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A porcelain veneer made through a traditional dentist office usually requires you to go to the dentist office for two or more visits.
When you come back for your second appointment, the temporary Porcelain Veneer is removed and the new Porcelain Veneer is fitted on the prepared tooth.
The CEREC process eliminates you having to come back for the second visit in most cases because the CEREC equipment can reside in the dentist’s office and the dentist will use the CEREC equipment to work on your porcelain veneer while you wait.
Given this new process, here are some advantages of this CEREC Porcelain Veneer technology for patients over traditional dentistry:
The patient only needs one visit instead of two or more, saving time and money
The computer-aided design ensures an exact fit eliminating biting problems and return visits
The patient does not have the cost and bother of a temporary Porcelain Veneer
The patient reduces the number of times that they have to use sedation
Despite all these advantages, many dentists have not embraced this technology for a number of reasons including the cost of obtaining the equipment, and the time needed for the training. The challenge is finding a dentist who has the CEREC equipment, and experience necessary for successful results. Dentists using CEREC must obtain additional training to obtain the results that are possible with the technology.
Dr. Zourdos has been using CEREC technology to make porcelain veneers for many years because of the convenience and results that he can achieve for his patients in one dental visit.
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An Overdenture can be a great denture alternative that helps to eliminate many of the problems that denture wearers experience such as loose, ill fitting dentures that move or fall out when patients are eating or talking. Some of the benefits of overdentures include esthetic appeal, proper jaw alignment, improved speech (when compared to other types of dentures), and improved ability to chew.
If you lose most or all of your lower teeth there is nothing to hold a denture down while you chew. An overdenture fastens a denture to the jawbone much in the way natural teeth are anchored. A dentist trained in this procedure, will put overdentures over natural teeth or dental implants. This allows the patient to retain a few natural teeth and helps keep the jaw bone healthy, avoiding bone loss which may occur in the jaw after teeth are removed.
These overdenture systems can last a lifetime, will increase your ability to chew significantly, and ultimately improve your quality of life.
If you are interested in overdentures ask your dentist if this is the best alternative for you.
Zoom Tooth Whitening: Advantages and Considerations
Tooth whitening options are many and varied and there are advantages and disadvantages of each option which I’d like to outline in this article. The Zoom teeth whitening system is a bleaching process used throughout the country and internationally to lighten discoloration of tooth enamel and dentin. There are many causes of tooth discoloration including drinking of coffee, soda, tea, and red wine. Other causes include cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and even smokeless tobacco can stain teeth.
The Zoom system is an in-office tooth whitening procedure utilizes a 25 percent hydrogen peroxide gel combined with Zoom’s small but not significant amounts of UVB (ultra-violet) light.
Once the gel is applied to the teeth the Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp, helps accelerate the bleaching process. As the hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin to bleach the stained substances, leaving the structure of the tooth unchanged.
Typically, the hydrogen peroxide gel is applied three times, at intervals of 15 minutes. Immediately after the applications, a sensitivity-reducing fluoride paste-gel is applied to the teeth.
As with all tooth whitening options-there are considerations and disadvantages of this tooth whitening method. Individuals with a strong gag reflex, or anxiety may have difficulty undergoing the entire procedure. In addition, some people experience sensitivity during treatment due to the small amount of heat generated by the Zoom light. And as with other tooth whitening products, Zoom is not recommended for children under 13 years old, or for pregnant or lactating women.
This Zoom procedure usually takes no more than one hour, but a regular teeth cleaning is recommended prior to the actual Zoom teeth whitening session. The cost of the procedure, including take-home trays, is around $500.
To help maintain the whiteness of your teeth, the dentist, oftentimes, will give you a Zoom touch-up kit, which includes custom-fitted whitening trays for your use at home.
I recently read a statistic that purports that only 6% of dentists are using Laser dentistry in their practice. This statistic was alarming to me because I see the benefits of these procedures every day in my practice and wonder why it is not used more frequently by my colleagues.
I wrote this article so that I could make people aware of the advantages of Laser dentistry. My goal is to help people to more clearly understand why it makes sense to work with a dentist who has invested their time and money to offer this specialty.
Laser dentistry is a precise and effective way to perform a number of dental procedures. As you can imagine from your knowledge of other types of lasers-the dental laser technology allows for treatment of a highly specific area of focus in the mouth preventing damage to the surrounding tissue.
