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By Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, DDS, Inc.
January 17, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Laser Dentistry ProcedureHow your dentist in Redlands, CA, can help your smile

You might not think too much about the benefits of laser dentistry, but if you care about your smile, dental lasers are important. The truth is lasers have revolutionized dentistry, making treatment easier and faster, with results that are far better than using traditional, old-school “drilling and filling” technology. Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts in Redlands, CA, uses dental lasers as part of her outstanding dental services.

 

More about Laser Dentistry

Just consider these important ways laser dentistry can benefit you:

  • Lasers are faster than dental handpieces, allowing completion of treatment in less time.
  • Lasers are quieter and more comfortable, giving you a more relaxed, enjoyable appointment.
  • Lasers are more exact, helping to conserve tooth structure and provide more conservative treatment.

Dental lasers are used in many different areas of dentistry, as well. For example:

  • For diagnosis, lasers can detect decay far earlier than conventional methods. That means decay can be treated much earlier, with a smaller filling, and a better outcome for you.
  • For soft tissue screening, lasers can detect abnormalities in tissue, lesions, and other evidence of precancerous or cancerous changes. Cancer is best treated in the early stages, and dental lasers make a huge difference.
  • For gum and periodontal therapy, lasers can recontour and reshape your gums, giving you a more aesthetically pleasing smile. They can also kill bacteria associated with periodontal disease and aid tissue healing.
  • For restorative treatment, lasers are more precise in removing decayed and diseased tooth structure, creating a more intact surface for filling placement. Furthermore, less tooth structure is removed during treatment, minimizing the damage to your tooth.

Dental lasers are the conservative way to practice dentistry. They provide a comfortable, relaxing appointment with minimal downtime for you. For more detailed information about lasers in dentistry, please visit the Laser Dentistry section on the website at https://www.queenofteeth.com/laser-dentist.html

 

Interested? Give Us a Call!

If you care about your smile and want a more relaxed, easier dental appointment, you owe it to yourself to discover what laser dentistry can do for you. To find out more, call (909) 793-9711 to make an appointment with Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts in Redlands, CA, today!

By Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, DDS, Inc.
March 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Get all of your questions answered about this speedy way to get a dental crown.crowns

Thought you would have to keep coming back again and again just to get a dental crown placed? Think again! Our Redlands, CA, dentist, Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, understands that it isn’t always easy to schedule a dental appointment with your already hectic life, but trying to schedule multiple visits? It sounds downright impossible; however, getting proper dental care is important and if you need to restore a tooth with a dental crown then it’s time to find out how CEREC crowns can make this process a whole lot easier.

Q. What are same day crowns?

A. Same day crowns, also referred to as CEREC crowns, still look and function just like a traditional dental crown the only difference is that instead of having to wait to get your restoration our Redlands can measure your tooth, design and fabricate the crown, and then fit and place it in just one visit. Those dealing with fractured, cracked, weakened, or damaged teeth can now restore their tooth in just one quick trip to our office.

Q. What is the process of getting same day crowns?

A. Using CAD/CAM technology, we can design and make your crown on site. No more waiting around for an outside dental lab to create your crowns and no more having to wear those annoying temporary crowns while you wait. When you come into the office we will use a small camera to capture precise images and measurements of the tooth. These images become 3D renderings on the specialized computer software. These exact measurements will then help us design a crown that offers the perfect fit.

From there, we will choose a block of porcelain that most closely matches the shade of your tooth before placing it in the milling station and allowing it to get to work chiseling and creating your crown. Once the crown is complete, we will check the fit before cementing over your tooth.

Q. How long do same day crowns last?

A. Just like regular crowns, same day crowns offer the same longevity and durability. Of course, your oral hygiene and everyday habits will play a big part in the health of your crown. With the proper care, your CEREC crown could last 10 years or more.

Q. Why do I need a dental crown?

A. There are many people who can benefit from getting a crown. You may need a dental crown if:

  • You have severe or extensive decay and a filling won’t support the tooth
  • You have a tooth that has been damaged by trauma or direct impact
  • You have a cracked or fractured tooth
  • Years of teeth grinding have caused your teeth to become severely worn down
  • You have a tooth that is poorly shaped or terribly discolored

If you are ready to get your same-day crown in Redlands, CA, then it’s time you called our office and scheduled an appointment.

By Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, DDS, Inc.
January 15, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Contrary to popular belief, a root canal is not a frightening or anxiety-inducing procedure. In fact, a root canal is an important procedure root canalthat can save your tooth which would otherwise require extraction. Find out more about root canal therapy with Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts at her practice in Redlands, CA.

Do I need a root canal? 
A root canal becomes necessary when the tooth’s pulp, which is found inside the tooth and made up of blood vessels and nerves, becomes inflamed or infected by decay. Eventually, the infection or inflammation causes a toothache, one of the most alarming and obvious signals that you may need a root canal. However, before this stage, you may notice that your tooth appears to have a hole in it called a cavity. Your tooth may also be broken or cracked and sensitive to heat or cold. In some cases, there are no outward signs that you may need a root canal.

