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By Dr. James M. Maragos, DDS, PC
February 23, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
JohnnysTeethArentRottenAnyMore

Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.

In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.

For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.

Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.

It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.

That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”

We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?


By Dr. James M. Maragos, DDS, PC
February 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: family dentistry  

Family dentistry is an important facet of overall dental health. From caring for everyday issues like cavities or teeth cleanings to helping family dentistryyou and your teeth during a dental emergency, your family dentist provides important care for the whole family. Learn more bout family dentistry and what your dentist can do for you with Dr. James Maragos at Dr. James M. Maragos, D.D.S., P.C. in LaGrange, IL.

What is family dentistry? 
Family dentistry specializes in treating patients of all ages. This allows your entire family to see the same dentist at the same office, whether grandma needs her dentures adjusted or the new baby needs to go in for their first dental examination. This provides several advantages, including allowing families with multiple children to schedule their appointments on the same day to save the trip. Seeing a family dentist also keeps every family member’s dental records in the same place, ensuring easy access if necessary. Family dentistry also gives the whole family a chance to grow with their dentist, building a valuable relationship that will last for years.

What can my family dentist do for me? 
Family dentists perform all of the major dental procedures, such as dental fillings, root canals, regular teeth cleanings and sealants to prevent cavities. However, Maragos Dentistry also offers cosmetic dentistry procedures like crowns and bridges, dental contouring, lumineers, teeth whitening and dental bonding. Dr. Maragos also offers orthodontic treatments like Invisalign and traditional braces to straighten the teeth and align the bite to benefit the mouth’s functions.

The Importance of Family Dentistry in LaGrange, IL 
Most people at average risk of teeth decay or gum disease should see their dentist for regular examinations and cleanings at least twice a year. These important appointments are necessary for both children and adults alike, making your family dentist essential to your oral health. Schedule the whole family’s examinations on the same day or split the kids between mom and dad for two days worth of appointments which work around the kids’ schedules. With the versatility of a family dentist, committing to regular dental examinations and cleanings is easy.

For more information on family dentistry, please contact Dr. Maragos at Dr. James M. Maragos, D.D.S., P.C. in LaGrange, IL. Call (708) 352-7358 to schedule your appointment today!


By Dr. James M. Maragos, DDS, PC
February 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sensitive teeth  
DontPutOffGettingTreatmentforYourSensitiveTeeth

While out with friends one evening, you take a bite of ice cream. Suddenly, pain shoots through your teeth. It only lasts a second, but it's enough to ruin your good time.

This could be tooth sensitivity, a painful reaction to hot or cold foods. It often occurs when the enamel in prolonged contact with acid has eroded. Acid is a waste product of bacteria found in plaque, a thin film of food particles that builds up on tooth surfaces due to inadequate brushing and flossing. Enamel normally mutes temperature or pressure sensation to the underlying dentin layer and nerves. Loss of enamel exposes the dentin and nerves to the full brunt of these sensations.

Sensitivity can also happen if your gums have shrunk back (receded) and exposed dentin below the enamel. Although over-aggressive brushing can often cause it, gum recession also happens because of periodontal (gum) disease, a bacterial infection also arising from plaque.

The best way to avoid tooth sensitivity is to prevent enamel erosion or gum recession in the first place. Removing accumulated plaque through daily brushing and flossing is perhaps the most essential part of prevention, along with a nutritious diet low in sugar and regular dental cleanings and checkups.

It's also important to treat any dental disease that does occur despite your best hygiene efforts. Gum disease requires aggressive plaque removal, especially around the roots. While receded gum tissues often rebound after treatment, you may need gum grafting surgery to restore lost tissues if the gums have receded more deeply. For enamel erosion and any resulting decay you may need a filling, root canal treatment or a crown, depending on the depth and volume of structural damage.

While you're being treated you can also gain some relief from ongoing sensitivity by using a toothpaste with potassium nitrate or similar products designed to desensitize the dentin. Fluoride, a known enamel strengthener, has also been shown to reduce sensitivity. We can apply topical fluoride directly to tooth surfaces in the form of gels or varnishes.

Don't suffer through bouts of tooth sensitivity any more than you must. Visit us for a full exam and begin treatment to relieve you of the pain and stress.

If you would like more information on the causes and treatment of tooth sensitivity, 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 “Treatment of Tooth Sensitivity.”




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