Bonding is a generic term for composite fillings. Composite is tooth colored filling material. Composite is made up of a resin matrix with silicate filler. Composites come in many different colors so the dentist can custom match your teeth. We first prepares your tooth by removing all of the decay or diseased tooth structure. The tooth is then acid etched, a bonding agent is then applied, and some air is blown on the tooth to thin the bonding agent. The tooth is then cured using a special blue light to cure the bonding agent. This activates the bonding agent so the composite will bond to the tooth. The composite can then be layered by the dentist to match the shape and color of the tooth. Each layer is cured with our special blue light to harden the composite filling so that it may function like a normal tooth in your mouth. We then uses marking paper to make sure all of the teeth fit together properly. The composite filling is then polished to give it a nice shine!

A porcelain fixed bridge is a non-removable appliance for replacing missing teeth. Should a bridge be necessary, you and your dentist will discuss the options available for your particular case. Often, a “traditional bridge” is the most effective solution. This is known as a porcelain fixed bridge and is made of porcelain fused to metal. As with other porcelain-based dental treatments, they are specially crafted to match the coloration of your own natural teeth. The bridge consists of two crowns cemented over two anchoring teeth known as abutment teeth. These are then attached to artificial teeth, known as pontics, that fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

What can this procedure repair?

  • Gaps left by missing teeth
  • Damaged facial shape
  • The drifting placement of remaining teeth
  • Improper chewing
  • Speech problems caused by improper dental structure
  • The need for removable partial dentures
  • The general beauty of your smile
  • How is the procedure done?

Setting a bridge in place requires two or more dental visits, depending on the specific circumstances of each patient. The dentist will numb the teeth and prepare the two anchoring teeth to receive the crowns that will lock the bridge in place. Once the teeth are prepared, a mold will be taken for the dental laboratory that will fabricate the permanent bridge. The dentist will then cement a temporary bridge in place to be worn for several weeks until your next appointment.

On the second visit, the dentist will carefully check, adjust, and cement the permanent bridge in place. In some cases, the dentist may need to set the permanent bridge with a temporary cementing process to allow your teeth and gum tissue time to adjust. Once this process is complete, the dentist will permanently cement the new bridge in place.

What kind of follow up care should I expect?

Permanent dental bridges require very little special attention to last for a very long time. At the conclusion of the treatment, the dentist will give you specific care instructions, and the continued practice of brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings will help to ensure the proper functioning of your new permanent bridge. Keep in mind that dental bridges are very durable, but may eventually need replacement or re-cementing due to normal wear.

 

Inlay and onlay restorations are custom-crafted fillings traditionally made of composite material, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain. Many patients prefer porcelain inlays and onlays because they resemble your natural teeth much like the composite material, but have the added advantage of being more durable.

Porcelain inlays and onlays can also be utilized to conservatively repair damage that is too severe to be repaired by a traditional filling, but also not severe enough to require a full-crown procedure. In this way, teeth that have large defective fillings or more severe damage caused by decay or trauma can be restored without significant loss to the natural structure of the teeth.

Here is a list of reasons why your dentist might suggest a porcelain inlay or onlay treatment:

  • Broken or fractured teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Fractured fillings
  • A cavity that requires a large fitting
  • A specific cosmetic enhancement for which they might be the best solution

Inlays often make an ideal alternative to conventional silver and composite fillings, while onlays can sometimes be used in place of crowns (caps). For this reason, porcelain onlays are sometimes referred to as partial crowns. The two treatments are essentially identical except that the additional coverage onlays provide is used when one or more of the chewing cusps have been damaged and need to be included in the restoration.

Both porcelain inlays and porcelain onlays are manufactured in a professional dental laboratory and then permanently cemented into place by your dentist. While porcelain inlays and onlays are highly durable, they are not always permanent and may eventually require replacement. That said, these treatments have a long record of providing patients with a beautiful smile that lasts for many, many years.

How are porcelain inlays and onlays applied?

