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Expanding Endodontics Practice Adds More High-Powered Talent

David G. Oser, DDS Joins Chicago Endodontics and Oral Surgery Team River Forest, Illinois 14th July 2017 – Cameo Endodontics is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. David Oser to our team. Cameo currently provides the highest quality, multidisciplinary care at four Chicagoland locations, including our new West Loop office scheduled to open November 1st. Doctor David Oser David G. Oser, DDS, a native of Columbus Ohio, joins Cameo this July 17. After graduating magna cum laude from University of Wisconsin – Madison (go Badgers!) Dr. Oser moved to New York City, where he finished in the top tier of his class at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. His specialty endodontics residency was completed at Tufts University. Most notably, Dr. Oser recently received the Award for Clinical Excellence in Endodontics from the New York State Association of Endodontics. Medical Career Oser’s next move brought him and his wife to New England, where he completed an advanced education in general dentistry residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Providence, RI. Following residency, Dr. Oser accepted a general dentist position at a Boston – based private practice. During this period, Oser states, he realized his true passion for endodontics. He subsequently completed a second, specialty residency in endodontics at Tufts University. Professional Life and Laurels Dr. Oser bears a passion for teaching as well, lecturing on endodontics at Tufts University and the Yankee Dental Congress. His papers are published in the Journal of Endodontics. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Academy of Osseointegration, the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Association of Endodontics and... read more

Meet Vladana Babcic Tal, Rick Munaretto, Keith Sommers, and Raymond Munaretto

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vladana Babcic Tal, Rick Munaretto, Keith Sommers and Raymond Munaretto. Brothers, Richard and Raymond Munaretto started Cameo Endodontics in 1979 in Elmwood Park, IL. Our initial vision was high quality specialty care for patients. At that time, we had one location and 2 doctors treating patients. Since then, we continued to grow and our company flourished. We now have 3 locations and in the fall we will be opening a fourth location in downtown Chicago. We now have multiple specialists, both Endodontists and Oral Surgeons. This allows us to provide interdisciplinary care to patients all in one location. We have grown to 10 specialist doctors and over 40 employees. Our vision remains the same, high quality care with most up to date technology and evidence based treatment. We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you? Most specialists practice with one type of specialty in each office location. We wanted to have a broader approach to treatment. Often times a patient is referred to an Endodontist, a Periodontist and an Oral Surgeon all for consultations to develop a treatment plan. This could take months to schedule and the doctors often communicate through reports or emails. Our vision is to have all those specialists in one place so that the patient can get a diagnosis and plan in one place and allows the doctors to collaborate. This is not something that is commonly seen in... read more

Knocked-Out Teeth

Over five million teeth get knocked out every year, both kids and adults. But if this happens, don’t panic! A knocked-out tooth can be replanted, and will last for years. However, it must be treated quickly, preferably within 30 minutes of the injury. This is what you should do: * Pick up the tooth by the top (crown), not the root. Never touch the root, which is easily damaged. * Gently rinse any dirt off the tooth with milk or water. Don’t rub or wipe it. * Replace the tooth in its socket if possible. Make sure it’s facing the right way, and don’t try to force it in. If you cannot get the tooth back into the socket, at least make sure it doesn’t dry out. Hold it in the mouth, or put it in a glass of milk or water. * Call the nearest endodontist or dentist for an emergency... read more

Traumatized Teeth

A dislodged tooth, which is also known as a luxated tooth, is one that has been partially knocked out or into of its socket. A dislodged tooth may also be knocked sideways. A tooth can be dislodged by an injury. You should see an endodontist as soon as possible if your tooth has been dislodged so that the tooth can be stabilized. If permanent teeth have been luxated, then a root canal treatment will likely be needed. The root canal should be performed within a few days. Medication may be used during this procedure. An endodontist will make sure that you are healing properly and intervene if necessary. You will likely need to attend several follow-up appointments. A root canal treatment may not be necessary for children who are between the ages of seven and 12 because their teeth are not fully developed. Studies have shown that young people have stem cells that can heal the pulp and stimulate root growth after an injury or infection. Call us at (708) 395-9267 and we can discuss the different treatment options.... read more

