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10 Benefits of Same-Day Crowns

10 Benefits of Same-Day Crowns

Smile-restoring Crowns

If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, a dental crown can allow you to reclaim the health, function, and beauty of your smile. So why do so many patients avoid crown treatment? Because the traditional process of getting a lab-created dental crown is nothing short of gooey and time-consuming, only to end up with a metal tooth that sticks out like a sore thumb! Anyone wishing for same-day crowns?

Well, things have changed! Thankfully, technology has revolutionized how we treat and restore your teeth. Here’s how our in-office CEREC system takes the inconvenience out of crown treatment and makes your smile restoration enjoyable, efficient, and effective.

1. Same-day crowns are completed in just one visit.

While we sure do love seeing every one of our patients, we also love helping you save time and avoid the inconvenience of scheduling multiple appointments. Lab-created crowns require at least two visits—one for impressions and one for crown placement. Not to mention, a lab-created crown can take up to three weeks to make. Because CEREC crowns are milled right in our office, we can design, produce, and place your crown in a single appointment.

2. Same-day crowns spare you from temporary crowns.

In addition to making you wait between appointments, lab-created crowns require the placement of a temporary crown to protect your affected tooth until your actual crown is ready. In addition to not always matching the color of the rest of your teeth, temporary crowns are known to come off, leaving your delicate tooth vulnerable to decay and shifting. Same-day crowns spare you the stress of temperamental temporary crowns and let you get back to normal eating the very same day.

3. Same-day crowns don’t require gooey impressions.

Lab-created dental crowns require dental impressions (an imprint of your mouth and teeth). In order to get that imprint, you have to sink your top and bottom teeth into two trays that are filled to the brim with a messy, viscous goop. The CEREC system makes optical impressions of your teeth, which are fast, precise, and totally mess-free!

4. Same-day crowns are accurate.

That mouth full of dental impression goop is more than just uncomfortable and messy. The accuracy of dental impressions can be compromised by the quality of the molding material, the skill of the technician taking the mold, and even the amount of saliva that’s in your mouth while the impressions are being placed! As optical impressions scan your teeth within a tenth of a millimeter, CEREC reliably creates a 3D replica of your mouth and teeth to make a crown that rarely needs adjustments, that precisely fits your bite, and that gorgeously matches your teeth.

5. Same-day crowns look like real teeth.

Lab-created crowns are commonly made of metal alloys, resin, ceramic, or porcelain that’s fused to metal (PFM). While some lab-created crowns are designed to match the appearance of your natural teeth, same-day crowns often allow you to achieve a better match and more natural-looking results. What’s the secret? It’s you! As you’re right in the dentist’s chair, we can ensure your same-day crown seamlessly blends in with your smile’s appearance.

6. Same-day crowns can preserve more of your natural tooth.

As nothing can compare to healthy, natural teeth, keeping as much of your natural tooth intact is ideal. But in order to make room for certain types of lab-created crowns, more of your healthy tooth structure has to be removed. Because same-day crowns are highly adaptable, we’re able to ensure the maximum retention of your natural tooth and find the best bond for your restoration. With a same-day crown, a partial or minimal crown may be all you need!

7. Same-day crowns provide a better, custom fit.

In order to effectively preserve your tooth and maintain a healthy bite, your crown has to accurately fit your affected tooth. As both dental impressions and lab-created dental crowns are designed by human hands, there is always some risk of an inaccurate fit. Thanks to the sharp precision of CEREC’s digital technology, the fit of same-day crowns is reliably accurate.

8. Same-day crowns are durable.

Many people wonder if a crown that’s crafted so quickly can stand up to the test of chewing. You can cast your worries aside. CEREC same-day crowns are crafted from durable ceramic, such as Lithium Disilicate (also called E-Max) or Zirconium. In addition to providing a material that closely matches the appearance of your natural teeth, most dentists and patients equally agree that these all-ceramic crowns fully deliver on strength, longevity, beauty, and chew-ability.

We use E-Max because our patients have had great results with the durability and longevity of it.

9. Same-day crowns are fast!

Getting a same-day crown is even faster than going to the movies. After we spend a few minutes taking optical impressions of your tooth, CEREC’s software allows us to immediately begin designing your dental crown on-site while you sit back, relax, and get your normal teeth cleaning. In fact, milling your crown only takes five minutes! Once the crown is complete, we’ll restore your tooth and send you off with plenty of time to make the most out of your day.

