Natural Looking Fillings

Have you ever set up a long-overdue dentist appointment while hoping and praying you don’t have any cavities…only to learn that you do? If you don’t have the time to get them filled that day, then a follow-up treatment will be necessary to fill the cavity. Back in the day, some people had a mouth full of gold or silver fillings, but today, a filling is not what it used to be. Metal fillings have played an important role in treating dental cavities, but the color has made the number of cavities in a person’s mouth much too obvious and unattractive. As a result, many people now opt for more natural-looking or tooth-colored fillings. 

Filling Types

Cast Gold Fillings: Gold has been used to repair teeth problems for thousands of years, however, this precious metal is an expensive option.  This high-quality mineral does not corrode, and it can last up to 15 or more years. Also, it is a long process to use gold for fillings because it requires two appointments: First to remove the decay and take an impression, and second to permanently cement the gold filling into the tooth. As valuable as gold is, it may or may not be worth having it as a filling. 

Amalgam Fillings: You know the dark, silver spots you may have seen in some elderly folks’ mouths? This is known as an amalgam filling, which is a mixture of different metals, including silver, tin, mercury, copper, and zinc. These types of fillings are the least expensive. However, to get the job done, more of a tooth’s structure has to be removed before installing the filling, and once they are in, they tend to corrode over time and cause discoloration to the tooth enamel. One of the greatest disadvantages of these types of fillings is that they are unattractive whenever someone opens their mouth.

Natural-Looking Fillings: Tooth-colored fillings are composite resins that are made up of a blend of plastic and glass particles. This material is not only great at repairing cavities but can even go the extra mile by changing the color or shape of a tooth. These fillings only need one appointment because the procedure is simple and fairly quick. Your dentist will choose the shade of composite closest to your natural tooth color, and then decay will be removed.  Next, a special curing light will be used to harden the layers of the filling material. Lastly, the filling will be shaped and polished so that it remains smooth and natural-looking. 

Benefits of Natural-Looking Fillings

Healthier: These fillings require minimal tooth removal, which preserves the inherent structure. When a tooth has more of its natural structure, it can stay healthier and lessens its chances of tooth decay or oral health issues later on. 

Tooth-Colored: Natural-looking fillings replicate the structure and shade of the tooth so they maintain the mouth’s aesthetics. Those who are in need of teeth restorations can do so without it affecting the appearance of their teeth whenever they talk or smile.

Durable and Safe: These fillings have proven to repair teeth exceptionally well with the tough, long-lasting composite. Traditionally, amalgam fillings would expand and contract with temperature changes.  As a result, this put pressure on the tooth, causing it to crack or even break. Natural-looking fillings do not have this issue, which is why they are a safer option.

Reduced Sensitivity: Unlike metal fillings, natural-looking fillings will not be sensitive to extreme temperature changes. Teeth will still feel strong and able to withstand either a hot coffee or ice-cold water without any discomfort.

Mercury-Free: Mercury is a toxic material in amalgam fillings. Although the amount of mercury is low enough that it is not considered dangerous to your health, this is still a point to consider.

A lucky few have never had a cavity, and may never have the cavity-filling experience, but for the rest of us, getting a cavity filled is a normal part of life.  Thankfully, we now have natural-looking fillings that have made it possible to keep our teeth healthy, strong, and attractive! 

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Full Mouth Reconstruction

The mouth is made up of the jaw bone, gums, tongue, salivary glands and most importantly, teeth. The purpose of your teeth is to break down food for your stomach to digest, and because they come in direct contact with everything you eat, they require the very best care. Going to the dentist is a critical part of taking good care of your overall health.

There is a wide range of dental problems that could potentially affect people over the long term. These problems often occur as a standalone issue, which can be resolved fairly quickly and easily if a dentist is seen.  However, for those who do not see a dentist annually, small problems can easily become big problems, and that is when full mouth reconstruction may become necessary.  Sudden mouth trauma can also require a full-mouth reconstruction as well.

What is Full Mouth Reconstruction? 

Full mouth reconstruction includes replacing missing teeth, repairing teeth that have been damaged, correction to jaw joints and faulty bites as well as gum and jawbone damage, replacing previous dental work that has worn out, and even treatment for mouth diseases. Each one of these procedures can be performed independently, however, when a person has multiple dental health problems it may be beneficial for a full mouth reconstruction. 

Reconstruction is any combination of different types of dentistry to get your mouth back in good health. This could include restorative dental treatments like crowns, bridges, fillings, inlays, and onlays. Implant dentistry uses dental implants to fill in the missing spaces by replicating the originals from root to crown. Cosmetic dentistry works to bring the aesthetics of the mouth back to good health by using porcelain veneers, teeth, whitening, dental bonding, and gum re-contouring. 

