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At our practice, we perform a wide variety of services to help you get the smile you deserve. By leveraging today's advanced techniques and technology, Dr. Mark Wojciechowski can restore your beautiful smile.

Whether you need to get a tooth filled, have crooked teeth or need a complete smile makeover, we can offer a treatment plan that's right for you.

Cleanings & Prevention
Dental Cleaning
A dental cleaning is performed by a hygienist and usually lasts around 30 minutes. Dental cleanings should include the removal of plaque and tartar from the teeth surface (scaling), polishing and smoothing the root surface, and a deep cleaning below the gum line (root planing) if needed. Dental cleanings should occur every six months to ensure plaque build-up is kept in check.
Deep Cleaning Gum Treatment
Non-surgical gum treatment may be needed if the periodontium, the specialized tissues that surround and support the gums, ligaments and bone structure are unhealthy. Signs of an unhealthy periodontium and gum disease are:
•  gums that are red and bleed easily
•  gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth
•  consistently bad breath
•  loose or shifting teeth
Fluoride Treatment
Fluoride applications help to strengthen the enamel on your teeth and are especially important for children. Fluoride is also especially important for patients who are undergoing orthodontic treatment and older adults with conditions such as low salivary flow and/or exposed root surfaces or recession.

For cavity prevention, it is recommended that children receive an exam and fluoride treatment every six months.
Oral Cancer Screening
Part of your oral examination is screening for Oral Cancer. A Velscope is used to test adults for abnormal cancer cells in the oral cavity, that are just under the tissue surface and not visible to the naked eye.
Many people have narrow grooves in their teeth that are very hard to or can't be cleaned with a toothbrush. In these cases, Dr. Mark Wojciechowski will clean the tooth surface and use a sealant to seal and smooth the tooth surface so it can be cleaned by brushing. If not treated, the grooves will develop tooth decay, eventually leading to a cavity, and the need for a filling or more serious corrective procedures.
Digital X-Rays
X-rays are a primary tool for early identification of dental problems. Detecting issues with x-rays before they become problematic can save you money in the long run. Early detection can help prevent the need for more extensive, expensive procedures or surgeries. X-rays are primarily used to detect:
•  Internal tooth decay
•  Cysts (fluid filled sacks at the base of your teeth)
•  Tumors, both cancerous and non-cancerous
•  Impacted teeth
•  Teeth that are still coming in

Restorative Dentistry
Fillings are used to restore tooth damage caused by tooth decay. After removing the decay and cleaning the area, Dr. Mark Wojciechowski adds filling material. Fillings are made from traditional amalgam (silver colored) gold, silver or a composite (tooth colored). Composite fillings, in addition to being more aesthetically pleasing, bond directly to the tooth surface unlike traditional fillings.
Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is composed of a ceramic resin that is brushed onto the tooth and hardened with intense light. Prior to bonding application the tooth surface must be prepared to accept the bonding. This is accomplished by roughening the tooth surface and applying a gel to micro-etch the surface. A primer agent is then applied so the bond will adhere properly.

Dental bonding is used for:
•  Repairing tooth decay damage
•  Improving tooth alignment
•  Filling gaps between teeth
•  Cosmetic reasons (improving tooth appearance)

Dental Crowns
Crowns are used to restore teeth severely damaged due to fracture or decay. After the tooth surface is cleaned and prepared the crown is placed to cover the remainder of the tooth. The crown strengthens the tooth structure and helps prevent future decay. Crowns also improve the tooth's look, shape and alignment.

Crowns are used to:
•  Restore a fractured tooth
•  Restore a tooth severely damaged by decay
•  Protect a tooth from fracture
•  Cover a discolored or unattractive tooth
•  Cover a dental implant
•  Anchor a bridge

Dental Bridges
Bridges are used to replace a missing tooth in both a cosmetic and functional fashion. A bridge structure is one or more artificial teeth anchored in place by natural teeth, crowns or implants, on each side of the bridge. Using a bridge to fill the gap from missing teeth helps restore proper bite and prevent teeth from shifting to fill the gap (which may lead to additional bite and jaw joint issues). Bridges can be constructed from gold, porcelain and metal, or all ceramic. Ceramic bridge color is made to match your natural tooth color. Material choice will depend on structural requirements, wear and aesthetics.

