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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.
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
- 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.
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.
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!