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With your busy schedule, finding the time to get to the dentist for a check-up is hard enough. But if you need a dental crown, you’re going to have to find the time for two dental appointments.

Until now. CEREC technology has made the one-appointment crowns at the Memphis dental practice of Avery and Meadows a reality.

CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, and it’s changing the way we practice dentistry.

Before CEREC, if you had a damaged or decayed tooth that needed a crown, you had to go the dentist twice. During the first appointment, the tooth was prepared, you had to have an impression made of the tooth and then you were given a temporary crown. The dentist then sent your molds to a lab to have the permanent crown fabricated. Once the final crown was sent back to the dentist, you returned to have it cemented onto your tooth. That meant two dental visits. Two Novocain shots. And a lot of hassle.

With CEREC, everything is done in one appointment. First, CEREC Technology takes a precise digital image of your tooth (no gagging on messy mouth molds!). Through Computer Aided Design (CAD), CEREC uses the digital image to create your custom restoration. A high-speed diamond bur mills the restoration out of solid ceramic to meet your unique specifications. Once the restoration is complete, it is bonded to the tooth using a state-of-the-art adhesive.

With CEREC, there’s fewer shots needed, less drilling required, no messy impressions and no second appointment. It makes the process of getting a crown much easier, convenient and precise.

Learn more about dental crowns or CEREC technology in Memphis.

Posted by & filed under Periodontal Disease.

We all know that regular visits to the dentist for a check-up and cleaning can keep your teeth and gums healthy. But taking proper care of your gums can do more than prevent tooth loss. It may also save your life. Yes, your life.

Dentists have long suspected a link between periodontal disease and serious health issues. They have recently been proven correct.

Studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Periodontology report that the inflammatory effects from periodontal disease can cause bacterial byproducts to enter the bloodstream and trigger the liver to make proteins such as C-reactive protein.

This protein is one of the main markers in all kinds of systemic inflammation that can increase the risk of blood clots and, according to a new study from Harvard, pancreatic cancer. The Harvard study shows that men with gum disease were 63 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer when compared to those with no periodontal problems.

Studies have shown that periodontal disease can also lead to an increased risk for:

  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Certain Cancers
  • Complications in controlling blood sugar levels in diabetes
  • Premature Birth
  • Low Birth-Weight Babies
  • and more

Unfortunately, you can have periodontal disease and not even know it. Symptoms include swollen gums, gums that bleed when you brush or floss, loose teeth, receding gum line and halitosis, but sometimes there aren’t any symptoms at all.

The disease is prevalent; more than 85 percent of people in the United States have some level of periodontal disease.

But there is good news. Periodontal disease is treatable, and in many cases, when caught early, it’s reversible. With modern technology and advanced periodontal therapy, including dental lasers, ultrasonic scalers and antibiotics, treatment is more gentle, comfortable and effective than ever before.

It’s easy to keep periodontal disease at bay; simply visit the Memphis dental office of Avery and Meadows for your regular check-ups and cleanings. Brush and floss daily at home and use an oral irrigator.

Don’t risk your smile. Or your health. Come see us soon!

Posted by & filed under Cosmetic Dentistry.

Do you have discolored or gapped teeth? Are your teeth chipped, worn or crooked? The Memphis cosmetic dentists at Avery and Meadows can quickly, comfortably and beautifully correct all of these cosmetic problems. Using either cosmetic dental bonding or porcelain veneers, they can return your smile to a natural, attractive appearance.

The procedure for cosmetic dental bonding is simple. First composite is applied to your tooth, sculpted into shape and hardened with a special light. Then it’s polished to a natural gleam that matches your tooth color perfectly. This procedure can usually be completed in one day and is ideal for closing gaps between teeth, whitening a stained tooth, or repairing a chipped tooth.

Porcelain veneers take a bit longer. Porcelain veneers are the cosmetic dentist’s most valuable tool. They can do just about anything, from repairing a chipped or worn tooth to restoring teeth to their optimal length, width, color and size. They can even be used to straighten crooked teeth without the use of traditional braces.

Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea or other staining agents. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options. They can transform any smile to one that is straight, white and beautiful.

Learn about all the cosmetic enhancements made possible with bonding and veneers.

If you would like to schedule a smile consultation with the Memphis cosmetic dentists at Avery and Meadows, call 901-452-0040.