Posts for: January, 2015

By Dr. James M. Maragos, DDS, PC
January 28, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are one of the best tooth replacement systems available. But while they can rejuvenate patients’ smiles and potentially provide a lifetime of service, they require thorough planning and preparation before the implant is inserted.

The process begins with the assembling of your treatment team. Implants require the training and expertise of a number of professionals who collaborate during the process: a dental specialist, like an oral surgeon, periodontist or a general dentist trained in implant dentistry, who surgically installs the implant; a dental technician who fashions the permanent life-like crown that will attach to your particular implant; and a restorative dentist who begins and ends the process with you — from initial consultation and planning to the permanent crown attachment. You, the patient, are also part of the team — your input and informed choices are essential to a successful outcome.

Your restorative dentist will take the first steps to develop your treatment plan. It begins with both a dental examination and a general health assessment to determine your fitness for any surgery. The dental examination serves to evaluate the site where the proposed implant or implants will be placed, along with x-rays for assessing the quantity and quality of bone at the site. Next, the dentist will create study models of your mouth to assess bite, and possibly take photographs to guide decisions on the implant crown’s color and appearance. The last step may be the development of surgical guides to ensure accurate placement of the implants by the surgeon.

One of the biggest questions to answer at this stage is whether or not you have sufficient bone mass to support the implant. You may have experienced significant bone loss due to disease or from resorption (the dissolving of bone) because of tooth loss. Insufficient bone mass can be remedied with a bone graft placed within the site that stimulates bone growth, which if successful will provide enough bone to support the implant.

While this preparatory phase before implant placement can be very involved, it’s absolutely necessary for ultimate success. The careful planning and prep work performed by your implant team — and your own participation in the process — will ensure that you’ll be happy with your new implants and your new smile.

If you would like more information on dental implant options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants.”

By Dr. James M. Maragos, D.D.S.
January 19, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you one of the many Americans who suffers from a fear of visiting the dentist? If so, you aren't alone. Many Americans fear visiting their dentist in La Grange - even to the point where they will procrastinate making an appointment or even refuse to go in for dental care they know they need.

You deserve better than that. That's why dental fear is the last thing you have to worry about when you visit La Grange dentist Dr. James M. Maragos, D.D.S. Here at our office, not only do we provide exceptional dental care from knowledgeable professionals, but we also go above and beyond to make sure that each and every one of our patients feels at ease no matter what dental procedure they need done, whether it's a simple cleaning or a more invasive root canal.

Not only will the warm smiles and friendly demeanor of each of our staff members put you at ease from the minute you walk in the door, but we also offer a wide variety of little extras to make you feel safe and comfortable throughout your procedure. We refer to these extras as our "comfort menu," and they include options such as soft music, a warm blanket, scenic videos, neck pillows and even sedation if needed.

We never make you feel guilty about your oral health, no matter how long it's been since the last time you visited the dentist or what type of procedure you need done. We don't try to trick you into expensive procedures you don't need. We're simply here to help you achieve the proper oral health you deserve.

Even if you've had poor dental experiences in the past, Dr. Maragos will give you fantastic dental care in a warm and relaxing atmosphere so you never have to feel afraid. If you're looking for a warm, caring and compassionate dentist in La Grange, call Dr. Maragos today. You'll be glad you did.

By Dr. James M. Maragos, DDS, PC
January 13, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

It's no surprise that plenty of teenagers go in for an orthodontic evaluation and come out wearing braces. But sometimes, an observant orthodontist may notice that an adult's smile could use a little bit of improvement, too. Even an adult like — Tom Cruise?

That's exactly what happened to the star of Top Gun, Rain Man and the Mission Impossible franchise. Cruise, then 39, was taking one of his children for orthodontic work when it was pointed out that the leading man's teeth were also out of alignment. So he opted for braces too.

“Yes, Tom Cruise has braces,” said his publicist when the star appeared, sporting his new orthodontic appliances. “To him, it's no big deal.” Cruise chose to get the relatively inconspicuous ceramic type, with only a thin wire visible in front of his teeth. He wore them for about a year and a half, having them temporarily removed when it was time to make a movie.

Ceramic braces are a popular choice among adult orthodontic patients, many of whom find that less noticeable orthodontic appliances fit in better with their personal or professional lifestyle. Clear aligners also provide a virtually invisible option. We can help you decide which appliance would best meet your needs. But the first step is a thorough evaluation of your periodontal health.

Is it Risky Business to get braces as an older adult? Not usually — but if you do show signs of periodontal disease, which is more prevalent in adults than teens, it's important to bring it under control before beginning your orthodontic treatment. There are also a few medical conditions, such as heart-valve disease, severe uncontrolled diabetes, and leukemia, which might preclude treatment.

For most people, however, orthodontics offers a great way to improve your appearance and boost your self-confidence — even if you're not a movie star. It is estimated that three-quarters of adults have some form of orthodontic problem; and studies have shown that orthodontic treatment can enhance an adult's career opportunities and social life.

So, if you're looking for a better smile at any age, don't hesitate to contact us or schedule an appointment to discuss your treatment options. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Orthodontics For The Older Adult.”

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