Lost Fillings or Crowns

When your filling or crown comes out, you may feel a sense of panic. In this recent video, Dr. James J. McCall assures viewers that this is not a dental emergency. While you do want to be seen by the dentist as soon as possible, you can wait until normal business hours to make your appointment.

Why Crowns or Fillings Fall Out

Crowns and fillings are meant to be permanent solutions to your oral decay problem, but sometimes they can come loose. This can happen due to trauma or injury, but it can also happen because the tooth underneath the filling or crown starts to decay again, loosening the hold on the tooth.

What to Do When One Comes Out

If you have a filling or crown that comes out, you may notice some pain or sensitivity in the area. This is because the tooth that is now exposed is sensitive to food, temperature and even the air you are breathing. If the sensitivity is too much for you, apply some clove oil with a cotton swab to the tooth. You can pick this up at your local drug store.

Make an appointment with your dentist as soon as you can. You will need to have the crown re-applied or have the filling replaced. Waiting too long can allow further damage to your tooth. Also, if you have lost a crown the teeth surrounding the crown can begin to shift, which will mean that the crown will no longer fit.

If you have the crown or filling, you can temporarily place it back on the tooth using dental cement or denture adhesive. Do not use household glues, including super glue, to re-apply the filling or crown. These are toxic and not safe for your teeth. Keep in mind that the adhesive is not a permanent solution, and you will still need to make an appointment with your dentist.

If you have lost a filling or crown, don’t delay. Call Dr. James J. McCall for an appointment to address the problem before it escalates. (904) 620-9225 http://www.jamesjmccall.com/

Invisalign Tooth Aligning System

For those who want the benefit of straight teeth without the look and discomfort of braces, Invisalign offers a workable solution that does not require any metal braces. This tooth straightening system gives exceptional results without the look, feel and discomfort of braces. Dr. James J. McCall is pleased to offer Invisalign to his patients who are looking for a better solution to straighten their teeth.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign works by creating a system of clear aligners designed specifically for each individual patient’s anatomy that the patient wears to gradually shift the teeth into a more natural position. The aligners are worn whenever the patient is not eating or brushing, providing constant pressure to move the teeth. As the patient progresses through his or her unique system of aligners, the teeth gradually shift into position. Because the aligners are clear, they are not visible and do not detract from the patient’s appearance. This makes Invisalign a favorite choice among adults who are looking to permanently improve the appearance of their smile.

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign is used as an alternative to traditional braces, providing patients with a straight smile they will be proud to show. Because the Invisalign aligners are not attached directly to the teeth, they can be removed when needed. This allows the patient to brush, floss and eat normally, leading to cleaner teeth when the process is over. It also means that patients do not have to avoid certain foods that can damage traditional braces.

Yet this convenience is just one benefit of Invisalign. It’s also a more attractive option. For most patients, Invisalign is less expensive and requires less upkeep than traditional braces.

With all of these benefits, it’s no wonder that so many people are choosing Invisalign for their teeth. In fact, there are over 1.5 million people enjoying the freedom and tooth straightening allowed by Invisalign. Whether you are an adult or a teenager, if you are looking for a straighter, brighter smile, you could be one of the millions benefiting from Invisalign.

Are you curious about Invisalign and how it can benefit you? Contact Dr. James J. McCall today to learn more about Invisalign, or see before and after pictures of patients who have completed treatment with Invisalign.

One Day Crowns with CEREC®

When you have a broken or damaged tooth that needs a crown, you have several options available to you. Yet if you have heard of the trauma people endure getting a traditional crown, you will be glad to know that you have new options. Roxanne Rozarro, a dental assistant working for Dr. James J. McCall, discusses a new option, crowns in just one day with CEREC®, in this recent video.

The Problem with Traditional Crowns

Prior to this development, getting a crown was a lengthy, messy process. First, you had to visit the dental office to have impressions made. In that initial visit, your tooth would be prepped and a temporary crown inserted. Of course, that temporary crown was not good for eating anything hard or chewy. You would suffer with the temporary crown for two weeks while your crown was being made, then return to the dental office for placement of your final crown.

How CEREC® Crowns Are Different

Now, with CEREC®, a new option exists. CEREC® requires no impression and no temporary crown. You will visit your dentist, and your tooth will be numbed and prepared for the crown. Then, just 1.5 millimeters are reduced in a 10-minute procedure to prep for the crown. The dentist then uses digital picture technology to scan the tooth and design a crown in the office. Porcelain is placed into a milling unit, and you can watch as it is milled into your new crown.

Once the crown is milled, it will be fitted into your mouth to check the fit. When you are happy with the fit, it is stained and glazed and placed in an oven for 25 minutes. Then, it is permanently placed in your mouth, all in the same visit.

Benefits of CEREC® Crowns

When you visit your dentist for CEREC® crown placement, you experience less discomfort. You also only have to have your mouth numbed one time. This means less time in the chair, less time off work and less time waiting for your crown. Also, these crowns contain no metal, so you will never deal with a black line at the gum line. They look, feel and work like natural teeth, providing a permanent solution to your broken or cracked teeth. Talk to your dentist today about CEREC® crowns.