Saturday, January 28, 2012

Andrew Jackson-Crystal Lake Dentist

Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson
7th President of the United States
(March 4, 1829 to March 3, 1837)
Nickname: "Old Hickory"
Born: March 15, 1767, in the Waxhaw area, on North Carolina-South Carolina border
Died: June 8, 1845, at the Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee

Father: Andrew Jackson
Mother: Elizabeth Hutchinson Jackson
Married: Rachel Donelson Robards (1767-1828), in August 1791 and in a second ceremony on January 17, 1794
Children: Andrew Jackson, Jr. (adopted)
Religion: Presbyterian
Education: No formal education
Occupation: Lawyer, soldier
Political Party: Democrat

Andrew Jackson (March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845) was the seventh 
President of the United States (1829–1837). Based in frontier 
Tennessee, Jackson was a politician and army general who defeate
the Creek Indians at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend (1814), and the
 British at the Battle of New Orleans (1815). A polarizing figure who 
dominated the Second Party System in the 1820s and 1830s, as 
president he destroyed the national bank and relocated most Indian 
tribes from the Southeast to west of the Mississippi River. His 
enthusiastic followers created the modernDemocratic Party. The 
1830-1850 period later became known as the era of
Jackson was nicknamed "Old Hickory" because of his toughness and
 aggressive personality; he fought in duels, some fatal to his 
opponents.[2] He was a rich slaveholder, who appealed to the 
common men of the United States, and fought politically against what 
he denounced as a closed, undemocratic aristocracy. He expanded 
the spoils system during his presidency to strengthen his political 
Elected president in 1828, Jackson supported a small and limited 
federal government. He strengthened the power of the presidency, 
which he saw as spokesman for the entire population, as opposed to 
Congressmen from a specific small district. He was supportive of 
states' rights, but during the Nullification Crisis, declared that states 
do not have the right to nullify federal laws. Strongly against the 
national bank, he vetoed the renewal of its charter and ensured its 
collapse. Whigs and moralists denounced his aggressive enforcement
 of the Indian Removal Act, which resulted in the forced relocation of
 thousands of Native American tribes to Indian Territory (now 
Oklahoma). Historians acknowledge his protection of popular 
democracy and individual liberty for United States citizens, and 
sometimes criticize him for his support for slavery and for his role in

Notable Events:
  • 1829
    • Estate of James Smithson funded the establishment of the Smithsonian.
    • About 2,000 of Jackson's supporters given government jobs. Jackson also set up a "kitchen cabinet" of informal advisers.
  • 1830
    • Jackson authorizes Indian Removal Act of 1830.
  • 1831
    • Samuel F. Smith wrote "My Country, 'tis of Thee."
  • 1832
    • Jackson reelected.
    • Jackson vetoed the rechartering of 2nd Bank leading to the creation of the Whig Party.
    • South Carolina attempted to nullify federal tariff laws. Federal troops sent to South Carolina on December 10.
  • 1835
    • U.S. became debt free (briefly) for the only time in history.
  • 1836
    • 6000 Mexicans defeated 190 Americans in 12 days at the Alamo on March 6.
      The Specie Circular ordered that gold and silver were the only currency acceptable for the purchase of federal lands, issued on July 11.
  • 1835
    • Jackson signs Treaty of New Echota with unrecognized leaders of Cherokee Nation, which allows him to force the Cherokees to move to land in what is now Oklahoma. 4,000 Native Americans die on this journey, also known as the Trail of Tears.
Points of Interest:
  • Jackson was the only president who served in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
  • Jackson was the only president to have been a prisoner of war. He was thirteen when he joined the South Carolina militia to fight in the Revolutionary War. After his capture, he was ordered to clean the boots of a British officer. Jackson refused. The officer then drew his sword and slashed Jackson across the forehead, leaving a scar.
  • Jackson was the first president born in a log cabin.
  • Jackson was involved in many duels. A duel on May 30, 1806 against Charles Dickinson was over some unflattering remarks made about Jackson's wife. In this duel Jackson was wounded. After he was hit, he took aim and fired at Dickinson. Jackson's gun misfired. As Dickinson was forced to stand his ground, Jackson took aim once again and killed Dickinson. The bullet that wounded Jackson was lodged near his heart and could not be safely removed. He carried that bullet in his chest for the rest of his days.
  • Jackson was the first president to ride on a railroad train.
Notable Quotes: 
"It was settled by the Constitution, the laws, and the whole practice of the government that the entire executive power is vested in the President of the United States. "

"You know, I never despair. I have confidence in the virtue and good sense of the people. God is just, and while we act faithfully to the Constitution, he will smile and prosper our exertions. "

"One man with courage makes a majority."

"There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing. "

"The right of resisting oppression is a natural right."

"If he [the president] speaks to Congress, it must be in the language of the truth."

"No one need think that the world can be ruled without blood. The civil sword shall and must be red and bloody."

"Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in."

"I know what I am fit for. I can command a body of men in a rough way; but I am not fit to be President."

"There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it."

"The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality."

"To the victors belong the spoils."

"It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes."

"The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country than the coward who deserts her in the hour of danger."

"It is a damn poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a word."

"I hope and trust to meet you in Heaven, both white and black--both white and black. "

"I cannot be intimidated from doing that which my judgment and conscience tell me is right by any earthly power."

"Never take counsel of your fears."

"Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error."

"Peace, above all things, is to be desired, but blood must sometimes be spilled to obtain it on equable and lasting terms."

