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Root canal therapy helps you avoid tooth loss and end your pain. Could a root canal help you? Your Glenview, IL, dentists, Drs. Alexander Quezada and David Lewis of Colonial Dental Group can help determine what is causing your tooth pain. These signs and symptoms may occur if you need a root canal.
You may need a root canal if the pain in your tooth is caused by inflammation or an infection in your tooth pulp. The harder dentin and enamel layers cover the soft pulp that consists of tissues, blood vessels, and nerves. We can refer patients to a specialist if a root canal is needed. During root canal therapy, the dentist removes the pulp and replaces it with a filling.
Tooth pain becomes severe and throbbing with an infection or inflammation. This isn't always the case. Even mild or intermittent pain is a sign that there's trouble deep inside your tooth. Pain increases when you chew or even press on your tooth with your finger, and after eating or drinking sugary, hot or cold substances.
Infection or inflammation results in gum tissue sensitivity. Make an appointment with the Glenview, IL, dental office if you notice that your gums are red, swollen, and painful. These changes are also a sign of gum disease and require prompt treatment.
Has your tooth darkened recently? The change in color indicates a pulp issue. Darkening is never normal and always warrants a trip to the dentist.
An abscess occurs when you have a bacterial infection in your tooth pulp. Without treatment, the bacteria enter your bloodstream and travels to other parts of your body. Symptoms of an abscess may include severe pain in your tooth and jaw, swollen lymph nodes, fever, facial swelling, and pus or a small bump on the gum tissue near your tooth. Abscesses are dental emergencies and require immediate treatment.
A blow to the face that damages the tooth requires a root canal. Proper treatment requires implanting the tooth.
Schedule an appointment with your Glenview, IL, dentists
Protect your smile! Call your dentists in Glenview, IL, Drs. Alexander Quezada and David Lewis of Colonial Dental Group, at (847) 729-2233 to schedule an appointment.
Without proper at-home oral care, you will be spending more time in the dentist chair and more money on dental bills, not to mention the ill effects on your teeth and gums. Here are some tips for proper at-home oral care, and if you are experiencing a dental emergency, contact Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL.
Brushing your Teeth
- Brush your teeth each morning and each evening before you go to bed.
- Spend a total of 2 minutes gentle brushing each surface of each tooth.
- Grip your toothbrush firmly at a 45-degree angle.
- Wait at least 30 minutes before eating after you brush your teeth.
Flossing your Teeth
- Floss your teeth at least once each day.
- Floss between all of your teeth, even at the back.
- Wrap the floss around your first fingers and run it gently up and down your teeth.
- Unwind clean floss as you go.
- If you have difficulty with flossing thread, use floss picks or a water flosser.
Rinse with Mouthwash
- After brushing and flossing, rinse with mouthwash.
- Take a small sip of mouthwash, rinse it around your mouth for 30 seconds, and then spit.
Clean your Tongue
- Use a tongue scraper or a small amount of toothpaste on your brush.
- Clean your tongue with gentle, circular motions.
- Avoid going too far back and triggering your gag reflex.
- Rinse your mouth with water afterward.
Keep up the good work at home, and don’t forget to visit your Glenview dentist twice a year for check-ups and professional cleaning. You’ll be able to tell if your oral health is good because your teeth will be white, your gums will be pink, and your breath will be fresh.
While we are currently closed for general oral care due to the Covid-19 situation, if you are experiencing a dental emergency, our Glenview is still able to help. Call us at (847) 729-2233 if you are experiencing oral pain or other concerning symptoms.
Find out why dental crowns are placed and how they could improve your smile.
Dental damage can happen at any time. Whether your child experienced a traumatic dental injury while playing sports or you crunched down on a popcorn kernel, there are many scenarios that may leave you or a family member with a damaged or weakened tooth. When these emergency situations arise our Glenview, IL, dentists Dr. Alexander Quezada and Dr. David Lewis can help. This tooth-shaped cap is often placed over a tooth to protect it and preserve its natural structure.
Your dentist may recommend getting a dental crown to,
Support a cracked tooth
Tooth enamel is incredibly strong but even teeth have their limits. Everything from the constant pressure of teeth grinding to an accident like a bad fall can leave you with a cracked tooth. A cracked tooth weakens a tooth, leaving it prone to further damage or an infection if left untreated. Luckily a dental crown can be placed over the tooth to restore it and to prevent further problems.
