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Urgent Update!

March 16th, 2020

 

As a commitment to both your health and a commitment to contribute to the Public Health, all dental appointments at Markiewicz Dental from Tuesday March 17, 2020 through Tuesday March 31, 2020 will be rescheduled.  Please be patient, over the next few days, our Business Team will be contacting those with appointments to reschedule.

During this two-week period:

  • Our Business Team will be available to assist with questions
  • We will continue to monitor developments and recommendations to insure we will be fully prepared to re-open
  • To accommodate rescheduling, we are opening additional clinic hours in April
  • We will post updates to our website
  • We will be available for emergency care only. Please call, as all emergencies must be pre-screened prior to any office visit

From Dr. Tony's Bio:

“….. I am most grateful for the privilege of being allowed to share in so many of our patient's lives. My life has been enhanced by the relationships we have developed with our patients. Many have been with our practice since childhood, and we have all grown together. We have shared the joys of the birth of children, graduations, new careers, and marriages and we have shared the sorrows of loss. It is a privilege to be allowed to share in the lives of so many wonderful people.”

Dr. David and I take very seriously our responsibility to safeguard your well-being.  We have been attentive to the scientific data and recommendations of the CDC, WHO, and ADA.  Things are changing rapidly, and we have been reviewing and modifying protocols to follow best practices to insure patient and team member safety.

While I remain confident in our ability to keep everyone safe, Dr. David and I decided the right thing to do is to postpone all elective dental treatment and procedures to encourage our patients to stay home.

Public Health officials are stressing the importance of all of us modifying our behaviors to help ‘flatten the curve”.  Flattening the curve will save lives by reducing demand on our healthcare system.   Per our Public Health Officials, if possible, we all just need to stay home.  The best weapon we have against the spread of the virus is isolation.

We All Can Make a Difference.

As I awoke this morning, I received this notice from the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS):

“…. To ensure the safety of our patients, communities and dental team members, ISDS recommends the following measures that align with Gov. Pritzker’s mandates to limit the spread of COVID-19 ……. for the two-week period beginning Tuesday, March 17 through Tuesday, March 31:

  • Treat only patients requiring emergency dental procedures.
  • Postpone elective dental treatment and procedures.
  • Preserve personal protective equipment (PPE) for emergency dental situations.  This action will also preserve the limited supply of PPE so it can be used for urgent and more complex medical care that will be needed in our healthcare system.
  • Communicate the utmost importance of the health and safety of our patients, the dental team and our community in implementing these measures

Our priority is the well-being of our family members and community.  We are experiencing an unprecedented threat to our Public Health.  The choices each of us make, not only affect us, but they also affect vulnerable members of our communities.  We are all in this together.  Our desire is to contribute to Public Health.   While this is an inconvenience for us all, sacrifices now will help reduce pain in the future.

Tony and David Markiewicz and the Team at Markiewicz Dental

Coronavirus: How we all can make a difference

March 9th, 2020

Updated 3/16/2020

While I am far from an expert in Infectious Disease or Public Health, I have been actively monitoring developments and attempting to synthesize information from credible sources.  I hope this summary helps put many of the pieces of this puzzle together.  While we have no control over governmental responses to COVID-19, each of us can play a significant role in protecting ourselves, our loved ones, our neighbors, our communities ,and yes, contribute to overall public health.  I think this message is being lost in all the noise surrounding coverage of the disease.

Let me stress:  Each of us can contribute to the well-being of others by following simple precautions.  Let me explain.

Due to the tremendous successes of our Public Health System and tremendous advancements in medical treatments, especially in the area of vaccine development, as a society, we are not accustomed to a disease for which we don’t have a "fix".  Smallpox, Measles, Typhoid, and Influenza are some examples of diseases which historically caused epidemics and pandemics in the United States.   While Third World countries still continue to suffer the ravages of preventable diseases, we in the US have become accustomed to a readily available vaccine or treatment for an infectious disease.  Prior to the development of vaccines, epidemics and pandemics occurred regularly.  In 1796, the first vaccine developed was for Smallpox, but it was not until the 1940’s that large-scale vaccine production was possible and disease control efforts could begin in earnest.