10. Same-day crowns give you a better experience.

In addition to ensuring the best health and function of your mouth and teeth, our pride and joy is providing you with an enjoyable and comfortable dental experience. Same-day crowns are fast, strong, attractive, and minimally invasive. We can’t help but love ‘em! And we know you will, too. So if you’ve been fixin’ to get that troublesome tooth fixed, get ready for a dental experience that’s as effective as it is positive.

Make your appointment with Dr. Farless now.

 

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“I Can Whiten My Teeth At a Beauty Salon” and Other Myths about Your Teeth: Common Oral Health Myths Debunked

“I Can Whiten My Teeth At a Beauty Salon” and Other Myths about Your Teeth: Common Oral Health Myths Debunked

Almost everyone you know has some type of opinion about health and wellness, including your oral health. “Whiten your teeth naturally with peroxide.” “Take probiotics.” “Oral bacteria only affects your teeth.” And more. Some of this advice can help, and some can harm. To help you separate fact from fiction when it comes to your oral health, we put together 10 popular dental myths.

10 Myths About Teeth

1. Myth: The more (or harder) you brush, the cleaner your teeth will be.

Actually, over-brushing is a genuine issue, and it can do more harm than good. Aggressive brushing techniques can wear down the enamel on your teeth—which does not grow back once it’s gone. The same goes for brushing too often. Stick to the two-two-two rule, which advises you to brush twice a day for two minutes and visit your dentist twice a year.

2. Myth: Chewing sugar-free gum is the same as brushing your teeth.

While sugar-free gum is a great tool in your arsenal of tooth maintenance products, it does not replace brushing, flossing, and rinsing—which should be done at least once a day. Instead, chew a stick of sugar-free gum after lunch, when you know you won’t get around to your toothbrush until later in the evening.

3. Myth: Beauty salon whitening treatments are the same as visiting your dentist.

Teeth whitening is a great way to lift surface stains off your teeth caused by things like coffee, general yellowing, and tobacco. However, if not done properly, it can cause damage and increase sensitivity in your teeth and gums.

4. Myth: Pregnant women can’t see a dentist.

Avoiding your dentist while carrying a child is not a good idea. In fact, you should be seeing your dental health professional more often during pregnancy, as you are more susceptible to bacteria developing in your mouth and potentially causing other health complications.

5. Myth: Flossing isn’t necessary (or: if you wash your mouth, you don’t need to floss).

Flossing was recently removed from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, but according to dentists, it is still one of the most important aspects of your oral health routine. While brushing is a great way to remove plaque build-up from your enamel, flossing helps to dislodge any food particles from hard-to-reach areas between your teeth.

6. Myth: Only sugar causes cavities.

While sugar is definitely a major culprit when it comes to cavities, there are plenty of other food products that can erode your enamel and eventually lead to tooth decay. Carbohydrates, for example, and similar starches, can cause serious damage to your teeth and gums and help contribute to the development of cavities.

7. Myth: Bad breath automatically equals poor hygiene.

Actually, bad breath can be a side effect of various different health complications. In some cases, this can be an indicator of yeast issues, respiratory diseases, or dry mouth. While halitosis can occur if you don’t take care of your teeth, it can also reveal more serious issues in the mouth.

8. Myth: All dental treatments are painful.

At Dr. Farless’s office, our dental team views patient comfort as of the utmost importance. While some procedures can be a little uncomfortable, we strive to offer patients options that can help to minimize any pain or discomfort they may feel.

9. Myth: The whiter your teeth, the more healthy they must be.

Teeth are naturally white. Over the years, they can be exposed to foods, drinks, or other factors that can stain them. Additionally, the enamel starts to wear away, and it can reveal the dentin underneath the teeth. While whiter teeth might sometimes mean a healthy mouth, it’s not directly correlated.

10. Myth: Stress can’t cause dental issues.

Stress can seriously impact your health! Not only can stress affect your mental and physical wellbeing, but it can also cause wear and tear to your jaw. High levels of stress can eventually lead to things like gum disease and other potentially harmful issues.

Visit Your Dentist, and Brush Your Teeth

All in all, the best advice you will ever get regarding your teeth comes directly from your dentist. In between visits, be sure to keep up with an everyday dental health routine that involves brushing, flossing, rinsing, and cleaning your tongue. While there are some life hacks that may help you maintain your oral health easily, remember that there are no shortcuts when it comes to proper oral hygiene. If you’re behind on your dentist visits, contact us today! Graham E. Farless, D.D.S. offers patients a wide range of dental health services.

