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What to Know About Composite Fillings

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

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What happens when you visit the dentist for a filling?

To start, often times you may be given local anesthesia so that the area can be numbed. Generally, the next step will be to remove the decay from your actual tooth!

During this stage a drill or a laser may be used. Once this decay is removed, it’s time to shape the space and prepare it for your filling.

Depending on the filling, the preparation will vary. There are many options available today for fillings, with the most common including gold, porcelain, silver amalgam, glass ionomer, zinc oxide and eugenol, composite resin fillings.

Composite Resin Fillings

So what are composite resin fillings – and why is it called “composite resin”?

It’s referred to as composite resin because the material consists of a combination of glass and tooth-colored plastic and other materials. Composite fillings are commonly used to reshape disfigured teeth in the mouth or as a material to bond to your teeth – with the benefit being that they can match the exact color of your existing teeth.

Because composites can bond to your teeth, they can help support your remaining tooth structure, which can help prevent further breakage on teeth. It can also be used as a “buffer” on the tooth, serving to insulate your tooth from temperature change. People like composite resin fillings because they can look so natural in the mouth.

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But back to the process of getting a filling: at this stage, depending on the kind of filling, sometimes a base is placed to protect your nerves. Often times that is made of composite resin!

After a few more steps, certain fillings will be hardened using light applied to the area. Once the material has hardened, you’re almost ready to go. After shaping and polishing, your composite is placed.

cosmetic dentistrySo how do you know what kind of filling is right for you?

There are many factors that help your dentist know what kind of filling is right for you. These factors include:

  • The size of the decay
  • The location of the decay in the mouth
  • Aesthetics
  • Bonding to your tooth structure
  • Versatility (for example, if used for broken or chipped teeth)
  • Other health and lifestyle factors

From simple fillings to full crowns to veneers, CEREC is also an option that many people turn to – again – depending on the specific needs of the situation. Keep in mind we can help you decide what’s best for you based on the extent of the decay, aesthetics, durability, your insurance, and of course how the option is suited for your mouth.

Before you have the need for any fillings, aim for prevention. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss every day and visit Dr. Hagen regularly.

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Experience More Durable, Natural-Looking & Convenient Dental Crowns: Why We’re Thankful for CEREC

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

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Thanksgiving is a time of year when we’re able to appreciate all the things we’re thankful for.

A technology our practice and patients are grateful for is CEREC crowns because the technology is so high quality and precise—not to mention you can get your CEREC restoration in one visit. In fact, the precise, durable and reliable crowns are actually made right from porcelain in our office.

Traditionally, getting fitted for a crown meant you would have to come back to the dentist, sometimes days or weeks later. With CEREC, you get a permanent solution in the same visit, and before you leave, we ensure it has the ultimate fit. Also, unlike other materials, ceramic is not only incredibly durable, but it also has tooth-like physical and aesthetic qualities, which our patients are grateful for.

Restoring Your Tooth with CEREC

CEREC is used to restore a tooth that has decay, is weakened, or is even broken. It is also used to remove defective amalgam fillings, or place cosmetic veneers. After an evaluation, we would let you know if CEREC is right for you!

Just think: as many as 1.2 billion metal fillings will have to be replaced in the next decade…CEREC will replace many of these fillings so that people can have a tooth that is free of decay, and so that the tooth is strong and beautiful once again.

CEREC: The Process

As mentioned, CEREC uses ceramic materials to restore any tooth that is decayed or broken, a procedure that can be done in just one-visit.

But how is the CEREC process so quick and so precise?

When it’s decided that you are a candidate for a CEREC one-visit restoration, we will examine a number of factors including the tooth itself and the tissue around the area. After the tooth is prepared, it’s time for an optical impression of the tooth. A reflective powder is applied to the tooth, and with a special camera, a picture is taken and viewed on our computer screen.

Within minutes, we then use our CEREC machine to create the restoration. We first take the digital image and convert it to a 3-dimensional, virtual model of the tooth. Then Dr. Hagen is able to design the custom-fit restoration using the 3D software. Next, using 3D printing, we’re able to send that design to the milling machine and a ceramic block is created. Thanks to diamond-coated burs, we’re able to carve out the indicated shape of the restoration.

The last step is to bond the crown to the remaining tooth structure. This ceramic, tooth-colored restoration is not only cut out and shaped perfectly but we make sure, once in your mouth, you have a proper fit and comfortable bite. This entire procedure from start to finish takes about an hour.

You can imagine why both dentists and patients are grateful for CEREC: it’s strong, it preserves your tooth structure, and it looks beautiful in your mouth.  

When it comes to restoring inlays, onlays, crowns and veneers, CEREC is the natural-looking, long-lasting, ideal way to restore your teeth.

What could be easier or faster than having a crown made with CEREC?

It’s been called revolutionary, and we’ve been doing it for decades! There’s no charge to learn more about CEREC one-visit crowns. Call us today at (513) 251-5500 to schedule your complimentary consultation.