Posts for: April, 2014

By Dr. James M. Maragos, DDS, PC
April 18, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentist  
Maybe you are reading this because you lost a tooth, or you have a family member who needs a tooth replacement. Whatever the reason, you still want to know which tooth replacement options match you or a loved one’s dental profile. Down below we have listed a number of popular and effective restorative treatments that our LaGrange family dentist office offers.
Top Three Restorative Options 
People’s dental makeup varies and so do their preferences. To accommodate for patients’ dental needs and profile, dentists have three common restorative options: implant-retained crown, fixed bridge or removable partial/full dentures.
  • Implant-retained crown – this is also called a single-tooth implant, and it’s placed into the jawbone, while attaching an abutment and synthetic crown.
  • Fixed bridge – a bridge can replace one or more missing teeth, and it uses neighboring teeth to anchor onto.
  • Removable partial/full dentures – typically a clasp attaches to the natural teeth, anchoring the framework in the mouth. Partial/full dentures replace multiple missing teeth or all of them.
Dental Implants: Perfect Match and Fit for Tooth Loss
While a crown and bridge work well to restore a smile, a bridge also involves a dentist filing down neighboring teeth to be used as anchors. And dentures are removable.
In regards to dental implants, the main anchor is the screw-like implant, which is inserted into the jawbone. It’s permanently placed and won’t move. In LaGrange, dental implants are available at Dr. Maragos’ family dentistry as well as crowns and bridgework.
Do you want to know more about crowns or dental implants in LaGrange?

By Dr. James M. Maragos, DDS, PC
April 17, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles  

We're always tickled to see dentists represented in popular culture, especially when portrayed by an actor as handsome as John Stamos. On the hit television show Glee, Stamos played a dentist who made sure the glee club members cleaned up their act when it came to oral hygiene — though perhaps he used a bit too much anesthesia to achieve this admirable goal. While under his care — and lots of sedation — several Glee characters had music-infused hallucinations in which they danced and sang with pop star Britney Spears.

Far-fetched? No doubt. Still, it's worth mentioning that sedation has its place in dentistry. In fact, if you are someone who tends to get anxious or even fearful about dental treatment, you should know that sedation can help you relax both mind and body so you can feel peaceful rather than anxious in the dentist's chair. And that's the whole point: Fear of pain should not stand in the way of your getting the care that will keep you healthy and allow you to keep your teeth for as long as possible.

You may not know this, but when you are afraid, your threshold for pain is actually lower. You become hypersensitive to every sensation and sound, and you tense your muscles. Fear and anxiety trigger the release of certain chemicals that put you in “fight or flight” mode. In this heightened state of alert you experience more pain during and even after treatment.

The good news is that this response can virtually be eliminated with various oral sedatives and/or with nitrous oxide, which is inhaled. Both treatments will allow you to let your guard down and relax. Your apprehension and hypersensitivity to pain will disappear, even though you are still conscious. And when you are relaxed, we are better able to focus on the task at hand, knowing that you are comfortable.

The sedatives used in dentistry have been subjected to rigorous testing and have a strong safety record backed by decades of use. Several even have “amnesic” properties, meaning that you will remember little to nothing of your treatment — unless, of course, you end up singing and dancing with Britney Spears!

If you would like more information about sedation in dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Sedation Dentistry.” Dear Doctor also has more on “Overcoming Dental Fear & Anxiety.”

By Dr. James M. Maragos, DDS, PC
April 09, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentist  
You can’t just throw a bunch of random ingredients in a bowl and hope it turns out well. There needs to be a lot of preparation—and—a secret ingredient that brings it all together. That’s how it is at Dr. Maragos’ LaGrange family dentist office. Instead of just one secret ingredient, Dr. Maragos has three to make it a top-notch dental experience.
Wide Range of Dental Services
Chipped tooth? We got you covered. Cosmetic imperfections? We have a number of cosmetic dental services to solve your problem. Dealing with tooth loss? We also help with that! At Dr. Maragos family dentistry in LaGrange, there are cosmetic, restorative, general and family services to help treat and combat dental issues. Some leading services include professional cleaning and exam, relaxation dentistry, Invisalign, veneers, whitening and dental implants.
After-Hours Emergency Care
Dental emergencies aren’t planned—that’s why they are called “emergencies.” And of course, they usually occur when the dentist office is closed for the day. If you broke, cracked or lost a tooth because of trauma, you need to see a dentist as soon as possible—it’s time sensitive because you want to save your tooth. If you have a dental infection, you are most likely experiencing a toothache or worse. If you live in LaGrange, see Dr. Maragos for his after-hours emergency care.
Experienced and Dedicated Staff
Dr. Maragos, his dental hygienist and assistants and business assistant have years of experience in the dental field. From minor to major, many dental cases have been seen and treated over the years.
What is the super, secret ingredient? Well, it’s not really a secret—Dr. Maragos and staff work as a team. They effectively communicate, trust each other’s skills and share one mission—provide quality dental care to the LaGrange community.
To schedule an appointment with your family dentist in LaGrange, Dr. Maragos, call (708) 352-7385. Feel free to post a comment in the section below or on Facebook! What do you think makes a great dentist?

By Dr. James M. Maragos, DDS, PC
April 02, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics  

There are only a few teeth that are known by nicknames. The big, late-blooming third molars (“wisdom teeth”) are one set; another set is the sharply-pointed canines, also called the “eyeteeth”. These two sets of teeth have something else in common: They can both suffer from the failure to develop in the proper place. Impacted wisdom teeth are a well known problem; impacted canines, however, are an issue that’s seen less frequently — but can often be effectively treated without extraction (removal).

What does the term “impacted” mean? In dental terminology, it indicates a tooth that is growing in a position where it can’t erupt (grow in to the bite) properly. This sometimes happens in cases where the bite is “crowded” — that is, where there isn’t enough space in the jaw for all of the teeth to develop properly. An impacted tooth remains “buried” to some extent in the tissues of the gums and jaw. It may eventually cause various problems with the roots of neighboring teeth, or even form a cyst (fluid-filled sac). That’s why treatment of impacted teeth is so important.

Impacted third molars (wisdom teeth) are generally removed (extracted), and are rarely missed. Canines, however, are located near the front of the mouth, forming an important component of an aesthetically pleasing smile. Therefore, whenever possible, it’s preferable to bring these teeth into good alignment with the rest of the smile rather than remove them. How is this done?

The process begins with a series of radiographic images (x-rays or CT scans) that show the exact positions of the affected teeth. Next, a minor surgical procedure, performed under local anesthesia, is used to expose the crowns (surfaces) of the impacted teeth. Then, a bracket is bonded to the surface of the tooth, which can be attached to orthodontic appliances. These appliances will, in time, move the tooth into a better position.

Impacted canines can be a serious problem — but the good news is that, with the proper treatment, it’s often possible to bring them into alignment with the rest of your smile. If you would like more information about treating impacted canine teeth, call our office for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Exposing Impacted Canines.”

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James M. Maragos, D.D.S.

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