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By info@crdentalcenter.com
April 17, 2017
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Smile Proud

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. 
 

Continuing Education

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! 

 

 

 

Staff Anniversaries

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! 

 

 

Staff Birthday's 

Happy Birthday to Kim, Kyle & Megan in March!  Happy Birthday to Heidi & Dr. Haganman in April!

   

Patient Testimonials

Amazing team, great care!

I recently had to have a tooth pulled and they walked me through each step (and sound) so I could relax. They even let me pick the radio station! The Dental Center team is always professional and courteous. They receive a 5 rating from me because they manage my dental anxiety just as fabulously as they manage my dental health.

J B. 4/12/2017

Professional Quality Service

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!!

Deb S. 4/11/2017

 

Professional staff welcoming environment

I hate going to the dentist but after coming here my first time I have changed my views. The staff is all so kind and welcoming. They make sure you are comfortable, educate you, and keep you informed. Would recommend to anyone!

Ashley B. 3/8/2017


They think of everything to improve their patient's overall experience!

A co-worker referred me to The Dental Center about a year ago. I had many issues that needed attention. Dr. Chris put together a 2-3 year dental plan of action that was manageable and financially feasible! I saw Dr. Shannon a few weeks ago to have a few teeth pulled and she was wonderful! Everyone is friendly, helpful and professional. They have patient comfort and convenience in mind with Heat/massage exam chairs, on line scheduling and communication, text appointment reminders and a blanket to cover up with while having my teeth pulled!

Keri B. 2/9/2017

By THE DENTAL CENTER
March 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures   Dental Care  

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.

By info@crdentalcenter.com
February 24, 2017
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Spring is in the Air!

What a great time to whiten your smile! With graduations, weddings and summer vacations approaching, now is the time to get in and take advantage of our Glo Pro Whitening Special.

GLO PRO is a convenient, easy way to get whiter teeth without the sensitivity. In office, at home, or on the go.... it is quick and effective! 

$50 off in-office and take home dual whitening package. 20% off all other GLO PRO products and services.
Offer valid through March 31, 2017.

The GLO PRO Teeth Whitening Device reinvents the experience of teeth whitening using patented G.L.O. (Guided Light Optic) technology.  It combines professional elements of heat and light built into a one-of-a-kind closed system mouthpiece that accelerates the whitening process, preventing the whitening oxygen from escaping the tooth surface, bombarding the stains, and making the whitening process more effective and more efficient.

 

 


 

Continuing Education

Annual OSHA and HIPAA Training

Dental Center staff attended our annual OSHA and Bloodborne Pathogens Training last month. Judy from Stericycle instructed the class and did a great job updating us on current OSHA and HIPAA regulations. 

CPR 

The staff had their biannual CPR training. This is a refresher on how to administer CPR to the adult (age 9 yrs. or older), child (between 1 and 8 yrs. old), and infant (younger than 1 yr. old) and to understand the key steps and indications for performing CPR. 

Rondeau Seminar

Melissa D, Melissa B, and Devin attended the Rondeau Seminar in Chicago along with other assistants from all over of the U.S. During the two day session, they learned about the philosophy of orthodontics, covering: cephalometrics, radiology, forms/letters, records, functional appliances, airways, and case presentations. They are looking forward to attending the next two-day session in March! 

American Dental Society of Anesthesiology

Dr. Hingst and her dental assistant, Sharena attended The American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA) Meeting last week in Las Vegas. Dr. Hingst has been an ADSA member for 17 years and attends the annual 2-day session every year. ADSA is America's largest not-for-profit society dedicated to pain and anxiety control in dentistry.

Dr. Hingst attended The Minimal to Moderate Sedation Course. This course serves as a review of basic pharmacology, physiology, safety standards, as well as the latest changes in medicines, techniques and guidelines.The speakers are world renowned, published dentists and dental anesthetists. The course caters to general dentistry sedation practitioners, oral surgeons, pediatric dentists and nearly all other specialties.  

Sharena went to the course for assistants, covering basic treatment techniques, physiology, pharmacology and safety standards.    

 

Staff Anniversaries

We are celebrating three staff anniversaries this month. Shari is celebrating 16 years as a hygienist; Megan 3 years as a front desk administrator; and Kim V. 2 years as a hygienist. Thank you for your dedication to our office! 

