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Dr. Crego’s Digest: September 2015

Mark Crego DDSWhen you need more than a cleaning…

A patient’s gum tissue (gingiva) is the foundation for a healthy mouth, and also provides the framework for healthy teeth.  Gum disease or (periodontal) disease is very common in adult patients, and is one of the first things we check during a new patient exam.

An important indicator of periodontal health is the depth of the space between each tooth and the gums. There is a space or “pocket” around each tooth, which is what a hygienist is measuring during an examination of the gum tissue.

A pocket depth of 1-3 millimeters is healthy, any space deeper than that (4-6 mm or more) may indicate gum disease is present. When a patient exhibits any signs of gum disease, a regular “cleaning” is not the answer.  Many times, a deeper cleaning (below the gum line) may be necessary.

Will it feel different?

A deep below the gum line cleaning usually feels the same as a regular dental cleaning, but it is most definitely different.  The hygienist is working below the gum line, cleaning areas that are not touched in a regular cleaning.

If it’s recommended you receive other procedures besides a regular cleaning, discuss it with your hygienist or dentist and I encourage you to invest the time and money to get your gums healthy again.

What goes around comes around

Gum disease is a cyclical disease. During one visit things may look healthy, and at another visit, early signs of gum disease might be present.  We always work with our patients to discuss options before any treatment is performed. The good news is there are many weapons to fight the early stages of gum disease—-ask us how we can help!

Mark Crego D.D.S.


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Dr. Crego’s Digest: August 2015

What if I need a crown?

Mark Crego DDSWhen a tooth has had a large filling for many years, or had a root canal for any reason, many times a dentist recommends your tooth be rebuilt with a crown or a “cap”.  In order to rebuild the tooth properly, a crown is often necessary to strengthen the tooth, and allow proper chewing function.

The process for getting a crown is not much different than any dental procedure.  A local anesthetic will be placed to numb the area being worked on, and then the tooth will be re-shaped, or “prepped” to accommodate the crown, which will completely cover the remaining tooth. A well done crown gives the appearance of a completely new, natural looking tooth.

The really great news is that today, Midtown Dental Care is able to complete the entire process in one visit.  Our patients walk out the door with a completed crown after one appointment, removing the need for a temporary crown and a second visit.

Crowns are made from an extremely strong ceramic material, and will last for many years. With proper home care by the patient (brushing and flossing) a crown will be an excellent investment in your oral health.  A crown functions just like a normal tooth, and prevents further damage to the tooth it is covering.  Crowns look natural, and can enhance a person’s smile as well as protect their tooth.

To find out more about the types of crowns available at our practice, please visit our website or call (414) 258-5351.

 


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Welcome to Midtown Dental Care! The midtown area of Wauwatosa stretches along North Ave. from 76th Street on the east to 92nd street on the west. We have been providing high quality family and cosmetic dentistry here in Wauwatosa for 20 years. It is our privilege to provide excellent dental care in a relaxed, professional setting with patient comfort being our number one priority.

CEREC Technology Available Here

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What is CEREC®?
Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic or CEREC® for short is a new state-of-the-art method of reconstructing tooth restorations. CEREC® uses computer-assisted design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to offer single-day restorations for patients. This new technology has revolutionized ceramic restorations such as crowns and veneers for patients so that there is no longer a wait between preparing the restoration and finally receiving the finished product. With CEREC®, the technology is used while you are sitting in the dental chair, which is both economical for you and your dentist. The restorations created are metal-free and tooth colored to restore your tooth to its natural beauty, strength and function. With CEREC®’s CAD-CAM technology, these ceramic restorations can all be done in one single visit to the dentist.
The CEREC® Process
CEREC® uses CAD-CAM technology to design and mill custom restorations during one visit to the dentist. So how does this process work?

Exam and Preparation
Before you get started, your dentist will determine if CEREC® is right for you. Depending on how much healthy tooth structure you have remaining, it may be a simple filling or you may need a crown. After reviewing your options, the dentist will begin the process by administering anesthetic and preparing your tooth for restoration by removing decay and weakened tooth tissue.

Optical Impression
In order to make the desired restoration, a 3-dimensional image of the tooth that needs to be restored must be created from a digital camera scan of the tooth. This three-dimensional image will be used to create the restoration without the need to take a messy impression. This means no horrible tasting impression material for you to gag on. The computer and CEREC® 3D software then converts the digital image into a three-dimensional virtual model of the prepared tooth.

Milling Unit
This device is used to used to create the custom restoration needed for the tooth. Based on the original color of your tooth, the dentist is able to select the correct colored ceramic block and in a few minutes, the milling device is able to create the restoration needed.

Placing the Restoration
After the restoration is made, it is ready to be tried on to ensure that you get proper fit and bite. When it is ready, the restoration is polished and bonded into place by your dentist. Therefore, no temporary restoration is needed and no return trip is necessary, saving you time!

Advantages to Using CEREC®
CEREC® has revolutionized the restorative process. It was created with the patient in mind in order to make a visit to the dentist as pain-free as possible. Some of the benefits to using CEREC® are:

Most procedures can be done in one visit – less time-consuming
Less painful injections due to single-visit
No need to take messy impressions
No need to have a temporary restoration for in-between visits
Ability to save as much natural tooth structure as possible
Longer lasting restorations – may last over 10 years
Restores teeth to natural beauty, function and strength
Metal-free restorations