Complete Family Dentistry Blog - Waukesha , WI
Posts for: January, 2017
Repairing your tired, worn or damaged smile is an important part of improving your overall oral health and looking and feeling great. However, in the past, porcelain dental restorations were a hassle, requiring at least two dental appointments and the help of a dental laboratory. CEREC technology cuts down the time needed to create dental restorations and even eliminates the laboratory step altogether. Learn more about CEREC with Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha, WI.
What is CEREC?
CEREC uses high-tech CAD/CAM technology to take a 3D rendering of your tooth and uses the rendering with CEREC’s computer program to design a porcelain dental restoration. This system, a state-of-the-art step for dental technology, cuts out the need for a dental laboratory, eliminating the several weeks previously required to create a dental restoration.
How can CEREC benefit me?
CEREC porcelain dental restorations benefit both the patient and their dentist. CEREC eliminates the need for a dental laboratory, saving time, money and saving you a trip. The laboratory requires about two weeks to create a dental restoration, a task that CEREC accomplishes in only one visit. CEREC’s quality materials ensure that your restoration will last many years.
CEREC Dental Restorations in Waukesha, WI
CEREC’s system has three main parts: a wand for gathering the data for the 3D rendering from your teeth, a computer program operated by your dentist and a carving machine which creates your actual restoration from a block of ceramic. The whole process takes only about an hour and your dentist can complete the restoration while you wait during your appointment. After creating the actual prosthetic, your dentist will ensure it fits correctly and blends into your smile.
For more information on CEREC, please contact Dr. Karen Jahimiak, Dr. Joel Jahimiak and Dr. Cathleen Raz at Complete Family Dentistry in Waukesha, WI. Call (262) 549-6850 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Dental implants are all the rage. And why not — not only are these tooth replacements life-like and highly functional, they have an amazing 95% ten-year success rate.
Some of that success is due to their unique design. Technically a root replacement, an implant's metal titanium post is surgically placed in the jawbone, where bone grows and adheres to it over time. This creates a strong connection that stands up well to the forces created by biting and chewing.
But there's more to their longevity than design. Success also depends on a careful, planned process that begins long before surgery.
It starts with a detailed oral examination to determine the best placement for the implant. Besides regular x-rays, we may also perform CT scans to create a three-dimensional view of your jaw. With this we can locate and avoid nerves, sinus cavities or other structures near the implant site.
The examination also helps us determine if you've experienced any bone loss, a normal occurrence after tooth loss. Implants require an adequate amount of bone to achieve the best position. A good position ensures future bone integration and the best appearance result.
The same attention to detail extends to the actual surgery to place the implant. We fashion the site to receive the implant by sequentially drilling larger tapered channels until we achieve the right size fit for the implant. During drilling we avoid overheating the bone, which could ultimately weaken and damage the implant's stability.
We'll also need to provide protection for the implant while it integrates with the bone. In most implantations, we do this by suturing the gum tissue over the implant. We take a different approach with a “Tooth in a Day” procedure where we attach a crown (the visible portion of the tooth) right after implant surgery. In this case we'll install a crown (which is actually temporary) that's a little shorter than the adjacent teeth. The natural teeth around it will absorb the forces produced while chewing and not the implant crown.
Focusing on these and other factors will greatly reduce the risk of implant failure. Paying careful attention to them helps ensure your new smile is a lasting one.
If you would like more information on dental implants to restore your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants: A Tooth Replacement Method That Rarely Fails.”
Have you heard about dental sealants? These preventive treatments have been available for many decades, and more and more children are taking advantage of them. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that around 30% of kids from 6 to 11 years of age have had sealants applied to their molars (back teeth). Sealants are designed to reduce the incidence of cavities by filling in or eliminating the pits or crevices found in all molars, where decay-causing bacteria can hide and your brush can't reach. But do they really work?
Now, the research is in, and the answer is clear — YES!
Two major studies, each of which reviewed the results of thousands of patients over several years, recently came to the same conclusion: Dental sealants are effective at reducing cavities, and their benefits can last for four years (or more) after application. In general, the studies showed that kids who didn't get sealants were twice, three times, or even more likely to get cavities, compared to kids treated with sealants.
Sealants themselves are protective coatings made of plastic resins or glass-like materials. They are applied in liquid form, and then hardened by a special light. When “painted on” to the chewing surface of a molar, sealants fill in the tiny crevices, or “pits and fissures,” that are found there. Uneven tooth surfaces form a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria that cause tooth decay; worse yet, the bristles of a tooth brush can't usually reach them. That's what makes these areas highly susceptible to tooth decay.
Applying sealants is a quick and painless procedure that doesn't require any numbing shots or drilling. Many kids start getting sealants when the first permanent molars come in, around age 5 to 7; they may have more sealant treatments when additional molars emerge, between the ages of 11 and 14.
Sealants are recommended by the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and have only a modest cost per tooth. On the other hand, having a cavity filled generally costs substantially more, and may result in more trouble (and expense) down the line — so sealants can make sense economically, as well as preventively. This is especially true for those at high risk for tooth decay.
If you have questions about dental sealants, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sealants for Children,” and “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”