Technology today is changing our everyday lives. Many people, however, aren’t aware that technology also is impacting dentistry in new and exciting ways. Cutting-edge innovations in dental instruments are requiring less time in the dental chair, causing less discomfort and creating satisfying results. One breakthrough instrument, called CEREC®, allows dentists to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings, saving patients time and inconvenience.
What is CEREC?
CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CERamic REConstruction. Translated, it means that a dentist can economically restore damaged teeth in a single appointment using a high-quality ceramic material that matches the natural color of other teeth.
How does the instrument work?
CEREC uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology, incorporating a camera, computer and milling machine in one instrument. The dentist uses a special camera to take an accurate picture of the damaged tooth. This optical impression is transferred and displayed on a color computer screen, where the dentist uses CAD technology to design the restoration. Then CAM takes over and automatically creates the restoration while the patient waits. Finally, the dentist bonds the new restoration to the surface of the old tooth. The whole process takes about one hour.
What does this innovation mean for a patient?
A tooth-colored restoration means no more silver fillings discoloring smiles. The filling is natural-looking, compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant. Dentists no longer need to create temporaries or take impressions and send them to a lab. Because of this, the traditional second visit has been eliminated. CEREC has two decades of clinical research and documentation to support the technology. The restorations have been proven precise, safe and effective.
How can I find out if this is an option for me?
Call the office of Dr. Dennis Hatch at 208-643-9752 in Blackfoot, Idaho. We will be happy to answer your questions on this new technology.
Preventing Tooth Decay from Acidic and Sugary Foods
It’s no secret that the things we put in our mouth have a direct impact on the health of our teeth and gums. The acidity or sugar levels of some foods and drinks may speed up tooth decay, so it’s important to know just what you are consuming and what it’s doing to your teeth.
The science is pretty simple—your mouth naturally has a neutral pH. When we consume acidic foods or drinks, it affects the pH level and speeds up tooth decay. Sugary foods create bacteria in your mouth that also lead to tooth decay.
There are a few tips—and a few foods and drinks to avoid—that can help prevent tooth decay caused by acidic or sweet foods.
Limit Acidic or Sugary Foods and Drinks to Prevent Tooth Decay
Soda is the first thing that comes to mind when people think about foods or drinks that damage their teeth—and they’re right. Not only is soda acidic, but it is also filled with sugars that will cause bacteria that break down the enamel on your teeth.
Alcoholic drinks as well as citrus fruits or juices are also acidic. Swap for a less acidic beverage, or use a straw to limit contact with your teeth. Keep an eye out for acidic especially if they are vinegar or tomato based.
If You Must, Consume Acidic Foods with Other Foods
Generally speaking, you can reduce the level of acid in your mouth by consuming acidic foods or drinks as part of a meal. The additional foods will neutralize or wash away the acid and can reduce damage to your teeth.
Some foods also have preventative qualities that make them ideal for eating with acidic or sweet foods. Crunchy foods like apples or carrots can help remove plaque from your teeth. Dairy foods and items high in calcium can also help protect your teeth.
If you must snack during the day, avoid foods with sugar, and this includes crackers and most breads, which actually have high levels of sugar. Check the labels, and choose healthy snacks to prevent tooth decay.
Brush your teeth regularly, floss every day, and use a fluoride mouth rinse after brushing to reduce plaque and to promote enamel. Good dental hygiene is the number one defense for preventing tooth decay and gum disease.
See Your Dentist for Regular Check-Ups
Your dentist will be able to tell you if you are experiencing tooth decay and can offer additional guidance for prevention. Regular check-ups ensure that potential problems can be addressed sooner, preventing prolonged tooth decay that can cause cavities.
Many people feel that visiting the dentist on a regular basis for prevention is cost prohibitive, and may postpone a visit until they can no longer tolerate the pain. Most tooth problems do not get better on their own, and the sooner you address the problem the less pain you will have and the easier it will be on your pocketbook.
