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By David J. Wadas, DDS, PLLC
February 26, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: CEREC Crowns  

Find out all that these unique dental crowns have to offer your smile.

Dental crowns have become a pretty common restoration when it comes to fixing issues such as weak and damaged teeth. When a CEREC Crownsfilling just won’t do a dental crown is the next logical option. But getting dental crowns usually takes a couple visits, which can be a challenge if you have a busy schedule. However, your Portage dentist Dr. David Wadas is happy to offer CEREC crowns, so now you have no excuses.

What are CEREC crowns?

Unlike traditional crowns that are created in a dental lab outside our Portage office CEREC crowns can be made in-house, which alone exponentially speeds up the process of getting your new restoration.

CEREC crowns are made using revolutionary CAD/CAM technology. Now your Portage cosmetic dentist can make your restoration while you wait. We will take images of your teeth, which are then uploaded to our computer. Our software will create 3D images of your tooth to help us design a crown that will offer the proper shape and precise measurements.

Once the crown is designed our milling station will take a ceramic block and begin to construct your crown from the material. The last step is to then cement the crown over the prepared tooth.

What are the benefits?

As you may already be able to tell, getting CEREC crowns offers an array of advantages including:

Convenience: What is more convenient than getting a restoration in just one single visit? Now there are no scheduling excuses as to why you can’t come in to see your Portage general dentist for treatment.

Mess-free: Traditionally, taking impressions of your teeth usually means dealing with messy and sometimes unpleasant putty-like material. But not when you get CEREC crowns. Traditional molding resin is swapped out for a mess-free camera that quickly and accurately takes precise images, which can also be immediately uploaded to our computer.

Quality: CEREC crowns are made from a solid block of ceramic, so what you’ll get is a dental restoration that is strong, durable and looks just like a real tooth. The ceramic is even matched to the color of the rest of your teeth so you’ll get a realistic-looking restoration every time.

If you are ready to find out if CEREC crowns are the right restorative treatment for you then turn to the dental expert in Portage, David J. Wadas, DDS, PLLC. Call our office today!

By David J. Wadas, DDS, PLLC
February 24, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: porcelain veneers  

We now have an amazing repertoire in dentistry to restore the look and function of damaged or missing teeth. From tooth-colored crowns to life-like dental implants, we can turn an embarrassing smile into one you’re confident to show the world.

But what if your teeth are visually unappealing but structurally sound? Perhaps they’re slightly irregular or discolored — do you still need the “heavy artillery” in our arsenal of restoration options?

Not at all — dental veneers that provide amazing aesthetic results with minimal tooth preparation may be an appropriate restoration choice for you. As the name implies, veneers are a thin layer of dental material (usually porcelain) that’s permanently bonded to the outside of a tooth. Veneers can be shaped to resemble natural teeth — especially effective for changing the appearance of small or slightly misshapen teeth — and can be customized to match an individual patient’s tooth color.

Veneered teeth require very little preparation compared to other restorations; still, most veneer applications do require some permanent enamel removal so that the applied veneers appear natural. In recent years, however, changes in veneer design and materials have made it possible for some patients to receive veneers without some tooth prep.

If taken care of properly, veneers can last anywhere from seven to twenty years (in some cases, more). While their material composition and the bonding process can withstand normal biting forces, wearers need to keep in mind porcelain is a form of glass — excessive twisting or pressures from excessive grinding habits could cause them to shatter.

And because veneers are made of an inert, non-living material, they can’t adapt to any changes that may occur biologically to your teeth and gums and may need to be updated at some point in the future. The good news is that a loosened veneer can often be repaired.

If you’d like to know if you’re a good candidate for this cost-effective, minimally invasive option, visit us for an examination. Balancing all the factors, porcelain veneers just may be your answer to achieving a better smile.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”

By David J. Wadas, DDS, PLLC
February 24, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   bonding  

So you’re tearing up the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, when all of a sudden one of your pals lands an accidental blow to your face — chipping out part of your front tooth, which lands right on the floorboards! Meanwhile, your wife (who is nine months pregnant) is expecting you home in one piece, and you may have to pose for a picture with the baby at any moment. What will you do now?

Take a tip from Prince William of England. According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, the future king found himself in just this situation in 2013. His solution: Pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and get it fixed up — then stay calm and carry on!

Actually, dental emergencies of this type are fairly common. While nobody at the palace is saying exactly what was done for the damaged tooth, there are several ways to remedy this dental dilemma.

If the broken part is relatively small, chances are the tooth can be repaired by bonding with composite resin. In this process, tooth-colored material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region. Composite resin is a super-strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. Best of all, the bonding procedure can usually be accomplished in just one visit to the dental office — there’s no lab work involved. And while it won’t last forever, a bonded tooth should hold up well for at least several years with only routine dental care.

If a larger piece of the tooth is broken off and recovered, it is sometimes possible to reattach it via bonding. However, for more serious damage — like a severely fractured or broken tooth — a crown (cap) may be required. In this restoration process, the entire visible portion of the tooth may be capped with a sturdy covering made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to a gold metal alloy.

A crown restoration is more involved than bonding. It begins with making a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors. From this model, a tooth replica will be fabricated by a skilled technician; it will match the existing teeth closely and fit into the bite perfectly. Next, the damaged tooth will be prepared, and the crown will be securely attached to it. Crown restorations are strong, lifelike and permanent.

Was the future king “crowned” — or was his tooth bonded? We may never know for sure. But it’s good to know that even if we’ll never be royals, we still have several options for fixing a damaged tooth. If you would like more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Crowns and Bridgework.”