Today’s COVID-19 looks a lot like the Spanish Flu of 1918.  With no vaccine and no treatment, the  available tools to control the spread of flu were largely limited to non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPI's) such as isolation, quarantine, good personal hygiene, use of disinfectants, and limits on public gatherings, which were used in many cities.  Sound familiar? 

By following NPI’s, we will not only protect ourselves and loved ones, but also help protect our neighbors, especially the most vulnerable among us.  Each of us can contribute to fighting the spread of COVID-19. 

Your personal risk, if you're a young and healthy adult...seems to be fairly low... The risk of inadvertently catching and passing along the coronavirus to someone else and continuing a transmission chain is much higher.

While the data on COVID-19 is limited, it appears that about 5% of COVID-19 victims develop critical cases that require hospitalization and critical care.  While we have a well-developed healthcare/hospital system in the United States, we do have limited capacity.  If the rate of infection is rapid, the concern becomes overwhelming our healthcare system.

The initial phase of controlling an epidemic/pandemic is containment (Preventing the Spread).  We have lost that opportunity and now must look to mitigation (Control the spread to help preserve the healthcare systems ability to serve those in need). Not only those suffering from the virus, but also those suffering from chronic and acute health conditions.  If the system is overwhelmed, it is possible that those with cancer or heart problems for example may also have trouble receiving care.

Public Health refers to “Flattening the Curve” and we all need to contribute to helping “flatten the curve”.

This isn't just about ourselves.  Our behaviors will affect the well being of others.  By adopting protective measures such as “social distancing” when out in public, travel limitations, and excellent hygiene we can slow the spread of the disease and spread out the consumption of healthcare resources over a longer period of time.

This saves lives both in the short and long term, by making sure more people have access to ICU beds when they need them, by giving our supply chain time to ramp up production of masks and other personal protective equipment which are in short supply, and by allowing time for a vaccine to eventually be created.

I think you will agree, small inconveniences to help safeguard those around us.

How to prevent the spread of the virus

 

What are the Symptoms of CoronaVirus?

At Markiewicz Dental we will continue to monitor developments and advisories to help protect your safety.  Please see our latest blog for office updates.

I hope you found this summary helpful.  Please send comments or suggestions for updates.

Anthony Markiewicz, DDS, FAGD

Dr. David's Authors Corner

February 17th, 2020

Dr. David’s Book Recommendation:
Range by: David Epstein

I love to read.  My love of reading led to my authoring my first children's book; Dentists Are Monsters  (available on Amazon or direct through our office).   I thought I would share my thoughts on some of my favorite books.  This month I review Range.

Before I do that, let me share a few photos of class room visits I've made this month.  Contact me if you would like to arrange a visit.

Although I love what I do, I admit that I have interests outside of dentistry. I enjoy writing, visiting art museums, and running, among other things. Shouldn't I just concentrate on dentistry?  Malcolm Gladwell would suggest that I need to focus on getting my 10,000 hours of practice to be any good at dentistry.  If practice makes perfect, why should I do anything other than dentistry?

First of all, my wife Erica may object.  We have only been married a year and she still likes to spend time with me.  Secondly, life would be boring!

So, what does David Epstein have to say?

Ah, good, he thinks we need some diversity in our lives.  He challenges this notion that repetition and specialization is the only way to achieve success. In his book, Range, Epstein makes the argument that generalists, not specialists, are the ones primed for success. He makes the case that professionals who cross domains and have range are more likely to thrive.

Epstein begins with a couple of stories. This first one, you probably know well.  See if you can guess who these athletes are:

The boy's father could tell something was different. At six months old, the boy could balance on his father's palm as he walked through their home. At 10 months he could climb down from his high chair, trundle over to a golf club that had been cut down to size and imitate the swing he'd been watching in the garage. At two—an age when physical developmental milestones include "kicks a ball" and "stands on tiptoe"—he went on national television and used a shoulder-height club to drive a ball past an admiring Bob Hope. That same year he entered his first tournament and won the 10-and-under division.