 

Staff Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Amy M, Christie, Sarah, and Melissa B! 

Patient Testimonials


High quality, professional service and a friendly atmosphere

My family always leaves with a smile. The Dental Center team is always friendly, the atmosphere is wonderful and they take their time to talk with the patience so they fully understand the procedures. They also play great background music!

Brandy J. 2/23/2017

 

They think of everything to improve their patient's overall experience!

A co-worker referred me to The Dental Center about a year ago. I had many issues that needed attention. Dr. Chris put together a 2-3 year dental plan of action that was manageable and financially feasible! I saw Dr. Shannon a few weeks ago to have a few teeth pulled and she was wonderful! Everyone is friendly, helpful and professional. They have patient comfort and convenience in mind with Heat/massage exam chairs, on line scheduling and communication, text appointment reminders and a blanket to cover up with while having my teeth pulled!

Keri B. 2/9/2017

 

Great Dental Care

Found this place three years ago when my life-long dentist retired. Even though I live 73 miles away from C.R. it's worth the trip to get the very best dental care. Chris Haganman DDS is the best at his profession and has performed miracles for me repairing my teeth. Two new crowns and one new bridge later, my teeth are like new. Very friendly and professional staff.

Randy W. 1/30/2017

By The Dental Center
January 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canals   tooth decay  

Root canals give your teeth a second chance when they are at risk of being extracted. Decay can affect a tooth’s ability to function root canalproperly. Simple functions like biting and chewing can be impossible with tooth decay. In such cases, extraction is often the only solution. However, it is possible to save your teeth with root canal therapy. Root canals can repair areas that have decayed, preserve teeth and their roots and restore normal tooth functioning. Your Cedar Rapids, IA, dentist at The Dental Center can determine if a root canal would work for you.

What are Root Canals?

Root canals make it possible for patients to preserve their natural teeth when extensive decay that extends to the roots could result in extraction. A root canal procedure is very similar to filling cavities. During the procedure, your Cedar Rapids dentist drills into the tooth and removes infected pulp from the center of the tooth and root. The area is then cleaned, filled in and sealed, which prevents any decay from spreading. The newly restored tooth can be made even stronger by installing a crown over the top of the tooth.

The pulp substance inside a tooth is a soft tissue. It is situated in the center of a tooth and extends down to the tooth’s root. When tooth decay sets in, the pulp can become infected and inflamed and eventually result in the formation of an abscess below the tooth’s root. Tooth extraction used to be the only option for correcting decay that resulted in an abscess. Today, root canals offer an alternative solution that has the advantage of preserving the natural teeth.

Benefits of Root Canals

One of the main benefits of root canals is that you get to keep your natural teeth rather than have them pulled. In addition to preserving the natural teeth, root canals can also restore normal functions, like chewing and biting. Decay weakens teeth, which can affect their ability to bite down or chew. Restoring the decayed area makes the tooth is made stronger and able to function without sensitivity or pain. Restoring normal functioning has the added benefit of protecting surrounding teeth so that they no longer have to compensate for the decayed one.

Root canals give your teeth a second chance by saving them from extraction. The natural teeth are preserved by removing decayed areas and filling them in, allowing the teeth to function properly again. Root canals can be performed right in your Cedar Rapids, IA, dentist’s office. To learn more about root canals and if they can give your teeth a second chance, contact The Dental Center at (319) 365-0534.

By info@crdentalcenter.com
January 19, 2017
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John Vrbicek's 30 Year CDT

John is celebrating his 30 Year Anniversary as a Certified Dental Technician (CDT). John has worked in our in-house laboratory, Studio One Ceramics, for the past 11 years, fabricating crowns and bridges for our patients. This is a special milestone to recognize, as not all dental technicians are certified in this field. 

Becoming and maintaining a CDT demonstrates significant mastery of the knowledge and applied skills needed in dental technology. You must obtain 12 hours of continuing education each year after passing an initial written and practical exam. 

