What Is CEREC?
CEREC stands for “CERamic REConstruction”. It is a high technology system that allows for the design and fabrication of dental restorations of the highest quality, without metal, made in a single visit. Developed by Sirona, CEREC utilizes photography in three dimensions and CAD / CAM (Computer Aided Design / Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology that allows your dentist to design your dental restoration virtually without taking a traditional impression of your teeth. High precision mill and sintering ovens are on-site and we are now able to fabricate your crown, bridge, or inlay / onlay while you comfortably wait in your chair.
What Insurance Plans do you accept?
We accept most insurance plans including Aetna, Assurant, Blue Cross Blue Shield, CareCredit, Cigna, Delta Dental, Guardian, Humana, Metlife, United Concordia Dental.
How often should I come to see the dentist?
There are no guidelines for how often you should come and see the dentist. Many dentists only focus on on fixing problems rather than preventing them. However in La Michoacana Dental Clinic, we focus on both; preventing and fixing your problems. When scheduling dental appointments, we base ourselves on each patient's oral hygiene, habits and medical conditions. If you take excellent care of your teeth and gums at home, you still need to see a dentist regularly. Patients with very little risk of cavities or gum disease can do fine seeing a dentist at
least twice a year. Patients with a high risk of dental disease must need to visit every three to four months or even more. Always ask the dentist for the best recommended schedule for your routine dental visits.
What is plaque?
Plaque is a soft, sticky film that builds up on your teeth and contains millions of bacteria. The bacteria in plaque cause tooth decay and gum disease if they are not removed regularly through brushing and flossing. The bacteria in plaque use the sugars in the food we eat daily to produce acids that will eat the tooth enamel. This attack causes the enamel to break down, eventually resulting in a cavity (a hole) in the tooth surface. When plaque is not removed daily by brushing, flossing and rinsing, eventually hardens into tartar, brushing and flossing becomes more difficult as tartar collects at the gum line. As the tartar, plaque and bacteria continue to increase, the gum tissue can become red, swollen, and possibly bleed when you brush your teeth. This is called gingivitis, an early stage of gum (periodontal) disease. You can always treat plaque by brushing your teeth twice a day, floss between your teeth to remove plaque from the places where your toothbrush can't reach, and rinse every day after each brushing.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal Disease is a serious gum infection that damages gums and can destroy the jawbone. What cause periodontal disease are the bacteria in the dental plaque. Plaque is the sticky substance that forms on your teeth soon after you have eaten. To get rid of these bacteria, our cells in the immune system release substances that inflame and damage the gums. This leads to swollen, bleeding gums, a sign of gingivitis (an early sign of the periodontal disease).
If your gums bleed and you think it’s normal, you are completely wrong. Swollen and bleeding gums can be early signs that your gums are infected with bacteria. If you never do something about it, the infection will spread and will destroy the structures that support your teeth in your jawbone. Eventually your teeth start to loose and they will need to be extracted or will fall on their own.
Periodontal disease will lead to several conditions such as:
• atherosclerosis and heart disease
• premature births
• respiratory disease
You can always prevent periodontal disease by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist regularly. Most people should see the doctor every six months, but if you have active periodontal disease you will need to visit more than twice a year, with periodontal disease, you will need to need to visit at least every 2 to 3 months a year.