At eight, the son beat his father for the first time. The father didn't mind, because he was convinced that his boy was singularly talented, and that he was uniquely equipped to help him. The boy was already famous by the time he reached Stanford, and soon his father opened up about his importance. His son would have a larger impact than Nelson Mandela, than Gandhi, than Buddha, he insisted. "He has a larger forum than any of them," he said. "I don't know yet exactly what form this will take. But he is the Chosen One."

This second story, you also probably know. You might not recognize it at first.

His mom was a coach, but she never coached him. He would kick a ball around with her when he learned to walk. As a boy, he played squash with his father on Sundays. He dabbled in skiing, wrestling, swimming and skateboarding. He played basketball, handball, tennis, table tennis, and soccer at school. "I was always very much more interested if a ball was involved," he would say.

Though his mother taught tennis, she decided against working with him. "He would have just upset me anyway," she said. "He tried out every strange stroke and certainly never returned a ball normally. That is simply no fun for a mother." Rather than pushy, a Sports Illustrated writer would observe that his parents were "pully." Nearing his teens, the boy began to gravitate more toward tennis, and "if they nudged him at all, it was to stop taking tennis so seriously."

As a teenager, he became good enough to warrant an interview with the local newspaper. His mother was appalled to read that, when asked what he would buy with a hypothetical first paycheck from tennis, her son answered, "a Mercedes." She was relieved when the reporter let her listen to a recording of the interview. There'd been a mistake: The boy had said "mehr CDs," in Swiss German. He simply wanted "more CDs."

The boy was competitive, no doubt. But when his tennis instructors decided to move him up to a group with older players, he asked to move back so he could stay with his friends. After all, part of the fun was hanging around after his lessons.

By the time he finally gave up other sports to focus on tennis, other kids had long since been working with strength coaches, sports psychologists and nutritionists. But it didn't seem to hamper his development. In his mid-30s, an age by which even legendary players are typically retired, he would still be ranked No. 1 in the world.

If you have not guessed, these are the stories of Tiger Woods and Roger Federer.  Two athletes who have achieved success by completely different paths.

"Generalists often find their path late, and they juggle many interests rather than focusing on one. They’re also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can’t see.”

For those looking for a great non-fiction book, I highly recommend Range by David Epstein. It gives hope to all of us who have ever struggled, changed careers, or have interests outside of our immediate field.

At Markiewicz Dental of Mundelein, we offer a diverse range of dental services. We provide comprehensive adult dentistry and children's dentistry.   Whether you need a dental cleaning, crowns, root canal, implant, cosmetic dentistry, filling, or denture, we deliver exceptional patient experiences each and every time you visit our office.  What sets us apart is our superior team.  Contact us for an appointment or questions.

EMERGENCY

We recognize that emergencies do occur. Our office phone number is answered 24 hours a day by a voicemail system informing you of how to reach the doctor on call. If one of our doctors is unavailable, you will be given instruction on how to reach the dentist covering emergencies for Markiewicz Dental. We provide special priority status for you or any family member who has been seen during the previous year in our practice.

QUESTIONS

Our team members are well trained and dedicated to make a difference for each and every person we are privileged to serve. No question is too small or insignificant for us to answer. Please give us feedback as your opinions and ideas are very important to us.

CONTACT US

Please browse through our website for more detailed information on the services that we offer. To schedule an appointment, simply contact our office to schedule an appointment online or request an appointment and one of our team members will be in touch shortly thereafter.

Contact us to get started at the Markiewicz Dental. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.

 

Dr. David's Childrens Book

January 7th, 2020

Dentists are Monsters by Dr. David Markiewicz

As Featured in the ADA News

Dentists are Monsters is Dr. David Markiewicz’s debut children’s book.  It is a beautifully illustrated story written to help ease children’s fear of the dentist.