Placing a porcelain inlay or onlay usually requires two appointments. At the first appointment, your dentist will numb the teeth selected for treatment and remove any decay and old filling materials. Once cleared, the teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared by shaping the surface to properly fit your restoration. With the teeth now set to receive the inlay or onlay, the dentist will take several highly accurate impressions, or molds, that will be used to create both your custom porcelain inlay or onlay and a temporary restoration. The mold will be sent to the dental laboratory, and a temporary filling will be set in place on your tooth or teeth to protect them while your restoration is crafted.

During your second appointment, the dentist will carefully and precisely cement your new restoration in place, making adjustments as necessary to ensure a proper fit and a comfortable bite. You will receive proper care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment, and, of course, good oral hygiene practices, a proper diet, and regular dental visits will significantly prolong the life of your new restoration.

Should you have any questions about porcelain inlays or onlays, please askDr. Georgette Bennardo-Meggelin.

 

Dentures are a removable appliance designed to replace missing teeth and their surrounding tissue. They are designed to closely resemble your teeth and serve to complete the overall dental structure of your mouth, supporting both the normal function of your teeth and the natural beauty of your smile. There are two types of dentures: complete and partial. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing. Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain, both filling the spaces left by missing teeth and preventing the remaining teeth from shifting out of place.

Complete dentures come in two types: conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures are created after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed; generally a 4 to 6 week process. During this time, the patient must go without teeth, so a set of immediate dentures is prepared in advance and placed right after the teeth are removed. This prevents the patient from having to go without teeth during the healing process. Once healing is complete, a permanent set of conventional dentures can be properly set in place.

What can this procedure repair?

  • Loss of all teeth in an arch
  • Loss of several teeth in an arch
  • Problems with chewing, speech, and digestion
  • Dissatisfaction with the appearance of one’s smile
  • How is this procedure done?

Getting dentures requires several appointments over the course of several weeks. At your first appointment, the dentist will take precise measurements and create an individually customized mold that will be used to manufacture your “conventional” dentures. You will then be given a set of “immediate” dentures for use while healing takes place and the “conventional” dentures are prepared. Several “try-in” appointments are often necessary along the way to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit and restoring your teeth to full function.

What kind of follow up care should I expect?

Shortly after dentures have been put in place, many patients experience increased saliva flow, mild soreness, and possible problems with speech and chewing. This is a normal reaction, and it will subside quickly as the muscles and tissues of your mouth get used to the new dentures. The dentist will provide detailed care instructions, and it is important to remember that proper cleaning, daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental visits all help to aid in extending the life of your new dentures. They are very durable appliances that will last many years with proper maintenance, but keep in mind that they sometimes have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.

Veneers are thin pieces of durable porcelain custom made in a professional dental laboratory to match the shape and color of a given patient’s teeth. The dentist bonds them to the front of the teeth, creating a beautiful and attractive smile. The ideal solution to many dental conditions, porcelain veneers have the power to completely reshape your teeth and smile.

What can this procedure repair?

  • Crooked teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Severely discolored or stained teeth
  • Unwanted or uneven spaces
  • Worn or chipped teeth
  • Most minor cosmetic flaws
  • How is the procedure done?

Getting porcelain veneers usually requires two visits. With little or no anesthesia, the dentist will prepare the teeth by lightly buffing and shaping their surfaces. A mold of the teeth will be taken, and the dentist will help you choose a shade of color fitting to your needs. On the second visit, the dentist will clean your teeth with specialized liquids designed to prepare the teeth for a durable bond. The veneers can then be cemented into place, restoring a bright and vibrant smile.

What kind of follow up care should I expect?

At the last appointment, the dentist will give you specific care instructions for the porcelain veneers. Of course, brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly will help to protect the shining beauty of your new smile. Remember that veneers will provide you with a beautiful smile for many years, but they may eventually need replacement to maintain the same level of quality.

 

Root canal therapy is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that would otherwise die as a result of infection or decay that has progressed far enough to reach the tooth’s nerve. Preserving the tooth is ideal because it eliminates the problems that a gap in the dental structure creates for the surrounding teeth—problems that quickly become more and more costly and inconvenient over the course of time.

