Today, everyone wants a beautiful smile. When a person feels good about their smile, it also reflects a strong self-image.
A beautiful smile can help you interact more confidently with
family, friends and business acquaintances or that special someone.
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Why patients are choosing CEREC
Since 1985 CEREC by Sirona has remained the preferred CAD/CAM technology of dentists worldwide for the fabrication of all-ceramic dental restorations in a single treatment appointment. CEREC is proven by hundreds of clinical studies and is offered by thousands of dentists to millions of patients around the world each year. It also has the broadest restorative range of any dental CAD/CAM system on the market. Proven performance, unrivaled success, and unequaled capabilities have made CEREC the number one dental CAD/CAM choice for over 28 years.
Most dental restorative methods require more than one visit to the dentist. This means that on the first visit, you get an injection of anesthesia, your tooth prepared, an impression taken, and a temporary restoration put on your tooth. You make a second appointment for a couple of weeks later, get another injection, have the temporary pried off (if it hasn't fallen off already), and have a permanent restoration put on. Why go to the dentist a second time when you don't have to? With CEREC, the procedure is done in a single appointment, start to finish.
So, why are thousands of people worldwide choosing the CEREC restorative technique for their dental needs? Simple... Single Appointment Dental Care
Finest Dental Materials
A CEREC tooth restoration isn't just convenient, it is also healthy. Many years ago, dentists had few options to repair decayed and damaged teeth other than amalgam, gold, and other metals. With CEREC, your dentist can use strong, tooth colored ceramic materials to restore your teeth to their natural strength, beauty, and function. These materials closely match the composition of natural tooth structure.
This means when you eat hot food and then drink something cold, the restoration and tooth expand and contract at almost equal rates. So, your tooth does not crack, and you can go on enjoying your evening. Also, the materials are chemically bonded to your tooth, so your dentist can save as much healthy tooth tissue as possible while providing you with a dental restoration that strengthens your tooth.
Your dentist can use CEREC for more than just crowns and fillings. CEREC is capable of producing any single tooth restoration. Chipped or discolored front teeth can be repaired with beautiful CEREC porcelain anterior crowns or veneers.
Your smile makes a lasting first impression. Enhance it with CEREC.
Worldwide, a CEREC restoration is placed every 20 seconds. With a history of over 23 years, this equipment has helped dentists place millions of restorations worldwide. Using metal free materials that are the closest to your natural enamel, CEREC gives you the highest quality restorative care.
Cerec "Same Day" Crowns
The days of taking impressions for a crown, making temporaries, and waiting two weeks for your final product are virtually eliminated with the latest technology in Cerec Crowns. Using Cerec, an infrared camera takes images of your tooth, after it has been shaped, and a three-dimensional virtual model is created. Our assistants then use a computer program to design your crown or onlay. The data is sent by modem to our milling machine, and in minutes your restoration is ready to be polished, cemented into place, adjusted, and you are on your way!
Our patients love the convenience of Cerec technology. It means in most cases that in one appointment your tooth can be restored. Less time in the dental chair and fewer appointments are needed. Less tooth structure is lost in most cases. Risk of complications and/or sensitivity is lowered because the tooth structure is more accurately measured. Many fabricated crowns have a metal substrate that porcelain is bonded to. Because Cerec crowns are milled from a solid block, there is less chance of allergic or immune response to the material in the crown.
Dr. Baumann and our registered dental assistants have taken extended training in Cerec technology over the past four years, updating their skills with concurrent updates in equipment. We are happy to offer you the latest, and greatest, in dental technology.
Digital Dental X-Rays
Although we do still take an occasional, conventional X-ray in our office, the majority of our X-rays are digital. They offer an 90 percent reduction in radiation, do not use film or chemicals for developing, and produce an almost instantaneous, high-quality image. X-rays are an important part of a thorough dental examination.
A full set is usually required for a patient new to our practice, with two to four "bite wings" necessary at 6 month to 18 month intervals. X-rays can expose tooth decay, tooth abscess, or an ill-fitting or cracked crown or bridge. Most importantly from a health standpoint, they can reveal bone loss from periodontal gum disease, and locate cysts or tumors.
Dental X-rays are an important tool in the diagnosis and treatment of dental problems. In combination with a thorough visual examination performed by Dr. Baumann, they provide a comprehensive picture of your dental health.
