What is Cerec?

Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics also know as Cerec . Cerec is a dental restoration product that allows your dentist to produce an indirect ceramic dental restoration using a variety of computer assisted technologies (CAD). A Cerec procedure offers many benefits. Patients are able to have single visit appointments that offer beautiful esthetics with no temporaries or uncomfortable impression trays. Cerec can be used for simple fillings as well as an alternative for traditional crowns and veneers.

After examining your tooth your dentist can determine if a Cerec restoration is right for you. Following the preparation, the tooth will be coated with a safe tasteless powder which allows the Cerec digital 3D camera to capture images of your teeth. This replaces a traditional impression.

CAD software allows your dentist or assistant to design your restoration chairside. Once the design process is complete a milling unit is able to create your restoration from a solid block of porcelain. This process can take 5-10 minutes to complete. Your dentist will then fit, bond, and polish your new restoration. Your tooth is then restored to it’s natural form and function!

 

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Ashleigh Sullivan- Dental Assistant

 

How Diabetes Affects Your Dental Health

There is a higher risk in gum disease in people who have diabetes. It also weakens the ability to battle germs and bacteria that forms in your mouth. If you suffer from diabetes, it’s critically important that you let your dentist know of your condition, as the disease can have a negative impact on your oral health.

Most common dental problems associated with diabetes:

  • Increased tooth decay
  • Increase in severity of gum disease
  • Dry Mouth
  • Fungal Infections
  • Delayed healing

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes these are a few reasons to maintain routine checkups regularly with your dentist.

 

Dance Your Way To The Dentist

I’ve been a hygienist here at Evans Dental Group now for 5 years, and being a General Practice, we see a variety of patients from the young to the young at heart. I enjoy the different relationships that this brings, and especially enjoy introducing our youngest clients to the dental world for their first time. It can perhaps be the most important visit to the dentist they’ll ever have, since it sets the tone for how the dentist is perceived for the rest of their life. Think about it… do you remember your first visit? Or is it something you wish you could forget? Were you going for a checkup, or were you going because you or your parent thought something was wrong? How did that shape how you felt every visit after that?

Well, I don’t remember bit by bit what happened my first visit, but what I do remember is friendly faces, a dentist and hygienist that made me laugh, and getting to pick something out of a treasure box because I was a good girl. I have enjoyed the dentist ever since. No, I wasn’t particularly crazy about the polishing (it tickled!), and the fluoride was sooo strong, but that was okay because my overall experience was a pleasant one. Perhaps I owe a lot of credit to my mom as well. She made sure to teach myself and my siblings at home a regular home care regimen, and enforced it, even when we put up a fight. My mom would take us every six months and tried to tell us ahead of time about our appointment (usually a day or two before). This went a long way. Whether she realized it or not, she was instilling value in us for our oral health, just by helping to create healthy habits in a positive environment at home.

I wish that every child had a similar dental experience as I did, but sadly this isn’t the case. Did you know it’s been estimated that up to 80% of adults deal with some form of dental fear or anxiety? Unfortunately, in many of the cases I’ve encountered, the anxiety began as a young child and in some, way before they were born. I know that sounds a little puzzling, but it’s true. You see, your child’s dental experience actually begins with you. Did you know that our children watch everything we do? From the actual things we say, to our body language, to even what we don’t like or want to do? Have you ever noticed that many of the things that bother or scare us actually scare our children as well? Like giant roaches, snakes, or the sight of blood? Well, they do! Even the slightest uneasiness about a dental appointment speaks volumes to them.

If you’re one of those that suffer from dental anxiety yourself, or you have a child that suffers, then dental appointments can be daunting to say the least. I’ve put together a list of some tips to help make the most of your child’s dental appointment-whether it’s their first or tenth. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even pick up a few tips for yourself!

Dance your way to the dentist!
Okay maybe you don’t really have to dance, but be enthusiastic! Talk about how clean everything will feel they’re done, how comfy our chair is, or the “ride” that they can go on in the chair. You know your child and what gets them excited, so be creative.

Be honest about where you’re going.
If they feel like they can’t trust you, then they’re not likely to trust us when we tell them how careful we’ll be.

Help them relax.
Let them bring their favorite stuffed animal, doll, toy… well, you get the picture. If music helps put them at ease, then let them bring their mp3 player and head phones. Don’t forget our very own personal television in every operatory, specifically for their viewing and listening pleasure.

Lead by example.
Let them come with you to one of your hygiene visits. Bring someone they trust to sit with them and keep them entertained. This is also a great opportunity to introduce them to some of our equipment. Once they see that you have survived they’ll be more willing to give it a try themselves.

If at all possible, don’t let their first visit be due to a suspected issue or pain. Be proactive.
If something is in fact wrong, then their first impression is going to be affected by the fact that they have to have extra work done. Give them the opportunity to have a fun first impression and to be proud of their smile.

Monitor how other siblings, family members, or friends discuss their own dental visits.
We all know how others can be-especially older siblings. Be sure to debunk any myths or stories that may scare them, and try to prevent them in the future.

Be consistent.
If taking care of their mouth is all they can remember doing, then they’re more likely to continue it throughout their lifetime as well. You’re preparing them for their future! The American Dental Association recommends dental hygiene cleanings every six months to help prevent dental problems, as well as to detect issues when they are small. Did you know that many cavities can be prevented just through regular dental exams and cleanings? Our professional fluoride treatments can actually penetrate the softened, pre-cavity tooth structure and reverse the damage if caught early enough. How cool is that?

