have questions about veneers or any other dental concern, call us at 847.566.2811 or request an appointment.

Dental Crowns and Bridges

June 22nd, 2019

Dental Crowns and Bridges

Dental Crowns are restorations that allow us to restore a damaged tooth to full function.  When a tooth is too damaged to restore with a filling, a crown is often the restoration of choice to create a functional and aesthetic restoration.  These days, most crowns are tooth colored, although we at Markiewicz Dental do fabricate gold crowns when appropriate. Tooth colored crowns are not only very strong and durable, but also very aesthetic, so they can be placed on both front and back teeth.

At Markiewicz Dental use only the highest quality local dental laboratories.  Because we care for your health, we also require our laboratories to certify the materials used in the restorations we place.  We use only high noble metals in crown, and bridges and use sophisticated crowns such as zirconia and e.max  (non metal/ all ceramic crowns). You will never find any toxic materials in crowns or bridges or any prosthesis that we place in your mouth.

We at Markiewicz Dental also pride ourselves in matching crown color to your teeth.   Among the various cutting-edge pieces of technology we use is the VITA Easyshade®.  This tool is a “spectrophotometer”, which measures the spectrum of light that passes through a tooth—or, in layman’s terms, identifies a tooth’s color. This handheld device helps us match the color of our treatments to the color of your natural teeth. Using a sensor and innovative software, it identifies your tooth-shade, and aids in the creation of new restorations.

 A Dental Bridge is a restoration used to replace a missing tooth/teeth.  In addition to Implant Crowns and Removable Partial Dentures, Dental Bridges are one of the options we at Markiewicz Dental offer to replace missing teeth.  Dental Bridges are fabricated with the same high quality materials as our Dental Crowns.  A consultation at Markiewicz Dental will help you decide which restoration is appropriate for your situation.

We at Markiewicz Dental are Mundelein Dentists who are committed to helping our patients improve the quality of their lives through quality dental care.  Contact our office to find out how we can help you by calling 847.566.2811.

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