As a general dentist practicing in Mundelein, IL, Dr. Markiewicz often sees children who are initially afraid of the dentist.  “Let’s face it; a dental office can initially be a scary place for children.  Nearly 75% of all adults and children experience some sort of dental anxiety.  I wanted to create a story that could help parents reduce the anxiety a child may have when preparing to visit the dentist.” Said Dr. David.

My story is told through the eyes of Tony the Tooth.  Tony is a new tooth, having just erupted into the mouth full of teeth.  The older teeth begin scaring Tony with frightening stories of the dentist.

Tony becomes fearful when he learns they are going to the dentist. Does the dentist really wear a mask because she can breathe fire like a dragon?  He hopes not!

Dentists are Monsters helps parents teach children that many of the perceptions causing a fear of the dentist just are not true.  Visiting the dentist doesn’t need to be scary and can often be rewarding.  In his practice, Dr. David is able to make each individual patient he sees feel comfortable.  He hopes Dentists are Monsters can help spread the message that dentists shouldn’t be feared to a larger audience.

Dr. David spent over two years writing and working with his illustrator, Adela Rezna.

Dr. David stated; “I love dentistry.  It has been a very rewarding career choice.  Whether it is relieving pain, restoring an individual’s ability to eat, or creating a great smile, as dentists, we improve our patient’s lives.   A lifetime of dental health needs to begin as a child.  I hope Dentists are Monsters can help make children more comfortable when visiting the dentist and help set the table for a lifetime of dental health.”

Dentists are Monsters is available directly from our office or on Amazon.

Dr. David Markiewicz is available for interviews, book readings/signings, and speaking events. For inquiries, please contact Dr. David directly at drdavid@markiewicz.dental or phone the office at 847.566.2811.

Earth Day 2019

April 22nd, 2019

Happy Earth Day 2019!   I recently watched a wonderful documentary on the history of the environmental movement in the United States:

Earth Days from the American Experience

We are very lucky to have great opportunities to experience nature in our wonderful Lake County Forest Preserves.

Here are some of my photos of nature.  Most nearby.  All but one of these photos was taken with my phone!!

My Nature Photos

We strive to provide the best care possible.  Our team is passionate about learning and continuously improving.  The pace of change can be both exciting and overwhelming.  Trust that we at Markiewicz Dental will always be improving.

Feel free to leave a comment or question for our doctors and staff - we hope this will be a valuable resource for our patients, their families, and friends!

Here at the dental office of Dr. Anthony Markiewicz, we believe everyone deserves a healthy and beautiful smile. That’s why we’re proud to provide comprehensive dental services in a friendly and professional environment to our neighbors in Mundelein, Hawthorn Woods, Libertyville, Vernon Hills, Grayslake, Wauconda, and all of Lake County. If you have any questions related to dental health or the services we provide in our dental office, please feel free to give us a call at 224-358-3454, reach out to us at our contact page, or schedule an appointment online. We can’t wait to help you obtain a gorgeous smile. From everyone here at Markiewicz Dentistry, we wish all the best.

 

David Markiewicz presents at UIC Clinic and Research Day

April 14th, 2019

David Markiewicz presents at UIC Clinic and Research Day

David Markiewicz will be joining our practice this summer.  He has been busy this year.  We would like to share this article from UIC which featured David.  Read the entire article here.

[caption id="attachment_72" align="aligncenter" width="584"] David Markiewicz, DMD Candidate, Class of 2019, presented his case report titled: A Partially Digital Workflow for Complete Denture Fabrication.[/caption]

Digital Denture Innovation

David Markiewicz,  DMD Candidate, Class of 2019, presented his case report titled, "A Partially Digital Workflow for Complete Denture Fabrication."

Digital technologies have been utilized increasingly in recent years, but seldom for denture fabrication. These technologies can make denture fabrication quicker and more affordable. Also, if a patient loses or breaks their denture, digital archiving can make replacing it as easy as calling the lab to mill it again.

Only 12 percent of dental colleges use digital technologies in their predoctoral complete denture education. The process, which involves fabricating complete dentures using PVS impressions, can be lengthy, inefficient, and often results in frustrated patients, faculty, and students. Typically, the entire workflow can take anywhere from six to eight appointments.