In this procedure, the pulp of the tooth (the living tissue inside) is removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials that restore the tooth to full function. Root canal therapy is a highly successful treatment that usually lasts a lifetime, and, thanks to modern advancements in dental medicine, the procedure is far more comfortable than it has been in the past.

There are a number of signs that suggest root canal therapy may be necessary:

  • An abscess (or pimple) on the gums.
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold.
  • Severe toothache pain.
  • Swelling or tenderness.

What can this procedure repair?

  • Decay that has reached the tooth pulp.
  • Infections or abscesses that have developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
  • Injury or trauma to the tooth.

How is this procedure done?

Root canal therapy can often be done in one appointment, though more appointments may be necessary. It is normally performed by a dentist or an endodontist, a specialist in root canal therapy. At your appointment, the dentist will numb the tooth and place a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) around the tooth to keep it dry and free of saliva. The dentist will then create an access opening on the surface of the tooth, allowing for the placement of a series of root canal files. The pulp, nerve tissue, and any bacteria or tooth decay that may be present are then removed with specialized dental tools. After a thorough cleaning, the dentist will seal the tooth with a permanent filling, though a temporary filling may be necessary if additional appointments are required to properly clean and repair the tooth.

Once the root canal procedure is complete, the dentist will place a temporary crown on the tooth to protect it from breakage. Your regular dentist can then fit the tooth for a permanent crown that will return the tooth to its full, natural function.

What kind of follow up care should I expect?

Many patients find that their tooth is sensitive to heat and cold immediately following root canal therapy. This is temporary, and it will subside once the inflammation diminishes and the tooth has healed. The dentist will provide you with care instructions after each appointment throughout the process. It is also important to remember that good oral hygiene at home combined with regular dental visits are the very best way to secure the health and beauty of both your natural teeth and any dental restorations you may have. As with all restorative treatments, teeth restored through root canal therapy can last a lifetime, but may have to be retreated due to new infections.

If you have ever been embarrassed or unhappy with your smile, porcelain veneers can be your solution. They are thin “shells” of porcelain that are bonded on to your teeth. Once properly bonded into place they become strong restorations that are resistant to staining and chipping. We can take misaligned teeth and make them straight. We can make a discolored smile into a beautiful bright smile that will not pick up stains with porcelain veneers.

The veneers serve to revitalize worn, chipped and stained teeth. They can also change the shape and alignment of your teeth so that you can achieve that perfect smile in just two visits!

Ask about our smile design services and our extreme smile makeovers.

 

There are two techniques for professional teeth whitening. The Zoom Professional Teeth Whitening System and Tray Whitening. For best results, the doctors recommend doing both techniques. The ZOOM gives you the immediate and dramatic results while the trays allow the patients to improve their whitening or simply to maintain their shade over the years. We call this the ZOOM COMBO.

ZOOM TEETH WHITENING

The ZOOM Professional Teeth Whitening System is a scientifically advanced tooth whitening procedure. It’s safe, effective and fast. In just 45 minutes your teeth will become dramatically whiter. ZOOM is ideal for anyone looking for immediate results. The procedure is simple. It begins with a short preparation to cover the lips and gums, leaving only your teeth exposed. The proprietary whitening gel is then placed on your teeth and the ZOOM light activates the gel to remove stains and discoloration.

For more information on ZOOM, go to http://www.zoomwhitening.com

TRAY WHITENING
This procedure generally requires two office visits. At the first appointment, the dentist will create molds of your teeth that will be used to fabricate custom, clear plastic trays. Once the trays are ready, you will be asked to return so the dentist can check for a proper fit and make any necessary adjustments. The patient may then choose to wear the trays either twice a day for thirty minutes, or overnight. The entire process takes about two weeks depending on the degree of staining and the desired level of whitening.

In certain circumstances your dental treatment may require a multidisciplinary approach. You may be referred to a specialist such as an endodontist, periodontist, orthodontist or oral surgeon to complete your care. A consultation appointment is usually necessary, and your dentist will help you arrange the first visit to the specific specialist.

