Pediatric Dentistry

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.

 

Bubble Challenge Week 3!!

April 14th, 2019

Don't forget to enter the Markiewicz Dental Bubble Challenge and raise awareness of Oral Cancer and enter to win one of five Quip Toothbrushes.

I sent David Markiewicz on a mission to get a photo of Tiger blowing a bubble to enter him in the Bubble Challenge.  Phones not allowed into Augusta though.

When you see David, be sure to ask him how he got to experience Tiger's win at the Masters.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

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March 15th, 2019

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