Maybe you go to the dentist in Cedar Rapids, IA, routinely but still have questions about many common dental procedures. So Dr. Chris Haganman, Dr. Brad Stovie and Dr. Shannon Hingst and their dedicated staff have answered a list of questions they frequently hear from patients at The Dental Center. Their explanations can help you enjoy a more relaxed and better informed visit to their office. Your oral health and comfort are their highest priority.
How often should I see the dentist?
The American Dental Association recommends semi-annual visits to your dentist in Cedar Rapids. Complete oral exams, X-rays (as needed) and professional cleanings support your daily brushing and flossing as well as your healthy diet. Your dentist carefully inspects for decay, gum disease and oral cancer, and he or she ensures your current restorations, such as fillings and crowns, are intact and functional. Routine visits also allow for questions and for planning more complex treatments such as dental implants or cosmetic smile makeovers.
Why should I floss?
Daily flossing removes bacteria-filled residues in between teeth and at the gum line. Flossing helps prevent gum disease, the biggest cause of tooth loss in the US, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Combined with hygienic cleanings at The Dental Center, flossing is one of your best preventive dentistry tools.
Will my dental work hurt?
The team at The Dental Center works hard to ensure your dental appointments--from simple check-ups and cleanings to tooth extractions and fillings--are comfortable and fear-free. As such, the dentists in Cedar Rapids offer sedation dentistry options:
- Local anesthesia, numbing medicine delivered by injection to the area around the tooth
- Oral conscious sedation, sedatives in pill form that relax the patient
- Fully-monitored IV conscious sedation, given through the bloodstream so the patient feels no discomfort during long or complex treatments
You and your dentist will decide which medication is right for your particular case.
How can I brighten my yellowed smile?
Many things stain tooth enamel simply because it is a hard, but porous, surface. Organic matter catches in the mineralized fibers, and over time, teeth darken, yellow and become dull-looking. Your Cedar Rapids dentists offer professional teeth whitening. This one- to two-hour service uses a highly concentrated bleaching gel carefully applied to avoid dental and gingival (gum)sensitivity. After the gel is removed, teeth are several shades brighter, and the results last when patients limit darkly-colored dietary choices and smoking.
Are tooth-colored fillings preferable to amalgam?
Both patients and oral health care providers love the durability and seamless appearance of composite resin fillings. Additionally, white fillings are more easily placed, requiring less removal of healthy tooth structure than metal fillings. However, amalgam restorations remain appropriate for areas of the mouth where crushing forces are greatest.
Do you have more questions?
The staff at the Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA, welcome them. If it's time for your routine appointment, please call (319) 365-0534 to speak with a team member.
So Many Reasons to Celebrate!
Best Smile - Class of 2017
Dr. Brad Stovie's patient, Kylie, was voted best smile by her classmates at Jefferson High School! A few years ago, Kylie sought Dr. Stovie’s care to correct a significant overbite. Dr. Stovie developed a treatment plan that utilized appliances along with upper and lower brackets. After a little over a year and a half, treatment was complete. What a beautiful smile!
Congratulations to Our Graduates!
Dr. Stovie's son, Cal, graduated from Loras College and his daughter, Maddix, from Xavier High School. After seeing first-hand the difference a dentist can make, Cal is applying to dental schools. Maddix will attend Cornell this Fall. [Smiles by Dr. Stovie]
Dr. Shannon Hingst's son, Andrew, graduated from Regina High School in Iowa City. Andrew plans to attend UNI in the Fall. [Smile by Dr. Stovie]
Melissa Dostal’s (Treatment Coordinator) son, Nolan, graduated from Xavier High School and will be heading to Cedar Falls to study at UNI.
Two of Dr. Stovie’s children represented Xavier High School at the Iowa High School State track competition. Maddix qualified in the shuttle hurdle relay. Braden, his youngest, qualified in the shuttle hurdle relay, the 400 lower hurdles, and the 4 x 400 relay. Congratulations!
Kyle & Becca Are Married!
Kyle Haganman is a Certified Lab Technician in our in-house lab, Studio One Ceramics. Kyle & Becca celebrated their wedding on May 6th in West Branch. They traveled to Jamaica for their honeymoon and had an excellent time at Sandal's Negril. Congratulations Kyle & Becca!
