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    23May

    Our Cheney dental team makes it a priority to incorporate the latest tools and technologies into our practice, so that we can help our patients get the high-quality, patient-friendly treatments that they need. One of the most effective, and, frankly, impressive, advancements in dentistry today is i-CAT technology. Keep reading to learn more about how i-CAT works and whom it can help.

    i-Cat refers to scanning technology and software that allows our team to get high-quality images of your teeth and maxillofacial structure. These images are far superior to traditional X-rays for a number of reasons:

    · The image resolution is better, so that our team is able to see more details and there are fewer issues with clarity

    · We are able to manipulate and move the images using image software—this means that we can zoom in and see a larger number of angles when necessary

    · These images work with planning software that allows our team to map out where in the mouth we will place implants etc. This type of image mapping is incredibly beneficial when it comes to communicating and pre-planning for treatment as a team.

    · X-ray exposure is less than that of traditional 2-D X-ray technology

    i-CAT technology is indispensable in the world of modern restorative dentistry. One of the major ways in which we utilize i-CAT is for pre-planning dental implant surgery. We are able to pinpoint the exact spots along your gum line where the implant roots should go. Meticulous pre-planning helps to ensure a stress-free and successful treatment process for the patient. This technology also allows our team to take on more complicated dental cases.

    If you want to learn more about the features if i-CAT, our Cheney dental implant dentists are here to give you all of the information you need. Call our team or submit the Contact Us form on our site when you are ready to get started!

    09May

    Over time you may find that your teeth start to change in a shade from the white and bright smile that you remember. While this is very common, it certainly isn’t ideal, and many people begin to feel self-conscious about their smiles due to dental discoloration.

    The good news is that our Cheney cosmetic dentists offer a number of aesthetic solutions that can help you reclaim a bright, white, and healthy looking smile. In this short article, we’re going to be reviewing a few popular dental whitening treatments in our office.

    Your teeth may become discolored due to a number of factors. Your enamel can accumulate environmental stains over time; these are color deposits from pigmented foods and drinks. Additionally, your teeth may start to look dull or yellow because your dental enamel is becoming thinner, and thus more of the dentin (the darker layer under your enamel) is able to show through to the surface of the tooth. The exact aesthetic treatment that is right for you will depend on the type of discoloration you’re dealing with.

    Professional dental whitening treatments, which use gels to lift entrenched dental stains from the tooth structure, are especially effective for people suffering from environmental stains. This type of treatment is fast, effective, non-invasive, and cost-effective.

    Patients who have diminished dental enamel may be interested in covering their enamel with a material, like composite resin or porcelain, in order to lighten the appearance of their smiles. When we resurface teeth using composite bonding we call this dental bonding—this process is completed in just one appointment. You could also use individual porcelain veneers to cover problematic enamel, or to resurface your entire smile.

    Our Cheney cosmetic dentists are here to give you all of the information you need to make the right decision for your smile, specifically. Call our office to schedule a personal consultation with our team!

    25Apr

    Tooth loss is damaging for a patient’s oral health demoralizing for the patient’s self-confidence. Whether you lose a tooth due to an accident of physical trauma or infection, it is crucial that you find a restorative treatment option that works for you as soon as possible.

    Our Cheney dentists are here to help you determine what kind of tooth replacement option is right for your situation. Today we are giving you more information about one type of treatment, in particular: the dental implant.

    Dental implant technology has truly been a game changer in the world of restorative dentistry. Thanks to dental implant technology, our dentists can now permanently embed a replacement tooth in the patient’s jawbone.

    The basic structure of a dental implant is as follows…

    · A titanium root is placed in the spot along the patient’s jawline where the natural tooth used to sit. This root is made of titanium, specifically, because titanium has the ability to osseointegrate—or bond—with natural bone.

    · This root is then topped with a small piece called an abutment. An abutment is a connector piece—it allows our team to connect a personalized restoration to the dental root, while allowing for enough give and flexibility to prevent the restoration from snapping off.

    · The final component of the dental implant replacement tooth is the customized dental restoration. This is the part of the implant that looks like a natural tooth, and every one is shaped, shaded, and sized to suit the individual patient’s needs. Once this restoration is in place, your replacement tooth will blend in seamlessly with your existing smile.

    As you can see, dental implants provide a natural looking and functioning replacement tooth—the beauty of the dental implant is that it is designed to mimic the structure of a natural, healthy tooth.

    To learn more about how dental implants work, please contact our Cheney dental implant dentists to get started!