My Dentistry Blog
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.
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.
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