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Posts for: April, 2014

April 23, 2014
Category: Specials
Tags: Gift  

A Graduation Gift to Our High School Senior Patients! 


Graduation from high school is certainly an achievement, but there's a lot more to come. Anything is possible when you just believe in yourself.

To give our high school senior patients a little extra confidence, we're offering them an opportunity to have their teeth whitened at NO COST, if they've completed a hygiene visit with us within the last six months. 

We look forward to making their smile as bright as their future.  Congratulations from all of us at Osmanski Dental!  

The Illinois State Dental Society's Captial Conference was attend by Dr. Osmanski and some of his collegues at the State Capitol this month. This conference gives the Dental Society's members an opportunity to visit their legislators and address a variety of dental issues for our state.

In addition, the Excellence Study Club of Crystal Lake hosted world renowned speaker Dr. Dennis Tarnow who is involved in the forefront of dental implant research. He is director of Implant dentistryat Columia University College of Dental Medicine. 

By Osmanski Dental
April 17, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

Not long ago, Glee star Lea Michele had all of her wisdom teeth removed. This is a very common procedure that people in their twenties, like Michele, often undergo to prevent serious dental problems down the road. The actress found that the procedure really was actually not very difficult to tolerate.

“Feeling all better from my surgery!” she tweeted to fans a few days later. “Back to work tomorrow.”

Why do wisdom teeth so often cause problems? For one thing, they come in years later than the other 28 permanent teeth — usually between the ages of 17 and 25. By that time, there is often no room in the jaw to accommodate them. As man has evolved, the jaws have actually become smaller in size — often creating a lack of space for the wisdom teeth to erupt into proper position. If wisdom teeth become blocked (impacted) by other molars that are already there, infection and damage to neighboring teeth may result.

Sometimes the wisdom teeth themselves cause the problem by growing in at an odd angle. They push against other teeth, often compromising the adjacent tooth's supporting bone. While you would think pain would occur if any of these problems were present, that does not always alert us to a wisdom-tooth problem. It's usually diagnosed with the help of x-rays.

Wisdom tooth extraction is often performed in the dental office using a local anesthetic (numbing shot) to keep you from experiencing any pain, along with conscious sedation to help you relax. The type of anesthesia that's best for you will be determined before the procedure.

After we gently remove the tooth or teeth, you may need to have the site sutured (stitched) to promote healing. You will rest for a short time before going home, and may need to have someone drive you, depending on what type of anesthesia you were given.

Once you get home, you should apply an ice pack on the outside of your cheek for about five minutes on, five minutes off for as many hours as possible to help reduce any postoperative swelling on the first day. Starting on the second day, the warm moist heat of a washcloth placed on the cheek and hot salt water rinses will make you more comfortable. You may want to eat soft foods and brush your teeth very carefully during the recovery period, which lasts only a few days as Lea Michele discovered. Before you know it, you'll be “feeling all better!”

If you have any questions about wisdom teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Wisdom Teeth.”


It's been a long cold winter, but now that spring is upon us, take the time to explore Downtown Crystal Lake. Stop by our office to get a map of the downtown area and see all the events planned for the remainder of this year. Below is a sampling of the events planned.  

April: 19th 11-1 pm Lunch with Bunny & 24th 5-7 pm Ladies Night Out
May: 10th 9-4 pm Flower Sale
June: 7,14,21, 28th 8-1 pm Farmers Market & 27th 11-2 pm and 5- 8 pm Lunch/Dinner in the Park
July: 5,12,19,26th 8-1 pm Farmers Market & 17,18,19th Sidewalk Sales & 25th 11-2 pm and 5-8 pm Lunch/Dinner in Park
August: 2,9,16,23,30th 8-1 pm Farmers Market & 29th 11-2pm and 5-8 pm Lunch/Dinner in the Park
September: 6,13,20,27th 8-1 pm Farmers Market & 27th 9-4 pm Johny Appleseed Festival
October: 4,11th 8-1pm Farmers Market & 9th 5-9 pm Ladies NIght Out & 31st 3-5pm Halloween Handout
November: 28th 7 [m Festival of Lights Parade & 11/28-12/13 Santa House Visits
December: 6th 9-11 am Breakfast with Santa


When most people think of orthodontic treatment, they may think of braces worn during the teenage years. But there are some types of malocclusions (bad bites) that may benefit from intervention much earlier than adolescence. A cross-bite is one example.

A cross-bite occurs when the front teeth of the lower arch bite in front of the upper teeth rather than behind them. The condition can have an adverse effect on any of the six front teeth of either arch. This type of malocclusion can develop quite early in childhood.

Orthodontists have developed a two-phase treatment for a cross-bite, with the possibility that the first phase may be all that’s needed. If your child has a cross-bite, your orthodontist may first recommend he or she wear a specially-designed retainer for a few months. The retainer could stop and correct an existing problem before it becomes worse, or it could prevent a deeper problem from developing in the first place. The retainer could also help guide jawbone development during these formative years, even as early as age 7, for children at risk.

Even if this first phase doesn’t fully correct the cross-bite and the second phase (most likely braces or a similar orthodontic device) becomes necessary, it could still help to make the second phase easier and less costly. On the other hand, if orthodontic treatment is postponed until adolescence when the mouth structures are more fully formed it may become quite difficult or even impossible to correct the problems that have developed.

As a result, early intervention for this or similar orthodontic conditions is the most efficient strategy, even when later treatment is necessary. As part of your child’s regular dental care (which should begin ideally around their first birthday), we can advise you on any need for an orthodontic evaluation based on our observations. An orthodontist can then best advise whether waiting until later for treatment is best, or whether intervention now could lessen problems later.

If you would like more information on preventative orthodontics, 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 “Preventative & Cost Saving Orthodontics.”