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September 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You have a very healthy mouth. You thought your teeth would last a lifetime, but then you had a car accident. A front tooth was broken dental implantsbeyond repair and had to be extracted. Must you have a conventional bridge or partial denture? Why not explore smile restoration at The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA? Dr. Chris Haganman, Dr. Shannon Hingst, and Dr. Brad Stovi, offer modern dental implants, today's most lifelike tooth replacement.

Always replace a lost tooth

The American Dental Association (ADA) says that your natural teeth--every single one of them--play an important role in your dental health, personal appearance, self-confidence and oral function. If you lose even one to decay, accident or gum disease, your smile suffers.

For instance, after tooth loss, the gum tissue and bone at the extraction site recede. Additionally, the remaining teeth surrounding the socket weaken as they drift toward the empty space.

So, the ADA strongly urges tooth replacement. The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids places and restores single tooth dental implants and also implant-supported bridgework (for multiple lost teeth in a row) and dentures.

What is a dental implant?

The single tooth implant replaces a missing tooth completely. Made of a titanium screw, inserted into the jawbone, metal alloy extension post and realistic porcelain crown, a dental implant provides optimum smile aesthetics and unparalleled oral function. People who have dental implants say they feel, act and look like natural teeth.

What's the restorative process like?

Our dentists guide implant patients through each step of the treatment. They start with a comprehensive oral exam, including computerized digital X-rays which give them a clear view of the jawbone and how dense it is. The bone must be strong and sizable to accept an implant.

In addition, the patient must have good oral and overall health so the implant and bone bond well through a naturally-occurring process called osseointegration. According to, osseointegration takes anywhere from two to four months, but the wait is well worth it. Osseointegration practically guarantees implant success and retention of the device for a lifetime.

To install a single implant, the dentists numb the area around the site and incises the gums. Then, they place the implant directly into this opening and sutures the gums closed. Later, when the implant has finished bonding to the bone, our dentists re-opens the site, attaches a metal alloy post and restores the post with a beautiful porcelain crown. Then, the dental implant is complete.

Would you like your smile back?

Dental implants require simple brushing, flossing and professional cleanings at The Dental Center in Cedar Rapids, IA. Most likely, your implant will make you smile for a lifetime. To learn more, contact the office for an implant consultation: (319) 365-0534.

Maybe you go to the dentist in Cedar Rapids, IA, routinely but still have questions about many common dental procedures. So Dr. Chris dental proceduresHaganman, 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.

May 25, 2017
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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.

Track Stars


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!

Continuing Education

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.  

May Special

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.


Patient Reviews

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!"

May 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

How dental veneers from Cedar Rapids can enhance your smileveneers

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

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!

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

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