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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.
Do you need veneers from your Glenview, IL?
People want that Hollywood smile and, with veneers, it's possible! This popular cosmetic treatment provides staggeringly beautiful tooth color, shape, and proper alignment. Available from Colonial Dental Group's Glenview office, porcelain dental appliances are strong, economically friendly, and aesthetically appealing—read on to learn more about what they can do for you!
More about veneers
Veneers are wafer-thin coverings that are cemented over your natural teeth to hide dental imperfections. Made of super-strong, natural-appearing porcelain material, veneers are durable, aesthetically pleasing, and unlike natural enamel, stain-proof.
Treatment begins with your Glenview dentist removing some enamel off the surface of your teeth to ensure that the veneers will end up fitting perfectly. After that, molds of your teeth are sent to a dental lab where veneers will be created to the specifics of your teeth. Once the restorations are created, they are sent back to our office where they will be permanently affixed to your teeth, thus creating your new, amazing smile!
Porcelain veneers do the following:
- Improve Color: If your teeth have been stained from foods, drinks, smoking, or aging, veneers can turn your smile from dull to dazzling!
- Change the Size and Shape of Teeth: Whether it's from tooth-grinding habits, everyday wear-and-tear, or dental trauma, if you have worn down teeth, they could greatly benefit from a veneer makeover.
- Improving the Alignment and Spacing: Veneers close small gaps between teeth and make slight alignment corrections.
It's important to note here that not everyone is initially a good candidate for veneers. If, for example, your teeth are severely misaligned or have large gaps between them, you may need to consider orthodontics before pursuing veneer treatment
Caring for your veneers
Veneer maintenance is simple, and only necessitates:
- Gentle brushing and flossing every day to remove plaque.
- Attending regular checkups and professional dental cleanings.
- An aversion to biting into hard food, like taffy and apples.
- Using a custom-made night guard to protect your veneers.
If you are interested in undergoing veneer treatment, call (847) 729-2233 to set up an appointment with Dr. Alexander Quezada!
According to the American Dental Association, 47.2 percent of adults over the age of 30 have chronic periodontitis in the United States. Periodontal disease is also the leading cause of tooth-loss in adults, which is why you need to make sure you visit your Glenview, IL, dentist, Dr. Alexander Quezada, for your bi-annual dental checkup.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is caused by plaque. Dental plaque is a sticky substance that contains bacteria after someone consumes a sugar-containing meal. When teeth aren't thoroughly brushed, the buildup of plaque on teeth becomes hard tartar.
When tartar, or calculus, accumulates on your gums, you may notice swelling and your gums bleeding easily. If you start noticing these symptoms, this means you're experiencing gingivitis.
Here are some more symptoms to keep a lookout for:
- Bad breath or bad taste that persists
- Gums pulling away from teeth
- Loose permanent teeth
- Gums that are red, bleed easily or are swollen
Reasons for Gum Disease:
Besides plaque, which is a result of poor dental hygiene, there are other factors that contribute to the increased risk of periodontal disease:
- Crooked teeth that can't be cleaned properly
- Smoking and chewing tobacco
You should have an oral and dental examination at your Glenview family dentist's office every six months. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day; brush your teeth after you eat breakfast and before you go to bed with a soft-bristled toothbrush. In addition to brushing, flossing daily, before going to bed, will help remove food debris, and reduce the buildup of plaque.
In addition to oral hygiene, avoid eating sugary foods, like sodas and candy. Resort to a healthier diet, like apples and carrots which help scrape off tartar from the surface of your teeth, and drinking water, which can wash away food particles.
If you want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alexander Quezada for a bi-annual checkup or because you suspect you may be suffering from gum disease, call (847) 729-2233. His office is conveniently located in Glenview, IL, so don't hesitate to visit your dentist as soon as possible.
Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic method for straightening your smile. Invisalign functions similarly to braces by exerting gentle pressure on the teeth to gradually move them into the desired position over time. Where Invisalign differs is the use of soft, flexible aligner trays in place of hard brackets and wires to move the teeth. At Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL, Dr. Alexander Quezada is more than happy to use Invisalign to improve your smile quickly and discreetly.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign utilizes sets of aligner trays to straighten the teeth, with each set including two trays. One tray fits over the top arch of teeth, while the other tray fits over the bottom arch. These trays are custom created for each patient, and a new set is provided every few weeks. With each new set of trays, the teeth move closer to the final position. On average, it takes about twelve months for the teeth to be fully straightened with Invisalign. Your Glenview dentist can discuss with you the estimated length of time needed to straighten your teeth with Invisalign.
Benefits of Invisalign
You can enjoy several benefits when you choose Invisalign to straighten your smile. A major benefit of Invisalign is that it is discreet. The aligner trays are made from a clear plastic material so they are not easily noticed by others when smiling, talking, or eating. Additionally, the plastic material used to make the aligner trays is soft and flexible, making them a more comfortable option than the hard brackets and wires associated with braces, which can sometimes poke and irritate the mouth and gums.
Another major benefit of Invisalign is that the aligner trays are removable. They can be temporarily taken out when eating and drinking to prevent bits of food from getting trapped in between the trays and teeth. The trays can also be removed to brush and floss for easier oral hygiene. For individuals with braces, it is not always easy an easy task trying to brush and floss around the brackets and wires. Invisalign eliminates such oral hygiene challenges, making it much easier to maintain optimal oral hygiene while simultaneously straightening your smile.
With Invisalign, you can comfortably attain a straighter smile and experience a boost in confidence, as well. For Invisalign in Glenview, IL, schedule an appointment with Dr. Quezada or Dr. Lewis by calling Colonial Dental Group at (847) 729-2233.
Accidents happen, and when they do, we can help restore your damaged dental implant right away.
Dental implants are made from titanium, which makes them incredibly durable and resilient to damage. That’s just one reason we love using them to replace missing teeth. Of course, even with a very high success rate, there are still things which can break or damage a dental implant. When this happens, our Glenview, IL, dentists, Dr. Alexander Quezada and Dr. David Lewis Jr., are here to help.
This is one of the most common problems that those with dental implants face and can be caused by many reasons such as sports-related injuries and bruxism (teeth grinding); fortunately, it is an easy fix. Although, how our Glenview, IL, restorative dentist handles this problem will depend on the situation. If the crown is fully intact and just fell off, all we will have to do is cement it back into place. On the other hand, if the crown is cracked or broken, then we will need to replace it with a brand new crown.
Getting a new crown may take a couple of trips to our office, as you might remember when you went through the implant process. We will need to take impressions of your mouth and then wait for a dental lab to make your crown (this can take up to one week or more).
The abutment is the structure that lies between the crown and the implant, and its purpose is to connect these two pieces together. While an abutment is very strong and durable, a serious accident or blow to the face could end up cracking or breaking it. When this happens, it’s important that you visit us right away. In this case, the only option will be to replace the abutment.
Once a year we will run x-rays to check the health of your jawbone, mouth and even the implant. It’s through imaging tests that we can look for dental cement leakage and other problems that we will need to correct. The only treatment option for a failed or fractured dental implant is to replace it with a new one, although it is very rare to have something happen to your dental implant if you are maintaining good oral hygiene.
Have you broken your dental implant crown? Are you noticing any changes in your oral health that are impacting your implant? If so, then it’s time to call Colonial Dental Group's Glenview office right away at (847) 729-2233. We're here to help!
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