Preserve a tooth with a large filling
The larger a filling is the less stable and supportive it may actually become over time. If there is severe and widespread decay in a tooth that affects the tooth’s overall integrity then our Glenview, IL, restorative dentists may play it safe and place a dental crown instead. If you already have a large filling in place it’s a good idea to come in every six months for checkups to ensure that the filling is doing its job and that the tooth wouldn’t be better preserved with a crown.
While there are certainly other ways to get a more symmetrical, whiter and even smile it is nice to know that while preserving a tooth and restoring full function back into it with a crown that this restoration can also hide discolorations, misshapen teeth and other cosmetic flaws that could be making your smile less than perfect.
Cover a dental implant
If you are missing a single tooth you may have chosen to get a dental implant to replace it. Implants are amazing because they offer a long-term tooth replacement that feels, looks and functions similarly to real teeth. Of course, the implant itself is placed into the jawbone so this isn’t the part of the restoration you will see. The part you will see is the dental crown, which is placed over the implant to complete the new tooth.
Do you have questions about dental crowns? Want to find out how the dental team at Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL, can help you get the restorative dental care you need for a healthier, more beautiful smile? If so, call our office today at (847) 729-2233.
How Invisalign orthodontic treatment from your dentists in Glenview, IL, can straighten your smile discreetly
Unhappy with the state of your smile? One of the most popular orthodontic treatments available today, Invisalign lets you straighten your smile in a virtually invisible fashion thanks to its clear plastic aligners. Available from Dr. Alexander Quezada and Dr. David B. Lewis Jr. here at Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL, read on to learn what Invisalign treatment can do for you!
The Invisalign Process
You begin your Invisalign treatment with your first set of aligners, which you wear for two weeks. Then you move on to a new set of aligners, which you wear for another two weeks, continually repeating the process as your teeth gradually and comfortably move into the correct position. You will also visit your dentist every few weeks to monitor your progress toward your straight smile, which is complete after nine-to-fifteen months.
Invisalign offers amazing benefits. Consider that Invisalign is:
- Aesthetically beautiful, because the aligners are clear plastic and are virtually invisible to people around you.
- Extremely comfortable, because the aligners are made of smooth plastic, so they fit comfortably in your mouth.
- Healthy, because you can remove the aligners to brush and floss normally which keeps your smile healthy while you achieve a straight smile.
- Convenient, because you can remove the aligners to enjoy the foods you love
Invisalign aligners may look delicate, but truthfully, they are strong enough to correct many of the same issues as conventional brackets and wires. Invisalign is the perfect choice to correct issues with overbites, underbites, open bites, and crossbites, as well as to close gaps between your teeth and correct crowding problems.
Interested? Give Us a Call
Don’t settle for a less than ideal smile when you can have a straight, beautiful smile with Invisalign. You owe it to yourself and your smile to discover what Invisalign can do for you. To learn more about Invisalign, call Dr. Alexander Quezada and Dr. David B. Lewis Jr, your dentists here at Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL, today at (847) 729-2233.
An inflammation or infection in your tooth pulp or tooth trauma doesn't have to result in the loss of your tooth. Dr. Alexander Quezada, your dentist at Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL, offers tooth-saving root canal procedures that will protect your smile.
How does root canal therapy work?
Root canal therapy replaces your tooth pulp with a durable, rubber-based material called gutta-percha. The pulp, located deep inside your tooth, contains soft tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. Removing the pulp ends your pain but doesn't affect the normal functioning of your tooth.
How can I tell if I need a root canal?
You may notice one or more of these signs or symptoms if you need a root canal:
- Pain in Your Tooth: Pain is the reason many people who need root canals visit the dentist. When the inflammation or infection first starts, pain may be mild or intermittent. If you ignore it, it will become stronger and last longer.
- Difficulty Eating Certain Foods: Tooth sensitivity can be an indication that you need a root canal. The inflammation or infection can irritate the nerves, causing pain when you eat or drink foods and beverages that are hot, cold, or sugary. Sensitivity can last up to 30 minutes after you eat or drink.
- Uncomfortable Gums: The gums around your tooth can become red, swollen and painful if you need a root canal.
- Change in Tooth Color: In some cases, teeth that need root canals may darken.
- Tooth Trauma: Root canals may be needed after a tooth injury.
Do you have any of these signs and symptoms? Call your Glenview, IL, dentist, Dr. Alexander Quezada of Colonial Dental Group, at (847) 729-2233 to schedule an appointment.
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