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Lab-Created Crowns vs. Same-Day Crowns

Lab-Created Crowns vs. Same-Day Crowns

Tooth-Saving Crowns

You are rather fond of having teeth. They help you chew after all, and who isn’t a fan of eating food that requires chewing? But there’s this one tooth that keeps giving you so much pain. Maybe you’ve had it filled (or maybe you still need to), but that isn’t working any longer. You can have it removed, but then you’d be missing a tooth. And you’re not ready for dental implants or anything more serious.

Maybe it’s time for a crown.

What is a crown?

A staple of restorative dentistry, crowns provide stability and reinforcement for teeth that are decayed, overly worn, or traumatized. What’s a traumatized tooth? It’s a tooth that has suffered an injury as a result of an accident, such as a sports injury or a motor vehicle accident.

Crowns can help preserve teeth and sometimes prevent the need for a root canal or extraction. In other words, crowns help you keep your teeth—those wonderful little things that help you chew your favorite meals—longer. Most crowns cover the visible parts of your tooth from the gum-line up. This means that crowns are not only tooth-savers, but a good crown will enhance your smile. A crown will cover any discoloration, chips, fillings, and other unattractive features. This coverage is especially beneficial in the case of highly-visible front teeth. But don’t worry! We’ll match it to the color of your other teeth so it doesn’t look out of place in your smile.

Additionally, crowns can aid you in keeping your teeth free from further decay. It’s kind of like slowing time down to a crawl for the tooth with the crown. That is, if you get a really well-made, custom-fitted crown.

Custom-Fit Crowns

There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all crown. Each crown must be individually fabricated for your unique tooth. This process requires precise measurements of your teeth as well as the skill, equipment, and training to craft the crown. Most dentists don’t have the technology, skills, or equipment to do this in their office. They need to send the measurements off to specialized laboratories where other technicians work on making a crown to fit your tooth and mouth. This process takes a couple of visits and a few weeks.

But with Dr. Farless, you can have your crown in one visit. He offers same-day crowns through the CEREC® system.

Dr. Farless starts by taking a look at the tooth that brought you to him. He talks to you and listens to when that tooth is causing you the most pain, and then he determines the best solution. If you do need a crown, he’ll prepare the tooth for a crown and then he can prepare your crown right there in his office. This is especially helpful in getting a perfect crown that won’t change your bite.

Does it sound too good to be true? Maybe you’ve never heard of same day crowns and you’re wondering if it really is a good way to do a crown or if it’s just about convenience. Should you insist on a lab-created crown anyway? Keep reading, and then decide.

Cost

The average cost of a crown varies depending on where you go to get one. But according to the American Dental Association’s 2018 survey, the average cost of a crown for North Carolina is $1240. And that average is about the same for both a same-day crown and a lab-created crown.

While the price tag is similar for both types of crowns, you’ll be saving yourself time by only needing to see Dr. Farless once to have the crown placed.

Experience

Have you ever had a mold of your mouth and teeth taken before? If so, you know just how fun it isn’t. Imagine a mouthguard being inserted into your mouth with both the upper and lower guards filled to overflowing with gooey, odd-tasting goop. Now hold that in your mouth for about a minute. Getting an impression mold of your teeth is kind of like that.

That mold is what would be sent to a laboratory for them to create your crown. The accuracy of that mold depends on a few factors such as:

  • The quality of the molding material.
  • The skill of the person taking the mold.
  • The amount of saliva in your mouth the moment it’s placed.

And that laboratory using the mold to make your crown is completely dependent on the mold and the measurements sent to them. They don’t have you on hand to check the fit.

With a lab-created crown, you’d go to your dentist. After taking a look, a little work, and getting a mold, you’d receive a temporary crown to hold you over until your new one comes in. The problem with that is most temporary crowns are far from a perfect fit. So you might continue to have discomfort, and you really are supposed to shift the bulk of your chewing to the other side of your mouth while you’re wearing a temporary crown. If that crown becomes dislodged for even a short moment of time, your tooth in its fragile state can shift. That shifting will cause even more discomfort. We’ve even heard reports of patients getting bits of food lodged in the temporary crown.