BE POSITIVE!!!!!!!!
Even if you suffer from dental anxiety yourself-don’t let them know! Help break the cycle of anxiety in your family by providing a positive atmosphere for your child and giving them the opportunity to formulate their own opinion and experience.

By taking the time to work on these points and setting an example, you are empowering your child to take care of themselves and giving them the tools to take charge of their smile. If you ask me, that is definitely worth dancing your way to the dentist. We’ll even provide the music!

Brittni Ridgeway R.D.H

Sonicare Flexcare Platinum

We are now carrying the Sonicare Flexcare Platinum. It has a pressure sensor that alerts you when you are brushing too hard. There are 3 intensity levels with 3 brushing modes. The brush can last up to 3 weeks between charges. When you purchase the brush from your dental office it will have a two year warranty. We are selling them for $88.00 and we can provide you with a $10.00 rebate.

See video demonstration here:

Have questions? Send us an email.

What is a panorex x-ray and why are they important?

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A Panorex is much like a panoramic picture; it provides a full view of the entire oral cavity. The Panorex is one x-ray that provides a picture of all of your teeth and the surrounding bones. it can detect potential problems other x-rays cannot. A Panorex is an excellent way for your dentist to check for problems such as:

  • Early detection of oral cancer, tumors and cysts
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth and jaw development
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Sinus problems
  • Dental restorations

In our office we use a digital panorex x-ray , meaning less radiation than traditional x-rays. With all the benefits of a Panorex x-ray, why would you not have one taken?

What is Invisalign?

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Invisalign is used to straighten your teeth or close spaces. The Invisalign system uses a set of clear retainers that you take in and out when eating, brushing, and flossing. Most people are not aware that you are wearing them. You get a new set of retainers every 2 weeks, most cases take 12-14 sets of trays. The Invisalign system is used for esthetics and for patients with periodontal issues. Once your teeth are in proper alignment they will be easier to keep clean and healthy. Some patients think they are too old for straight teeth, but we have numerous older patients who have achieved great results with the Invisalign system. Not only will you have a beautiful smile but a healthier smile.

Lisa Phelps – Dental Assistant

Pregnancy and Dental Work

Pregnancy and dental work questions are common for expecting moms. Preventative dental cleanings and exams are not only safe but recommended during pregnancy. The rise in hormone levels during this time causes the gums to swell, bleed, and trap food causing increased irritation to your gums. To avoid infections such as gum disease, which has been linked to preterm birth, preventative work is essential.

If dental work such as cavity fillings and crowns are needed then the second trimester is most ideal. The safest course of action is to postpone all unnecessary dental work or elective treatments such as teeth whitening or cosmetic procedures until after the birth.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that pregnant women eat a balanced diet, brush their teeth with an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste 2 x a day, and floss daily.

Laketa Smith, EDA

Sensitive Teeth?

Are your teeth sensitive to hot, cold, or sweets? If so, there are many reasons why that might be the case. Some reasons include: tooth decay, a cracked tooth, worn tooth enamel, worn fillings, exposed roots (gum recession), grinding or clenching, brushing too hard or using a hard bristled toothbrush, teeth whitening, or acidic foods.
Depending on the cause of the sensitivity, there are a few things that will help provide some relief.

  1. Try a desensitizing toothpaste such as Sensodyne or Colgate Sensitive Pro- Relief.
  2. Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing at least 2 times a dayand flossing at least once a day.
  3. Gently Brush using a soft-bristle toothbrush to protect gums.
  4. Use an over the counter fluoride rinse or a fluoride rinse prescribed by your dentist.
  5. Wear a night guard for grinding.
  6. Maintain regular dental office visits.

Corrie Ingham, RDH

Can brushing, flossing, cleanings and routine dental exams save your life?

The bacterial byproducts from periodontal disease enter the bloodstream and trigger the liver to make a protein. The protein can inflame the arteries and cause blood clots leading to heart attack and stroke. People with gum disease are twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease than people without gum disease. It can also worsen existing heart conditions. If its been more then six months since your last visit, please give our office a call. Don’t put off your dental visit any longer!

Ashley Surrency RDH

Thinking of declining your annual x-rays?

Thinking of declining your annual Bitewing x-rays for another visit? Well, think again! These x-rays are the Dentists only way of identifying the cavities that sneak up in between your teeth. Another benefit is to have a glimpse of the bone levels supporting your teeth and targeting problems early that are not necessarily seen in the mouth clinically or at home in the mirror. Habits such as sipping on soda, sweet tea, and other sugary drinks throughout the day not only cause an acid attack on the teeth, but, are also some of the things that lead to those sneaky cavities in between our patient’s teeth. Our office has recently switched to mainly using digital sensors to take these type and other types of x-rays. Cutting the already low rate of exposure to radiation in half! Your investment now in being regular with your visits and x-rays can catch cavities early on before you are in pain. Ways at home to prevent cavities in between your teeth are mainly to be mindful of your daily intake of sugary foods and drinks as well as to develop a daily flossing habit. As always, we are here for you if you need help or have any questions about preventing decay in your mouth!

Ashley Cryder R.D.H