My Dentistry Blog

By Colonial Dental Group
April 29, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  

Several options are available for restoring your smile if you’ve lost teeth or had some extracted. Two highly effective options for replacing missing teeth are dental implants and dentures. Each method offers several benefits and can help minimize the unwanted side effects of tooth loss. Dr. Alexander Quezada and Dr. Danielle Duarte, the experienced dentists at Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL, can help you decide whether dental implants or dentures are right for you. It's important to note that dentists at Colonial Dental Group do not place implants themselves, but can refer you to someone who does. 

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a long-lasting and versatile tooth replacement option. They can replace a single missing tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch. Dental implants are placed directly in the jawbone and function similarly to the roots of natural teeth by anchoring replacement teeth securely in place. Dental implants are used with crowns, bridgework, or implant-supported dentures to fill in the gaps where teeth are missing. They are extremely secure because they become permanently fused to the bone tissue in the jaw over time.

The benefits of restoring your smile with dental implants are extensive. Some of the primary benefits of this exciting tooth-replacement method include:

  • Securely anchor a variety of tooth restorations
  • Longest-lasting tooth replacement option
  • Help prevent bone loss caused by tooth loss
  • Dental implant-supported teeth are as easy to care for as natural teeth
  • Minimize many of the side effects of tooth loss, such as facial sagging
  • Dental implants do not adversely affect or strain the adjacent natural teeth

Since dental implants are placed in the jawbone, it is necessary to have sufficient bone tissue. Unfortunately, bone loss can follow tooth loss as the body naturally reabsorbs bone tissue that is not supporting teeth. 

Dentures

Dentures are another option for restoring your smile following tooth loss. Several types of dentures are available to suit different needs. Two types of removable dentures include full and partial. Full dentures are needed when there are no natural teeth left along either the upper or lower arch. Partial dentures are used when a patient still has some natural teeth and just needs to fill in the gaps around those teeth.

Another type of denture is a fixed or implant-supported denture. This type of denture is permanently fixed in place with multiple dental implants. Fixed dentures are extremely secure and long-lasting. No matter what type of dentures are chosen, they all offer many benefits. Dentures complete your smile, restore biting and chewing functions, reduce facial sagging due to tooth loss, and so much more. Our knowledgeable dentists can help you select the right tooth replacement option for your needs.

When it comes to restoring your smile, there are several options to choose from. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Quezada or Dr. Duarte to learn more about replacing missing teeth by calling Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL, at (847) 729-2233.

By Colonial Dental Group
February 12, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Invisalign  

Invisalign could help you or your teen achieve that perfectly straight smile.

Most of us deal with some sort of alignment issues as our permanent teeth start to erupt; however, perhaps your pediatric dentist told you to simply wait it out to see if your teeth shifted into the right position on their own and they never did. A shocking 35 percent of young adults feel embarrassed by their mouth and teeth, states the American Dental Association. Fortunately, our Glenview, IL, dentist Dr. Alexander Quezada offers a clear orthodontic system called Invisalign.

Invisalign is a set of custom-created clear aligners that fit over your upper or lower teeth to shift teeth into place. Each aligner has been created based on dental images taken of the patient’s mouth. Our Glenview, IL, dentist will use computer software to map out your treatment plan and to be able to determine which teeth will need to move around and exactly how much to achieve the results you want.

Invisalign can correct a wide range of minor to more serious “bad bites” and dental problems including,

  • Crooked teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Crowding
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites

Why People Are Choosing Invisalign

So, why Invisalign? If you are a teen or adult who is considering whether to get braces here in Glenview, IL, you’ll be happy to hear that you don’t have to wear visible metal braces to get the smile you’ve always wanted. Invisalign is a completely clear alternative that you can also remove, making it easier to brush, floss, and eat what you want without restriction. Plus, you can rest assured that you can wear your Invisalign aligners and still feel confident around colleagues and while presenting to coworkers.

Invisalign is also a very convenient way for our patients to straighten their teeth. Since aligners do not require any sort of adjustments, you won’t need to come into our office nearly as much for checkups. Most patients will only need to come in every 4-6 weeks to check progress and to make sure that teeth are shifting as expected.

Isn’t it time that you stopped feeling self-conscious about your smile? If so, it’s time to talk with our Glenview, IL, family dentists about Invisalign. Schedule a consultation with Colonial Dental Group by calling (847) 729-2233.

By Colonial Dental Group
January 22, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental crowns  

If you are not feeling as confident as you would like about your smile, dental crowns could be the answer you’ve been looking for. They are a great way to improve discolored, chipped, or misshapen teeth. Dr. Alexander Quezada and Dr. Danielle Duarte are dentists at Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL. They are dedicated to providing all their patients with impeccable dental treatments including dental crowns.