Also keep in mind that if the cavity or other problem is a result of consuming acidic foods or bacteria caused by sugary foods, your other teeth may be decaying if you don’t make a change.
Know What You Consume and How it Impacts Your Health
The main point to takeaway is that the old saying is true—we are what we eat. Take the time to read the labels on the products you consume on a regular basis and you will be surprised to learn just how much sugar is in the foods you eat every day.
Limit acidic foods and avoid eating acidic or sugary foods as snacks. Drinking lots of water will help wash away some of the acid and sugar, but not all. Be sure to take care of your teeth brushing and flossing everyday, and you will have an advantage over most when it comes to tooth decay. More
What is CEREC?
CEREC is a revolutionary system that enables your dentist to design, fabricate and fit a new crown, veneer, onlay or inlay in a single visit, a procedure that would normally take at least two weeks if not more! CEREC computerized design unit (left) and milling unit (right).
How does CEREC technology work?
Dr. Hatch will prepare your tooth in the normal way he would before fitting a crown or a veneer. At this point instead of using “dental putty” to take an impression of your tooth, a digital image is taken using a special camera. This image is then converted into 3D computerized model of your tooth which in used as a guide to design your new restoration. Once Dr. Hatch is happy with the newly designed tooth, this data is sent to an onsite milling machine which fabricates your new tooth from a high quality ceramic block. The milling process can take anywhere from as little as 6 minutes to 30 minutes depending on the exact technology and complexity of the tooth. The latest CEREC MCXL machine can mill a crown in as little as 6 minutes.
The ceramic blocks come in a wide variety of shades and colors, and is selected to match your surrounding teeth. Once the crown or veneer has been milled the dentist may characterize it and stain it to match your surrounding teeth in color before polishing it or glazing it in a furnace. Your new restoration will then be cemented into place onto your prepared tooth.
Full Porcelain Restorations
Dr. Dennis Hatch in Blackfoot, Idaho specializes in Cerec restorations can replace failing and unattractive mercury-based amalgam fillings with aesthetic and durable porcelain. In certain cases, the procedure can be conducted during a single office visit. More
Here is a look at the basic types of dental practices. Dr. Dennis Hatch, DDS can take care of your families basic dental needs and works with some of the best specialists in the area for patients needing more specialized services. The dental practice of Dr. Hatch in Blackfoot, Idaho serves patients of all ages and needs.
Basic Types of Dental Practices
1) Fine Dentistry and Prevention
This type of dentistry is dedicated to achieving Optimum Health and Optimum Repair of the oral health system. A thorough examination is completed and goal setting is instituted to create a Master Plan that focuses on maximum protection and preservation of the oral health complex. Crucial to the continuation of Optimum health care good daily oral hygiene habits and a strict regiment of professional examinations and hygiene visits to prevent decay and gum disease.
2) Maintenance Dentistry
The quality of care is good and preventive measures are fairly effective, but the patient is not dedicated to achieving Optimum health. Optimum health of the natural teeth has as its goal the restoration of teeth to ideal beauty, function, comfort and longevity. Usually maintenance dentistry is intermediate dentistry such as silver and plastic fillings, which last 3-5-years. Maintenance dentistry is removable partial dentures rather than fixed or stationary bridgework.
3) Repair Oriented Dental Practice
No long term thought is given to either prevention of decay, gum disease or bite (occlusion-related) problems. The interesting thing about patients who go to this kind of practice is that they don’t like it, but may have given up on dentistry and what it can do for them.
4) Emergency Dental Practice
Patients are seen only for emergency treatment. The majority of patients in this type of practice lost their teeth between the ages of 35-50.
Dr. Dennis Hatch’s Dental Practice in Blackfoot, Idaho
Please note that Dr. Hatch makes every effort to maintain a type 1 and 2 dental practice. We have absolutely no interest in being either a “drill, fill and bill” practice, or an emergency only practice.
In order for us to enjoy our practice and our lives we believe we must be providing a worthwhile service for people we value and respect.
We believe in establishing long-term relationships built on freedom of choice and mutual respect and value for each other More