Posts for: August, 2017
Receiving dental care for broken, damaged, or decayed teeth is an important part of keeping your smile and body healthy. However, some of these procedures may require several visits, especially if they require the help of a dental laboratory to create a porcelain restoration. Fortunately, state-of-the-art dental techniques like CEREC, available at Comprehensive Dental Group in Stamford, CT, allow you to restore your smile in only one visit to your dentist’s office. Find out more about in-office procedures with Dr. Irina Pogosian and Dr. Thomas Ohlson.
What is CEREC?
CEREC is a system which allows your dentist to create porcelain dental restorations in-office rather than relying on a dental laboratory to customize them. CEREC consists of a computer, the CEREC machine itself, and a special wand with which your dentist takes a 3D impression of your mouth. CEREC’s software consists of a CAD/CAM program which allows your dentist to digitally design and customize your porcelain restoration. The program sends the design to the CEREC machine, where your restoration is carved from a block of ceramic.
Which procedures are now available in-office thanks to CEREC?
CEREC allows your dentist to create porcelain restorations like crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, onlays, and the crown which covers a dental implant in a single visit. These procedures, if performed traditionally using a dental laboratory, normally require at least two visits which take place prior to and after the dental laboratory creating your restoration. CEREC shortens that wait time from two weeks to about an hour and requires only one visit.
In-Office CEREC Procedures in Stamford, CT
CEREC eliminates the need for a dental laboratory, cutting wait times down to hours instead of weeks. CEREC uses only the highest-quality materials, ensuring a natural look and a sturdy restoration which, with the right care, can last for many years.
For more information on in-office CEREC procedures, please contact Dr. Irina Pogosian and Dr. Thomas Ohlson at Comprehensive Dental Care in Stamford, CT. Call (203) 359-3296 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Allergic reactions aren't necessarily bad: they're your body's responses to possible threats from foreign substances. But the response can go too far and cause a reaction as minor as a skin rash or as life-threatening as a multi-system shutdown called anaphylaxis.
Anything can cause an allergy: animal fur, food, chemicals — or metals. Because metals play such a large role in dental care, it's only natural we're alert to the possibility of allergic reactions from a procedure.
But don't postpone your implants or other dental work just yet — the threat isn't nearly that ominous. Here are a few facts about dental metal allergies to help you sort it out.
Allergic reactions are rare for metals used in medical and dental procedures. Although reactions to metals in joint replacements or coronary stents leading to failure do happen, actual occurrences are rare. Most metal allergies manifest as a skin reaction to jewelry or clothing. It's less likely with medical or dental metals because they're chosen specifically for their compatibility with living tissue.
Amalgam fillings account for most dental work reactions. Dentists have used this multi-metal alloy for fillings and other restorations for well over a century. Tooth-colored resins are now used for most fillings, but amalgam is still used in less visible back teeth. It's very rare for a person to experience a reaction to amalgam, but when it does occur it usually results in minor inflammation or a rash.
Implant titanium isn't just bio-compatible — it's also osteophilic. Titanium is the perfect choice for implants not only because it's tissue friendly, but also because it's bone friendly (osteophilic). Once implanted in the jaw, bone cells naturally grow and adhere to it to create a more durable bond. Not only does the body usually tolerate titanium, it welcomes it with open arms!
While it's still possible for you to have an allergy to implant titanium, the chances are remote. In one recent study involving 1,500 implant patients, titanium allergies occurred in less than 1%. So the chances are high a metal allergy won't stop you from obtaining a smile-transforming restoration with dental implants.
If you would like more information on allergies and dental work, 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 “Metal Allergies to Dental Implants.”
Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.
He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”
Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.
There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.
The Science Behind the Magic
There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.
The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.
How’s that for a disappearing act?!
If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”