Neuromuscular dentistry, or TMD treatment, is done to correct any issue that involves the temporomandibular joints as well as the bite. Bruxism treatments include therapy that helps resolve teeth that are grinding. Oral surgery involves root canal therapy, soft and hard tissue grafting and tooth extraction. It can also include other procedures that deal with orthotics and periodontal treatments. Since full mouth reconstruction can be a different combination of these procedures, reconstruction dentistry will look different from patient to patient. 

Who Needs Full Mouth Reconstruction?

Anyone who has multiple oral health problems that are affecting the majority of the teeth, as well as the supporting tissue, will oftentimes be the right candidate for the full mouth reconstruction. These oral health issues may include four or more teeth missing or compromised, eroded enamel, decay in multiple teeth, difficulty chewing and biting, bone loss in the jaw, severe difficulty speaking, irritated gums and bones from dentures, or major wear and chipping on the teeth from many years of grinding. There are other conditions that a person can be born with like Ectodermal dysplasia that usually requires a full reconstruction procedure.

Possible Concerns

Patients who are younger tend to respond better to reconstructive treatments and have a quicker recovery time. Those who are older, generally have a greater risk with any type of medical or dental procedure. So, depending on the age and health statics, a less invasive procedure may be a better option.  

A full mouth reconstruction is a major process, therefore, those with heart problems or with certain autoimmune diseases require special considerations. Since this is a corrective treatment for better oral health, those who cannot or will not maintain it, due to smoking, heavy alcohol, or drug usage should consider breaking bad habits prior to undergoing reconstructive surgery.

When the mouth is healthy and high functioning, all systems and components are working together in perfect harmony. However, when components become compromised, it can throw off oral health balance and even lead to greater health concerns.  Fortunately, a full mouth reconstruction procedure can offer hope to those who are in need of professional dental services.

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Plaque Care for Healthy Teeth

What is your favorite part of going to the dentist? Is it walking away with teeth that look and feel extra clean and sparkly? Sometimes your teeth will feel so smooth it can be hard to keep your tongue off them. When you do not brush your teeth three times a day, or especially after something sweet, a colorless film of bacteria begins to accumulate on your teeth. These bacteria are known as plaque. 

Plaque develops when you consume sweet carbohydrates such as milk, soda, candy, cake, etc. and you do not brush or chew sugarless gum immediately after consumption. If plaque is given the chance to flourish, then it will produce acids that can ultimately destroy tooth enamel leads to tooth decay. Plaque not only develops on the tooth itself but also on its roots under the gums, and when it settles there, it will cause the tooth to breakdown. 

Plaque is something you do not want to let hang around for too long!  Fortunately, there are ways to prevent plaque buildup, and protect your teeth from the devastating effects of the bacteria. Here are some ways to keep your teeth healthy and plaque-free. 

Brush Twice Daily

Ideally, it would be best to take your toothbrush with you wherever you go to be sure you can brush after every meal. This would ensure that plaque does not stick around too long. Since this is not realistic for most people, a thorough brushing twice a day will suffice. Brushing before bedtime is especially important so that the plaque does not develop on your teeth as you sleep.

To ensure that your twice-daily brushing is enough, it is vital to brush properly by keeping your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle towards your gums. Brush in circular motions all around every tooth including the outsides, insides and inner parts of the tooth. Once every tooth has been cleaned, scrape your tongue to remove bacteria and to freshen your breath. This entire process should take at least two minutes, and there are brushing timers that can help you ensure you clean your teeth long enough.

Remember to use a soft-bristled toothbrush because a brush that is too rough can damage your gums. As much as you may get attached to your favorite toothbrush, it is best to replace it every three months. A toothbrush that is overused and worn down will not provide a proper brushing. However, if you want the best possible result, use an electronic toothbrush. They are more expensive, but they are also much more effective.

Floss Once Daily

Brushing teeth twice a day is good, but it is not enough. Everyone must floss once a day to avoid plaque buildup. Because the bacteria are so small, they can get into the hard-to-reach places like between your teeth. Therefore, flossing is the key to preventing plaque from getting the best of your teeth and gums. Flossing should occur once a day to ensure you are removing plaque from areas your toothbrush cannot reach. There is no right or wrong way to clean those hidden spaces; it just needs to be done and it does not matter when you do so. 