 

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Over the past decade, interest in improving and maintaining an attractive smile has risen dramatically. Modern cosmetic dentistry has developed numerous quick, painless, and surprisingly affordable ways to address the wide variety of problems that can arise in the appearance and dental structure of teeth. These treatments help to build and protect bright and healthy smiles that can enhance appearance and often improve self confidence. Here is a list of what modern cosmetic dental treatments can accomplish:

  • Change the size, shape, and alignment of individual teeth
  • Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth
  • Improve or correct bite positions
  • Lighten or brighten tooth color
  • Repair decayed, broken, cracked, or chipped teeth
  • Replace missing teeth
  • Replace old, unattractive dental treatments

Lasers are the latest revolutionary tool for dental treatment. Much like the air driven drills changed dentistry in the 1950’s, lasers are changing how we treat dental patients today. We can work cleaner, faster, and with less post-operative discomfort. Lasers are used for many procedures performed by the dentist and the hygienist. Lasers can be used for cutting, disinfecting, and for sensitivity reduction.

Laser Tissue Contouring: Tissue contouring is performed with many procedures. Most commonly it is accompanied by a crown to remove tissue to obtain a perfect image or impression. This will ensure that the crown is well fitted and the tissue that rests against that new crown is healthy. Tissue contouring is also done for cosmetic reasons. Sometimes the gum tissue can become overgrown or too puffy and that tissue can be reduced with the laser giving the patient an instant smile makeover.

Laser Bacterial Reduction: Often times our gums can become red, inflamed, and bloody when brushed. This is an indication of gingivitis or an infection in the gums. If left untreated, it can develop into something more emergent like periodontal disease. Using the laser, bacteria is destroyed and the tissue is disinfected.

Laser Desensitizing: As we get older, our gums can recede and expose root surfaces that are very sensitive and porous. Using the laser we can treat the area with high concentration fluoride and a low setting to help with the absorption and decrease sensitivity.

Laser for Canker Sores: Canker sores are caused by a natural occurring virus. These canker sores can appear if the immune system is depressed or after a lengthy dental procedure. If treated in the first few days, the laser can diminish the healing time, the tenderness of the sore, and promote healthy cell regeneration.

A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth, restoring it to its original shape and size. Crowns are a good treatment option when the integrity of a given tooth has been damaged to the point where fillings or other types of restorations can not properly repair it. While several types of crowns are available, porcelain crowns are popular because they can mimic the natural color of teeth.

What can this procedure repair?

  • Broken or fractured teeth
  • Fractured fillings
  • Severely decayed teeth
  • Cosmetic flaws
  • Loss of tooth integrity due to root canals

How is the procedure done?

Placing a crown will generally require two appointments. At the first appointment the dentist will numb the tooth, remove decay, and shape the remaining surface to properly fit the crown. Several molds, or impressions, will then be taken of the tooth for creating your custom crown. The dentist will cement a temporary crown in place and check your bite to ensure that it has been properly placed. This will function for you as a normal tooth for about two weeks while your permanent crown is fabricated in a dental laboratory. Once the permanent crown is finished, you will return to the dentist’s office to have your new crown carefully set in place.

What kind of follow up care should I expect?

Fortunately, crowns function almost exactly like normal teeth, so you will only rarely notice that it is even present. The dentist will give you care instructions and the continued practice of brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist regularly will help ensure the proper functioning of your new crown. The high durability of porcelain crowns helps them to last many years, but they may eventually need to be replaced.

 

Dentures are a removable appliance designed to replace missing teeth and their surrounding tissue. They are designed to closely resemble your teeth and serve to complete the overall dental structure of your mouth, supporting both the normal function of your teeth and the natural beauty of your smile. There are two types of dentures: complete and partial. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing. Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain, both filling the spaces left by missing teeth and preventing the remaining teeth from shifting out of place.