Over the course of John's career, he has shown leadership serving as President of The Iowa Dental Laboratory Association for several years, as well as serving as a chair member of The Dental Laboratory Technology Advisory Committee at Kirkwood Community College. John attends many educational meetings throughout the year and values the importance of learning new techniques and materials with his industry peers. He will continue to grow his knowledge and abilities as a dental technician, creating beautiful smiles for years to come. 

Kyle Gets Accepted into Dental School

We want to acknowledge and congratulate Kyle Haganman for getting accepted into The University of Iowa College of Dentistry! Kyle is the nephew of  Dr. Chris and has worked in our in-house dental laboratory since July of 2015.

Kyle was always interested in health care as a career, growing up with a father as a family physician and an uncle as a dentist. He decided on dentistry after shadowing various dentists, including Chris, during his undergrad at U of I. Kyle played football for the Hawkeyes and graduated in the Spring of 2011 with a degree in Psychology. After applying to dental school, he was not accepted, so he decided to enroll in the dental lab technology program at Kirkwood in order to gain knowledge of the dental field and become a more competitive applicant. After completing the two year program, he accepted a position as a dental technician at our office, while continuing to shadow and volunteer at a local free health care clinic. Kyle will continue to work in the lab until he starts dental school this fall.

Kyle not only values the experience and knowledge he is gaining working at The Dental Center, but also the relationships he has built. Before school starts, he is looking forward to taking time off after his wedding in May to fish and spend quality time with his wife-to-be, friends and family. 

Making a Difference in Haiti

Our patient, Dave Soper, makes an annual trip to Haiti to help residents with plumbing needs. Before Dave left on his most recent trip, he asked if we'd contribute toothbrushes and toothpaste. We were so pleased to be able to help and so proud of Dave's efforts. Thanks to Dave for sharing these pictures with us!

Toys for Tots

The Dental Center was represented at this year's December 14 Toys for Tots distribution day by Kim McGinn, Becky Stovie, Melissa Dostal, and Lisa Shannon. It was really a fun, busy day with much joy as parents selected toys for their children. Thank you to these ladies for volunteering in our community!

 

GLO PRO Whitening Discount

GLO PRO is a convenient, easy way to get whiter teeth without the sensitivity. In office, at home, or on the go.... it is quick and effective! 

$50 off in-office and take home dual whitening package. 20% off all other GLO PRO products and services.
Offer valid through March 31, 2017.

The GLO PRO Teeth Whitening Device reinvents the experience of teeth whitening using patented G.L.O. (Guided Light Optic) technology, combining professional elements of heat and light built into a one of a kind closed system mouthpiece that accelerates the whitening process, preventing the whitening oxygen from escaping the tooth surface, bombarding the stains and making the whitening process more effective and more efficient.


Continuing Education

Black & Gold Study Club

Dr. Stovie and Sarah, our dental ceramist, attended the Black & Gold Study Club Meeting, titled “Building Better People.” The meeting was led by Bryan Dodge, an inspirational speaker and leader. Bryan Dodge is passionate about stirring up the best in people. Through his energetic and educational approach, Bryan inspires individuals and organizations to ask one crucial question: Why? Why choose this job, this purpose, this belief? Bryan believes that once you know why, then you will be ready to recognize what is important to you—and how to make the changes necessary to prosper personally and professionally. Dr. Stovie and Sarah both enjoyed this day long seminar. Inspiring to be your best at work and at home! 

Staff Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Anna on January 23rd!

Staff Anniversaries

We are celebrating three anniversaries this month! Kim M. is celebrating 3 years at The Dental Center, Dr. Hingst 17 years, and Kim L. 1 year. Thank you for your loyalty and hard work! 

Patient Testimonials

Nice staff and very professional
 

"Everyone is friendly from the office staff to the hygienist to the dentist (Dr. Shannon) and then the discharge office staff. Great cleanings! Good advice on how to care for your teeth between appointments."

Caleb J. 12/24/2016

Best office ever!
 

"The Dental Center and Dr. Stovie have restored my damaged teeth and I have never felt as confident about going in for appointments! They are consistent and professional. As a busy person, I also appreciate that appointments are efficient and start on time. I had a cleaning today and Taylor did an amazing job!"

Cyndie H.12/19/2016

Prompt Service For an Emergency
 

"I chipped a tooth and phoned the office to get an appointment. Dr. H 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."

Patricia S.12/14/2016





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