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What Are the Benefits of a CEREC Crown?

What Are the Benefits of a CEREC Crown?

Posted on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 at 3:17 pm.

Do you have a damaged tooth in need of a dental crown? May Conte D.D.S. is proud to offer the revolutionary CEREC Crown system. Treatments with traditional crowns typically taking two or more appointments, but the innovative CEREC technology allows us to design, mill, and outfit you with a fully customized crown in one visit. With their unmatched results, CEREC crowns will have you smiling in no time!

What Are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns, also known as caps, are tooth-shaped restorations that completely encase teeth to restore their form and function. They are commonly used to protect and strengthen teeth with large fillings, teeth that are cracked, or teeth that have undergone root canal therapy. Crowns also offer cosmetic dentistry solutions for correcting the appearance of misshaped, misaligned, or discolored teeth, or those with any imperfections.

How Does CEREC Technology Work?

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. It is an innovative system that designs and produces superior-quality dental restorations utilizing Computer-aided designing (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technology that work to create a virtual model of your crown without the need for any messy impressions. This information collected is sent to our on-site milling unit, which will produce your ceramic restoration out of a ceramic block. 

What Are the Benefits of CEREC Crowns?

CEREC crowns Are Convenient: You won’t have to spend time going back and forth to your dentist’s office as you would with traditional crowns. CEREC crowns are completed in just one appointment!

CEREC crowns require less preparation: CEREC crowns preserve tooth structure because they require less preparation than traditional crowns. 

CEREC crowns fit perfectly: Precise computer generated measuring and control mean that you have a perfect fit the first time.

CEREC crowns are durable: CEREC crowns are made from solid blocks of ceramic, making them stronger and more durable than any other restorations. 

CEREC crowns deliver incredible results: CEREC crowns offer a precise color match, allowing them to blend in seamlessly with your smile. Your restored tooth will look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth. 

Quality CEREC Crowns Valencia, CA

Contact May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry to learn more about same-day CEREC crowns and how they can restore your smile in just one visit. We are committed to utilizing cutting-edge technology and techniques designed to deliver quality restorations. We look forward to helping you keep your smile healthy and confident for a lifetime. Call us today!

Amalgam vs. Composites. Why Composites Are the Better Choice

Amalgam vs. Composites. Why Composites Are the Better Choice

Posted on Thursday, May 9th, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

Even with the best oral hygiene practices, some people will develop cavities. While in the past silver fillings offered the only option to restore your teeth, today you can get tooth-colored composite fillings that will leave you with a bright and healthy smile. Following are some reasons people prefer composite resin fillings. 

Amalgam Fillings Show Wear

Amalgam fillings are set into the cavity after removing any decay, unlike composite fillings which are bonded to teeth. Over time, silver fillings begin to show wear and may become loose, allowing bacteria to enter your teeth. The resulting decay under the restoration often goes unnoticed, which can lead to bacteria making the way down to the root of the teeth, usually requiring root canal therapy. 

Amalgam Fillings Expand and Contract

Amalgam expands and contracts in response to hot or cold temperatures. These movements can eventually fracture or crack the restored tooth or may cause the fillings to loosen. This allows bacteria to enter the tooth, wreaking havoc under your restoration. 

Silver Fillings Contains Mercury

Many patients voice concerns about the mercury present in silver fillings. While this has not been shown to pose a health risk, you may want to opt for composite fillings for your peace of mind. 

Silver Fillings May Cause Allergic Reactions

Some patients have allergic reactions to amalgam. Composites, on the other hand, have not been shown to cause any allergic reactions. 

Amalgam Fillings Are More Invasive

Amalgam fillings require removing more tooth structure than composite resin fillings which leave more of your tooth intact. 

Composite Fillings Are Versatile

In addition to restoring decayed or damaged teeth, composites are frequently used to correct problems with a tooth’s size, color or shape. Composite fillings also work well to repair worn, cracked, or chipped teeth. 

Composite Fillings Offer an Aesthetic Solution

Amalgam fillings have a silver color which can interfere with your smile. Composite fillings, on the other hand, are tooth-colored and textured and blend in seamlessly with the surrounding teeth. The results look and feel incredibly natural, making composite resin the preferred material for filling teeth.

Composite Fillings Strengthen Teeth

Amalgam fillings sit in the cavity with no attachment to the tooth, meaning they do not provide strength to the tooth structure. Composite fillings, on the other hand, bond to your teeth, strengthening and protecting them. Teeth treated with composites are close to a natural tooth’s strength and resilience. 

Quality Care Near Me

Contact May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry to learn more about restoring your teeth using composite fillings. With quality procedures designed to keep your smile healthy and beautiful, you can trust that you are in capable hands. Call us today!

How Is Oral Cancer Diagnosed?

How Is Oral Cancer Diagnosed?

Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at 5:00 am.

Nobody wants to hear they have oral cancer. The good news is that preventive care includes oral cancer screenings to detect the early stages of this disease, potentially saving your life. That’s why it is essential to keep up with your routine checkups and cleanings twice a year so that we can identify any problem before it progresses.

What Are the Symptoms of Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer can occur in different areas of the mouth including the tongue, lips, gums, cheeks, the roof or floor of the mouth, in the tonsils, and in the salivary glands. 

In the earliest stages of oral cancer, there are often no signs of symptoms. However, routine dental checkups can help identify early signs. Some signs and symptoms include red or red and white patches on the lining of the mouth or tongue, ulcers or sores that do not heal, persistent swelling, lumps or thickening of the skin or the lining of the mouth, or pain when swallowing. 