Bridges are used to:
•  Replace missing teeth
•  Prevent teeth from shifting
•  Correct bite issues due to missing teeth
•  Help prevent jaw joint problems from altered bite
•  Improve appearance (cosmetic reasons)

Dental Implants
Implants may be the best option for replacing a single or multiple missing teeth. An implant is a metal post that is attached directly to the jawbone. After the bone and surrounding tissue has healed an artificial tooth is attached to the implant. Implants provide superior benefits compared to bridge work as they do not depend on neighboring teeth for structural support, although they are more expensive. Implants are the closest dental structure in durability to natural teeth and have greater cosmetic appeal.

Implants are used to:
•  Replace missing teeth
•  Prevent teeth from shifting
•  Correct bite issues due to missing teeth
•  Help prevent jaw joint problems from altered bite
•  Improve appearance (cosmetic reasons)

Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are used in place of fillings when partial coverage of a tooth is desired. Rather than removing tooth structure from the entire tooth as in the case of a crown, only part of the tooth structure is removed.

The onlay or inlay is fabricated in a laboratory out of gold or porcelain and cemented in place on the tooth during a second visit.
Root Canal
A root canal becomes needed when tooth decay is so badly neglected it reaches the tooth pulp. Once the pulp is infected it cannot heal on its own. Sometimes tooth trauma such as a fracture can lead to the need for a root canal as well. In addition to being painful, untreated infections can reach the root tip and compromise the entire immune system.

Symptoms of pulp infections may be:
•  Sensitivity to hot/cold
•  Sensitivity to sweets
•  Pain, especially when biting
•  Swelling
•  Bad taste in the mouth

Dental Implant Restorations
A dental implant is a titanium device designed to replace missing teeth. Unlike a dental bridge or partial denture, an implant supported restoration (crown, denture or bridge) is permanent.

Cosmetic Dentistry
Teeth Whitening
As the name implies, teeth whitening is the act of whitening teeth and therefore making them more attractive. Teeth whitening can be used to whiten stained, discolored or dull teeth to improve your smile. Whitening is one of the most cost effective ways to improve your smile and is relatively painless.

There are two primary methods of teeth whitening, in office and at home trays.
Dental Veneers
Veneers are a porcelain or ceramic cover for the visible portion of teeth that dramatically improves the aesthetics of your smile. Veneers usually require a couple of dental visits. First the teeth are prepared, impressions are taken and temporary covers are placed on the teeth. Using the impressions, the custom veneers are precisely manufactured in a dental lab. The process takes about two weeks, and when it is complete the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. Veneers require less tooth material removal and the procedure is more comfortable than crowns.

ClearCorrect orthodontic aligners are a clear and simple alternative to braces, with no wires or brackets, leaving you a reason to smile! ClearCorrect uses a series of removable aligners that move your teeth in small increments as you wear them, with each aligner moving your teeth a little bit at a time, leaving you in the end with straight teeth.

Periodontal Therapy
Gum Disease
Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by the bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.

Other Services
Full Dentures
When the condition of the teeth has deteriorated so far that they can no longer be repaired, removal is the only option. A complete denture is a removable prosthesis of white plastic teeth in a pink gum-colored plastic base; the denture rests on the remaining gum ridge once all of the teeth in the arch have been removed.

It is important to note that life with an upper and/or lower denture is a major lifestyle change when compared to natural teeth. Dentures impact the type of food you are able to eat, your self-confidence in social situations and even your self-esteem.

