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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
August 06, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you curious as to why Glenview dental implants are such a unique tooth replacement option?

If you are an adult who is missing one or more teeth, you may have had a dental implant placed. Many people choose to get dental implants because they offer a host of amazing benefits that no other tooth replacement options seem to offer. Even though these implants are very durable, over time they will need repairs. That's where your Glenview IL dentist Dr. Alexander Quezada comes in. Contact Colonial Dental Group today about an implant correction.

Just Like Real Teeth

To understand the dental implant repair process, you must first know how an implant works and what they are.

Dental implants look, feel, and even function just like real teeth. That’s because an implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into the jawbone where it becomes a permanent part of the mouth.

Implants carry a very high success rate, and once they naturally fuse with the jawbone, they can last a lifetime. The only thing you need to do is make sure that you are practicing oral hygiene and visiting your Glenview IL dentist every six months so they can clean your teeth and check your dental implant to make sure that it’s healthy. If something is off with your implant, a repair is in order.

Why Does My Implant Need a Repair?

There a few reasons that your implant isn't working how it should:

  • There wasn't enough jawbone in place to fully support the implant
  • The implant was placed wrong
  • An abundance of dental cement was used when placing the crown

How Does My Glenview Dental Implants Expert Repair My Implant?

Dr. Alexander Quezada will start your appointment by evaluating your implant. He can quickly determine what is wrong and the best course of action. If the problem is with the dental crown, a new one can be placed. If complications are due to bone loss, a specific course of action is decided. Everything depends on you and your specific needs.

Need a Glenview Dental Implant Repair? Call Us

If you are already sporting a dental implant here in Glenview IL, you want a dental team that can provide you with the care you need to keep your smile healthy. Whether you need to replace the crown on your implant or simply need a routine cleaning, call Colonial Dental Group today at (847) 729-2233 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alexander Quezada.

By Colonial Dental Group
February 18, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  

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.

Hide discolorations

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.

By Colonial Dental Group
August 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

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 Root_Canaldentist 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.

By Colonial Dental Group
December 04, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implant  

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.

Broken Crown

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).

Broken Abutment

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.

Broken Implant

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.

Call Today!

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!