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By Carolyn Bronke Wind, DDS, PC
July 01, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Fillings  

You can have a healthy, natural-looking smile with dental fillings. In addition to treating cavities, fillings can be used for cosmetic Smileimprovements. Your dentists office, which is located in La Grange, IL, offers a complete range of dental services to the patients they serve. Dr. Carolyn Bronke and Dr. Vivian Castellanos are some of the best dentists in La Grange, IL. Read on to find out how fillings can help restore your smile.

1. Dental fillings are used to treat decay. Tooth decay can be a problem for children, teenagers, and adults. Tooth decay is the destruction of the hard, outer surface layer of your teeth. Dental fillings restore teeth that have become damaged as a result of decay. Fillings are made of various materials, such as porcelain, composite resin, or dental amalgam that is a combination of several materials.

2. Fillings are used to fix broken teeth. Fracturing a tooth is a common phenomenon. A sports injury or biting something hard can cause a tooth to fracture. Fillings are used to repair chipped and cracked teeth. Fillings are also used to repair worn-down teeth. Some of the factors that can lead to worn-down teeth are brushing aggressively, eating foods that have a high acid content, and tooth grinding. Dental fillings are less likely to wear down than tooth enamel.

3. Fillings are used to fix worn-down teeth. Your teeth are made from tough stuff. But bad habits, injuries, and health conditions can lead to wear and tear. Some of the factors that can lead to worn-down teeth are tooth grinding, brushing aggressively, and eating acidic foods. Dental fillings are durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear.

4. Dental fillings can strengthen your teeth. With dental fillings, you can have a smile that's strong and beautiful. Dental fillings are incredibly strong and will restore full function of your damaged or weak teeth. They're strong enough to withstand biting and chewing forces. With dental fillings, you will be able to eat whatever you want in comfort and with confidence.

5. Dental fillings can enhance your smile. Without a doubt, one of the great advantages of cosmetic dental fillings is that they're nearly invisible. Cosmetic fillings are made of a plastic and ceramic compound. Because resin mimics the appearance of real teeth, these fillings blend right in. Unlike amalgam (silver) fillings, cosmetic fillings won’t be noticeable when you smile.

If you need dental fillings, why wait? We can help you today. Call your dentists in La Grange, IL, at (708) 354-1335 right now to schedule a dental consultation. We want all of our patients to have strong, healthy smiles that look great, too. You will experience exemplary service and state-of-the-art care!


Wearing braces isn't just for teenagers — straightening teeth can be just as viable a need when you're an adult. For example, it may be necessary to first move teeth away from an empty tooth socket before you obtain a dental implant or other restoration.

But braces could have complications, especially if you have periodontal (gum) disease. These infections caused by plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles, inflame and weaken gum tissues and erode supporting bone. It can be treated and brought under control — but keeping it under control requires daily brushing and flossing, along with frequent office cleanings and checkups.

Braces can make this more difficult: it's harder to brush and floss effectively through the hardware of brackets and wires, which can give plaque a chance to build up. Patients susceptible to gum disease are more likely to have re-infections while wearing braces. The hardware can also cause enamel to come in prolonged contact with acid, which can dissolve its mineral content and open the door to tooth decay.

Clear aligners are an alternative to braces that can accomplish tooth movement while minimizing infection flare-ups for people with gum disease. Aligners are a series of customized clear plastic trays worn over the teeth, with each succeeding tray incrementally moving the teeth further than the preceding one. After wearing one tray for a specified time period, you then switch to the next tray. The teeth gradually move to the desired new position over the course of the aligner series.

This option is especially advantageous for gum disease patients because the trays can be removed temporarily for brushing and flossing. There are also other benefits: we can hide a missing tooth space with a temporary false tooth attached to the aligner; and, they're nearly invisible so it won't be obvious to others you're undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Not all orthodontic situations benefit from this alternative, while some cases may call for a combination approach between aligners and braces. But in the right setting, clear aligners are a good choice for not only obtaining better teeth position, but also helping you avoid a new encounter with dental disease.

If you would like more information on orthodontic treatments for adult teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Carolyn Bronke Wind, DDS, PC
June 06, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

If you have a few missing teeth but can't afford dental implants or fixed bridgework, consider a removal partial denture (RPD). Although implants may be the superior choice aesthetically and functionally, an RPD can still effectively give you back your teeth.

RPDs are designed to replace one or more missing teeth but not a full arch like a full denture. Considered a permanent restoration, RPDs are also more durable than transitional "flippers," denture appliances that are flexible and light enough to be flipped out of the mouth with a flick of the tongue.

The key to both their affordability and durability is vitallium, a strong but lightweight metal alloy most often used in their frame construction. To it we attach artificial teeth usually made of porcelain or glass-filled resins that occupy the precise location of the missing teeth on the gum ridge. The artificial teeth and frame are surrounded by gum-colored plastic for a more natural look.

