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By Colonial Dental Group
September 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Crowns and BridgesDental crowns are one of the most reliable and versatile dental restorations available. They can be used to correct a number of common problems like severe tooth decay and cosmetic damage. Crowns are also used to replace missing teeth through a dental bridge. The dentists at Colonial Dental Group, Dr. Alexander Quezada and Dr. David Lewis Jr., offer cosmetic and general dentistry services for pediatric and adult patients in Glenview, IL.

Dental Crowns and Restorations in Glenview, IL

Crowns restore tooth structure and can strengthen a weak or fractured tooth. The dentist may recommend a dental crown when a cavity is too large to fill with a standard dental filling. Crowns are also known as caps because they literally cover a damaged tooth. Dental crowns can also be used to cover broken and cracked teeth or to fix significant cosmetic damage like stains and discolorations or uneven/misshaped teeth.

How Dental Crowns Work

Each crown is custom designed to look and feel as close to a natural tooth as possible. Modern dental crowns are typically made from porcelain, or a combination of materials like metal and porcelain and other dental ceramics. Traditional crowns usually require at least two separate appointments. On the first visit, the dentist will take a physical impression of the tooth which is used to design the crown. The impression is then sent off to an outside lab where the crown is manufactured (you will get a temporary crown while you wait).

Depending on the condition of the damaged tooth, the dentist may reshape it to fit the new crown. Once the crown is ready, it is cemented in place and your smile is as good as new.

CEREC Same Day Crowns

Don't want to wait to get your crowns? Colonial Dental Group offers CEREC same day crowns, which use digital technology and computer imaging to design and produce the crown onsite at the dentist's office while you wait.

Find a Dentist in Glenview, IL

For more information about dental crowns and other cosmetic and restorative dentistry options, contact Colonial Dental Group today by calling (847) 729-2233 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Quezada or Dr. Lewis.

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You may be able to slow the aging process with healthy habits but you can’t stop it. Every part of your body will change, including your teeth and gums. And even with great dental hygiene and care, there are at least two aging outcomes you may not be able to avoid: discoloration and tooth wear.

Fortunately though, we have ways to counteract these effects and help you enjoy a much younger-looking smile. These techniques range in complexity and cost, but when tailored to your individual situation they can make a world of difference and restore your confidence in your smile.

Brightening teeth that have yellowed with age can be as simple as undergoing teeth whitening.┬áThe bleaching solution in this procedure (performed in the office or at home with a prescribed kit) can minimize enamel staining built up over the years. It can even be performed with some control over the level of desired brightness. Although whitening isn’t permanent, with proper care and regular touch-ups you can keep your youthful, dazzling smile for some time.

Tooth whitening, however, may not be enough in some cases of discoloration. If so, you can gain a bright new smile with porcelain veneers or crowns. A veneer is a thin layer of tooth-colored material bonded to the front of a tooth; a porcelain crown completely covers a tooth and is usually cemented onto it.

Normal tooth wearing can also affect the appearance of older teeth, making them look shorter and with less rounded edges than younger teeth. Veneers and crowns can be utilized for this problem too, as well as enamel shaping with a dental drill to minimize those sharp edges and project a softer, younger appearance. In extreme cases, surgically reshaping the gums can give teeth a longer and a more natural look.

These are just a few of the ways we can address these two aging problems, as well as others like receding gums. Depending on your situation, it’s quite possible we can help you take years off your smile.

If you would like more information on cosmetic answers to aging teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Colonial Dental Group
January 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you ready to get that visibly brighter smile that you can’t wait to show off?teeth whitening

The mulled wine is brewing and the delicious treats are being laid out for the holidays. It’s certainly one of the best times of the year to enjoy good foods, drinks and company. Of course, it’s amazing how much those dark foods and drinks can stain and leave your smile looking less than radiant. If this is happening to your smile, don’t worry; our Glenview, IL, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Alexander Quezada and Dr. David Lewis, Jr., will turn your smile around in no time with teeth whitening treatment.

Why do teeth stain?

Just like our skin, teeth are porous. This means that tooth enamel is able to absorb color from the foods and drinks we consume each and everyday. If you are a smoker, the chemicals from tobacco consumption or cigarettes can also lead to severe stains. It’s also common to notice teeth starting to dull over time as a result of aging. Luckily, these stain-causing scenarios can all be addressed with professional teeth whitening.

