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By Colonial Dental Group
September 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants have given patients new confidence in the appearance, feel and function of their smiles.  They are a reliable and dental implantspermanent solution for missing teeth with a 98% success rate according to a study by the American Association of Endodontists.  Generally, after an implant has been placed and healed, it will need to be restored with an implant crown.  This service is available from our Glenview, IL dentists Dr. Alexander Quezada and Dr. David B. Lewis, Jr. at Colonial Dental Group, Ltd.

What Are Dental Implants?
A dental implant is a small device made of titanium that is designed to merge with the bone tissue that keeps your teeth anchored.  It’s a reliable solution for one or more missing teeth.  Once an implant has been integrated into the bone and has been checked for stability, it can then support a permanent implant crown which is a replacement for your natural tooth.  Surgery is needed to insert the implant and then it takes several months for it to set in place.

Why Dental Implants?
Patients choose dental implants because they want their smiles to be restored permanently after tooth loss. No one wants to go through life with missing teeth, and thanks to dental implants no one has to. Some patients who have chosen partial dentures or bridges aren’t happy with them and want a better solution. Implants can last a lifetime, but they sometimes need follow up and restoration by a skilled dentist.

Restoring Dental Implants
Dr.’s Alexander Quezada and David B. Lewis, Jr. are dentists at Colonial Dental Group, Ltd. in Glenview, IL who specialize in restoring dental implants.  If you are having an issue with an existing implant, it’s possible that the doctors can repair the problem.  Sometimes dental implants need to be repaired for the following reasons:
-An injury can damage the crown or the abutment.
-Bruxism (clenching and grinding) can also cause damage to the implant.
-Gum disease can also compromise the stability of the implant and it’s possible that periodontal therapy may be needed before the implant can be repaired.

Have Your Dental Implant Checked
If you feel that there may be something wrong with your dental implant, call Dr.’s Alexander Quezada or David B. Lewis, Jr. at Colonial Dental Group to schedule a consultation visit.  Having your new implant restored or your existing implant repaired may help restore your confidence in your smile.

By Colonial Dental Group
July 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Does your dental implant seem a little wobbly these days? Although the majority of implants remain firmly in place for years, problems can dental implantsoccur occasionally. Our Glenview, IL, dentist Dr. Alexander Quezada of Colonial Dental Group explains what can go wrong and discusses how your dental implants can be restored.

Broken implant

If your implant, the part of your new tooth that replaces your tooth root, has broken, replacement is the only option. After the broken implant is removed, a new one can be added to the opening in your jawbone. You may need a bone graft before you receive a new implant, even if you didn't need a bone graft initially. Bone grafts build up the bone in your jawbone, making it strong enough to support the new implant.

Loose implant

Implants can become loose due to infections or gum disease. The problem can also occur if the implant didn't fully bond to your bone or you grind your teeth at night. If your dental implant becomes loose, it must be removed and replaced. Bone grafts may also be needed if you must replace a loose implant.

If your implant becomes loose due to periodontitis or gum disease, you'll need to be successfully treated for the infection before you can receive a new implant. Wearing a night guard to sleep can prevent damage caused by grinding or clenching your teeth.

Loose or broken crown

Sometimes, people assume that their implant is loose when the crown is actually the problem. Depending on the cause of the issue, you may need to replace your crown, abutment or the screw in the abutment. If your crown has broken, it will be necessary to replace it.

Implant problems don't go away on their own

It's only human nature to hope a problem naturally resolves itself. Unfortunately, if you develop a problem with an implant, it won't eventually get better. If you notice an implant issue, call our Glenview office as soon as possible. The sooner we can diagnose and treat the problem, the sooner you'll be able to use your tooth again.

Dental implants offer a long-lasting way to replace lost teeth, but problems can occur occasionally. If you're concerned about an implant, call our Glenview, IL, dentist Dr. Quezada of Colonial Dental Group at (847) 729-2233 to schedule an appointment.

By Colonial Dental Group
May 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn more about these common dental restorations and how they could preserve your beautiful smile.restorative dentistry

While we all want to maintain healthy smiles, there are certain oral problems that can befall anyone. If you are dealing with a damaged tooth or tooth loss, our Glenview, IL, dentists - Dr. David Dooley, Dr. David Lewis, Jr., and Dr. Alexander Quezada - are here to help you decide whether a dental crown or bridge is right for you.