Dental implants offer a comfortable, permanent answer to people missing one or more natural teeth. Often a superior alternative to conventional dentures or bridges, implants allow you to speak, eat, and smile with complete comfort and confidence. With newer technology, implants are now smaller and much easier to place. Most of our patients have little or no discomfort. They can dramatically change how you feel about your smile for the rest of your life.
Dr. Baumann is proud to offer a new revolutionary tooth whitening procedure. The "ZOOM" in office whitening system is safe, effective and very fast. In just over one hour you can take this step to feeling good, looking great and making a memorable impression every time you smile. The convenience of Zoom in comparison to days of wearing trays and gradual whitening makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual. For more information, please see: Frequently Asked Questions about ZOOM Whitening.
It's fairly well known in the dental industry there are two leaders in whitening techniques. Zoom bleaching uses a light activated bleaching gel that gets great immediate chair side results. KöR bleaching has been an excellent take home/tray system that gets out the difficult stains (tetracycline stains) that require an extended bleaching system. In order to maximize the results and take all doubt from the results we have combined both systems to give you the best dentistry has to offer. Zoom chair side and KöR take home whitening are the ultimate whitening combination.
Invisalign and Invisalign Teen
Dr. Baumann has completed training on how to provide Invisalign Orthodontics to our patients. Invisalign technology allows the movement of teeth without the use of conventional braces. Computer technology creates nearly invisible tooth positioners that are changed every two weeks. This allows for better oral hygiene and comfort while still getting a beautiful smile. We also offer Invisalign Teen, the newest technology for younger patients, eliminating the need for uncomfortable brackets and wires. Ask Dr. Baumann or one of the staff if you have any questions about this new technology.
Metal Free Restorations
These restorations are free of metal (mercury) and actually bond to the remaining tooth structure. This strengthens the tooth while beautifully matching the surrounding teeth. These restorations are excellent for the replacement of old, black mercury amalgam fillings. They restore and strengthen the tooth while still being conservative in tooth removal.
Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns and Bridges
For those patients who require large space bridgework to replace more than a few teeth, traditional porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations remain state of the art. The metal substructure provides necessary strength for maximum function. To further improve the esthetics, we can upgrade the margins or edges of these crowns with all porcelain margins so that no metal shows. Ask Dr. Baumann about what type of crown is best for you.
Composite bonding is one of the most conservative, versatile and affordable ways to cover discoloration, close gaps, repair chips or breaks or replace a small amount of tooth structure. In many instances it’s the modern replacement for old black fillings many of us received as children. Through the bonding technique these white composite restorations actually strengthen the remaining tooth structure unlike mercury amalgam which often causes teeth to break.
Smile recontouring is another very simple and easy way to improve your smile. With an artistic flare, the top edges of the front teeth are reshaped (with a very small diamond disc) recreating the rounded more youthful shape your teeth once had. As teeth age, many times the edges of the front teeth are worn flat and the edges become square. Reshaping natural teeth can quite easily restore a more youthful appearance.
Empress and Empress II Porcelain Inlays and Crowns and Bridges
These all-ceramic restorations are by far the most beautiful, natural looking crowns available today. Empress crowns are often indistinguishable from natural teeth. The secret to their beauty is no metal substructure in the crowns. With no metal present even if the gum tissue recedes over time the crown still looks great. There are no black lines around the neck of the crowns like you see with conventional porcelain fused to metal crowns.
The Relationship of Oral to Overall Health
“The terms oral health and general health should not be interpreted as separate entities. Oral Health is integrated to general health: Oral Health means more than healthy teeth and you cannot be healthy without oral health.”- Donna Shalala Secretary of Health and Human Resources; Oral Health in America: A report of the Surgeon General
Most patients and health professionals are unaware of the effects that oral health issues, particularly mercury from amalgam fillings, gum disease and other oral problems can have on overall health.
Oral health issues affecting overall health
- Most health professionals are aware that certain seafood is a source of mercury. But did you know that mercury amalgam fillings are the number one source of chronic mercury poisoning, far greater than seafood or environmental causes.
- The symptoms of chronic mercury poisoning are many and the health problems mercury can directly or indirectly cause contribute to or make it worse. More information...
- Gum Disease: The role of gum disease as a contributing and even causative factor in systemic disease is not debatable. When any infection is present in the body, especially one as serious and long lasting one as gum disease, it will negatively affect the entire body.
