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CEREC

Get Crowns in One Day!

C.E.R.E.C. or “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics is a computer design system that was developed in the 1980s by Drs. Marco Brandestini and Werner Mormann, both professors. The process allows dentists to construct ceramic tooth replacements in their office or “chairside,” rather than sending impressions and measurements off to a lab for construction. About 38,000 dentists around the world have implemented the CEREC method since 1985 and more than 6.9 million restorations are performed every year.

If you are interested in CEREC restorations, contact All Smiles Dental today at (803) 356-0700.

How is it done?

To perform CEREC restorations and CAD/CAM procedures, a dentist:

  • Takes digital impressions of a patient using digital radiographs, a CT scan or other digital scanners. One or more types of scanners can be used.
  • A three-dimensional model is then computer-generated.
  • Equipment to manufacture the restoration, such as 3D printers, are used to create the ceramic tooth replacement.

Dentists without manufacturing equipment can still send images to a lab instantly through the Internet, and the lab can then begin construction.

The Benefits of CEREC

Once the restoration is constructed, it can be fitted, adjusted and installed right away. This innovative new dental procedure allows patients to receive their restoration in days instead of weeks. Because the dentist completes all the steps in the office, he or she can finish restorations in a fraction of the time it used to take using the traditional methods. This means the reconstruction procedure is completed quickly and with fewer office visits.

Other benefits include:

  • The possibility to complete the restoration in one office visit.
  • A cost-effective option.
  • Less discomfort and injections during the procedure.
  • Ceramic restorations last longer and look more natural.
  • More color options mean a closer match of the restoration to surrounding teeth.
  • Digital impressions allow for more accuracy and detail for replacements, without the need for molds or other paraphernalia in the patient’s mouth.
  • Digital impressions are easier to take, with less discomfort to the patient.
  • Less time spent on adjustments and follow-up.

Studies show that CEREC restorations have a 95.5 percent success rate within the first decade. When used in conjunction with 3D X-ray technology, CEREC techniques can be used to create dental implants, prosthetics and drilling guides to help dentists plan an implant procedure.

What Composes CEREC Restorations?

  • Crowns, inlaysveneers and other single tooth restorations are made of feldspar and glass ceramics.
  • Oxide ceramics and infiltration ceramics are used to make bridges and crown copings to be used in the side and front areas of the mouth where more strength and flexibility are required.

The Cost

Our staff can discuss funding options for CEREC restorations. Depending on insurance coverage, the cost will vary as not all dental insurances will cover cosmetic procedures. Our office may be able to help create a finance plan to spread out the total cost over monthly payments Otherwise, it may be possible to set a schedule to complete individual procedures as the patient’s budget allows.

We at All Smiles Dental offers CEREC restorations as part of our many other dental services. Please call (803) 356-0700 to find out more.

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Digital X-Rays

The use of digital X-rays in dentistry has many applications. Intraoral (inside the mouth) and Extraoral (outside the mouth) digital X-rays help dentists detect many dental problems in greater depth and detail.

Think about us at All Smiles Dental when it comes time for your next checkup. Call our office at (803) 356-0700 to set up an appointment.

The Different Types of Digital X-Rays

Intraoral digital X-rays include:

  • Bite wing X-rays show details of the upper and lower teeth and look for cavities and gum disease and monitor bone density. They also are used to check fillings and crowns.
  • Periapical X-rays are used to show the full dimensions of the tooth from top to bottom, and its relation to the teeth around it on the upper or lower jaw. It also can check the bone and root structure for each tooth.
  • Occlusal X-rays reveal tooth placement and development on both the upper or lower jaw.

Extraoral digital X-rays cover a variety of angles.

  • Panoramic X-rays detail the upper and lower jaw in one shot and can show the position of emerging or impacted teeth and even help identify tumors.
  • Tomograms emphasize only a certain area of the mouth while other areas are blurred. This makes it easier to see small or difficult to access areas of the mouth.
  • Computed tomography (CT scans) shows the structure in three-dimensional pictures to help dentists find fractures or tumors within the facial structure or assess bone structure for complicated extractions or dental implants.
  • Sialography involves injecting dye into the salivary glands and observing the resulting images. Dentists may use this scan to look for issues with the salivary glands, such as a blockage or medical conditions like Sjögren’s syndrome.
  • Cephalometric projections provide images of the patient’s head from the side, to show teeth in relationship to the jaw and the profile of the patient. This is used by orthodontists to help develop treatment plans for their patients.

Who Needs Digital X-Rays?

