If you have ever dreaded the idea of visiting the dentist or have postponed scheduling dental work you knew you needed, you are not alone. Dental procedures have changed for the better, and at Hansen Dentistry in Apex, NC, we blend proven techniques with outstanding customer service.
Would you believe us if we told you that you could receive customized, natural looking crowns or bridges that fit perfectly, in a single office visit? Believe it! Dr. Rylan Hansen and provides custom dental crowns and bridges using the CEREC system: where old school service meets state-of-the-art technology.
What is CEREC?
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic. Like the name suggests, each restoration the system produces is made from ceramic (read: no more metal!).
If you opt for a CEREC crown or bridge, you will not need to endure traditional putty impressions that often cause gagging. Instead, Dr. Hansen will use a 3-D imaging system to gather all the data necessary. You also will not wait days or weeks while a lab technician creates your restoration, then return for a second visit to have the restoration placed. Even better, you won’t need to wear a temporary crown that could come loose and cause embarrassment or hassle.
How does CEREC work?
After imaging your teeth, Dr. Hansen will use CEREC software to design your custom restoration, for a secure fit and balanced bite. He will insert a CEREC Block that matches the shade of teeth surrounding the location of the restoration in your mouth. The CEREC Block will be turned, sculpted, and contoured in the system’s milling unit. This process takes about an hour.
After the dentist provides a local anesthetic to numb the affected area, he will seat the custom-made crown or bridge. Once he determines that your bite is properly aligned with the new restoration, Dr. Hansen will permanently cement it in position. Your CEREC restoration will look and feel totally natural, and it will endure for many years to come.
With same-day service, you will save time and leave your first visit with a restored smile. No metal, no waiting, no fuss. This is certainly not your father’s dentist!
Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic (CEREC) is changing the way we think about restorative dentistry. CEREC is an effective, affordable service that brings together the customer service and care that patients expect and the high-tech performance and outstanding results they want.
Give CEREC a try.
Dr. Rylan Hansen and our team at Hansen Dentistry proudly serve our patients, listening carefully to all concerns, and providing solutions for great oral health. Learn more about the variety of dental services we offer, including family and pediatric dentistry, along with cosmetic, restorative, and surgical procedures. Our office is located at 800 West Williams Street, Suite 240, in Apex, NC.
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 or pits can benefit from sealants. These are most often found on molar and premolar (teeth right in front of the molars) permanent teeth, but varies from one individual to another. One person might benefit from sealants on all molars and premolars (16 teeth), while another may only need their molars (8 teeth) sealed.
Once a tooth has a dental filling in it, it no longer benefits from a sealant.
People often think that only children benefit from sealants. That is because sealants are typically placed on a child’s molars when they first erupt. The reality is that any teeth with deep pits and fissures (that do not already have fillings) can benefit from sealants because they will help prevent future cavities.
How is a sealant applied?
No tooth structure is removed in order to place a sealant. Instead it is kind of like painting your fingernails: resin material is only added, nothing is taken away. The tooth is thoroughly cleaned with a pumice and etch. The tooth is then washed thoroughly. Finally, the sealant material is applied and then cured with a light in order to harden it.
How long do sealants lasts?
Sealants typically last two to five years. Although, it is not uncommon to see sealants in adults that were placed in childhood and are still intact.
Avoiding sticky, chewy, and hard foods can potentially prolong the life of a sealant.
If a sealant is no longer fully intact then it is no longer effective and should be replaced by your dentist. If it has been less than two years since the sealant was placed, ask if your Apex family dentist offers a warranty for sealants.