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By maintaining good oral-health practices at home and scheduling regular office visits, most patients can avoid many common dental problems. Daily brushing and flossing, and the application of sealants, can help youngsters avoid tooth decay. Adults can avert their most common problem, gum disease, with regular professional care. In cases where tooth loss, breakage, or misalignment does occur, the dentist is expert in a variety of advanced restoration and replacement techniques. In addition, there are a number of cosmetic procedures, including tooth whitening, veneers, and bonding, that effectively remedy chipped, discolored, and gapped teeth. The more patients know about dental health, the better their smiles. In the weeks and months ahead, this column will address all aspects of dental care.

Welcome to our column on dental care for you and your family. It is our mission to create and maintain healthy and beautiful smiles for our patients in a nurturing and friendly environment. We feel it is important to educate our patients on the importance of preventive, quality dental care. We’re a full-service dental office, offering restorative, preventive, cosmetic dentistry, and orthodontics. Change your life with just a smile here at 4560 West 103rd Street, Oak Lawn, where we provide the optimum dental solution for each patient in our care. Call 708-423-5155 for an appointment. All major credit cards are accepted, and financing is available.

P.S. Flossing is every bit as important as daily brushing in fighting plaque buildup and tooth decay.


Gaps between the upper two front teeth may appear for the simple reason that there is more room than necessary to accommodate all of the teeth. Otherwise, it may be that the muscle attachment (frenum) that is found between the upper lip and the upper dental arch (in the area of the two front teeth) is too large or fibrous. If so, the front teeth may splay. A simple surgical procedure may be all that is necessary in this case to relieve the pressure exerted by the frenum. After that, the gap between the two front teeth may be closed using a bonding procedure that builds up tooth material on both sides of the space.

If you’re not happy with your smile, we hope you won’t be shy about examining the many options available today in cosmetic dentistry, including bonding, implants, whitening, porcelain veneers, and reshaping. Our interest in you extends beyond just fixing your teeth—we want you to feel totally unselfconscious about your mouth so that you will have every reason to break into a smile. Call us for an appointment to discuss your particular dental needs at 708-423-5155. New patients are always welcome at 4560 West 103rd Street, Oak Lawn.

P.S. A frenectomy is a surgical procedure in which the frenum is cut away from the gum so that its attachment will be further away from the teeth.

Contact Us.We encourage you to contact us with any questions or comments you may have. Please call our office or use the quick contact form.

Oak Lawn Dentist, Dr. Andrew Sampalis is a dental professional dedicated to General, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry. Please come and visit Oak Lawn, IL dentist Andrew J. Sampalis, DDS & Associates, Ltd.

Andrew J. Sampalis DDS & Associates, Ltd | 4560 W 103rd St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Phone: (708) 423-5155