Need a Tooth Extraction? Don’t Be Afraid!

We’ve all had a toothache at some point or another. While you should always consult your Dubuque dentist, it’s not always a serious problem. Often, the issue can be fixed with a filling or a root canal. However, many Dubuque residents have found themselves in a situation where the tooth is not salvageable, and the only solution is for Dr. Fili to perform an extraction, or remove the tooth. Today, Dr. Fili at Dubuque Periodontics would like to talk about what you can expect from an extraction and why it’s not something to fear!

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Keeping Health History Updated May Help Save Your Teeth

Keeping your health history updated with Dr. Fili may help save your teeth. Although you may think of general health and dental health as two completely unrelated categories, they are much more connected than the average person suspects. Just as the information you share with your general practitioner assists them in keeping you healthy, Dr. Fili depends on your input for optimum dental health. Read more ›

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4 Facts about Dental Implants

Many Dubuque residents will lose a tooth at some point in their lives, but that doesn’t mean your smile needs to suffer. There are numerous ways to fix a lost tooth, but today, Dr. Fili would like to educate you about the best option for a healthy smile that will last a lifetime: dental implants. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, don’t hesitate to give us at Dubuque Periodontics a call.

Implants function just like real teeth

If you are looking for a solution that will preserve and improve the health of your mouth, implants are the way to go. Although dentures and bridges can help simulate the function of real teeth, they do not stimulate the jawbone. Implants are placed directly into the jawbone, just like the root of a tooth. As a result, they can put a stop to painful, damaging reabsorption, so that you never have to deal with that “sunken in” look. On top of that, implants are sturdier than any other form of dental appliance.

Implants stabilize other appliances

If you already have bridges, crowns, or dentures and are considering implants, listen to this – implants add stability to other appliances. Because they are rooted in the jawbone like real teeth, they serve as excellent support systems for appliances and help to maintain the natural structure of your face.

Implants can last a lifetime

It is common to hear about dental appliances needing to be adjusted, fixed or replaced altogether. Dubuque residents with dentures, bridges, and/or crowns may find that they can wear out and require attention. However, implants have the potential to last as long as you take care of them. There is no way to be certain, but the odds are in your favor. If cared for with good dental hygiene and regular visits to Dr. Fili, your implant will likely stick with you forever.

Dr. Fili is an expert in dental implants.

If your smile is haunted by a missing tooth, we at Dubuque Periodontics can help! Give us a call to find out how you can get the smile you’ve always wanted.

Dubuque Periodontics
1082 Cedar Cross Rd. Suite 2
Dubuque, IA 52003
563-538-1003

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Baby Dentistry: Teething & Other Joys

It’s easy to think that baby teeth aren’t that important. They make their grand entrance (however painfully) and leave your baby’s mouth soon thereafter. But your baby’s oral health is very important, both in the present and to set the stage for a lifetime of health. Today Dubuque Periodontics would like to talk about those tiny teeth and how to care for them. Dr. Fili is a professional dentist who cares for baby teeth and pediatric oral health. Read more ›

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DDS vs. DMD: A Dental Degree Breakdown

If you are looking for a dentist in Dubuque, you may have picked up on the fact that there are two types of dental degrees – DDS and DMD. Perhaps you’ve noticed that there are far more of one than the other, or maybe they are split 50/50.

Either way, you’re probably wondering what the difference is, and how this will affect your dental care. At Dubuque Periodontics, we love to spread the word about all things dental, so here are the facts, straight from Dr. Fili. Read more ›

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Prevention vs. Treatment of Oral Health

The World Health Organization defines health as “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Sadly, in our fast-paced culture, many of us settle for less-than-healthy or even truly sick conditions every day. We allow ourselves to be tired, achy, stressed and in pain more often than not. Why? Because it’s hard to prioritize our long-term health in a world of so many immediate needs competing for our attention. But long-term health is actually the most important need of all. Without our health, we won’t truly be able to enjoy life or contribute to a greater good.

Dr. Fili offers a few points on how to seek wellness and prevent oral health problems before they even start. Read more ›

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Crowns, Bridges, Dentures, and Implants: The Facts

There are lots of ways to deal with missing or damaged teeth. You’ve probably heard one of us at Dubuque Periodontics talking about implants, dentures, bridges, and crowns, but have you ever wondered what they are and how they work? Dr. Fili knows that folks in Dubuque like to be informed, so think of this as your personal guide to things that might end up in your mouth. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call!

Crowns, Bridges, and Dentures, Oh My!

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Posted in Dental Health, Dental Services, Dental Technology, Patient Care

5 Common Dental Myths: Fact or Fiction?

When it comes to ridiculous beliefs on dental hygiene and treatment, we’ve heard just about everything. However, the most dangerous ones usually aren’t quite so over the top. Unfortunately, a number of dental myths are floating all over Dubuque, so Dr. Fili is here to put an end to the misinformation. Don’t feel bad if you have believed one or more of these at some point, you’re not the only one, but do make sure to give us a call at Dubuque Periodontics if you have any questions or concerns. Read more ›

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The Benefits of Composite Fillings

Traditionally, dentists have used what’s known as amalgam, or special metal alloys, to fill cavities. However, modern dental medicine has advanced to the point that Dr. Fili can offer Dubuque patients a much better option for filling holes caused by tooth decay: composite fillings. At Dubuque Periodontics, we would like to educate you on the benefits of tooth-colored, composite fillings, so please let this article serve as your personal fillings fact sheet.

The History of Fillings

Once upon a time, the choices for dental restoration materials were limited. Records dating back as far as 659 A.D. tell us that amalgams (mixtures of silver, mercury, tin, and/or copper) have been used widely for more than 1300 years. There have been a number of scientific disputes (referred to as the amalgam war) over the health concerns of using mercury, but the American Dental Association has always defended the safety of amalgam fillings. Until recently, amalgam fillings were favored because of their strength, resilience, and relative ease of preparation and placement. In spite of their positive qualities, amalgams have three main drawbacks:

  • They are not aesthetically pleasing, may corrode or stain teeth
  • They require the removal of some healthy tooth structure
  • They expand and contract, which can cause teeth to crack

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Relief from Dry, Chapped, & Cracked Lips

We’re no strangers to extreme temperatures and dry weather in Dubuque, and our lips are proof. Most of us experience chapped lips at some point during the year; it’s not uncommon to see lips suffering from annoying, painful cracks. Here at Dubuque Periodontics we keep abreast of the oral health needs of Dubuque, so here are a few tips from Dr. Fili about how to keep your lips healthy, kissable, and free to eat and drink whatever you crave! Read more ›

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