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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.
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.
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!
Although tooth decay is a major problem to watch for in your child’s teeth, it isn’t the only one. As their teeth transition from primary (“baby”) to permanent, you should also be on the lookout for a developing poor bite or malocclusion.
Although the signs can be subtle, you may be able to detect an emerging malocclusion, starting usually around age 6, if you know what to look for. Here are 4 signs your child may be developing a poor bite.
Excessive spacing. This is something that might be noticeable while the child still has their primary teeth. If you notice an excessive amount of space around the front teeth, the sizes of the jaws and the teeth may be disproportional.
Abnormal overlapping. The upper teeth normally just cover the bottom teeth when the jaws are closed. But a malocclusion may be forming if the lower teeth cover the upper (underbite), the upper teeth extend too far over the lower (deep bite) or there’s space between the upper and lower front teeth (open bite).
Different overlapping patterns. Watch as well for some of the teeth overlapping normally while others don’t, a sign of a cross bite. For example, the back upper teeth may cover their counterparts in a normal fashion while the lower front teeth abnormally overlap the top front. The roles here between front and back teeth can also be reversed.
Abnormal eruptions. Permanent teeth normally follow a pattern when erupting, but certain factors could disrupt the process. For example, a jaw that’s developed too small can cause crowding as incoming teeth vie for space; as a result, some permanent teeth may erupt out of their proper position. Likewise, if a baby tooth is out of its normal position or prematurely lost, the permanent tooth may erupt out of position too.
The good news with each of these developing bite problems is that we can correct them or at least minimize their future effect if caught early. So if you notice any of these signs or anything else out of the ordinary, see an orthodontist as soon as possible. It’s also a good idea to have your child undergo a thorough orthodontic evaluation around age 6.
If you would like more information on bite problems in children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Problems to watch for in Children Ages 6 to 8.”
Dental crowns are an essential means for restoring damaged or unattractive teeth. A well-crafted crown not only functions well, it looks and blends seamlessly with the rest of the natural teeth.
Crowns are artificial caps that cover an entire visible tooth, often used for heavily decayed or damaged teeth or as added protection after a root canal treatment. Most crowns are produced by a dental lab, but some dentists are now creating them in-office with computer-based milling equipment. On the whole, the various crowns now available function adequately as teeth—but they can vary in their appearance quality.
In the early to mid 20th Century the all-metal crown was the standard; but while durable, it could be less than eye-pleasing. Although more life-like dental porcelain existed at the time, it tended to be brittle and could easily shatter under chewing stress.
Dentists then developed a crown that combined the strength of metal with the attractiveness of porcelain: the porcelain fused to metal or PFM crown. The PFM crown had a hollow, metal substructure that was cemented over the tooth. To this metal base was fused an outer shell of porcelain that gave the crown an attractive finish.
The PFM reigned as the most widely used crown until the mid 2000s. By then improved forms of porcelain reinforced with stronger materials like Lucite had made possible an all-ceramic crown. They’re now the most common crown used today, beautifully life-like yet durable without the need for a metal base.
All-ceramics may be the most common type of crown installed today, but past favorites’ metal and PFM are still available and sometimes used. So depending on the type and location of the tooth and your own expectations, there’s a right crown for you.
However, not all crowns even among all-ceramic have the same level of aesthetic quality or cost—the more life-like, the more expensive. If you have dental insurance, your plan’s benefits might be based on a utilitarian but less attractive crown. You may have to pay more out of pocket for the crown you and your dentist believe is best for you.
Whatever you choose, though, your modern dental crown will do an admirable, functional job. And it can certainly improve your natural tooth’s appearance.