Each RPD is custom-made depending on the number and location of the missing teeth. Its construction will focus on minimizing any rocking movement of the RPD during chewing or biting. Too much of this movement could damage the adjacent teeth it's attaching to and cause the appliance to be uncomfortable to wear. We can stabilize the frame by precisely fitting it between teeth to buttress it. We also insert small rests or clasps made of vitallium at strategic points to grip teeth and minimize movement.

RPDs do have some downsides: their unique attachment with teeth encourages the accumulation of dental plaque, the thin bacterial film that's the leading cause of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. These diseases can affect your remaining teeth's health and stability, which could in turn disrupt the fit of the RPD. Also, too much movement of the appliance can make the teeth to which it's attached become more mobile. It's important, then, if you wear a RPD to remove it daily for cleaning (and to thoroughly brush and floss your natural teeth), and to remove it at night to give the attaching teeth a rest.

A RPD can give you back the teeth you've lost for many years to come—if you take care of it. Maintaining both your RPD and the rest of your teeth and gums will help extend the life and use of this effective and affordable replacement restoration.

If you would like more information on teeth replacement 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 “Removable Partial Dentures: Still a Viable Tooth-Replacement Alternative.”

By Carolyn Bronke Wind, DDS, PC
June 04, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: porcelain veneers  

Made from beautiful porcelain, veneers are wafer-thin shells that are placed over the front surface of teeth to create a completely dental-veneersrejuvenated look for your smile! Located in La Grange, IL, Dr. Carolyn Bronke D.D.S. offers veneers to help their patients cover up a variety of cosmetic concerns—read on to find out what this treatment can do for you!


1. Veneers can fix your smile flaws: Porcelain veneers can improve your smile instantly! Handcrafted to perfectly cover the front surface of the teeth, these shells are used to fix teeth that are chipped, crooked, gapped, cracked, worn down, misaligned, or irregularly shaped. Once bonded to the front of teeth, they are able to change the color, shape, size, and length

2. Veneers can give you a strong smile: Some patents have weak teeth, and as a result, they have lots of problems with their smile. When your teeth are weak, they're more prone to decay and damage. To counteract this, veneers provide the strength of porcelain to each treated tooth!

3. Veneers can brighten your smile: If you use tobacco products or drink lots of coffee, your teeth will darken over time. Certain medications such as antihistamines and drugs for high blood pressure can also cause major teeth stains. Luckily, porcelain veneers can whiten your teeth and keep them looking their best for years to come. Unlike natural teeth, veneers resist stains remarkably well!

4. Veneers are natural looking: These days, there is a growing demand for customized, natural-looking dental veneers created by professional dental ceramists. Porcelain veneers look completely natural and will give you a true smile makeover. Your veneers will have the same look, feel, and luster as your natural teeth. With veneers, you will enjoy the confidence of having a beautiful smile.

5. You will look better for longer: With veneers, you can enjoy a fresh smile for years to come. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, your veneers could last for many years—up to 15, in fact!

A bad smile can keep you from living the life you love. Don't wait—call our La Grange office today at (708) 354-1335 to schedule a dental consultation either Dr. Carolyn Bronke or Dr. Josephine Puleoat!

By Carolyn Bronke Wind, DDS, PC
May 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Whether she’s singing, dancing or acting, Jennifer Lopez is a performer who is known for giving it all she’s got. But during one show, Lopez recently admitted, she gave a bit more then she had planned.

“I chipped my tooth on stage,” she told interviewers from Entertainment Tonight, “and had to finish the show….I went back thinking ‘Can I finish the show like this?’”

With that unlucky break, J-Lo joins a growing list of superstar singers—including Taylor Swift and Michael Buble—who have something in common: All have chipped their teeth on microphones while giving a performance.

But it’s not just celebs who have accidental dental trouble. Chips are among the most common dental injuries—and the front teeth, due to their position, are particularly susceptible. Unfortunately, they are also the most visible. But there are also a number of good ways to repair chipped, cracked or broken teeth short of replacing them.

For minor to moderate chips, cosmetic bonding might be recommended. In this method, special high-tech resins, in shades that match your natural teeth, are applied to the tooth’s surface. Layers of resin, cured with a special light, will often restore the tooth to good appearance. Best of all, the whole process can often be done in just one visit to the dental office, and the results can last for several years.

For a more permanent repair—or if the damage is more extensive—dental veneers may be another option. Veneers are wafer-thin shells that cover the entire front surface of one or more teeth. Strong, durable and natural-looking, they can be used to repair moderate chips, cracks or irregularities. They can also help you get a “red-carpet” smile: brilliant white teeth with perfectly even spacing. That’s why veneers are so popular among Hollywood celebs—even those who haven’t chipped their teeth!

Fortunately, even if the tooth is extensively damaged, it’s usually possible to restore it with a crown (cap), a bridge—or a dental implant, today’s gold standard for whole-tooth replacement. But in many cases, a less complex type of restoration will do the trick.

Which tooth restoration method did J-Lo choose? She didn’t say—but luckily for her adoring fans, after the microphone mishap she went right back up on stage and finished the show.

If you have a chipped tooth but you need to make the show go on, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Artistic Repair of Chipped Teeth With Composite Resin” and “Porcelain Veneers.”