  • With any new patient, the dentist will recommend a set of digital X-rays to assess the patient’s state of dental health and to see what is normal for that patient.
  • If there are any cavities discovered later, another set of X-rays may be needed to observe the rate of tooth decay, check for gum disease and check the overall development and growth of the patient’s teeth.
  • Adults will not need as many X-rays as growing children who are still developing their teeth and bones and are at higher risk of cavities.
  • Women who are pregnant or who think they might be pregnant should inform the dentist before any digital X-rays are taken. The dental assistant will provide a protective apron and thyroid collar to protect mother and child from any danger of radiation.
  • Women who are breastfeeding or trying to become pregnant no longer have to postpone X-rays.

All Smiles Dental uses the latest in digital X-ray technology to keep their patients healthy and happy. Contact us for more information or to set up an appointment.

Before and After Results

Before and After Results

Inlays & Onlays

Inlays and Onlays are regarded as new-age dental treatments. The process is quite similar to tooth fillings. In general, the treatment is used to repair and restore small tooth fractures, damaged teeth and tooth decay.

As suggested by their name, inlays are used to fill the tooth’s center. Whereas, onlays are used in several points of the tooth’s biting surface. Unlike conventional restorative methods, using inlays and onlays has many advantages. The restorative surfaces are less likely to be discolored or broken, and the filling will seal your teeth cavities, makingnthe calcium structure durable and exceptionally stable.

If you think inlays and/or onlays are right for you, call our office to set up an appointment at (803) 356-0700.

Inlays and Onlays in Just Two Visits

Inlays and onlays are used to repair a tooth’s biting surface. The dentist fills the tooth with gold, porcelain or some other solid material. In some cases, dentists prefer to be conservative about the fillings they use.

As technology advances, the filling used is becoming stronger. The solution lasts for longer periods of time. The modern filling materials will delight you with a much more permanent result.

However, you must be prepared to visit the dentist for two separate visits. On the first day, the dentist will apply the filling material for inlays and onlays on the teeth. On the second day, after the material has bonded to the teeth, the material is shaped and polished to match the rest of the teeth.

The Thin Line Between Inlays and Onlays

There is a very thin line between inlays and onlays. Inlays fill the tooth’s center with a solid filling. The custom-made filling is cemented in a specific place. Thus, each tooth can have only one inlay.

On the other hand, onlays are given at different points in the tooth. Onlays have the vigor to cover and conserve a greater amount of a tooth’s surface. Usually, onlays are used to protect the teeth with a stronger structure giving the natural tooth a longer life.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

The use of dental inlays and onlays has increased in the past few years and have these benefits:

  1. The perfect fillings will not discolor or wear away with time. Conventional resin fillings have the tendency to wear away! Hence, inlays and onlays can be regarded as a one-time solution.
  2. Crowns may not fit onto your tooth properly. The composite may fill, shrink and break with time. On the other hand, inlays are tailored to suit the tooth’s structure. The material forms to each and every edge. This makestooth cleaning effortless and exceptionally easy!
  3. Inlays and onlays will save your teeth from bacterial infection.
  4. The treatment produces long lasting results and is remarkably stable.
  5. You can use inlays and onlays on different types of teeth! Weak or strong, the filling is hale and hearty.
  6. Inlays will not stain your teeth.

Lifespan of Inlays and Onlays!

On the whole, inlays and onlays will keep your teeth strong! The structure is formulated to last from 10 to 40 years. However, the lifetime of this treatment will depend on your oral hygiene level. Those who brush their teeth twice a day and use good mouthwashes can enjoy their fillings for a very long time. To be more precise, inlays and onlays are 50 times more durable and stronger than conventional fillings.

Price of Inlays and Onlays

Many people shy away from inlays and onlays due to cost. If you are worried about prices of the procedures, fear not! You can choose from three different types of inlays and onlays that can change the cost of receiving inlays and onlays. Budget-conscious patients can decide on porcelain dental inlays. On the other hand, patients can choose gold or resin-based inlay materials.

If you are interested in inlays and onlays, but are worried about the cost, contact us today so we can answer any of your questions.

Smile With Confidence Using Invisalign

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Why Correct Your Smile?

Everyday, there people all over the world who are afraid of stepping out in confidence due to their misaligned or crooked teeth.

Not only are people not as confident, but also people who have crowded or crooked teeth are more susceptible to gum and teeth infections including with intense swelling and pain. Correctly aligned teeth are much easier to clean and maintain.

When confronted, people who have misaligned teeth say that they do not want to have ugly braces and be the butt of jokes. But so many people are unaware that with the advancement in medical technology and cosmetic dentistry, the ugly metal braces already have become a thing of the past. Today, options like clear braces and Invisalign allow people to correct their smile without losing style. Invisalign has become the most talked about form of correcting teeth. Say goodbye to the old braces and embrace these blessings of modern dental advancement.

What Is Invisalign?

