My Dentistry Blog

By Colonial Dental Group
September 01, 2021
Category: Oral Health

A healthy body means a healthy mouth. Dr. Danielle Duarte and Dr. Alexander Quezada of Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL, know there are around 700 different species of bacteria that can live in any person’s mouth. Because of this, regular dental visits are needed to ensure optimal oral health.

What Happens at a Dental Visit?

At a dental visit, the dentist in Glenview, IL, will first perform an oral exam to get a sense of what is going on in your mouth. The dentist will visually inspect your teeth and take X-rays to examine your jawbone, teeth, and gums. Finally, a member of the staff will clean your teeth with an ultrasonic cleaner or polisher.

The cleaning process starts with flossing your teeth, removing any additional debris with water, and removing it with simultaneous suction. Small, special tools are used to scrape tartar from below the gumline for all of the teeth. This part of the process can be sore and tender, but only temporarily. Next, an application of polish takes place, and that is brushed in with another tool. After this, the dentist will answer your questions about their findings and recommend the next steps in your oral health care.

Why Having Regular Dental Visits at Your Dentist in Glenview, IL is Crucial

Because the mouth has billions of microscopic bacteria, it's essential to keep up with dental hygiene to prevent additional illnesses. But even if you pay close attention to brushing and flossing regularly, some problems can crop up without warning and cause severe damage. We recommend scheduling routine dental visits every six months as a way of staying ahead of potential issues before they become big problems. Here are some minor issues that, left untreated, can become significant issues.

  • Tartar build-up below the gumline
  • Hairline cracked teeth
  • New tooth sensitivity
  • New teeth growing in over baby teeth that aren't loose or wiggly
  • Wisdom teeth that aren't growing correctly
  • Hints of gum disease

Life Happens and We're Here to Help

You never have to avoid a regular dental visit. Catching small things early means smaller bills, minor out-of-pocket expenses, and smaller monthly payments if you need to finance your visits. If it's been too long since the last dental visit, we at Colonial Dental Group encourage you to make an appointment as soon as possible. We know life happens and even though we intend to go in for our appointment, it doesn't always get done. We're always here to help you.

Each dentist in Glenview, IL, Dr. Danielle Duarte and Dr. Alexander Quezada of Colonial Dental Group have been helping people with regular dental visits for decades. We look forward to assisting you with your next dental visit. Call us at (847) 729-2233 today to schedule an appointment!

By Colonial Dental Group
August 20, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Nothing is more important than a healthy smile. Unfortunately, when you’re dealing with damaged or missing teeth you may be feeling less than confident about your health and appearance. This is when your dentists Dr. Alexander Quezada and Dr. Danielle Duarte can place natural-looking dental crowns and bridges in Glenview, IL, that can last for years.

About Dental Crowns and Bridges

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped porcelain cap that completely covers a damaged tooth to restore function and aesthetics. A dental crown is custom-made from impressions taken from your smile. Each dental crown is matched to the shade, contour, and color of your teeth to give you a natural-looking smile.

A dental bridge is an oral device that replaces a missing tooth or sometimes two teeth in a row. When you lose a tooth the rest of your teeth begin to shift out of place to accommodate the open gap in your smile. However, dental bridges stop this from happening by filling the empty space with an artificial tooth. This oral prosthetic is typically cemented in place, using strong neighboring teeth to stabilize the bridge.

A bridge is made up of two crowns, which are placed over the healthy teeth on both sides of the gap, as well as a replacement tooth, which is made to look just like a real tooth. This replacement tooth will take the place of your missing tooth and fill the gap in your smile.

Reasons for Dental Crowns and Bridges

Your dentist may recommend getting dental crowns and bridges in Glenview, IL, to serve any of these purposes:

  • To restore both function and appearance of a fractured tooth
  • To protect a tooth from further damage
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To protect a tooth that’s just undergone root canal therapy
  • To correct a severely misshapen or stained tooth
  • To prevent natural teeth from drifting into gaps in your smile
  • To restore chewing after tooth loss
  • To replace a missing tooth

If you are dealing with tooth loss, we will most likely recommend getting a dental bridge. However, there are other treatment options for replacing your tooth that we’d be happy to discuss with you.

If you are dealing with cracked, damaged, or missing teeth then you could be a great candidate for crowns and bridges in Glenview, IL. To schedule a consultation with the dental team at Colonial Dental Group, simply call (847) 729-2233 today.

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. 





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