With a same-day crown, there are no molds and no temporary crowns. After completing 3D imaging of your mouth, your dentist can have your new crown ready to place in as little as a half an hour.

Materials

The type of material used for a lab-created crown varies from lab to lab. Porcelain, ceramic, other resin materials, or metals are the most commonly used types of materials.

For a CEREC same-day crown, the type of material is in the name. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics—we use ceramic lithium disilicate (also called Emax), specifically. Why ceramic? It’s easy to mill and it’s durable. It’s also a great solution for anyone with certain metal allergies.

Durability

Ceramic is one of the most durable materials available for crowns. Ceramic made from lithium disilicate (which is what we use) is super tough. There’s an added bonus to ceramic too, which is that it is easy to manipulate to match the look of the rest of your teeth. So how long will a CEREC crown last you? Just as it would with a traditional crown, the answer to that depends largely on you.

Do you have any teeth-grinding issues? Are you caring for your teeth and getting regular cleanings? What is the state of your teeth and gums currently?

Many factors work together to either preserve or wear down your teeth and any crowns. But in the absence of teeth-grinding issues, you can expect to get 10 to 15 years out of your CEREC crown. Most lab-created crowns are expected to last roughly the same amount of time.

Health

While you’re getting a crown because you want your teeth to look nice as well as function, there is an additional benefit.  Restorative dentistry will help protect your overall mouth health. And protecting your mouth will help your whole body.

When we have an injury or illness, our body is programmed to respond by triggering a cascade of first-aid, life-saving processes. You’ve heard a lot about inflammation over your lifetime probably. When you have an injured, damaged, or decaying tooth, the inflammatory response is triggered. And inflammation is a helpful, protective process, for sure. But the on-switch for inflammation shouldn’t be left on for forever. It does degrade our health over a long period of time.

So don’t wait any longer. Choose the crown you think is the best fit for you.

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Conscious Sedation Dentistry in Greensboro

Conscious Sedation Dentistry in Greensboro

Conscious Sedation Dentistry in Greensboro, North Carolina

Achieving the smile of your dreams can be challenging. Despite your best efforts, you may still be dealing with discolored, misaligned, teeth that require corrective treatment. For many patients, this problem is made worse by having a garden-variety fear of the dentist. If you have noticed that your teeth seem loose or discolored, or have anxiety about seeking treatment, then sedation dentistry from Graham E. Farless, DDS may be your best chance to finally look as good as you feel.

Dr. Farless of Your Greensboro Dentist in Greensboro, North Carolina one of the leading dental sedation authorities in the Greensboro area.

Dental Sedation

Dental sedation permits your dentist to deliver an assortment of oral health treatments to patients who are nervous during regular trips to their dentist. There are numerous advantages to dental sedation, such as …

  • Having no memory of the procedure
  • Not being able to remember smell or sounds of the treatment
  • Anxiety Management

Do I need to be unconscious?

At Your Greensboro Dentist, there is no reason to anxious about receiving sedation. Sedation dentistry is closely regulated by law, and we are real sticklers for rules, as well as your comfort and health. If you are concerned about sedation, there are several different levels of treatment that we can offer … mild, moderate, or deep sedation. Most options do not even require you to be unconscious.

Mild Sedation (AKA Anxiolysis):

Anxiolysis is the lightest method of sedation and is most typically offered to patients with anxiety or lengthier – more invasive –  treatments. Anxiolysis is generally given orally. You will be conscious (yet lethargic) during the treatment, and not require any respiratory assistance. People usually “come out” of mild sedation in a few hours after the treatment. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is an alternative method of mild-moderate that was once very popular, however has recently become outdated.

Moderate Sedation:

Also employed to help manage moderate anxiety or assist with more complicated procedures, conscious sedation will often use light IV sedation. However, even with IV sedation, you will stay conscious during the treatment. We recommend that patients who receive IV sedation bring someone to accompany them to their appointment –  as we will not permit you to drive immediately after the procedure.

Deep Sedation:

When deep sedation is administered, you will rotate between being consciousness or unconsciousness during the treatment. During this time, you will be unable to respond to questions, and have no memory of the procedure after it is finished. We recommend having a spouse, parent, or friend escort you to your appointment, since the after-effects of sedation can make it dangerous for you to drive.

How are dental sedatives administered?

Sedation and/or anesthesia comes in many forms. The most popular delivery methods are …

Orally (Pill):

Oral sedation is easily the most preferred method by dentists. It does not require needles, gas, and makes for a more comfortable experience by the patient. You will simply take a prescribed medication one hour before your appointment and by totally relaxed for your procedure.