You can use floss by wrapping it around your fingers to create tension as you push it between your teeth or choose a different option such as dental picks, wooden plaque removers or a small, straight brush that can go between the teeth. When you floss, move the string between your teeth but also up and around the top edges of the tooth that touch the gums near the root for a more thorough cleaning.

Reduce Sugar and Starch Intake

Cookies, cake, candy, and soda are delightful treats, but when it comes to health, sugar addiction causes all sorts of problems. Sugar attracts the troublemakers in our bodies like plaque because these bacteria thrive on sugar.  The more sugar we consume, the more bacteria will grow, making it that much harder to keep plaque at bay. Therefore, the best way to prevent this problem is by limiting sugar and starch intake (potato chips, breads, sweetened beverages, etc.).  Whenever you do consume these foods, be sure to drink plenty of water afterward to help rinse away any remaining sugar on your teeth.

Oil Pulling

Brushing and flossing are primary ways to keep your mouth and teeth clean. However, there are other additional methods that aid a healthier mouth. One method includes oil pulling, which consists of swishing oil, usually coconut oil, around in your mouth for about 20 minutes. This practice removes plaque and strengthens your teeth while preventing tooth decay and soothing gums. Coconut oil is particularly beneficial as it contains fatty acids with anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects. Only one tablespoon of oil will leave your mouth much cleaner and healthier. 

Removing plaque from your teeth every day is vital for a healthy mouth, so if you believe you could improve your brushing and flossing habits, now is the time to do so!  See if you can impress your dentist with the health of your teeth at your next exam. 

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Zoom! Dramatic Same-Day Whitening

As delightful as your favorite soda or a steaming-hot cup of coffee may be, over time, these beverages are known to stain teeth. Since your smile contributes to your first impression, you may want to consider a professional whitening treatment called “Zoom.” Zoom is a speedy, in-office procedure that offers bright white teeth in under two hours. This procedure provides you with results far superior to what you can get with over-the-counter, teeth-whitening products. 

What is Zoom Whitening?

Zoom whitening is an advanced procedure designed to change the discoloration of enamel and dentin by lightening and brightening it in a short period of time. It is completed in a single dental visit that consistently produces impressive results. Ultimately, it is the most convenient way to achieve the brightest-possible smile.

How Long Do Zoomed Teeth Stay Bright White?

If you follow the post-whitening care instructions, your teeth will remain bright white for much longer than if you resume old habits and neglect recommended maintenance or up to six months. You will take home items such as whitening toothpaste and a whitening gel that will help maintain the brightness.

How Does the Zoom Procedure Work?

The main ingredient of this procedure is hydrogen peroxide. This ingredient is found in the Zoom light-activated gel, which allows oxygen to penetrate the enamel and dentin bleaching any discoloration on the tooth. The Zoom light acts as an aide to the hydrogen peroxide as it intensifies the whitening the process. The procedure consists of four, 15-minute sessions each with a fresh application of the whitening gel. Zoom patients see drastic and beautiful results within two hours.

Differences Between Zoom and Over-the-Counter Whiteners

Store bought whiteners can take weeks or even months to see just a few shades whiter and they are not nearly as powerful. Zoom, however, has been clinically proven to whiten your teeth up to eight shades lighter in only one visit. Zoom is not only faster but is also much safer for your teeth and gums than the over-the-counter methods because a professional directs and monitors the process. Zoom is truly the best choice for teeth whitening.

What to Expect

Before you invest in the whitening procedure, it is strongly recommended that you first get a full dental cleaning if you have not had one within a week. With clean teeth, the Zoom process can better whiten them.  If you happen to have sensitive teeth, it will be important to discuss any discomfort concerns with your dentist prior to beginning the Zoom treatment.

Step 1: The whitening process begins by first protecting your gums and soft tissue. Cheek retractors and cotton rolls are inserted into your mouth so they do not interfere with the procedure. Next, a protective layer is painted on your gums so they are not irritated or damaged in any way. Finally, protective glasses will be given to you to shield your eyes from the laser’s brilliance.

Step 2: Once you are protected, the Zoom whitening agent is placed on your teeth, and a laser light is set in front of them. The clock will then be set for 15 minutes. As you sit still and relax, the whitening agent goes to work on any stains or discoloration in your teeth.

Step 3: There are a total of four steps in the process, but depending on how the process is going or the patient’s comfort level, some patients opt-out on the fourth session. Once the process is finished, and your mouth has been rinsed out, you can admire your new smile. The brightness of your new smile will be dramatic.

As you leave, you will be given instructions, including what not to eat or drink for the next 48 hours to protect the thorough whitening treatment that was performed that day.

