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By THE DENTAL CENTER
September 21, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental Implants DiagramAre you thinking of getting dental implants?

There are several restorative procedures that can help rejuvenate and strengthen your smile, but dental implants are the best. If you're interested, Dr. Chris Haganman, Dr. Brad Stovie, and Dr. Shannon Hingst can provide dental implants in Cedar Rapids, IA.

More on Dental Implants:

Dental implants are one of many restorative procedures, like dentures and bridges. Dental implants consist of several parts:

  • There's a titanium post that's inserted into the jawbone
  • A screw that secures an abutment over the titanium post
  • A crown matching the rest of your teeth is placed above the abutment

Dental Implant Procedure:

The titanium post is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace missing tooth root. It provides stability and strength, and prevents weakening and shrinkage of the jawbone. After inserting the titanium post, the dentist seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration to occur, which the process of the post fusing to the rest of your jawbone. Afterwards, your dentist re-opens the area above the titanium post, inserts a screw, places an abutment above the screw and secure a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.

Dental Implant Care and Advantages:

  • Like the rest of your teeth, make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss every day, at least once before bed.
  • A change in diet is beneficial. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and avoiding sugary foods to prevent the accumulation of plaque is good preventative care.

They have several advantages:

  • They restore bite and chewing function.
  • They fill gaps to give you a wider, fuller smile.
  • They restore cracks, chips, or fractures one tooth, a few teeth or all of your teeth.
  • Dental implants don't move while you're eating or speaking.
  • Dental implants can last a lifetime.

Questions, or Concerns:

If you have more questions or concerns about dental implants, call your dentists in Cedar Rapids, IA Dr. Chris Haganman, Dr. Brad Stovie, and Dr. Shannon Hingst, at (319) 365-0534.

By THE DENTAL CENTER
July 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Root CanalThough in the past, a heavily decayed tooth may have meant that you would lose your tooth altogether and have to live with a gap in your smile. Luckily, this is no longer the case and your dentist can repair your cavity with a root canal. Knowing the early signs of tooth decay can help you get into your dentist’s office in a timely manner to treat your condition or even avoid a root canal altogether. Find out more about the signs you may need a root canal with Dr. Chris Haganman, Dr. Brad Stovie, and Dr. Shannon Hingst at The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA.

What is a root canal used for? 
As tooth decay moves through a tooth, it eventually reaches the tooth’s inner pulp chamber, which houses the soft tissues and nerves, and infects the tissues to cause a toothache. A root canal removes these diseased tissues and nerves and replaces them with a filling material. With the tooth sealed, its outer structure remains functional and, often with the help of a dental crown for extra stabilization and protection, can withstand daily use once again.

How can a root canal benefit my tooth? 
A root canal is an alternative to the only other treatment for a significantly decayed or compromised tooth - extraction. Though it may seem like the simpler option, tooth extraction leaves behind a gap in the smile and comes along with a slew of side effects that have a long-term effect on your teeth, including shifting teeth and bone atrophy. A root canal allows the tooth to remain in the mouth, ensuring the surrounding teeth stay in place and the bone is adequately stimulated to avoid atrophy in the future. Root canal also prevents the outcome of having a gap in your smile.

What can I expect during a root canal? 
During a root canal, your dentist will make a small hole in the top of the tooth and remove its infected inner contents. They will then scrub the tooth to ensure that no infection remains behind and fill the hole left behind with composite resin materials. After sealing the tooth, your dentist may recommend a dental crown to provide protection and stabilization since the filling left behind is normally quite large.

Root Canal Therapy in Cedar Rapids, IA 
For more information on root canals, please contact Dr. Chris Haganman, Dr. Brad Stovie, and Dr. Shannon Hingst at The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA. Call (319) 365-0534 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By THE DENTAL CENTER
June 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Dental VeneersVeneers are a simple way to transform your smile. Veneers are placed on the surface of teeth with cosmetic problems, such as cracks or stains. Once in place, veneers give you a brand new smile by concealing imperfections. Additionally, veneers are custom made to perfectly fit your teeth so they look completely natural. At The Dental Center, Dr. Chris Haganman, Dr. Brad Stovie, and Dr. Shannon Hingst are your dentists for veneers in Cedar Rapids, IA.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are thin covers that are affixed to the front surfaces of problem teeth to conceal imperfections. Veneers are made from a porcelain or plastic material closely resembling the appearance of natural tooth enamel. Each veneer is custom made to match the size, shape, and color of the existing tooth it is meant to cover. When the custom veneers are ready, they are permanently cemented to the corresponding teeth with a dental adhesive. Since veneers are wafer-thin, they rest flat against the teeth and look like your natural teeth.

