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  • Same Day Crowns in Apex: Long-Lasting Results Without the Wait!Same Day Crowns in Apex: Long-Lasting Results Without the Wait!
    Dental crowns offer natural-looking restoration results for teeth that have been damaged from trauma or infection. Until recently, receiving a custom-made, permanent crown could take weeks; now, Dr. Hansen offers same day crowns in Apex, NC, thanks to advanced dental technology called CEREC. Learn more about this innovative approach to dental crowns below. If you’re ready for dental crown treatment without the wait, contact us at (919) 363-8444. Dr. Hansen can provide a consultation to see if same day crowns will help improve the health and vitality of your smile. What is CEREC? CEREC stands for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.” It’s ...
  • Tooth-Colored Fillings vs. Silver Fillings: Which Should I Choose? Ask an Apex Dentist
    So you have a tooth that has a cavity and needs a filling. Now what? Most people know that the two most common options are tooth colored fillings (called composite fillings) and silver fillings (called amalgam fillings).  And most people would agree that the composite fillings are much more aesthetically pleasing than the amalgam fillings.  Some patients prefer not to have amalgam fillings because they contain mercery.  However, it is important to note that ongoing scientific studies conducted over the past 100 years continue to show that amalgam fillings are not harmful.  Sometimes the aesthetic outcome is reason enough to choose a tooth colored filling, especially when the tooth is one that ...
  • Apex Oral Surgeon Explains Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Cracked TeethApex Oral Surgeon Explains Why You Shouldn't Ignore Cracked Teeth
    Have you ever had dental pain or discomfort when biting into food or after eating/drinking something that is hot or cold?  This pain or discomfort might not be constant like it is with a cavity, but intermittent.  If so, it is possible you may have a cracked tooth. There are several reasons that patients develop cracked teeth.  Some situations that can result in fractured teeth are: teeth with large fillings teeth with root canals clenching or grinding teeth chewing ice or other hard foods trauma to the tooth from an accident too much pressure on one tooth as a result of the patient’s occlusion (the way the teeth come together in the mouth) If ...
  • What’s the Difference Between Plaque and Tartar? Ask a Dentist in ApexWhat's the Difference Between Plaque and Tartar? Ask a Dentist in Apex
    WE OFTEN GET THIS QUESTION from our patients, “What’s the difference between plaque and tartar?” Many patients think they are the same thing. However, there is an important difference between the two.  Understanding how they are different can help explain why a daily oral hygiene routine is so crucial, as well as twice-yearly visits to your dentist. What Is Plaque? Dental plaque is the soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth and under your gums. It starts forming soon after you finish brushing. In other words, plaque is constantly accumulating on your teeth. And guess what? It contains millions of bacteria! When you eat—especially carbohydrates ...
  • Tips for a Healthy Back to School Smile from a Family Dentist in ApexTips for a Healthy Back to School Smile from a Family Dentist in Apex
    It’s that time of year!  Back to school!!!  The time of year that Moms and Dads are found scratching their heads at Target trying to figure out whether the 3 prong, plastic, 2 pocket folders comes in 5 different colors so they can check it off the school supply list (There is always one item that makes buying the whole list in one trip impossible).  We have been there! Along with school supply shopping, it is also time to start thinking about what to pack in your child’s lunch.  Among the seemingly endless options there are prepackaged lunches and individual serving sizes of chips and cookies. These foods are usually high in sugar, sodium, and fat and, while easy to ...
  • Do Wisdom Teeth Need to be Extracted? Ask an Apex Oral SurgeonDo Wisdom Teeth Need to be Extracted? Ask an Apex Oral Surgeon
    We have found that while many of our patients with wisdom teeth know that they should be extracted, very few of them understand why. So here you go…A Little Wisdom about Wisdom Teeth. There are several reasons your Apex Dentist might recommend having your third molars, also known as Wisdom teeth, extracted.   Very few people have adequate space in their dental arch for wisdom teeth.  If you are one of the lucky ones that does have enough room, be sure your toothbrush is reaching all the way back to those teeth, as they are often very difficult to keep clean.  If/when 3rd molars develop cavities ...
  • Everything You Need to Know About Dental Sealants from a Family Dentist in ApexEverything You Need to Know About Dental Sealants from a Family Dentist in Apex
    What is a sealant?   A sealant is a tooth-colored resin material that is placed on chewing surfaces of teeth to help them stay cavity-free. Why do teeth need sealants? Molar and premolar teeth often have very deep pits and fissures.  While bacteria can easily enters these groves, toothbrush bristles are often too large and therefore ineffective.  As a result, these areas become the perfect breeding ground for bacteria to multiply which can lead to dental decay. A sealant does just what its name suggests…it seals off the grooves so that bacteria can’t enter.  After a sealant is placed these areas can no longer harbor bacteria and your tooth brushing once again becomes effective. What teeth need sealants?  Any teeth that have deep groves ...
  • Our Apex Dentist Explains The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth
    Everyday we see patients that have missing teeth. Sometimes they are teeth that have been recently extracted.  Other times they have been missing for years.  The reasons for why the teeth are missing vary.  But the answers about why to replace them are usually the same.  So we wanted to share these answers with you! In the US, about 70% of the population is missing one or more teeth.  Tooth loss can lead to reduced self confidence because of gaps in a person’s smile.  Unfortunately, effects on physical appearance are not the only result.   Teeth are lost or missing for several reasons such as trauma, decay, periodontal disease, or even genetics. ...
  • Four Things to Consider When Choosing a Dentist in Apex NCFour Things to Consider When Choosing a Dentist in Apex NC
    Are you new in town or looking for a different dental experience?  There are many dentists to choose from in the Apex Cary area and so sometimes it can be overwhelming as you try to find a good fit for you and your family. It is important to choose a dentist who you feel you can trust. Look for a dentist who…  1)  Is an Active Listener You should feel like your dentist gives you a customized dental experience. Not a one size fits all appointment.  This can only be done if the dentist takes time to not only look in your mouth, but to listen to you.  The dentist might be an expert ...
  • Our Apex NC Dentist Explains the Importance of Annual Dental Checkups
    Top Rated Apex NC Dentist Getting an annual dental checkup is as important as finding a top rated dentist in Apex NC. Herein lies the biggest misconception. Just because a person is looking for a top rated dentist in Apex NC, doesn’t mean that dentist will provide the best care. Finding the right dentist and dental care is not just about finding the best Apex NC family dentist. Finding the best dental care consists of knowing a few things first. What Makes Our Apex Family Dentist Stand Out? 1) A good family dentist will offer annual dental exams. Having annual dental exams are ...
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