How does professional teeth whitening work?

The whitening gel our Glenview dentists use contains the strongest active ingredients you can find. The active ingredient is often a form of peroxide (either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide), which is instrumental in being able to safely penetrate enamel to destroy the stubborn stain molecules that are hiding in the deeper layers of the tooth that your regular toothbrush and toothpaste won’t be able to effectively remove.

The bleaching gel is painted over the front of your teeth and left on your teeth for up to 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes is up, the gel is wiped away and a fresh, new gel layer is applied. In most cases, one whitening session will involve three or four whitening applications. After your treatment is over, we will be able to see the shade of your teeth before and after to compare. Most patients will have a smile that’s several shades whiter after just a single in-office whitening session.

Are you ready to get a whiter smile before the New Year? If so, then it’s time to schedule an appointment with us so that you can ring in the New Year with a brilliant smile. Call Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL, today.

By Colonial Dental Group
January 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

You too can have the perfect smile with these beautiful porcelain restorations.

Getting dental veneers is one of the easiest and quickest ways to truly enhance and reshape your smile in just two visits. Our Glenview, veneersIL, dentists pride themselves on being able to give you the smile you weren’t born with but want. Find out the many issues that dental veneers can address.

You may be an ideal candidate for dental veneers if you are looking to:

  • Close up small gaps between teeth
  • Correct minor crowding or crookedness
  • Improve the color, shape or size of your teeth
  • Strengthen a tooth that is worn down from teeth grinding or from multiple fillings

Dental veneers may not be the best cosmetic restoration for your smile if you:

  • Eat a lot of extremely hard or sticky foods, as this can potentially damage or pull off veneers
  • Play sports without wearing a mouthguard
  • Don’t maintain good oral hygiene
  • Have active and untreated gum disease or decay (these issues will need to be treated before you get veneers)
  • Use your teeth as tools
  • Don’t wear a night guard every night but are a teeth grinder or jaw clencher

In order to get dental veneers, our Glenview cosmetic dentist will need to make sure that your teeth are healthy enough for this restoration and that you are willing to maintain your new smile and care for them properly. Remember, some tooth enamel will need to be filed down in order to accommodate your veneers, so this procedure cannot be reversed. This means you’ll need to be fully ready and willing to have veneers for life.

Of course, veneers offer so many benefits. You can still maintain strong healthy teeth while getting a smile that is whiter, straighter and more attractive. Veneers are also made from stain-resistant porcelain, which is a very durable material. And no one will even know you are wearing veneers because the porcelain used is translucent, just like real teeth. You will be amazed at the results!

If dental veneers are what you’ve been looking for to finally give you the ideal smile then Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL, can help. To find out if you are right for these restorations just pick up the phone and give us a call. We would be happy to schedule a consultation with you at your convenience.

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You have a winning smile except for one small flaw — one of your front teeth is chipped. In functional terms the defect is insignificant: your tooth is healthy and can still do its job. But with regard to your smile that chip is like a smudge on a masterpiece painting: it stands out — and not in a good way.

The good news is you have options to repair the chip and vastly improve your appearance. One option is to bond a custom porcelain veneer to the outside of the tooth to cover the chip. But that would also mean removing a slight bit of tooth enamel so the veneer won't appear too bulky. Although not as much as with a crown, the alteration still permanently affects the tooth — it will always require a restoration of some kind.

There's another choice that doesn't involve removing any of your enamel: composite resin. This treatment is a mixture of materials with a glass-like binder in liquid form that we apply to a tooth in successive coats. As we build up the layers we can match the tooth's shape, texture and various shades of its natural color. We're able to fill in the defect and make the tooth appear as natural as possible.

Unlike porcelain restorations, composite resins don't require a dental lab or a period of weeks to prepare. We can transform your simile in our office in as little as one visit.

Composite resin isn't the answer for every tooth defect. Teeth that have become worn, fractured or have undergone a root canal treatment are best treated with a porcelain restoration such as a veneer or crown. But where the defect is relatively minor, composite resin may be the answer.

To learn if you can benefit from a composite resin restoration, you'll need to undergo a dental exam. If we determine you're a candidate, we can use this state-of-the-art dental material to make your teeth look flawless.

If you would like more information on composite resins, 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 “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth with Composite Resin.”