How does a root canal work? 
This important dental procedure clears the infected or inflamed tissue from the tooth’s inner pulp chamber. The process ensures that the tooth’s outer structure remains intact, allowing the tooth to remain in its rightful place in the mouth without requiring extraction. This is important as a missing tooth can come with a slew of side effects, including shifting teeth, bone atrophy, and, of course, a gap in your smile.

Does a root canal hurt? 
Your dentist begins your root canal procedure by administering a local anesthetic to the area of the tooth. This means that you will feel no pain or discomfort during your procedure as the nerves surrounding the tooth are numbed by the anesthetic.

Root Canal Therapy in Redlands, CA
Your dentist may suggest a root canal even without outward symptoms or signs. In this case, a root canal may stop a toothache before it begins, clearing up decay which has almost reached the tooth’s pulp chamber and avoiding tooth pain altogether. Your dentist can help you determine if you need a root canal at a bi-annual routine dental examination.

For more information on root canal therapy, please contact Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts at her practice in Redlands, CA. Call (909) 793-9711 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Hamrick-Stotts today!

By Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, DDS, Inc.
September 06, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Whether you wish to replace a missing tooth or conceal cosmetic imperfections, various options are available for improving your smile. restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistryDental implants and veneers are both options for improving the appearance of your smile. Dental implants serve as replacements for missing teeth, while veneers conceal and correct a variety of imperfections. Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts is your Redlands, CA dentist for installation of dental implants and veneers.

Dental Implants

Dental implants permanently replace missing teeth. Installation involves anchoring a portion of the implant to the jaw bone, which prevents the implant from ever coming loose or falling out. Dental implants are comprised of a metal implant, an abutment and a porcelain crown. The metal implant is the portion anchored to the jaw bone and serves as the tooth root. The crown sits above the gum line and functions as the replacement tooth, while the abutment connects the crown to the implant.

In addition to replacing missing teeth, dental implants offer several other benefits. Since installation is permanent, messy dental adhesives are not needed to hold the implants in place. They also look and function like natural teeth and can perform normal functions, such as biting and chewing. Additionally, dental implants can improve speech. When the gaps from missing teeth are eliminated upon installation of dental implants, tongue placement when speaking can return to normal. Your Redlands dentist can help you decide if dental implants are right for you.

Veneers

Veneers are extremely thin covers for less than perfect teeth. They can conceal various cosmetic imperfections, such as stains, discolorations, cracks or chips on teeth. Veneers are often made from porcelain, which is similar in appearance to natural tooth enamel. Veneers can also be color matched to the surrounding teeth so they blend right in. To install veneers, a small bit of enamel is first shaved off the front of the tooth. Then a dental cement is used to permanently adhere the veneer to the front of the problem tooth. Benefits of veneers include:

  • Concealing cracks and chips.
  • Covering discolorations and stains.
  • Correcting the shape of teeth that are oddly shaped.
  • Smoothing out uneven surfaces on tooth.
  • Closing extra space between teeth.
  • Having the appearance of natural teeth.

Dental implants and veneers are excellent options for replacing missing teeth and improving the appearance of teeth with cosmetic imperfections. To find out if dental implants or veneers can benefit your smile, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hamrick-Stotts, your Redlands, CA dentist, by calling (909) 793-9711.

By Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, DDS, Inc.
January 19, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Thanks to the introduction of same day dental crowns, it's easier than ever to improve your smile. Dr. Brenna Hamrick Stotts, your dental crownsRedlands, CA, dentist, shares several advantages of the crowns.

The perfect solution for busy people

You've probably got better things to do than hanging around the dentist's office. With same day crowns, you no longer need to schedule two dental visits to receive a crown. If you've had a crown in the past, you know that the process used to involve two steps. During the first visit, your Redlands dentist filed your tooth, sent an impression of your mouth to a dental laboratory and created a temporary crown for you. Two or three weeks later, the lab sent the new crown to your dentist, and you returned to the office to receive your permanent crown. When you choose a same-day crown, you'll only need to visit the dentist once because your crown will be created in the office while you wait.

Forget about temporary crowns

Temporary crowns might just be the most inconvenient part of the crown process. Since hard or sticky foods can damage or loosen your temporary crown, it's best to avoid crusty bread, pizza, steak and many other of your favorite foods. Those two or weeks can seem very long when you have to think about every bite you take. Same day crowns eliminate the need for temporary crowns, making your life much easier.

Same day crowns offer high-tech benefits

Traditional crowns are made from impressions of your mouth made with a putty-like material. No putty is needed with you choose a same-day crown, thanks to computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM). Your dentist simply applies reflective powder to your teeth, then scans them with a wand. The wand generates a 3D digital image of your teeth, which she uses to create your crown. After she finishes the final step, the design is sent to a milling machine, which turns a block of ceramic into the perfect crown in just about five minutes. You'll leave the office with a brand new crown that blends in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

Same day crowns offer all of the advantages of traditional crowns without the wait or mess. Call Dr. Hamrick Stotts, your Redlands, CA, dentist, at (909) 793-9711 to schedule an appointment for your new crown.