“We were able to develop a partially digital workflow that utilized CAD/CAM technologies to fabricate a complete denture in just four appointments, vs. the usual six to eight,” said Markiewicz. “The digital technologies also increased the quality of the final denture. Rarely do you find a workflow that can simultaneously increase efficiency and overall quality.” 

Markiewicz’s mentors were Dr. Foteini Touloumi, Clinical Professor, Restorative Dentistry, and Dr. Lyndon Cooper, Associate Dean, Research, and Head of Oral Biology.

“Dr. Touloumi helped me fabricate my very first denture in the predoctoral clinic and has since guided me into understanding more deeply the theory and concepts behind denture fabrication,” said Markiewicz. “And, Dr. Cooper’s expertise in digital dentistry techniques opened up a vast network of resources that are traditionally unavailable to predoctoral students.”

Digital workflows combined with products such as Ivoclar, Avadent, etc., hold the promise to revolutionize the way dentures are made and how they are taught in dental school.

Markiewicz expects that this research and related product development to progress towards a completely digital workflow for complete denture fabrication.  “Although the technology is not sophisticated enough yet, a completely digital workflow would include the ability to digitally scan edentulous arches,” said Markiewicz.

As always, don't hesitate to contact us with questions.

We strive to provide the best care possible.  Our team is passionate about learning and continuously improving.  The pace of change can be both exciting and overwhelming.  Trust that we at Markiewicz Dental will always be improving.

Feel free to leave a comment or question for our doctors and staff - we hope this will be a valuable resource for our patients, their families, and friends!

Here at the dental office of Dr. Anthony Markiewicz, we believe everyone deserves a healthy and beautiful smile. That’s why we’re proud to provide comprehensive dental services in a friendly and professional environment to our neighbors in Mundelein, Hawthorn Woods, Libertyville, Vernon Hills, Grayslake, Wauconda, and all of Lake County. If you have any questions related to dental health or the services we provide in our dental office, please feel free to give us a call at 847-566-2811, reach out to us at our contact page, or schedule an appointment online. We can’t wait to help you obtain a gorgeous smile. From everyone here at Markiewicz Dentistry, we wish all the best.

 

 

 

Dry Mouth

March 27th, 2019

Many of us are dealing with Dry Mouth.  Medications, chronic illnesses, mouth breathing, and aging all are factors of Dry Mouth.  The implications of Oral Health are significant.  Increased cavity risk and worsening gum disease are common complications from Dry Mouth.  There is no magic bullet to solve the issue.  This is a helpful video.  Feel free to share with any family or friends who suffer from Dry Mouth.

Dry Mouth

We strive to provide the best care possible.  Our team is passionate about learning and continuously improving.  The pace of change can be both exciting and overwhelming.  Trust that we at Markiewicz Dental will always be improving.

Feel free to leave a comment or question for our doctors and staff - we hope this will be a valuable resource for our patients, their families, and friends!

Here at the dental office of Dr. Anthony Markiewicz, we believe everyone deserves a healthy and beautiful smile. That’s why we’re proud to provide comprehensive dental services in a friendly and professional environment to the citizens of Mundelein, Hawthorn Woods, Libertyville, Vernon Hills, Grayslake, Wauconda and all of Lake County. If you have any questions related to dental health or the services we provide in our dental office, please feel free to give us a call at 847-566-2811, reach out to us at our contact page, or schedule an appointment online. We can’t wait to help you obtain a gorgeous smile. From everyone here at Anthony Markiewicz Dentistry, we wish all the best.

 

Generic or Brand Name?

March 25th, 2019

The other day, I was preparing to cement a crown.  Prior to cementing the crown, the patient asked if I use “generic” cement or a brand name cement.  I have been practicing dentistry for 34 years, and this was the first time I have been asked that question.  It’s a good question.

The two most dreaded courses in Dental School are Practice Management and Dental Materials.  The two most popular Dental Continuing Education courses are, you guessed it, Practice Management and Dental Materials.  The choice of a dental material is a significant factor in the success or failure of a dental procedure, so how do I choose?