Complete dentures come in two types: conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures are created after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed; generally a 4 to 6 week process. During this time, the patient must go without teeth, so a set of immediate dentures is prepared in advance and placed right after the teeth are removed. This prevents the patient from having to go without teeth during the healing process. Once healing is complete, a permanent set of conventional dentures can be properly set in place.

What can this procedure repair?

  • Loss of all teeth in an arch
  • Loss of several teeth in an arch
  • Problems with chewing, speech, and digestion
  • Dissatisfaction with the appearance of one’s smile

How is this procedure done?

Getting dentures requires several appointments over the course of several weeks. At your first appointment, the dentist will take precise measurements and create an individually customized mold that will be used to manufacture your “conventional” dentures. You will then be given a set of “immediate” dentures for use while healing takes place and the “conventional” dentures are prepared. Several “try-in” appointments are often necessary along the way to ensure proper shape, color, and fit. At the final appointment, your dentist will precisely adjust and place the completed denture, ensuring a natural and comfortable fit and restoring your teeth to full function.

What kind of follow up care should I expect?

Shortly after dentures have been put in place, many patients experience increased saliva flow, mild soreness, and possible problems with speech and chewing. This is a normal reaction, and it will subside quickly as the muscles and tissues of your mouth get used to the new dentures. The dentist will provide detailed care instructions, and it is important to remember that proper cleaning, daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental visits all help to aid in extending the life of your new dentures. They are very durable appliances that will last many years with proper maintenance, but keep in mind that they sometimes have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.

 

Dental x-rays, known as radiographs, are essential diagnostic tools for the prevention of serious dental diseases and complications. They provide the dentist with valuable information not available through a regular dental exam. Identifying such problems early saves you time, money, and necessary pain. Dental x-rays can reveal:

  • Tooth abscesses or cysts
  • Bone loss
  • Tumors, both cancerous and non-cancerous
  • Decay between teeth
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Poor tooth and root positions
  • Problems inside a tooth and below the gum line

Patients often wonder if dental x-rays are safe. While x-rays do use low-level radiation to capture images, the amount of radiation exposure a patient receives from a full mouth series of dental x-rays is equal to what a person normally receives in a single day from natural sources present in our everyday lives. With precautions in place, x-rays are perfectly safe.

Dental x-rays are not taken on every check-up visit. The dentist regularly reviews each patient’s unique situation and requests the x-rays only when necessary based on medical and dental history, regular screenings, age considerations, and risk for disease. A full mouth series is recommended for new patients and is generally good for three to five years. Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are generally recommended once or twice a year.

 

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The removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are performed for a variety of different reasons. Tooth decay that has damaged enough tooth structure to prevent anything from saving the tooth is the most frequent indication for extraction of teeth. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are routinely performed. Usually, when you lose a tooth, it is best for your oral health to have it replaced. Missing teeth can affect you :bite” as well as your ability to speak and chew. Their loss can increase the burden on your remaining teeth and cause extra wear on teeth, headaches, and muscle pain in your jaw. Of course, losing a tooth can affect your appearance as well.

The good news is that, most of the time, we can replace that missing tooth without too much trouble!

Fillings are used to repair a tooth damaged by decay, cracks, and minor fractures. They come in a wide variety of materials, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. The excellent durability of silver amalgam fillings often makes them a good choice. Unfortunately, they are also easily visible in contrast to the natural white color of teeth. The advantage of a composite filling is its natural tooth coloration which allows it to become essentially invisible, often making it the best choice for use in highly visible areas. Should you choose a composite filling, the dentist will closely match the color of the filling to that of your existing teeth to ensure the continued beauty of your smile.

What can this procedure repair?

  • Tooth decay
  • Chipped teeth
  • Wide spaces between teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Worn teeth

How is the procedure done?

Composite fillings can usually be placed in one appointment. The dentist will numb the tooth and remove decay. Then it will be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared for the new filling. In some cases where they decay comes close to the nerve of the tooth, special medication will be applied for added protection. Once the tooth is prepared, the dentist precisely places, sculpts, and polishes the composite filling, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

What kind of follow up care should I expect?