Iowa May Meeting
Members from our hygiene team attended the Spring Cancer Care Update for Dental Health Professionals on May 3rd. This was held in conjunction with The Iowa Dental Association May Meeting held at the Double Tree, Downtown Cedar Rapids.
Cerec inLab Summit
Sarah and John, Studio One Lab Technicians, traveled to St Louis to attend the annual Cerec inLab Summit. This was a very inspiring seminar where dentists and their technicians presented cases where they worked as a team utilizing digital dentistry. The latest techniques and materials were showcased. It wasn't all work, no play! All attendees were treated to hospitality looking over Busch Stadium where the Giants beat the Cardinals 6-5.
If you’ve been eyeing the Oral B Electric Toothbrush, now’s the time to make that purchase! Take advantage of the Oral B Professional Electric Toothbrush $30 mail-in rebate! This terrific Oral-B promotion is good thru July 31.
Jim F – "20 years of “dental phobia” caught up with me. Needless to say, they had quite a menu of corrections to make. I have one more session to finish up but, after my first session, less than 24 hours later, I am back at work feeling 100% and absolutely no discomfort. Just smiling faces and professional care. If my memory serves, Dr. Shannon, Heidi, and Sandy were three of more that deserve the thanks."
Deb S – "I always have a good experience at The Dental Center. I am always nervous because of past unpleasant dentist visits as a child. But the staff always tries to put me at ease and make me feel comfortable. If I need dental work done, I am always sure the staff will take great care of me and make the visit as painless as possible. I would highly recommend Dr. Stovie and my hygienist, Marie! They are the best!!"
Patricia S – "I chipped a tooth and phoned the office to get an appointment. Dr. Haganman worked me in the following day at noon. I was seen without delay and he fixed the fractured tooth. It feels amazing! Whenever I have an issue they always get me in. Nice to know you don’t have to suffer for days when something unforeseen happens."
Cyndie H – "Although my expected treatment plan for a problem tooth will be lengthy, my appointment to get it all scheduled was not. I was in and out in 20 minutes and have a clear plan for my repair. Best dental office!"
How dental veneers from Cedar Rapids can enhance your smile
If you are getting a bit older, you may have noticed your smile aging too. Aging can cause your tooth enamel to become thinner, exposing the layer underneath called dentin. This layer is yellow, and it becomes darker as you age. The overall effect is a dull, darkening smile.
Now, thanks to state-of-the-art materials and techniques, you can renew your smile. The answer is dental veneers! Your dentists at The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA, want to share the facts about what dental veneers can do for your smile.
Dental veneers can correct many cosmetic issues with your teeth, including:
- Excessive wear or chipping due to aging
- Cracks or damage due to trauma
- Tooth overlap or gaps due to genetics
- Stains or discolorations due to medications or lifestyle
Dental veneers are thin sheaths of porcelain or plastic which are cemented over the front surfaces of your teeth. Typically your new veneers will take between two and three appointments:
Your first appointment is a consultation appointment during which you and your dentists will review how your veneers will look and what you can expect during treatment.
The second appointment is a tooth preparation appointment during which a minimal amount of tooth structure is removed (just enough to accommodate the thickness of the veneers) and molds are taken of your teeth. These molds are sent off to a dental laboratory, where skilled dental artists will create your veneers.
The third appointment is the final cementation of your new veneers after they have been sent back from the dental laboratory. Your dentists in Cedar Rapids will teach you everything there is to know about caring for your new veneers.
To view amazing before-and-after photos of actual Cedar Rapids patients, please visit the Smile Gallery page on the website at http://www.crdentalcenter.com/gallery.html
If you have a dull smile, it’s time to renew your smile with dental veneers! For more information about veneers or to schedule a consultation appointment call The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA. Don’t wait to get the smile you deserve, call today!
A smile is a universal hello. It is one of the first things people notice about you. If you find yourself hiding your smile with your hands or smiling with sealed lips, you should consider scheduling a consultation to see what we can do to improve your smile. We want you to be proud and confident of your smile.