Continual learning and study is the only way to remain current on dental materials.  Workshops, lectures, Study Clubs, On-line courses, journal reviews, and newsletters are what I use to stay on-top of the rapidly changing profession of dentistry.  Since 1994, I have taken over 2000 hours of accredited Continuing Education.  That is over 80 hours/year, that is 5x the amount of CE I am required to complete by the State of Illinois and that does not include the time spent reading journals and watching videos.

OK, so how do I choose a dental cement or any other dental material?  I evaluate what products are available and select what I believe to be the best type of material available.  I will then research manufacturers and find the specific product that I believe will provide the best result.  It is a simple process if I do my homework.

We strive to provide the best care possible.  Our team is passionate about learning and continuously improving.  The pace of change can be both exciting and overwhelming.  Trust that we at Markiewicz Dental will always be improving.

Feel free to leave a comment or question for our doctors and staff - we hope this will be a valuable resource for our patients, their families, and friends!

Here at the dental office of Dr. Anthony Markiewicz, we believe everyone deserves a healthy and beautiful smile. That’s why we’re proud to provide comprehensive dental services in a friendly and professional environment to the citizens of Mundelein, Hawthorn Woods, Libertyville, Vernon Hills, Grayslake, Wauconda and all of Lake County. If you have any questions related to dental health or the services we provide in our dental office, please feel free to give us a call at 847-566-2811, reach out to us at our contact page, or schedule an appointment online. We can’t wait to help you obtain a gorgeous smile. From everyone here at Anthony Markiewicz Dentistry, we wish all the best.

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Markiewicz Dental News

March 18th, 2019

We have been very busy here at Markiewicz Dental, striving daily to provide our patients the best quality experience possible, each and every time you call or visit our office.  That requires that we continually educate ourselves, whether it be through in-office training or continuing education.

Some Continuing Education Highlights for 2019:

  • CPR re-certification for the entire team
  • Chicago Dental Society Annual Meeting-our entire team spent two days in courses focusing on how to provide better care through improved or new procedures.  Missy and Elizabeth were laser focused on finding solutions to make everything better from communication tools, patient comfort, or finding ways to make treatment affordable and don't forget; How to have fun!!
  • Spear Center -David Markiewicz and I spent three days at the Spear Center participating in a three day workshop on Treatment Planning. You can watch us at work Spear Workshop.
  • Seattle Study Club Meetings-I attend regular study club meetings with local dental colleagues at the Elite Dental Study Club.
  • Online Training-One of the fastest developing areas of healthcare is Airway Management.  Notice I said Airway Management rather than Sleep Apnea Treatment.  Our hygiene team of Brittany and Katie as well as myself are currently involved in multiple training programs focusing on learning how we can help our patients who suffer with Airway issues.  Much more to come on Airway.
  • Team Meetings-We have had regular team meetings.  We focus on service, patient and team safety including a monthly medical emergency training.

We strive to provide the best care possible.  Our team is passionate about learning and continuously improving.  The pace of change can be both exciting and overwhelming.  Trust that we at Markiewicz Dental will always be improving.

Feel free to leave a comment or question for our doctors and staff - we hope this will be a valuable resource for our patients, their families, and friends!

Here at the dental office of Dr. Anthony Markiewicz, we believe everyone deserves a healthy and beautiful smile. That’s why we’re proud to provide comprehensive dental services in a friendly and professional environment to the citizens of Mundelein, Hawthorn Woods, Libertyville, Vernon Hills, Grayslake, Wauconda and all of Lake County. If you have any questions related to dental health or the services we provide in our dental office, please feel free to give us a call at 847-566-2811, reach out to us at our contact page, or schedule an appointment online. We can’t wait to help you obtain a gorgeous smile. From everyone here at Anthony Markiewicz Dentistry, we wish all the best.

 

Welcome to Our Blog

March 15th, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to visit our blog. Please check back often for weekly updates on fun and exciting events happening at our office, important and interesting information about orthodontics and the dental industry, and the latest news about our practice.

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