Before we rush to the nearest dentists and orthodontists, let us first get to know the revolution that is Invisalign. This is basically the new process of straightening teeth without using any of the conventional set of braces. In this process, we make use of a series of clear aligners made up of plastic to facilitate tooth movement inside the patient’s mouth. The true beauty is the ability to produce a set of aligners with minor changes using a computer program to help facilitate teeth movement gradually into their proper place. People who have been to their orthodontists and have been informed that they suffer from mild to moderate level of spacing or crowding in their teeth can be good candidates for Invisalign treatment.

Why Choose Invisalign?

The best part of using Invisalign is that they are almost undetectable and are extremely easy to use in day-to-day life. They also are extremely comfortable to wear unlike other braces usually worn by patients. People who have used Invisalign are full of good reviews about how it has changed their life. The best part is that Invisalign uses a modern methodology of straightening misaligned teeth. Invisalign generates a custom-made aligner series that is created individually and uniquely for each and every patient to fit their individual requirements.

The Invisalign-designed aligner trays are formed from smooth, full of comfort, and almost invisible plastic that one can slide over their teeth. The patient wears these aligners to shift gradually and gently crooked and misplaced teeth into their proper places. This realignment is based on exact movements charted out in the computer-generated dentists’ or orthodontists’ plans. No metal brackets are needed for any attachment and no tightening wires. Throughout the Invisalign treatment process, a patient will slide in a new set of aligners roughly every two weeks. The overall outcome will be a charming, beautiful smile with radiating confidence. This is all possible with little interference in the patient’s daily life. And to top it off, this entire process of straightening the teeth goes on without your friends and relatives even knowing about it. That just makes this process even more appealing.

Alternatives

For those who are still hesitant about embracing Invisalign, there are other alternatives. They include using clear or ceramic braces. Teens and middle-aged people want to look perfect by realigning their teeth. No one should have to compromise their confidence while looking to enhance their smiles. No trauma of having to wear braces for a considerable time until the teeth set back to their expected positions is needed.

This reason alone makes Invisalign a great reason for investment. Changing the position of teeth and getting them into proper alignment can take time and no one wants to feel self-conscious during the journey.

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Oral Cancer Screenings Save Lives

Oral Cancer Screenings

At All Smiles Dental, we perform oral cancer screenings as part of any routine dental visit. These screenings allow dentists to investigate changes observed in the patient’s mouth during a routine exam and to address other negative findings immediately.

A dentist works toward maintaining optimal oral healthfor patients. Dentists inform patients who are at risk for oral cancer to include oral cancer screenings in their routine dental exams.

To receive an oral cancer screening, call our office at (803) 356-0700.

Why Do I Need Oral Cancer Screenings?

The key to beating cancer is detecting it early. Oral cancer screenings are especially important for a number of reasons. With the cancer demographics dropping to lower age brackets and with increased risk factors being discovered all the time, oral cancer screenings can make the difference between life and death. By detecting the symptoms and stages of oral cancer early, doctors and patients can take steps to stop the cancer before it takes hold. Early treatment allows for more treatment options and a higher success rate.

Who Is at Risk for Oral Cancer?

  • Smokers,tobacco chewers and marijuana users are at risk for oral cancer.
  • Heavy drinkers because alcohol consumption greatly increases cancer risks.
  • Those with a family history of cancer.
  • Those with viruses linked to cancer, such as Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and human papillomavirus (HPV).

What Are Oral Cancer Symptoms?

  • Pain in the mouth or ears.
  • Sore mouth.
  • Nonpainful lump in the throat.
  • Difficulty swallowing.
  • Sores in the mouth that won’t heal.
  • Patchy red and white tissue in the mouth.

Oral cancer screenings are essential to finding and identifying the symptoms of oral cancer.

They are quick, easy and usually painless.

How Are Oral Cancer Screenings Performed?

The dentist will wear gloves while performing the exam.

  • Since the tongue is where most oral cancers show up, the dentist will examine it first.
  • The dentist will inspect the inside of the cheeks and lips to look for bumps or sores.
  • Using two fingers, the dentist will check the floor of the mouth, looking for patches of red and white tissue or lumps.
  • The roof of the mouth is checked for any soft areas of the hard palate.
  • Checking the neck area for any lumps or infection is the next step.
  • The tonsils are checked last to ensure they are symmetrical and not inflamed or infected.

While oral cancer screenings alone can’t diagnose cancer, they can alert the dentist of the possibility and allow forreferrals other doctors for cancer testing. It is worth the peace of mind to find out if there are symptoms of cancer, or perhaps another underlying illness, that can be causing cancer-like symptoms. Since the exam is so easy and quick to perform, it is better to be safe than sorry.

All Smiles Dental believes in the power of early cancer detection and offers oral cancer screenings to all patients as part of our routine dental exams. Please call (803) 356-0700 for more information or to schedule an appointment.