Reasons for a Full Denture
•  All teeth missing in the same arch
•  Restore chewing ability
•  Restore a natural looking smile
•  Economical alternative to other procedures

Partial Dentures
Often called a "partial," this type of denture is often used when only some of the teeth are missing. A partial denture is a removable appliance held in place by gripping the remaining healthy teeth, usually with metal clasps or wires.

It is an economical solution that allows all missing teeth in the same arch (either the upper or the lower) to be replaced with one appliance. A partial denture is inherently much more stable and therefore more comfortable than a complete denture. There are many factors that help us to determine if you are a candidate for tooth replacement with a partial denture. Among these factors, the health of the gums and the shape of the anchor teeth are most important.

Reasons For Partial Dentures
•  Multiple teeth missing in the same arch
•  Restore chewing function

Tooth Extraction
A tooth extraction is the procedure done to remove a tooth that is damaged beyond repair from its socket in the jawbone. Extractions are also done to remove wisdom teeth that may be impacted or create future problems.

Many extractions can be performed in our Libertyville office; however, more complicated procedures may be referred to one of our trusted oral surgeons.
Nightguard Therapy
Nightguards (Grinding and Snoring)
Bruxism (teeth grinding) can cause moderate to severe long-term damage to teeth. Constant grinding wears down the surface of the tooth, exposing the soft dentin beneath the enamel. Over twenty percent of adults clench or grind their teeth. Many people are unaware that they have this destructive habit. Some of the damage that can occur includes:
•  Chipped teeth
•  Tooth flattening and tooth wear
•  Cracked tooth enamel
•  Cracked, loose or broken fillings
•  Tooth loss
•  Gum recession
•  Tooth collapse
•  Tooth sensitivity
•  Headaches, especially upon waking
•  Muscle or jaw soreness
•  Difficulty opening mouth

Bruxing can even cause a root fracture below the gum line, requiring a root canal and crown to restore the damaged tooth.

Patients are screened for signs and symptoms of bruxism in order to diagnose this condition. If present, we recommend a custom nightguard appliance. One of the nightguards we use is the NTI™ appliance. There are several types of appliances. Depending on the specific condition, we will recommend the appliance that is best suited for you.

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Sleep Apnea
Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are conditions that can be mildly disruptive to life-threatening, depending on their severity. Patients are screened for these disruptive (snoring) and potentially life-threatening (sleep apnea) conditions. Depending on the severity of the snoring and/or sleep apnea, custom oral appliances can be made to help alleviate the condition. Contact our office to learn more and to schedule a consultation.
Sports Dentistry
When it comes to protecting your mouth, a mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment from an early age.

While collision and contact sports, such as boxing, are higher-risk sports for the mouth, you can experience a dental injury in non-contact activities too, such as gymnastics and skating.
Emergency Dentist
Cracked, Broken and Chipped Teeth
Teeth are amazingly strong, but even strong teeth can chip, crack or break. You may fall, be hit in the mouth or face, or bite into something hard. If this happens, it is important to get to your dentist right away, saving the broken part of the tooth if possible. The longer you wait, the greater the risk of permanent nerve damage to the tooth. But what do you do when your tooth breaks and you can't get to the dentist right away?

Here are some guidelines to carry you through until you can get in to see your dentist.
•  Rinse your mouth with warm water
•  Apply pressure for about 10 minutes on any area that is bleeding
•  Apply a cold pack to the cheek or lip over the broken tooth, helping to reduce swelling
•  Cover the part of the tooth that is left in your mouth with temporary dental cement found at the drugstore
•  Take an over-the-counter pain reliever

If you are experiencing a toothache or any other dental emergency, do not wait to call our office even if it is after hours. If there is swelling or if you are running a fever, it is extremely important to seek immediate care.

Dr. Wojciechowski can be reached through the office number at 847-362-5511. We always recommend being seen as soon as possible in an emergency/pain situation.

Contact our office at 847-362-5511 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about the services we offer.


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