Patient Education

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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Do You Have Questions About Full Dentures?

June 19th, 2019

When a patient experiences the loss of all teeth in an arch, the most common treatment is a full denture.

A full denture consists of teeth inserted in a pink acrylic base (color of your gums).  Full dentures not only allow a patient to chew, but also can provide excellent esthetics and help with speech.

At Markiewicz Dental, we have helped restore our patients to function with full dentures since 1988.  There is no need to be fearful or embarrassed.  We know how to help.

Every patient presents with unique circumstances, but four scenarios are common.

  • A patient has worn dentures for years and needs a new set. Often the patient wants improvement in esthetics and/or function.
  • A patient will be losing their reaming teeth and will need dentures for the first time. (Dentures can be fabricated prior to extractions and delivered at time of extractions)
  • A patient has no teeth, but has never had dentures.
  • A patient has either lost or damaged their existing dentures and needs a new set asap.

So, don’t worry, we at Markiewicz Dental can help.

Our process:

  1. Evaluation including needed x-rays and photographs
  2. Discussion of your unique wants and needs.
  3. A detailed treatment plan including all fees and steps (including a timeline to completion).
  4. Once treatment begins, the common steps are:
    1. Impressions of your jaws
      1. Recording of your lip position, smile, and bite to allow set-up of teeth for try-in.
      2. Selection of tooth color and shape
    2. Try-in of preliminary denture set-up. We will evaluate the denture set-up for esthetics and function.  If we all agree the set-up is ideal, we will have the denture processed for delivery.  If we want to improve the set-up, we will.
    3. Delivery of the dentures
    4. Adjustments as necessary

When your dentures become loose, they can often be refitted by relining them. 

Options with Dentures:

Often patients desire more stability and retention than a removable denture can provide.  Combining dentures with implants can provide options:

  • Removable Dentures can be implant retained
  • Dentures can be permanently affixed to implants (Hybrid Denture)

We at Markiewicz Dental pride ourselves in providing our patients with dentures that are beautiful and functional.  If you are in need of dentures, contact us for a consultation at 847.566.2811.

June 10th, 2019

Technology has come to the Removalble Partial Denture

For many patients, implants are just not an option.  For years, treatment has been a metal-based removable partial denture.   We are thrilled to be able to offer an alternative.  A non-metallic, computer designed and milled partial denture.  They provide better aesthetics, fit comfortably, and are much lighter.  Our patients who have switched to these new partials, are thrilled with the results.

Which would you choose?

Vs

  • No unsightly metal clasps
  • Much lighter than traditional metal partials
  • Precision Fit with CAD/CAM Designed and Milled Technology
  • Comfortable easy insertion and removability
  • Lacks metal taste
  • no thermal conductivity when drinking hot or cold beverages

At Markiewicz Dental, we are committed to improving our patients lives through better dentistry.  If you have questions about our metal free partial dentures, call us at 847.566.2811 or request an appointment.

Join the Fun: Bubble Challenge Week Two!!

April 8th, 2019

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month.  Our dentists and dental hygienists are often the only health professionals who complete a through examination of your oral cavity, head, and neck.

Check out some entries into the Bubble Challenge:

Bubble Challenge Entries

Join us in promoting Oral Cancer Awareness Month by participating in the Markiewicz Dental Bubble Challenge.  Many Oral Cancer patients have had their mouths reconstructed, teeth removed, palates removed, pieces of their tongues removed, and simply cannot ever chew gum again…or blow a bubble.  Join us by submitting a photo of yourself blowing a bubble, or stop in the office  We will have a bowl of sugarless bubble gum.  Blow a bubble and we will take a photo for you, or if you are like Dr. Markiewicz, who can't blow a bubble, just send a photo of yourself.

For every entry photo received during the month of April 2019, we at Markiewicz Dental, will donate $5.00 per photo ($250.00 maximum) to Oral Cancer Cause.

Enter to win one of (5) five Quip Toothbrushes by joining our Markiewicz Dental Bubble Challenge. 

Blow a bubble, take a photo, and send it to us.  It's that simple!!

Markiewicz Dental Bubble Challenge

Oral cancer refers to cancer that develops in any of the parts that make up the mouth:

  • Lips
  • Gums
  • Tongue
  • Inner lining of the cheeks
  • Roof of the mouth
  • Floor of the mouth (under the tongue)

Symptoms

  • A lip or mouth sore that doesn't heal
  • A white or reddish patch on the inside of your mouth
  • Loose teeth
  • A growth or lump inside your mouth
  • Mouth pain
  • Ear pain
  • Difficult or painful swallowing

Make an appointment at Markiewicz Dental (847.566.2811) if you have any persistent signs and symptoms that bother you and last more than two weeks. We will likely investigate other more common causes for your signs and symptoms first, such as an infection.

