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.

Importance of Regular Dental Visits

Are you tempted to skip your dental cleaning? Amy Roberts, dental hygienist who works for Dr. James J. McCall, talks about the risk this entails in this recent video. According to Amy, patients who make their regular cleanings a priority face fewer dental problems that require expensive and invasive procedures. These are the patients who are able to keep their teeth for a lifetime.

Cleanings Fight Growing Problem of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a serious and growing problem in this country. Once recent study quoted in the video found that half of the population over the age of 30 has a form of periodontal disease. When patients reach the age of 65, that number increases to 70.

Periodontal Disease – The Silent Killer

Periodontal disease is often called the “silent killer.” This nickname comes from the fact that periodontal disease rarely causes pain or discomfort until the later stages, when invasive procedures, like tooth extractions or root canals, are necessary. Regular cleanings not only prevent these problems, but also allow the hygienist and dentist to spot them before the escalate. This can mean the difference between a small filling or an extensive root canal.

Regular Cleanings Protect More Than Just Dental Health

Oral health is an important reason to keep your regular cleaning appointment, but it is not the only one. Investing in your oral health through regular cleanings means investing in your overall health. Those who have periodontal disease are actually at a 30 percent greater risk for stroke, heart attack and diabetes. Keeping your teeth clean and healthy can help keep the rest of your body healthy as well.

So if you are tempted to skip your dental cleaning, consider the facts presented in this video. Keep your appointments every six months, or three to four months if you have a family history of periodontal disease, and protect your health and teeth for life.

How Stress Affects Your Oral Health

Feeling stressed? In this recent video, Dr. James McCall explains how stress affects your entire body, including your mouth. When you are stressed and not handling the stress well, your entire body suffers.

Stress Increases Chances of Mouth Sores and Gum Disease

Both gum disease and mouth sores, such as canker and cold sores, can be triggered by stress. In the case of mouth sores, it appears the body’s response to stress can cause these painful sores to develop. While there’s little you can do to stop them, in the case of cold sores, which are contagious, getting antiviral treatment early can help lessen the length of the sores.

Gum disease often occurs because of the distraction you face when under stress. This can cause you to ignore proper brushing and flossing, which increases your chances of developing gum disease.

Stress Hurts Your Diet

When you are stressed, you are more prone to eating sugary snack foods. These foods increase your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. A healthy, well-balanced diet will not only keep you healthy enough to deal with stress more effectively, but it will also protect your teeth from the dangers of too much sugar.

Better Strategies for Dealing with Stress

Stress happens, no matter what you do. To protect your oral health, you must learn how to deal with that stress.

Instead of turning to junk food, plan for regular exercise. Exercise helps you manage stress more effectively and releases endorphins you need to stay stress-free. Remind yourself of the importance of your daily oral hygiene routine and the need to eat a healthy, balanced diet. By doing these things, your stress will not have as much of an impact on your oral health.

If you want more ideas about protecting your oral health during times of stress, contact Dr. McCall to learn more.

Considerations When Choosing a New Dentist

As you start the search for a new dentist, you need to remember that not all dentists are the same. Dentists today perform a wide range of services, from making the teeth look more cosmetically appealing to helping them be stronger and straighter. As Dr. McCall explains in this video, you need to ask some questions before you make that first appointment.

First, look for a dentist who gives details. Your dentist should tell you what your problem is and what caused it, how much and how long it will take to treat and what further actions you should take to care for your teeth in the future. Ask your dentist if you can have those recommendations and cost estimates in writing, which will help you make wise decisions.

When visiting a dentist for the first time, inquire about whether the office has a low-cost or free consultation option for new patients. A dentist who is confident in his or her work will offer this to give you the chance to get to know the office before scheduling an expensive appointment.

Before scheduling an appointment, learn about the financing options the dentist offers. Many procedures can be more costly than you might think, and you need to know that you have an option to pay for them, even if you don’t have the cash upfront.

Finally, ask some questions before you make an appointment. Find out what the dentist’s specialty is, and make sure it fits your needs. Then, ask whether or not the dentist will take x-rays, and opt for one with digital x-rays when possible. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for references. A quality dentist will be happy to provide them.

Your dentist is not a decision to take lightly. As this video shows, you have many considerations to make before choosing one. Make them carefully, and enjoy the benefit of a dentist who will provide the quality of care you and your family need for optimum oral health.

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