Initially, many people experience sensitivity to hot and cold when the composite filling is first placed. This is temporary, however, and it will fade quickly as your tooth acclimates to the new filling. The dentist will provide general care instructions, and the regular practice of brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings will help extend the life of your new filling. While composite fillings are durable enough to last for many years, they are not permanent and may someday need to be replaced.

The word periodontal means “around the tooth”. Periodontal disease is a condition in which forms of bacteria known as plaque and tartar (calculus) have infected the teeth and their supporting gum and bone structures. Plaque is a slick film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva that forms on the teeth all the time as you eat and drink through the day. Plaque becomes tartar when left in place for more than twenty-four hours. The two together actively destroy tooth, gum, and bone tissue. Periodontal disease, characterized by red, swollen, and bleeding gums, is so common that four out of five people have it but remain unaware of it because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.

In fact, the disease is so common that it is the number one cause of tooth loss. Additionally, current research suggests that the inflammation and bacteria associated with periodontal disease may affect other systemic diseases like stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk during pregnancy. Fortunately, good oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental visits are easy ways to significantly reduce the risk of developing periodontal disease.

The following is a list of symptoms that suggest the presence of periodontal disease:

  • Bleeding Gums: Gums should never bleed, even with vigorous brushing or flossing.
  • Loose Teeth: Often caused by weakened periodontal fibers, the muscle tissue that binds teeth to the bone.
  • New Spaces Between Teeth: This may be suggestive of bone loss.
  • Persistent Bad Breath: Often caused by too much bacteria in the mouth.
  • Tender or Receding Gums: Bacteria can cause an uncomfortable inflammation of the gums, eventually creating a loss of gum tissue around the tooth.
  • Pus on Teeth and Gums: Pus is a sign of serious bacterial infection.

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The clear alternative to Braces.

Invisalign is a virtually invisible solution, so you can smile confidently both during and after treatment. Using a series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign gradually moves your teeth toward the smile you’ve always wanted. And, almost no one will know you’re wearing them unless you tell them.

Invisalign is comfortable to wear and easy to live with. You visit your doctor every 6 weeks to check your progress and to get new aligners. Average time is about a year. Because the aligners are removable, you can continue to brush and floss normally to keep your teeth and gums healthy, unlike braces. Invisalign treats crowding, spacing, underbites, overbites, open bites and deep bites.

Call today for your FREE consultation and see what Invisalign can do for you and your smile.

 

Snoring can be a problem for spouses. Sleep Apnea can be a serious condition for people with this disease.  Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. If you suffer from Sleep Apnea, you are at higher risk heart disease, stroke and even cancer.

I treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) with a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD).  This device pulls the lower jaw forward in order to maintain the patency of the upper airway by increasing its dimensions and reducing collapsibility.

What Are the Effects of Sleep Apnea?

If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems, including:

  1. High blood pressure
  2. Stroke
  3. Heart failure, irregular heart beats, and heart attacks
  4. Diabetes
  5. Depression
  6. Worsening of ADHD

In addition, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for poor performance in everyday activities, such as at work and school, motor vehicle crashes, and academic underachievement in children and adolescents.
Patients who suffer from sleep apnea stop breathing stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. This means the brain — and the rest of the body — may not get enough oxygen.

Who is at risk?

Sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age, even children. Risk factors for sleep apnea include:

  1. Being male
  2. Being overweight
  3. Being over age 40
  4. Having a large neck size (17 inches or greater in men and 16 inches or greater in women)
  5. Having large tonsils, a large tongue, or a small jaw bone
  6. Having a family history of sleep apnea
  7. Gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD
  8. Nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum, allergies, or sinus problems

Narval CC™

The Narval CC™ is a custom-made mandibular re-positioning device (MRD). It has patented physiological articulation and unique comfortable splints to optimize patient acceptance and treatment efficacy.

Thousands of patients benefit from this simple yet effective therapy and it is recognized by specialists as a discreet and comfortable oral appliance.

How it works:

The Narval CC™ retains the mandible – lower jaw – in a forward position which brings forward the base of the tongue and increases the space behind the tongue.