Inhaled (Gas/Nitrous):

Nitrous oxide (AKA laughing gas) is the most commonly administered way for your dentist to ease mild to high levels of anxiety. This method is one of the easiest for patients to “shake off” after the procedure is finished.

Intravenous (IV):

Your dentist will gently administer IV sedation to allow for a greater state of relaxation. This method will render your completely unconscious, with no memory of the treatment. This extra relaxation will allow your doctor to complete many complex procedures in as little as one visit!

Your Greensboro Dentist

Contact Your Greensboro dentist today by calling (336) 282-2868 or going to GSODentist.com and scheduling a consultation. Our staff will assist you in learning more about dental sedation and help you to discover which method is right for you.

Modern Sedation Dentistry – What to Expect

Modern Sedation Dentistry – What to Expect

What are your options when it comes to modern sedation dentistry? Let’s take a look at the current state of dental sedation and get your questions answered.

Managing anxiety and sensitivity

Picture experiencing a complicated dental procedure like an extraction, root canal, or – the dreaded – oral surgery … When the procedure is finished, you usually can’t remember the noise, pain, or time that it took. That is the power of sedation dentistry – and it is a gift we offer to all of our patients who need invasive dental work. Sedation dentistry, courtesy of Your Greensboro Dentist, is the safe, comfortable, and effective alternative that most people crave. Patients who typically benefit the most from dental sedation …

  • Are anxious at the dentist
  • Have difficulty sitting through prolonged treatments
  • Have a large tolerance to more localized anesthetics

Sedation Dentistry

Dental sedation permits your dentist to deliver an assortment of oral health treatments to patients who are nervous during regular trips to their dentist. There are numerous advantages to dental sedation, such as …

  • Not remembering the procedure
  • Not being able to register smell or sounds of the treatment
  • Managing anxiety

I’m worried about being “knocked out”, are there lighter levels of sedation?

At Graham E. Farless, DDS, there is no reason to anxious about receiving sedation. Sedation dentistry is closely regulated by law, and we are real sticklers for rules, as well as your comfort and health. If you are concerned about sedation, there are several different levels of treatment that we can offer … mild, moderate, or deep sedation.

Mild Sedation (AKA Anxiolysis):

Anxiolysis is the lightest method of sedation and is most typically offered to patients with anxiety or lengthier – more invasive –  treatments. Anxiolysis is generally given orally. You will be conscious (yet lethargic) during the treatment, and not require any respiratory assistance. People usually “come out” of mild sedation in a few hours after the treatment. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is an alternative method of mild-moderate that was once very popular, however has recently become outdated.

Moderate Sedation:

Also employed to help manage moderate anxiety or assist with more complicated procedures, conscious sedation will often use light IV sedation. However, even with IV sedation, you will stay conscious during the treatment. We recommend that patients who receive IV sedation bring someone to accompany them to their appointment –  as we will not permit you to drive immediately after the procedure.

Deep Sedation:

When deep sedation is administered, you will rotate between being consciousness or unconsciousness during the treatment. During this time, you will be unable to respond to questions, and have no memory of the procedure after it is finished. We recommend having a spouse, parent, or friend escort you to your appointment, since the after-effects of sedation can make it dangerous for you to drive.

How are dental sedatives (or anesthetics) given?

Sedation and/or anesthesia comes in many forms. The most popular delivery methods are …

Oral:

Oral sedation is easily the most preferred method by dentists. It does not require needles, gas, and makes for a more comfortable experience by the patient. You will simply take a prescribed medication one hour before your appointment and by totally relaxed for your procedure.

Inhalation (Nitrous):

Nitrous oxide (AKA laughing gas) is the most commonly administered way for your dentist to ease mild to high levels of anxiety. This method is one of the easiest for patients to “shake off” after the procedure is finished.

Intravenous (IV):

Your dentist will gently administer IV sedation to allow for a greater state of relaxation. This method will render your completely unconscious, with no memory of the treatment. This extra relaxation will allow your doctor to complete many complex procedures in as little as one visit!

Your Greensboro Dentist

Contact Your Greensboro dentist today by calling (336) 282-2868 or going to GSODentist.com and scheduling a consultation. Our staff will assist you in learning more about dental sedation and help you to discover which method is right for you.

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