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Get a Beautiful Smile with CEREC

Filed under: Cerec Crowns — Cornerstone Dental Arts @ 8:00 am

When your smile is less-than-impressive, it does not mean you ought to hide your happiness. All smiles deserve to be seen, but why not make yours spectacular? With CEREC, we can create porcelain restorations that are not only stunning, but we can make them in a snap. No more waiting around for days or even weeks for a tooth transformation when you can have your improved smile ready in about an hour! Sounds too good to be true, but we’d never tell a lie. 

Here is what you need to know about tooth restorations made with CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics), why they are so revolutionary, and if you may be a good candidate to get them. 

What Issues Can CEREC Correct?

Do you suffer from a cracked, chipped, or broken tooth? Perhaps your spacing is all over the map. Or you may just want to improve the overall aesthetics of your smile. When a tooth is missing, it can make you self-conscious, as well as compromise the structure of your mouth. One missing tooth can shift everything out of place, causing a permanent problem that won’t get better on its own. Additionally, a chipped, cracked, or broken tooth can further deteriorate, eventually leading to more decay or rotting. Not fun, not fabulous, and certainly not something you’ll want to flaunt. CEREC to the rescue!

If any of these dental issues are impacting you, let’s discuss the option of CEREC at your next dental appointment. This hi-tech system is a permanent solution for your smile setbacks. In nearly no time at all, a porcelain replacement will be milled for your mouth, making what was unsightly so much better. It’s almost unbelievable. 

Only One Hour? How Could It Be?

CEREC

Today’s amazing advancements in dental technology have changed the game in how long it takes for replacement teeth to be made. Not long ago, getting fitted and having the item formulated took a while. In the meantime, you would be waiting for the piece to come in, with your patience dwindling as the days went by. There was no other option, as you had to get your teeth measured, then the details were sent out to a lab, the pros began the work, and you had to wait patiently for your new smile.

Between the back and forth plus the time it took to get the restoration made, the clock ticked by and you got grumpy. Fast forward to now, and CEREC is a heaven-sent, far speedier solution. Right here in the Cornerstone Dental Arts office within about an hour, the whole process is a piece of cake. Using computer-assisted design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), this one-day restoration process is fine-tuned and super-fast. You will go home that very same day with a smile that you are finally proud to show off. 

It’s So Simple

We shape your tooth to fit the restoration perfectly. Using the hi-resolution technology, we scan your mouth to snap a clear 3-D image of your tooth. The CEREC software does its magic and sends the defined details to the in-office milling machine. Once the dental replacement piece is ready for your tooth, we will carefully cement it in place and you’re good to go. You can even watch the whole thing happen from the comfort of the dental chair. What a show! It is remarkable how precise and fast the whole thing happens. 

You’re Busy…Let’s Get Down To Business

Everyone is so busy nowadays. Who has the time in their jam-packed schedule to come back to the dentist’s office for multiple visits when the days seem to fly by? Of course, you want to take care of your dental needs, but some folks forget about it when the process is painstakingly time-consuming. Understandable, but unnecessary…now. 

With CEREC, the time concern becomes a non-issue. You’ve got a quick morning or afternoon you can set aside for this tooth transformation, don’t you? The zippy nature of CEREC is attractive not only for its accuracy and speed, but for the beautiful end result. The dental pieces made with CEREC are high-quality, long-lasting, and simply lovely. No one will know it is not your real tooth. And you won’t even notice the difference when it comes to chewing, speaking, and so on. You’ll only wish you’d done it sooner.

Are You Interested In CEREC?

Is CEREC calling your name? If you believe you’d benefit from this hi-tech dental restoration solution, give Cornerstone Dental Arts a call at (865) 531-7117. We are happy to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have about CEREC or your oral care in general. We will help you schedule a consultation and get you ready for a revolutionary change in your smile. We genuinely look forward to treating you and seeing your improved smile shine!

Get a Movie Star Smile With Porcelain Veneers

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentist — Cornerstone Dental Arts @ 8:00 am

How ‘bout a stunning smile to make your summer even brighter? Of course, a dazzling smile is a year-round reward, but why wait any longer when the perfect smile you have been longing for is no longer out of reach? With porcelain veneers, you can have a smile that you thought only movie stars could flash. They are so natural looking, feel and function like your real teeth, and will give your self-esteem a boost that you just won’t believe. 

Whether you need a minor cosmetic change or something more significant, porcelain veneers will change your smile for the better. Our team of dentists are not only technically savvy, but artfully advanced to make every smile look simply stunning. 

Read on for more information about porcelain veneers, why they could be the clear cosmetic choice for you, and what is involved in the process. You’re probably smiling already! 

What Porcelain Veneers are Made of and How The Process Goes

Porcelain veneers are made of porcelain (obviously), but they are crafted into thin shells that look just like real teeth. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to their creation – each “tooth” is custom-made to fit and feel fabulous for the patient who’ll be wearing them. 

As for placement, it will be a two-visit process to our practice. During your first appointment at Cornerstone Dental Arts, we will prep your teeth by removing a very thin layer of the enamel. This won’t damage the teeth or cause discomfort, but it will allow for room for the porcelain veneers to be placed over top. You do not want the veneer to protrude unnaturally or look too thick, so this minor removal allows for these cosmetic concerns. Once the enamel is carefully removed, we will take impressions of your teeth which will be sent to the lab where the veneers will be designed. While they are being crafted, temporary veneers will be placed over your teeth in the interim. 

Once the veneers are ready (a few weeks at most), you will return to the office for your second (and final) appointment. With a special adhesive process, we will attach them to your teeth for a strong hold that will last for many happy years with proper care (details on care below). They will function just like real teeth, but look so much better. Another perk? They won’t stain! 

Who is a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

If you have any of the following situations with your smile that you’d like to correct, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Of course, talk to your dentist to determine if porcelain veneers will correct the condition to your satisfaction. 

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Stained/dull teeth
  • Slightly crooked teeth (too crooked may require orthodontic work)
  • Broken teeth
  • Teeth are too long or too short (or mismatched)
  • Bite is off/misalignment
  • Spaces/gaps between teeth

Some patients have a series of teeth that can benefit from the beauty of porcelain veneers while others only have a tooth or two that need work. Every patient has specific needs and desires, and the Cornerstone Dental Arts team is here to hear your goals and recommend a smile-improving solution.

Caring for Your Porcelain Veneers

Just like your natural teeth, teeth with veneers over top need to be taken care of properly. While they are super strong and durable, it does not mean they do not need good care to last to their full capacity. Here are some simple but important tips to follow to help keep your veneers in tip-top condition:

  • Schedule (and keep) your dental cleaning exams. Your teeth need to be checked and cleaned, including your veneers. Plus, if they happen to chip or seem to be faulty in any way, we can figure that out right away before the issue leads to potential further damage. Twice a year is what is generally recommended in terms of regular oral exams.
  • Do not clench or grind your teeth. This will wear away at the porcelain, not to mention the potential it has to affect your other teeth and jaw. If you think you may be clenching or grinding while you sleep, talk to your dentist about wearing a night guard at bedtime to prevent damage.
  • Do not whiten your veneers. They will remain nearly flawless if you practice good oral hygiene habits. They will not whiten like natural teeth and can become discolored due to the bleaching agents in most whiteners. 
  • Brush and floss twice daily as you would regularly for excellent overall oral hygiene.

Are you ready to reveal a brand new smile? Porcelain veneers may be exactly what you need to smile like your favorite celeb. Give us a call at (865) 531-7117 for more information or to schedule a consultation with one of the Cornerstone Dental Arts dentists.