- Other oral health issues of concern:
- Infected root canals
- Infected extraction site
- Non biocompatible dental materials
- Other diseases of the oral cavity
- Safe removal of amalgam fillings
The neuromuscular dentist understands the unique relationship between occlusion (bite), muscles and the temperomandibular joint (TMJ). The neuromuscular dentist is involved in the diagnosis and treatment of cranial facial pain, migraine headaches, TMJ dysfunction, and head and neck pain jaw disorders including popping, clicking and locking of the TMJ joint. The list of associated symptoms seems endless:
- TMJ pain
- Facial pain
- TMJ noise
- Tender sensitive teeth
- Limited opening
- Difficulty chewing
- Ear congestion
- Neck pain
- Postural problems
- Ringing in the ears
- Numbness in fingertips
- Difficulty swallowing
- Hot/cold sensitivity
- Loose teeth
Treatment involves using myotronic K-7 equipment to determine what position your jaw is comfortable in when relaxed. The jaws are relaxed with a low frequency tens unit that allows the dentist to determine the best jaw position. A neuromuscular bite is then taken at the proper jaw position. A laboratory technician then constructs an orthotic (occlusal guard) for the patient to wear. It is usual that after correcting the bite with a removable orthotic most if not all of the symptoms resolve. Sometimes physical therapy and/or chiropractics is indicated as adjunctive therapy to the orthotic. Once comfortable with the orthotic appliance a definitive treatment plan can be established which can include orthodontics, multiple crowns or bite adjustments.
Porcelain Veneers/ Porcelain Crowns
In many cosmetic dentistry makeovers either porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns are the restoration of choice. Typically, dental crowns encase an entire tooth whereas porcelain veneers cover only the front side of the tooth. The amount of tooth reduction needed for a crown differs from that of a veneer. Aside from removal of decayed old fillings there are structural requirements which can sometimes dictate the need for a crown over a veneer. In cosmetic cases keep in mind there is some idealized surface shape that the dentist is trying to achieve for both cosmetic and functional concerns. A classic porcelain veneer is a wafer-thin shell of ceramic that is bonded onto the front of the tooth. Whereas a dental crown covers and encases the entire tooth, a porcelain veneer just covers the side of the tooth a person shows when they are smiling. There is significantly less tooth structure removed for a porcelain veneer as opposed to when a dental crown is made. The veneer is a preferred preparation in that less tooth structure is sacrificed.
- Can be used to significantly change the color and shape of a tooth
- Are often used to rebuild teeth that are badly broken/decayed
- Are very strong, they are a good choice in situations where the tooth is subject to heavy biting forces
- Require significant tooth reduction
- Once a crown is made the tooth will always require a crown
- Can be used to produce significant color and minor shapes change to the tooth
- Are placed on the teeth whose underlining tooth structure is generally healthy. In fact they are strong but brittle and do best in the absence of heavy occlusal forces
- Require much less tooth preparation than crowns
- Once a veneer is place, most likely the tooth will always require a veneer
- Blood pressure screening
- Periodontal evaluation
- Prophylaxis or full mouth debridement
- Prophy jet therapy (stain removal)
- Oral cancer screening, Vizilite test (oral lesion identification and marking system)
- Taking digital radiographs
- RDD (root planing, detoxification and debridement) using micro-ultrasonic, manual scaling, followed by a soft tissue laser therapy
- Administering local anesthesia and nitrous oxide
- Application of antimicrobials and desensitizing agents
- Oral hygiene instructions
In our office we have two types of continuing care for our patients depending on their oral health:
Continuing care for patients with healthy gums (no clinical signs of inflammation, no bleeding and 1-3 mm pockets) includes periodontal evaluation, professional cleaning or prophylaxis every 6 months, oral hygiene instructions, digital radiographs to detect caries usually once in one or two years and exam with Dr. Baumann.
Continuing care for patients with active periodontal disease or a history of a periodontal disease consists of periodontal evaluation, supportive periodontal therapy (professional cleaning) every 45-90 days, necessary digital radiographs to detect caries and monitor bone level, laser therapy, antimicrobials, topical fluoride rinse or dentifrice and nutritional counseling for patients prone to root decay, oral hygiene instructions and exam with Dr. Baumann.