Symptoms may also include a painful tongue, jaw pain or stiffness, a hoarse voice, or a sensation that something is stuck in the throat. These symptoms do not necessarily indicate oral cancer but should be examined to rule out any potential problems.

How Is Oral Cancer Diagnosed?

First, we will perform a physical exam to look for abnormalities including sores and white patches. If we find a suspicious area, we may remove a sample of cells for laboratory in a procedure called a biopsy. The sample is examined for cancer or precancerous changes that may indicate future cancer.

If cancer is diagnosed, we will work to determine the stage of the disease and will determine the best course of treatment. We cannot begin to overemphasize the need for keeping up with your routine checkups because identifying oral cancer in its early stages allows for much better chances of full recovery.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Contact us at May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry to learn more about oral cancer screening. Even if you are not experiencing symptoms, this quick and simple procedure can potentially be a life saver. We are committed to keeping your smile healthy for a lifetime. Call us today.

What Are My Options If My Root Canal Therapy Fails?

What Are My Options If My Root Canal Therapy Fails?

Posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

With proper care, a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy can last a lifetime. At times, a tooth that has been treated becomes infected at the root months or even years after treatment. In the unlikely event your tooth failed to heal or develops new problems, there are options available to restore your oral health.

What Are the Causes of Root Canal Therapy Failure?

As with any dental procedure, a tooth may not heal as intended after root canal therapy.  At times, a patient’s tooth may have canals hidden behind others. If one of these canals are missed during root canal treatment, an infection may develop, potentially causing an abscess. 

An obstruction such as a tooth or filling material may make it impossible to reach and thoroughly clean the affected canals. Additionally, cracks in the roots of the tooth make it challenging to fully seal the canal, which may lead to an infection.

In some cases, new problems can jeopardize a tooth that was treated successfully. Further decay or fractures in the tooth, or loose cracked or broken fillings can also expose the treated tooth to bacteria, resulting in a new infection. 

Options for Failed Root Canal Therapy

The first course of treatment with the highest rate of success is retreatment. The procedure involves removing the filling, cleaning and disinfecting the canals, then sealing them once again to prevent exposure to bacteria. 

Apicoectomy is recommended when a blockage is present which prevents access to the canal, or if the original root canal treatment included a post and crown restoration. In this minor surgical procedure, we will remove all the inflamed or infected tissue, along with the root tip, or apex, and sealing the end of the root using a filling. 

In the event that retreatment is not effective or the tooth cannot be successfully restored, extraction may be the only viable option. In this case, we will likely recommend a dental implant to restore the function and appearance of the missing tooth.

Quality Care Near Me

Contact us at May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry to learn more about your options in the event of a failed root canal procedure. Depending on the condition of your tooth, we will consider all available options and make the most conservative decision regarding treatment. With quality care designed to keep your teeth strong and healthy, you can trust that your smile is in capable hands. Call us today!

11 Ways to Keep Your Teeth Healthy

11 Ways to Keep Your Teeth Healthy

Posted on Monday, February 11th, 2019 at 3:39 am.

Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Setting a few minutes aside each day to care for your teeth and being mindful of your daily habits are the best ways you can maintain your healthy smile. Following are 11 tips to keep your teeth healthy and bright.

1. Brush Your Teeth at Least Twice a Day

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. Brushing cleans food and bacteria from your mouth and washes away particles that eat away at your teeth and cause cavities. Brushing also removes plaque which can harden into tartar, potentially leading to gum disease.

2. Brush Your Tongue

Brushing your tongue first thing in the morning helps remove plaque buildup on your tongue which can lead to bad breath, along with other oral health problems.

3. Floss Your Teeth Daily

Flossing every day loosens the particles that brushing misses, and removes plaque between your teeth. This helps reduce your risk of developing cavities or gum disease.

4. Use Mouthwash Daily

Mouthwash tames bad breath, reduces the amount of acid in your mouth, cleans hard to reach areas in and around the gums, and remineralizes your teeth. Using mouthwash on a regular basis reduces plaque, and helps prevent gum disease and tooth decay. 

5. Drink Lots of Water

Drinking water is beneficial for your oral and your overall health. Make sure to drink a glass of water after every meal to help wash out any food or bacteria left in your mouth.

6. Limit Intake of Sugary and Acidic Foods

Sugar in foods converts into acid which can erode the enamel of your teeth, leading to cavities. Acidic foods can also wear down your tooth enamel.

7. Stay Away from Sodas

Acids in soft drinks including diet sodas can harm your teeth. Not only do these beverages cause cavities, but also leave stains on your tooth surfaces.

8. Quit Smoking

Smoking has been shown to cause gum disease. It weakens your immune system, making it harder to fight off gum infection. Smoking makes it difficult for your gums to heal once they have been damaged.

9. Consume a Healthy, Balanced Diet

Consuming a nutritious, balanced diet will help you get the nutrients you need to promote oral health.

10. Consider Adding Supplements to Your Diet

Minerals are necessary for your overall and oral health. To ensure you receive the nutrients you need, you may want to consider supplements. Talk to a medical professional before adding supplements to your diet.

11. See Your Dentist Regularly

Even with the most meticulous oral care, it’s important to see your dentist regularly for a checkup and professional cleaning at least twice a year. During your visit, we will remove tartar deposits, and will identify and treat any potential issues as they arise.

Preventive Care Near Me

Visit us at May Conte D.D.S. Cosmetic, Implant, and Family Dentistry to learn more about preventive care designed to keep your teeth bright and healthy. We look forward to helping you maintain a healthy, confident smile for a lifetime!