Zoom whitening treatment is the best way to get that diamond-white smile. Do not waste your time and money on the over-the-counter whitening methods that will leave you disappointed. Instead, choose the speedy process Zoom offers, and you will see how easy it is to have long-lasting, bright white teeth.

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CEREC Same-Day Teeth Restorations

Your smile is an important part of your identity, and it has a lot to do with your ability to communicate the way you feel.  However, when you have bad teeth or you are insecure about your smile, you probably avoid many face-to-face conversations or limit how much of your teeth you show. Whether or not you realize it, this can cause frequent mental and emotional distress.  Living this way is unnecessary!

Anyone with cosmetic teeth concerns should consider taking advantage of our CREC same-day restoration service because having the bright and beautiful smile you have always wanted can truly change your life!  This service is a fast and efficient way to improve the overall look of your teeth without the hassle of return visits that crowns historically required.  The CREC service is a very comfortable process with our advanced imagery and on-site milling technology from our highly-skilled dentists.

 

What is CEREC?

Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics or Ceramic Reconstruction is what CEREC stands for. It is a digital technology that brings together a camera, a computer and a milling instrument all in one.  These tools assist a dentist in creatingteeth restorations within a single visit. This simple procedure has eliminated the need to send a tooth mold to at a separate location, to provide the patient with a temporary crown, and to ultimately return for additional visits.In fact, the CEREC service has proven to be much safer and more effective than the traditional methods of restoring teeth.

 

Common CEREC Restorations:

Crowns:A crown replaces a tooth that is decaying or cracked, but it can also support a large filling or it can cosmetically help to shape your teeth. A dental crown is like a new tooth or a replacement for your teeth. Crowns are also apart of a root canal process. CEREC can create the perfect crown for your mouth.

Veneers:This type of dental restoration is a thin covering that lays over the front, visible area of your tooth. Veneers offer a natural look while correcting a cosmetic dental issue such as permanentlystained teeth, chipped or worn down teeth, crooked or misshaped teeth as well as uneven spaces or front teeth that have large gaps. Dental veneers are designed out of porcelain or composite resin material. CEREC service can cosmetically restore your teeth with veneers.

Onlays:Sometimes a tooth can become too damaged to support a filling but not enough for a crown.  In these instances, a dental onlay is needed. An onlaycovers one or more cusps of the tooth and is also known as a partial crown. The CEREC service can fix your dental issue by designing the perfect onlayto improve your teeth.

 

Benefits of CEREC

Saves Time:This is probably the number one benefit of the CEREC service because having to return for multiple appointments is often a hassle. With the CEREC service, you can walk in withdamaged, unattractive teethand walk out with a beautifullyrestored smile all in the same day!

No Temporaries:The more traditional way of receiving a dental crown required two or more appointments because there were extra steps such as having to send a tooth mold to a dental lab so it could be milled, painted and then sent back. In this process,the patient would be sent home with a temporary, uncomfortable and often unattractive tooth, and the process of removing a temporary crown was a bit unnerving for the patient.  The CEREC service has eliminated the need for a temporary fix.

Perfect Fit:Since traditional crowns had to be sent off and made in a lab, there was always the possibility it could come back not fitting properly or not matching the color of the other teeth, which would then prolong the process. With the CEREC service, eventhe smallest adjustments to the look and feel of the teeth can be completed withinthe same sitting so your teeth restorations can be absolutely perfect before you walk out the door.

Natural Appearance and High Quality:The CEREC service will provide you with teeth that look completely natural. The materials used is of thehighest quality porcelain and completely stain-resistant. The CEREC service is the “real deal” and a complete package for smile restoration.

 

What Does the Process Entail?

The CEREC service is done in 2 hours or less, and here is what you can expect:

  1. The tooth being restored will be prepared for imaging.
  2. CEREC software will capture digital photos of the tooth.
  3. The technology will convert the digital photos into 3D images or a model of the tooth.
  4. The dentist examines the model and skillfully directs the process for creating the final product.
  5. The computer uses the perfected 3D model to prepare the new tooth.
  6. The dentist removes the crown from the porcelain-carving tool and places it in your mouth while checking for the perfect look and shape.
  7. You will confirm no other changes are needed.
  8. Once everything looks perfect, the dentist will polish and bond the new tooth, and the process will be complete!

 

The CEREC same-day restorations have truly revolutionized the dental crown process.  This process now gives zero discomfortsand is ultimately the better option for overall cosmetic appearance. If you are in need of cosmetic dental restoration, don’t settle!  Go for the best possible option: Say “Yes!” to CEREC.

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