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

Thursday, April 30, 2009

What is the Trigeminal Nerve?

The trigeminal nerve is one of the most important nerves in the entire human body. This nerve controls the feeling and movement in the face, head, neck, and throat. The trigeminal nerve is also located very near the temporomandibular joint; the point at which the lower jaw connects to the skull.

When the temporomandibular joint comes out of alignment, it is called TMJ or TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder). TMD can cause pain and discomfort all over the face as a result of irritating the trigeminal nerve. Some of the other serious side effects of TMD include:

  • Chipped, Worn, or Cracked Teeth as a result of Tooth Grinding
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Jaw Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Facial Pain
  • Sensitive Teeth
  • "Lock" Jaw

To help you deal with your TMD pain or trigeminal nerve pain, the experienced neuromuscular dentistry professionals at the Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, Illinois will evaluate the status of your temporomandibular joint and trigeminal nerve and determine how best to correct the alignment of your jaw.

If you live in the Chicago, Illinois area and are dealing with trigeminal nerve pain, please schedule an initial consultation with the Colonial Dental Group to learn about TMD and how you can correct it.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Porcelain Veneers vs. Porcelain Crowns

We see many different patients at our Glenview, Illinois cosmetic dentistry office who want to correct their smile with a dental makeover or just want to gain the smile they are looking for, but they are unsure about whether to have porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns placed on their teeth.

We want all our patients to know that porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns provide patients with a more lifelike appearance and performance than other dental materials, but they are used for two very distinct purposes in cosmetic dentistry:

Porcelain Veneers
- Porcelain veneers are bonded to the front sides of your teeth; leaving the rest of the tooth intact. When porcelain veneers are bonded to the natural tooth structure already in place, they can correct any number of aesthetic problems such as:

  • Chipped Teeth
  • Cracked Teeth
  • Discolored Teeth
  • Crooked Teeth

For the most part, porcelain veneers are placed on the front teeth; the ones other people see most often.

Porcelain Crowns
- Porcelain crowns are used to restore the function as well as the appearance of teeth when they have been too badly damaged as a result of trauma or decay. A porcelain crown acts like a cap that is placed over the existing tooth structure so that you can smile and chew confidently. Usually, porcelain crowns are placed on rear teeth like the molars, where the majority of your chewing takes place.

If you live in the Chicago area and are interested in having porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns placed on your teeth, please schedule an initial consultation with our experienced cosmetic dentists at our Glenview, Illinois porcelain veneer practice to learn more about your options.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Why Do Teeth Darken?

Over time, your teeth can darken as a result of many different things, but the experienced cosmetic dentists at the Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, Illinois can lighten the shade of your teeth no matter how dark they appear.

Dark foods and drinks like coffee, tea, and soda can darken the color of your teeth over time. In addition to these factors, you may have teeth that simply darken more over time than other people. Finally, certain medicines can chemically stain your teeth, causing them to look discolored.

We provide a few different teeth whitening options at our cosmetic dentistry office in Glenview, Illinois:


For most patient's teeth, a simple, fast tooth whitening procedure can be completed in about an hour. This is a perfect option for working or busy people to improve the shade of their teeth within their tight schedules. Depending on the severity of your teeth stains, more extreme whitening procedures may need to be performed.

If you're suffering from having dark teeth and would like to whiten them, please schedule an initial consultation with our experienced teeth whitening cosmetic dentists at the Colonial Dental Group in the Chicago, Illinois area.

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Dental Makeover

Your smile is one of the central parts of your face, and when you are unhappy with the way it looks, you may smile less or feel less confident in yourself. Dr. Dooley and the Colonial Dental Group can give you a dental makeover so that you have the straight, white teeth you want and a smile you can be proud of.

During a dental makeover, our experienced cosmetic dentists will listen to what you want to correct with your smile and make suggestions for what cosmetic dentistry procedures will best provide you with the dental makeover results you want:


No matter what the status of your teeth is, we can combine cosmetic dentistry procedures to correct nearly any problem. Whether you are suffering from worn, cracked, chipped, missing, or broken teeth, we can correct your smile.

If you live in the Glenview or Chicago, Illinois area and you are interested in correcting your smile with a dental makeover, please schedule an initial consultation with the experienced dental makeover dentists at the Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, Illinois.

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Glenview, Illinois 60025-2969

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