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By Brenna Hamrick-Stotts, DDS, Inc.
March 15, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Implants DiagramIf you're facing tooth replacement, you have a premier option available to you. It's the dental implant from your dentist in Redlands, Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts. Her sharp diagnostic skills and caring attitude have helped scores of patients enjoy the benefits of these state-of-the-art prosthetics. Read answers to some frequently asked questions about dental implants and how they can help you.

What is a dental implant? A dental implant is a titanium cylinder or screw surgically inserted into the jaw bone where a tooth previously resided. This device replaces a natural tooth root and forms the foundation for a metal extension post and porcelain crown above the gum line.

What qualifies me for dental implants? Your Redlands dentist carefully examines a patient's mouth and jaw bone before recommending a dental implant. You should have good systemic health and possess enough bone in your jaw to accept and stabilize the implant device. You will have special three-dimensional scans to evaluate the bone. The European Federation of Periodontology states that patients should be over 18 years old so that their jaw bones have finished growing to sufficient size and density.

Is the surgery complex? No, it's really not. The entire procedure happens at Dr. Hamrick-Stotts' office, usually with simple local anesthetic. Even insertion of multiple implants to support dentures or bridgework involves a few steps and limited suturing.

Why do dental implants last so long? The Institute for Dental Implant Awareness says that dental implants last four or five decades--a lifetime, really. Behind their longevity is osseointegration, whereby bone cells in the jaw bond to the titanium implant device. This bond creates a firm foundation for the implant, and in fact, as you use the implant, the jaw bone actually gets stronger and denser.

My friend received two dental implants, and she said healing took weeks. Why is healing such a long process? Osseointegration does not happen over night. However, the results are excellent if you do not try to rush the process.

How do I care for my new teeth? Most implants require twice a day brushing and once a day flossing to keep plaque and tartar at bay. Also, see Dr. Hamrick-Stotts for six-month examinations and cleanings as usual. Your hygienist will instruct you in any special brushing or flossing techniques your particular case may require.

Can anything threaten the longevity of a dental implant? Dental implants cannot decay as natural teeth can, but implant sites may develop peri-implantitis which resembles advanced gum disease. Peri-implantitis endangers implant retention. Smoking also threatens implants as the toxins in cigarettes actually burn the soft tissues of the mouth and make bone and gums susceptible to infection and degradation.

More questions?

Get all of them answered at a dental implant consultation with dentist, Dr. Brenna Hamrick-Stotts. Call her office staff in Redlands, CA, today to arrange a convenient appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve a strong, beautiful smile. Phone (909) 793-9711.

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.