If you are anxious about dental treatment we recommend that you consider working with a dentist that has incorporated laser dentistry techniques into their practice. There are many benefits associated with laser dentistry. Here are just a few:
Bacterial infections are minimized due to the high-energy beam sterilizing the area being worked on.
Damage to any surrounding tissue is minimized.
Wounds heal more quickly, bleeding is minimized, and tissue regenerated.
Some procedures performed using soft tissue dental lasers may not require stitches.
After hearing about the many benefits of laser dentistry can you understand why I am so baffled that so many dentists have still not adopted this technology? If our ultimate goal is to provide the best, most comfortable, stress free, and time efficient service- why would we not take the time and make the investment in this new technology to improve patient care?
Dental Technology of the Future… Today!
What is CEREC®? CEREC® is an acronym…
Chairside: The technology is in the dental operatory and used while you are in the chair
Economical: The procedure is economical for both dentist and patient
Restorations: The procedure restores your tooth to its natural beauty, function, and strength
of Esthetic: The restorations are metal-free and tooth-colored
Ceramic: High-strength ceramics are used that are close in composition to your natural tooth structure.
CEREC technology is an advanced dental restorative system that allows your dentist to restore decayed teeth, place crowns, remove defective amalgam fillings, or place cosmetic veneers in just one appointment. This process allows you to have the highest quality, most lifelike dental restorations in just one visit to the dentist. The state of the art CEREC® system was developed in 1985 at the University of Zurich in Switzerland by a dentist, Dr. Werner H. Moermann, and an electrical engineer, Dr. Markus Brandistini. Today, CEREC® 3 with CEREC® 3D software is still the world’s only chair side dental CAD/CAM restorative system. At the heart of the system is the innovative technology.
Dental Technology of the Future…Today!
The CEREC Acquisition Unit is mobile and houses a medical grade computer and the CEREC camera. Your dentist uses the camera to take a digital picture of your prepared tooth. This picture is used instead of a traditional impression. This means no impression tray and material for you to gag on. The computer and CEREC® 3D software converts the digital picture to a three dimensional virtual model of your prepped tooth. Your dentist then designs your restoration right on screen using the software while you wait (and watch!). This software can assist your dentist with designing any single tooth restoration: crowns, inlays (fillings), onlays (partial crowns), and veneers. Once your dentist has designed your restoration (usually about 5 minutes), he or she clicks a button, and the design data is communicated via a wireless radio signal to the CEREC® Milling Unit.
Dr. Dimitris Zourdos of NH Dental Design has been using CEREC technology to make porcelain veneers for many years because of the convenience and results that he can achieve for his patients in one dental visit.
Periodontal Disease: What is it?
The Center for Disease Control reports that nearly half of all adults aged 30 or over have periodontitis, the more advanced form of periodontal disease as do nearly three-quarters of all adults aged 65 and older.
What is periodontal disease? According to the American Academy of Periodontology, it is,
an inflammatory disease that affects the soft and hard structures that support the teeth. In its early stage, called gingivitis, the gums become swollen and red due to inflammation, which is the body’s natural response to the presence of harmful bacteria. In the more serious form of periodontal disease called periodontitis, the gums pull away from the tooth and supporting gum tissues are destroyed. Bone can be lost, and the teeth may loosen or eventually fall out.
Risk Factors for Periodontitis
The Mayo Clinic provides a rather long list of possible risk factors for this disease:
- Poor oral health habits
- Tobacco use
- Older age
- Decreased immunity, such as that occurring with leukemia, HIV/AIDS or chemotherapy
- Poor nutrition
- Certain medications
- Hormonal changes, such as those related to pregnancy or menopause
- Substance abuse
- Poor-fitting dental restorations
- Problems with the way your teeth fit together when biting
These factors should not be ignored and most can be treated or prevented.
What are the overall health implications?
This is a major health concern, not only because of damage to the teeth, gums and other supporting tissues, including bones, but also because of the link between periodontal disease and other health issues. Periodontal disease has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, arthritis and cancer to name a few.
Because of the possible damage to the mouth and the association with other health threatening issues in the body, proper care and treatment are paramount.
At Dental by Design, our staff and dentists understand the nature of this relationship between the health of your teeth and gums and the rest of your body. They use the latest techniques for prevention and treatment of gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis in order to help you maintain both your dental and your overall medical health.