Oral Surgery for Seniors

Oral surgery can help seniors enjoy restored oral health and improved dental function. Senior patients will need to undergo a dental examination and be healthy enough to undergo surgery before oral surgery can be considered. Some of the most common types of oral surgery seniors may require include: Tooth Extraction: Severely damaged or decayed teeth that are not healthy enough to treat with dental fillings, porcelain crowns, or other restorative treatment often require extraction in order to restore oral health. Tooth extraction is the surgical removal of a tooth and may be performed using a local or general anesthetic. Dental Implants: Seniors with one or more missing teeth may benefit from dental implant treatment. Dental implants are small, screw-like posts surgically placed within the jaw and used to anchor different types of dental restorations within the mouth. Dental crown restorations may be paired with dental implants to replace individual teeth, implant-supported bridges may be used to replace multiple teeth, or implant-supported dentures may used to replace a full upper or lower arch of teeth. Bone Grafting: In order to place dental implants, a bone graft may need to be performed, especially for those who have experienced long term tooth loss. This is because the jawbone atrophies, or loses density, when teeth are lost. A bone graft can be used to rebuild the jawbone and allow for dental implant placement. Bone tissue may be taken from the patient’s own body or a donor, or a synthetic material may be... read more

Tips That Will Save Your Teeth

Patients today have more options than ever when it comes to treating their teeth. It is important for you to understand the choices and how they will affect your lifestyle. It is always best to try to save the natural tooth if possible. Saving the natural tooth helps maintain efficient chewing, normal biting force and appearance. It also reduces the need for ongoing, costly dental work. If your dentist recommends root canal treatment for your tooth, you should ask to be referred to an Endodontist. An Endodontist has 2-3 years of additional specialty training. If your natural tooth can be saved, the Endodontist will be the best and safest way to do it. If your natural tooth cannot be saved, at Cameo Endo and Oral Surgery you will be confident in knowing that you will be able to receive a Dental Implant that will blend in naturally with you own... read more

Geographic Tongue

Geographic tongue is a harmless condition identified by red areas on the side of the tongue, usually bordered by white or yellowish raised outline; it could remind a person of a topographical map, which is probably where the name came from. At this time, there is no known cause or cure. The red places clear up only to reappear hours or weeks later in the same area or on a different part of the tongue. When the condition is present, the tongue is commonly sensitive to foods that are acidic, hot, or spicy. People who have geographic tongue often worry that it could turn into cancer, but the good news is that there is no link between the condition and oral cancer. It would be a good idea to get any sores that appear in the mouth or on the tongue checked out by a dentist, who can easily make the... read more

When to Extract Your Wisdom Teeth

Over the course of their lives, people have three sets of teeth that appear in the mouth: your baby teeth, your permanent adult teeth and your third molars. Your third molars are also called your wisdom teeth because they grow in much later in life, usually between 17 and 25 years of age. Some people have no issues with their wisdom teeth and a handful of people never get them at all. When the rest of us develop wisdom teeth, they usually don’t have enough room to grow in properly. These are called impacted wisdom teeth and they can cause a whole host of dental problems. They usually need to be pulled. This is because they grow in at odd angles or get trapped within the jawbone, causing pain, damage to nearby teeth or bone, infection, gum disease, tooth decay and worse. Once removed, your teeth will be less crowded, enabling them to spread out slightly and relieve... read more

Endodontic Retreatment

The results of root canal treatment often last for life as long as good oral hygiene is used. Unfortunately, some teeth don’t fully heal after root canal or later become re-infected. When this happens, retreatment may be recommended to save the tooth. Pain that re-occurs in a tooth after root canal is a red flag that you should contact the endodontist right away. A number of issues can prevent a tooth from healing after root canal treatment. For example, the tooth may have had complex canal anatomy that was not noticed during the first procedure. If the tooth was not fully sealed afterwards, it may have been contaminated by bacteria in the saliva. Contamination can also happen if a crown was not placed immediately after the root canal. Sometimes, new problems after a root canal cause another infection. This can happen if decay develops and exposes the treated canal to bacteria. If physical trauma occurs, the restoration may be damaged or loosened, opening the door to re-infection. Finally, the treated tooth itself can get cracked and let bacteria enter. Root canal retreatment involves reopening the previously treated tooth and taking out the filling materials that were put there before. After reanalyzing the inside of the tooth for infection, the endodontist again performs the root canal procedure. This involves eliminating the infected tissue, cleaning out the canals and putting new medicated packing material inside. A filling is placed to reseal the tooth. After this heals, the tooth is once again covered with a crown for... read more

Retreatment versus Apical Surgery

Dr. Vladana Babcic Tal and Dr. Rick Munaretto lectured to the prestigious Coolidge Club Endodontic study club for their annual debate night. This years topic: Retreatment versus Apical Surgery.   read more