Risk factors

Factors that can increase your risk of mouth cancer include:

  • Tobacco use of any kind, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and snuff, among others
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Excessive sun exposure to your lips
  • A sexually transmitted virus called human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • A weakened immune system

Prevention

There's no proven way to prevent mouth cancer. However, you can reduce your risk of mouth cancer if you:

  • Stop using tobacco or don't start.If you use tobacco, stop. If you don't use tobacco, don't start. Using tobacco, whether smoked or chewed, exposes the cells in your mouth to dangerous cancer-causing chemicals.
  • Drink alcohol only in moderation, if at all.Chronic excessive alcohol use can irritate the cells in your mouth, making them vulnerable to mouth cancer. If you choose to drink alcohol, do so in moderation. For healthy adults, that means up to one drink a day for women of all ages and men older than age 65, and up to two drinks a day for men age 65 and younger.
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure to your lips.Protect the skin on your lips from the sun by staying in the shade when possible. Wear a broad-brimmed hat that effectively shades your entire face, including your mouth. Apply a sunscreen lip product as part of your routine sun protection regimen.
  • See us at Markiewicz Dental as part of a routine dental exam, we will  inspect your entire mouth for abnormal areas that may indicate mouth cancer or precancerous changes.

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 Anthony Markiewicz Dentistry, we wish all the best.

 

Oral Cancer Awareness Bubble Challenge

April 1st, 2019

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month.  Our dentists and dental hygienists are often the only health professionals who complete a through examination of your oral cavity, head, and neck.

Join us in promoting Oral Cancer Awareness Month by participating in the Markiewicz Dental Bubble Challenge.  Many Oral Cancer patients have had their mouths reconstructed, teeth removed, palates removed, pieces of their tongues removed, and simply cannot ever chew gum again…or blow a bubble.  Join us by submitting a photo of yourself blowing a bubble, or stop in the office  We will have a bowl of sugarless bubble gum.  Blow a bubble and we will take a photo for you, or if you are like Dr. Markiewicz, who can't blow a bubble, just send a photo of yourself.

For every entry photo received during the month of April 2019, we at Markiewicz Dental, will donate $5.00 per photo ($250.00 maximum) to Oral Cancer Cause.

Enter to win one of (5) five Quip Toothbrushes by joining our Markiewicz Dental Bubble Challenge. 

Blow a bubble, take a photo, and send it to us.  It's that simple!!

Markiewicz Dental Bubble Challenge

Some Oral Cancer Frequently Asked Questions

Submitted by Nitin Pagedar, MD; Jeffrey Liu, MD; Neil Gross, MD

For the American Head and Neck Society Education Committee

BASIC FACTS

What is oral cancer?

Oral cancers start in a part of the mouth: the lips, gums, tongue, cheeks, floor of mouth, or roof of the mouth (the palate). As they grow, they can come to involve the bones of the upper or lower jaw, they can spread to lymph nodes in the neck, or they can spread elsewhere in the body. Most oral cancers are squamous cell carcinomas, which is a cancer that comes from the lining on the inside of the mouth.

What causes oral cancer?

Tobacco and alcohol use are the strongest risk factors for oral cancer. All forms of tobacco, including cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco, put users at risk of cancer. Tobacco and alcohol are both risk factors by themselves, but the risks are even greater for people who use both.

Is oral cancer related to human papillomavirus (HPV)?

In recent years, human papillomavirus (HPV) has been found to cause an increasing number of cancers of the oropharynx, which is part of the throat.  Cancers in the oropharynx (part of the throat) and oral cavity (the mouth) are not the same. To the best of our knowledge, HPV causes only a very small percentage of oral cancers.

What are the symptoms of oral cancer?

The most common symptom of oral cancer is pain, usually in the form of a non-healing sore which can appear white and/or red. A new lump in the neck that does not go away after several weeks can also be a sign of oral cancer.

Whom should I see if I think I might have oral cancer?

Dentists and primary care physicians can provide advice or referral to an appropriate specialist, most often an otolaryngologist (ENT) or oral surgeon. If oral cancer is identified, then it is usually managed by a specially trained head and neck surgeon.

How is oral cancer treated?

Oral cancer is usually first treated with surgery.  Radiation and/or chemotherapy therapy are sometimes recommended after surgery depending on the exact nature of the cancer.  See the treatment section below for more details.

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 Anthony Markiewicz Dentistry, we wish all the best.

Dentistry For Kids!

March 29th, 2019

It has been spring break week around here.  Very busy with parents and children visiting us for Continuing Care.  I have previously shared this video because it summarizes what parents need to know about their children's dental health in just a few minutes.  Feel free to share with any new parents or parents to be.

Dentistry For Kids Video

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 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.

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.

 

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