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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Friday, January 23, 2009

Causes of Migraine Headaches

In today's hectic world, many people suffer from headaches and migraines on a regular basis. Most of the time they think that it's the stress of everyday life, but it could be that they are suffering from TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder.

TMD happens when your jaw is misaligned, which can lead not only to migraines and headaches, but also to a host of other symptoms as well:
  • Cracked or worn teeth
  • Clicking or popping in the jaw
  • Problems chewing or swallowing
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Neck and shoulder pain

Migraines related to TMD happen because of the trigeminal nerve. This nerve is one of the most complex nerves in the body. It alone is responsible for close to half of all the brain's processing. This nerve also has three different branches, one going to the face, one to the head, and other to the shoulders and arms. That's why many times migraines will induce other pain in the face, shoulders and arms.

If you are one of the many people in Chicago suffering from headaches, migraines, or any other symptoms of TMD, do not hesitate to contact our office. We have experienced neuromuscular and cosmetic dentists who can help you with a treatment plan that will alleviate the pain and fix the problems, to let you lead a migraine-free life.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Characteristics of Award-Winning Smiles

Have you ever met someone and thought they had an exceptionally beautiful smile? One of the first things that people notice about you is your smile. Smiling also lights up your face and can leave a lasting impression when someone first meets you. You always want that impression to be a great one!

Some of the things we take into consideration when creating your award-winning smile are:
  • The natural size, shape, and color of your teeth
  • The shape of your face and its underlying bone structure help identify what type of smile will compliment your features
  • What your expectations and goals are for the outcome of the procedure
  • Any flaws that you want to fix, such as tooth discoloration, cracks or chips in the teeth, or gaps

Most people are not born with an award winning smile. With the help of an experienced cosmetic dentist, you too can have a smile that will stop people in their tracks. The cosmetic dentists at Chicago's Colonial Dental Group will work closely with you on your extreme smile makeover to ensure that you will have the smile you've always wanted. And, you will never have to worry about anyone knowing that you weren't born with that smile. Please contact us today for a complimentary consultation.

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Friday, January 9, 2009

Types of Anesthesia for Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implant surgery can be a time consuming process and requires the use of anesthesia when placing the implants. The implant posts are surgically placed into your jawbone and then the bone will heal around the posts so that crowns can be placed on the posts.

There are different types of anesthesia and an anesthesiologist will pick the best form for you. The most common forms are:
  • Local anesthesia, which involved injecting a numbing agent directly into the area where the surgery will take place. This form of anesthesia will block the pain response in that specific area. The most common local anesthetic is Novocain.
  • Regional anesthesia requires the numbing agent to be injected into major nerve groups or the spine. This form allows the anesthetic to block a larger area of pain responses.
  • General anesthesia is where the anesthetic is injected directly into a vein through an IV, or it is inhaled through an oxygen mask. Using this type of anesthesia affects the brain and you will be unconscious during the procedure.

Depending on your health and condition, we will choose the right anesthesia for your procedure. If you are considering dental implants in the Chicago, Illinois area, please call or email our practice for more information. During your private consultation, we will assess all aspects of the procedure and your expectations. Together we can help you make the right choice for your dental implant surgery.

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