How You Can Benefit from Dental Crowns

Glenview dental patients can enjoy the following advantages of dental crowns:

  • Restore the integrity of your teeth: Dental crowns can be used to strengthen teeth that have been weakened by decay or large fillings. They can be attached to bridged or dental implants to replace lost teeth. Crowns are also used after a root canal to prevent further infection in a treated tooth.
  • Enhancing your smile: Dental crowns brighten your smile and boost your confidence. Because porcelain crowns look perfectly natural, they are most often used to improve the look of the front teeth. No one can tell they are not your own natural teeth.
  • Restoring oral function: If you have teeth that are chipped or cracked, eating can be difficult. When your teeth are restored with crowns you can eat with ease and confidence without having to worry about avoiding certain foods.
  • Whitening your smile: If you have teeth that are heavily stained or darkened due to medication or root canal therapy, teeth whitening can’t help. However, you can restore the natural whiteness of your teeth with dental crowns.

If you live in or around Glenview and you would like to find out more about dental crowns and how they can help your smile, call Dr. Quezada or Dr. Duarte at 847-729-2233, to schedule an appointment. He can help you achieve the smile you deserve. 

By Colonial Dental Group
December 29, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

When the shape, size, and strength of a tooth changes or is damaged, a dental crown can restore it. At Colonial Dental Group, our dentists use sophisticated CEREC processes to crown a compromised tooth in a single visit to our Glenview, IL, office. See how Dr. Alexander Quezada and Dr. Danielle Duarte accomplish this.

Keep your tooth

There's nothing like a real tooth. So, if you have deep decay, dental abscess, or fractured and missing enamel, you need to do what you can to keep your tooth. At Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL, your dentist offers many restorative procedures. With extensive damage, he or she may advise crowning your tooth.

A crown replaces the missing or injured portions of your tooth above the gum line. Made of superior-quality porcelain, a crown imitates your original tooth's bite, color, and shape. Cemented over your tooth, a crown provides protection, oral function, and excellent smile aesthetics for years to come. Crowns also finish root canal therapy and restore today's best tooth replacements--dental implants.

What is CEREC?

Available from your dentist at the Glenview, IL, office, a CEREC crown is designed, created, and fitted chairside in under two hours. After a qualifying exam, Dr. Quezada or Dr. Duarte skims off the dental damage and filling material, creating a suitable foundation for the crown.

The dentist takes digital impressions with an intra-oral camera and uses this information to design the crown with CAD/CAM processes. CAD/CAM means computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing. The CEREC apparatus takes over and mills your crown for about 20 minutes.

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic. This revolutionary process saves you time and produces a superior quality product. It also creates partial crowns (inlays and onlays), bridgework, veneers, and more.

Home care for your crown

Healthline outlines simple ways to care for your crown:

  • Floss carefully around your crown every day.
  • Brush twice a day. Consider using a dental sensitivity toothpaste.
  • Use a bite guard if you grind your teeth.
  • Do not chew ice, peanut brittle, or other super-dense foods. Never use your teeth to open bottles or packages.
  • See your dentist semi-annually for a check-up and professional cleaning.

Enjoy your renewed smile

At Colonial Dental Group, our dental team treats each patient as an individual with unique needs. We want you to have the best possible smile for life. Crowns are just one of our many states of the art services.

If you have a worrisome tooth, please contact our Glenview, IL, office for a consultation with one of our dentists. Dr. Quezada or Dr. Duarte will be happy to detail your options. Call (847) 729-2233.

By Colonial Dental Group
August 06, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you curious as to why Glenview dental implants are such a unique tooth replacement option?

If you are an adult who is missing one or more teeth, you may have had a dental implant placed. Many people choose to get dental implants because they offer a host of amazing benefits that no other tooth replacement options seem to offer. Even though these implants are very durable, over time they will need repairs. That's where your Glenview IL dentist Dr. Alexander Quezada comes in. Contact Colonial Dental Group today about an implant correction.

Just Like Real Teeth

To understand the dental implant repair process, you must first know how an implant works and what they are.

Dental implants look, feel, and even function just like real teeth. That’s because an implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into the jawbone where it becomes a permanent part of the mouth.

Implants carry a very high success rate, and once they naturally fuse with the jawbone, they can last a lifetime. The only thing you need to do is make sure that you are practicing oral hygiene and visiting your Glenview IL dentist every six months so they can clean your teeth and check your dental implant to make sure that it’s healthy. If something is off with your implant, a repair is in order.

Why Does My Implant Need a Repair?

There a few reasons that your implant isn't working how it should:

  • There wasn't enough jawbone in place to fully support the implant
  • The implant was placed wrong
  • An abundance of dental cement was used when placing the crown

How Does My Glenview Dental Implants Expert Repair My Implant?

Dr. Alexander Quezada will start your appointment by evaluating your implant. He can quickly determine what is wrong and the best course of action. If the problem is with the dental crown, a new one can be placed. If complications are due to bone loss, a specific course of action is decided. Everything depends on you and your specific needs.

Need a Glenview Dental Implant Repair? Call Us

If you are already sporting a dental implant here in Glenview IL, you want a dental team that can provide you with the care you need to keep your smile healthy. Whether you need to replace the crown on your implant or simply need a routine cleaning, call Colonial Dental Group today at (847) 729-2233 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alexander Quezada.





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