 Retrieved 11/19/2011 from http:/
1996-2008 Summers, Robert.( 1996-2008). Andrew Jackson. In ipl2: Information You Can Trust: POTUS. Retrieved 11/21/2011, from 2011  Great Presidential Quotes. Andrew Jackson. Retrieved 11/21/2011, from

CEREC Crowns in One Visit-Crystal Lake Dentist

Less time in the Chair with CEREC Crowns

A beautiful smile with CEREC in one day

Get a new crown in just one day, thanks to the new technology from CEREC.
Occasionally tooth decay requires more than a filling; it requires a crown.

Before CEREC


 Traditionally a patient needing a crown comes in for an initial visit, gets an impression taken of their teeth, and has a temporary crown placed on the needy tooth. Their tooth impression is sent to a dental lab and up to 2 weeks later a ceramic crown is ready and a second visit is required.

CEREC technology

However, thanks to CEREC’s new technology, computer images are generated and a new crown created in a milling machine right in our dental office. We bake the porcelain crown in a small oven on-sight and check to make sure it’s a perfect custom fit. The dentist can then cement the crown permanently. The new computer technology shortens the process of new crowns into just one visit, requiring only one numbing.

Dr. Neal has been placing CEREC crowns for several years. 

Dr. Neal answers all of your questions about CEREC crowns and cosmetic dentistry at Crystal Lake Dental Associates.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Root canals Crystal Lake Dentist

Root Canal

The term “root canal” is not normally associated with peaceful and contended images. In reality, a root canal involves little to no discomfort. A root canal is done on a tooth with a diseased nerve and save a tooth along with your smile

The Cause of an injured pulp

Injured pulp

At the core of each tooth is the pulp, where your teeth’s nerves are placed. When the pulp is injured or unhealthy, the tooth can die causing you pain and swelling. The most common causes of an unhealthy pulp are cracking of the teeth or a deep cavity.

The Root Canal Procedure

Root Canal Procedure

With a root canal procedure, the dentist can remove the pulp and can clean the inner part of the tooth and then seal it off to prevent further damage. A crown placed over the tooth is used to further reinforce it. 

The future or the Tooth with a Root Canal

A beautiful Restored Smile

If the tooth is well taken care of, it should last the rest of your life without further procedures. Generally speaking a root canal is a simple procedure that can be done in just one or two visits without the slightest need to be nervous. In the end you are able to keep your tooth and restore your dazzling smile.

Dr. Neal answers all of your questions about root canals at Crystal Lake Dental Associates.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Bruxism (Tooth Grinding) Crystal Lake Dental Asociates


Severe bruxism

Bruxism is the medical term for grinding, gnashing or clenching your teeth. The condition affects both children and adults.
Some people with bruxism unconsciously clench their teeth together during the day, often when they feel anxious or tense. This is different from tooth grinding or clenching that occurs at night, which is called sleep bruxism. Most children who are bruxers do so at night, while adults are either daytime or nighttime bruxers.
Bruxism may be mild and may not even require treatment. However, it can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems. Unfortunately, people with sleep bruxism usually aren't aware of the habit, so they aren't diagnosed with the condition until complications occur. That's why it's important to know the signs and symptoms of bruxism and to seek regular dental care.

Bruxism on molars

Signs and symptoms of Bruxism

The signs and symptoms of bruxism may include:
  •  Teeth grinding or clenching, which may be loud enough to wake your sleep partner
  •  Teeth that are worn down, flattened or chipped
  •  Worn tooth enamel, exposing the inside of your tooth
  •  Increased tooth sensitivity
  •  Jaw pain or tightness in your jaw muscles
  •  Earache — because of severe jaw muscle contractions, not a problem with your ear
  •  Headache
  •  Chronic facial pain
  •  Chewed tissue on the inside of your cheek

Causes of bruxism
Doctors don't completely understand the causes of bruxism. For daytime bruxism, it has been thought that abnormal alignment of upper and lower teeth (malocclusion) may contribute to the problem, though this hasn't been confirmed in research studies. Sleep bruxism is believed to be related to changes that occur during sleep cycles in some individuals, and this is an active area of current research.
In adults, psychological factors seem to be associated with bruxism, including:
  • Anxiety, stress or tension
  • Suppressed anger or frustration
  • Aggressive, competitive or hyperactive personality type
In children, bruxism may be related to growth and development of the jaws and teeth. Some researchers think children brux because their top and bottom teeth don't fit together comfortably as they are erupting.  Others believe that children grind their teeth because of tension, anger, or as a response to pain from an earache or teething. While bruxism has been reported to occur in up to 30 percent of children, often in children under the age of 5, most children outgrow bruxism before they get their adult teeth.
In some cases, bruxism isn't caused by stress or dental problems. It can be a complication of another disorder, such as Huntington's disease or Parkinson's disease. It can also be an uncommon side effect of some psychiatric medications including certain antidepressants.

Risk factors for Bruxism
These factors increase your risk of bruxism:
  • Stress. Increased anxiety or stress can lead to teeth grinding. So can anger and frustration.
  • Age. Bruxism is common in young children, but usually goes away by adolescence.

When to seek medical advice for Bruxism
Bruxism often goes unnoticed. See your dentist if you have worn teeth or pain in your jaw, face or ear. Also consult your dentist if your bed partner complains that you make a grinding noise while you sleep.
If you notice that your child is grinding his or her teeth — or has other signs or symptoms of this condition — be sure to mention it at your  next dental appointment.

Bite-plane to control bruxism

Your comments are welcome
Dr. Neal answers all of your questions about bruxism at Crystal Lake Dental Associates.

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Born in the Midwest. Married with 6 children and 3 grandchildren. Attended Maine West High School, Harper Jr College, Northern Illinois University, the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. Practice in Crystal Lake, Illinois.