Benefits of Veneers

There are numerous benefits of veneers. They cover or correct multiple cosmetic flaws and problems. They are also easy to set in place. In Cedar Rapids, veneers are available at The Dental Center. The benefits of veneers include:

  • Custom made for a perfect fit
  • Easily set in place and will not fall off
  • Look just like natural teeth
  • Conceal discolorations and stains
  • Cover chips and cracks in teeth
  • Correct the shape of misshaped teeth
  • Close small gaps between teeth
  • Smooth out uneven tooth surfaces
  • Perform normal biting and chewing functions

You can easily transform your smile with veneers and there are several benefits. Veneers can cover up a variety of cosmetic concerns and they look just like natural teeth. For veneers in Cedar Rapids, schedule a consultation with Dr. Haganman, Dr. Stovie, or Dr. Hingst by calling The Dental Center at (319) 365-0534.

By THE DENTAL CENTER
March 22, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

Find out if your daily routine could be helping or hurting your oral health.oral hygiene

A healthy smile isn’t just important for your appearance but also your health; however, not everyone provides their teeth and gums with the proper care they deserve. Our Cedar Rapids, IA, dentists, Dr. Chris Haganman, Dr. Brad Stovie, and Dr. Shannon Hingst, are here to offer up some helpful tips for how to maintain good oral health.

Your Oral Routine

  • It’s important that you are brushing your teeth first thing in the morning and again at night right before bedtime.
  • Always use fluoride toothpaste, which can strengthen tooth enamel and reduce your chances of decay.
  • Also, make sure you are flossing once a day. Be gentle when flossing to prevent gum irritation or injury.
  • Change your toothbrush head or toothbrush every three to four months (or after being sick). Scraggly, worn bristles can actually wear away tooth enamel.

Dental Visits

Remember that even if your mouth feels and look fine it doesn’t always mean that everything is okay. Even if you’ve never experienced decay or other issues before, it’s still important that you visit one of our Cedar Rapids general dentists every six months for routine checkups and cleanings.

These checkups are the best way to detect cavities quickly so they don’t cause more serious problems for your smile. We can also provide you with tips and advice for at-home care to make sure you are doing everything you can for your smile.

Your Diet

Yes, what you eat impacts your oral health. After all, your teeth, gums and jawbone require certain nutrients in order to stay healthy and strong. Furthermore, sugar and starches can increase your chances of developing cavities. A diet that is rich in lean protein, fruits, and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy will provide your mouth with the vitamins and nutrients it needs. Also, avoid sodas, fruit juices, and sugary snacks.

Your Habits

Are you a smoker? Would you say you are a heavy drinker? Do you grind your teeth? There are many habits that can affect your oral health, even if you don’t notice it. While smoking can certainly cause bad breath, decay, and nasty discolorations it can also increase your chances of oral cancer (as can heavy alcohol consumption). Talk to us about ways to help you ditch these habits for good.

The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA, is dedicated to providing you with the very best dental care possible. No matter whether you have questions about the services we offer or you need to schedule a cleaning, call our office today to learn more about what we can do for you.

By THE DENTAL CENTER
January 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

What your dentists in Cedar Rapids want you to knowdentures

If your smile is suffering because of a loose, poorly-fitting denture, it’s time to restore your smile with a new one. If you’ve been trying to live without a complete smile because of missing teeth, it’s time to discover how the right denture can change your life. Your dentists at The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA want to share how the right denture can restore your smile and your ability to enjoy the foods you love.

A complete smile helps you look your best, increasing your self-esteem and self-confidence. The right denture can improve how you feel about yourself, and even help you look younger. That’s because modern dentures help to restore facial fullness and youthful contours.

A complete smile also helps you chew the foods you love, aiding your digestion and your overall health. When you can eat the foods you love without worrying about a slipping denture, both your diet and your life will improve.

You should seek out the experts at The Dental Center to help you choose the right denture. They offer several options including:

Full dentures to replace a complete arch of teeth; you can choose from conventional dentures which are placed after your tissue has healed, or immediate dentures which are placed right after tooth extraction. A more permanent denture will be made after your tissue has healed completely.

Overdentures are snapped in place over dental implants or existing tooth roots. Overdentures have the advantage of a stable, firm foundation underneath them. They also can help to conserve bone, maintaining your firm jawline and youthful facial contours.

Partial dentures are a great choice to replace just a few teeth, not a complete arch. You can choose from conventional partial dentures which are placed after your tissue has healed or transitional dentures which are a great choice if you want implants later on.

To view amazing before-and-after photos of The Dental Center patients, please view the Smile Gallery page on the website at http://www.crdentalcenter.com/gallery.html

Dentures can change your life, improving your appearance and your health. You deserve a great life, and it all starts with your smile. For more information about dentures, partials, and other restorative and cosmetic services, call your dentists at The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA. Call today!





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