When are Dental Crowns Used?

If you are faced with a broken, weak, damaged, infected or severely decaying tooth, then a dental crown may be the restoration that will turn your smile around. This specially made restoration is designed to look just like a real tooth and is made to fit over and cover the entire visible portion of a tooth to protect it and restore strength.

While dental crowns typically are used to restore function and resilience back into an unstable tooth, they can also be used to improve and enhance a tooth’s appearance. If you are dealing with a misshapen or severely stained tooth, you may choose to get a dental crown to hide these imperfections and instantly improve the look of your smile.

If you are dealing with tooth loss, a dental crown may also be used to support a dental bridge or to cover a dental implant.

When are Dental Bridges Used?

Are you dealing with a gap in your smile from a missing tooth? Do you have a couple teeth missing in a row? Are the rest of your teeth healthy and strong? If so, then you could be an ideal candidate for dental bridges. A dental bridge fills that gap with one or more artificial teeth.

However, before these artificial teeth can be placed, two dental crowns must be secured over the two teeth that are situated on both sides of the gap. Once these natural teeth are prepared and the crowns are cemented into place, only then can the pontic (or false tooth) be secured to the crowns.

Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL, prides itself on providing the very best dental care possible. Whether you need to get a dental crown or you want to chat about professional teeth whitening, we are here for you!

By Colonial Dental Group
November 15, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn how these tooth replacements can give you back that healthy smile.

You have options when it comes to how you treat your tooth loss, so don’t feel defeated if this happens to you. Dental implants offer a dental implantslong term tooth replacement option. If you have a dental implant and are having issues with your restoration, our Glenview dentists can help restore your smile. Find out more about how dental implants work and how we can help.

What are dental implants?

These small titanium posts are designed to act just like tooth roots and are placed into the jawbone. Since these implants are biocompatible they actually meld together with bone and tissue to become a fixed, permanent foundation from which to hold a dental crown or even a full set of dentures.

One implant can be used to replace a single tooth or a series of implants can be embedded to secure a full set of dentures into place. Dental implants give you peace of mind that your dentures won't slip or move out position while eating.

While dental implants are a bit more expensive upfront than other dental restorations like bridges or dentures, they are worth the wait. Though dental implants are a long-term tooth replacement option, you do need to be dedicated to caring for and maintaining your restoration for the rest of your life. They are meant to last a long time, but there are still issues that can arise with implants. The crown or the visible portion of the dental implant can become damaged or fractured just like natural teeth. If these happens, we can assist in restoring your dental implant by fixing or replacing the crown, thus restoring the look and function of your smile.

To find out whether a dental implant is the best approach to your tooth loss you’ll want to schedule a consultation with Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, IL. Finally, get the smile you know you deserve. Call our office today to schedule your next appointment.

By Colonial Dental Group
March 03, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

You might wonder if it's worth it to replace a missing tooth. After all, you've probably learned to adapt to its absence and it may not evendental bridges be visible to anyone but you and your dentist. However, by replacing a missing tooth, you're investing in the future of your other teeth, since they work best as a full set. At Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, Illinois, our dentists often recommend crowns and bridgework as a restoration option. Here's some more information about their structure and purpose.

Anatomy of crowns and bridges

Crowns and bridges are made up of two parts: the pontic and the abutments. The pontic is the false tooth that replaces the missing natural tooth, and the abutments are the crowns that go on top of the natural teeth on either side of the pontic. These teeth are crowned by your Glenview dentist in order to provide additional strength and stability for the pontic to stay in place. The pontic and crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including gold, metal alloys, porcelain or ceramic. Your Glenview dentist will help you decide which material will work best for your situation.

Who are the best candidates for crowns and bridgework?

Patients who have lost one or more teeth due to an accident or decay, but still maintain good dental health with the rest of their teeth, are often excellent candidates for crowns and bridgework. That's because these dental restorations need healthy natural teeth surrounding the empty space in order to ensure proper placement. By filling in that gap, you're helping the rest of your teeth remain stable, because they require the support of teeth next to them to stay in place.

If you're missing a tooth and are ready to replace it, crowns and bridgework from the dentists at Colonial Dental Group, give our Glenview, Illinois office a call today to set up a consultation!