At your consult appointment, the assistant will take photos of your smile and impressions of your teeth. Prepare for your consult appointment by writing down what you like about your teeth and what you want improved. Are you unhappy with the whiteness of your teeth? Do you want spaces closed? Do you have old restorations that need replaced? The doctor will consider your concerns and discuss your treatment options.
The photos and impressions will be sent to our lab technicians along with a detailed prescription from the doctor explaining what needs improvement. After pouring your impressions into a solid model, the lab technicians will add wax to the model, creating a mock-up of what your teeth will look like after treatment. You will then come back to our office and view the mock-up with the doctor and decide whether to move forward with your treatment. We are confident you will be impressed and eager to proceed.
If you agree to treatment, these are a few things to consider, especially when front teeth are involved:
1. Are you happy with your current shade?
If you are considering in-office or at home whitening, make sure to have the whitening treatment finished two to four weeks prior to your preparation appointment. This gives your teeth a chance to rehydrate and allows any white spots to calm down before your final shade is taken.
2. Consider your options.
If you want a single front restoration, but lack symmetry, consider what that will do for your smile. Sometimes restoring additional teeth can make a huge impact on your overall smile, whether it is shape or shade. The doctor and lab technician consider all options for the best outcome and so should you.
3. This is an investment in your oral health and your appearance.
We understand that everyone has a budget. We will work with you on the best treatment options that fit within your financial means.
Special Offer this Spring:
Schedule a “Smile Proud” consultation at no charge. This will include x-rays that are necessary, photos and a diagnostic wax-up of your smile. Good through the end of May.
Sarah, our in-house lab technician, traveled to New Orleans to attend a three-day hands-on course led by master ceramist Olivier Tric. This course focused on refractory and non-invasive veneers. Olivier Tric is known to be one of the best dental ceramists in the world. He shared his techniques and tips on creating beautiful front teeth. Sarah was extremely inspired and grateful for being able to attend this outstanding course. She is able to incorporate some of the techniques into the restorations she makes for Dental Center patients.
Participants flew in from all over the world to participate in this hands-on course. Technicians from Switzerland, Dominican Republic, Washington, Iowa, Texas, Florida, California and a few from New Orleans. What a great group of talented individuals!
Devin and Cassie are both celebrating their 1st year at The Dental Center. John has been making teeth in our in-house lab for 12 years and Dr. Haganman has been practicing dentistry at The Dental Center for 20 years! Happy Anniversary!
Happy Birthday to Kim, Kyle & Megan in March! Happy Birthday to Heidi & Dr. Haganman in April!
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Find out when getting dentures is really the best way to replace your missing teeth.
The thought of choosing the right tooth loss treatment can be a bit intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be when you turn to our Cedar Rapids dentists Dr. Chris Haganman, Dr. Brad Stovie and Dr. Shannon Hingst for the care your smile needs to get on the right track. While you have many options to consider when it comes to replacing your missing teeth, here are some factors that should have you considering whether dentures are actually the right choice for you:
You have lost the majority of your teeth
There are two main types of dentures: partial and complete. If you have lost a lot of permanent teeth but still have some healthy teeth present, then partial dentures will be ideal for replacing the missing ones. If you have lost all of your teeth then a full set of dentures is your best option.
You have uncontrollable gum disease
If our Cedar Rapids general dentist discovered that you have a severe periodontal disease, then the first step is to get the problem under control. Of course, you will still need to maintain good oral health to keep gums healthy. If you are unable to get your symptoms under control, then dentures may be a better option for you than other tooth replacements.
You have loose teeth
If gum disease or other issues have caused loose teeth that may fall out soon, this may be another reason to consider dentures instead of a long-term replacement like dental implants. In some cases, the loose teeth that are no longer viable will need to be removed. Fortunately, immediate dentures can be placed over the gums as they heal after a tooth extraction. Dentures can be altered and replaced to meet your growing and changing needs.
Dentures can be a wonderful way to finally restore your smile and improve your quality of life. If you want to find out if dentures are right for you, then schedule your next appointment with The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA and let us know that you are interested in dentures.
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