This has a double impact:

  • It reduces the risk of obstruction or collapse of the airway, and decreases the frequency of apneas or hypopneas which lead to sleep fragmentation.
  • The speed at which the air is inhaled decreases, reducing the snoring that is caused by the vibration of soft tissues in the throat.

 

Many patients suffer from dry mouth. The lack of saliva in the oral cavity cause patients to have difficulty swallowing, sticky, dry feeling in the mouth, frequent thirst, sores in the mouth; sores or split skin at the corners of the mouth; cracked lips, a burning or tingling sensation in the mouth and especially on the tongue, problems speaking or difficulty tasting, chewing, and swallowing, and bad breath.

The feeling of dry mouth is awful, but there are two health consequences that are even worse:

  • rampant tooth decay.
  • disturbed sleep.

There are several causes of dry mouth, also called xerostomia. These include side effects of certain medications, disease, infections and treatments.

Many over the counter products help only minimally for patients comfort and none assist a patient during the most difficult times, sleeping.

What is CEREC®?

Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic or CEREC® for short is a new state-of-the-art method of reconstructing tooth restorations. CEREC® uses computer-assisted design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to offer single-day restorations for patients. This new technology has revolutionized ceramic restorations such as crowns and veneers for patients so that there is no longer a wait between preparing the restoration and finally receiving the finished product. With CEREC®, the technology is used while you are sitting in the dental chair, which is both economical for you and your dentist. The restorations created are metal-free and tooth colored to restore your tooth to its natural beauty, strength and function. With CEREC®’s CAD-CAM technology, these ceramic restorations can all be done in one single visit to the dentist.

The CEREC® Process

CEREC® uses CAD-CAM technology to design and mill custom restorations during one visit to the dentist. So how does this process work?

  • Exam and Preparation

    Before you get started, your dentist will determine if CEREC® is right for you. Depending on how much healthy tooth structure you have remaining, it may be a simple filling or you may need a crown. After reviewing your options, the dentist will begin the process by administering anesthetic and preparing your tooth for restoration by removing decay and weakened tooth tissue.

  • Optical Impression

    In order to make the desired restoration, a 3-dimensional image of the tooth that needs to be restored must be created from a digital camera scan of the tooth. This three-dimensional image will be used to create the restoration without the need to take a messy impression. This means no horrible tasting impression material for you to gag on. The computer and CEREC® 3D software then converts the digital image into a three-dimensional virtual model of the prepared tooth.

  • Milling Unit

    This device is used to used to create the custom restoration needed for the tooth. Based on the original color of your tooth, the dentist is able to select the correct colored ceramic block and in a few minutes, the milling device is able to create the restoration needed.

  • Placing the Restoration

    After the restoration is made, it is ready to be tried on to ensure that you get proper fit and bite. When it is ready, the restoration is polished and bonded into place by your dentist. Therefore, no temporary restoration is needed and no return trip is necessary, saving you time and money.

Advantages to Using CEREC®

CEREC® has revolutionized the restorative process. It was created with the patient in mind in order to make a visit to the dentist as pain-free as possible. Some of the benefits to using CEREC® are:

  • Most procedures can be done in one visit – less costly and less time-consuming
  • Less painful injections due to single-visit
  • No need to take messy impressions
  • No need to have a temporary restoration for in-between visits
  • Ability to save as much natural tooth structure as possible
  • Longer lasting restorations – may last over 10 years
  • Restores teeth to natural beauty, function and strength
  • Metal-free restorations

 

Many of us want to have the perfect smile.  When porcelain veneers are the choice for that beautiful smile, consider SMILE IN A DAY.

When patients are surveyed about their porcelain veneer experience, they give dental practices high marks on all facets except the temporary process and the second visit.

With SAME DAY SMILES, you can eliminate this step by having the lab technician in our office making the porcelain veneers at the same time as the dentist is prepping them.  With todays CEREC technology, which is CAD CAM, we can take digital impressions and create the porcelain veneers on our computer and have them polished and glazed and cemented the same day, thus eliminating the temporary process.

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