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fix a cavity or a broken tooth? If you have you probably were thinking to yourself, what the heck is that? Inlays and onlays are usually prescribed when you have a large cavity or are missing a large portion of your tooth and need a more resilient material. In these situations resin or amalgam fillings wouldn’t do the trick because they would not be able to hold up over time againstbefore_and_after-190x300 the force of your bite. Inlays and onlays solve the problem of needing more strength in a restoration without having to take the next step towards a crown. Inlays and onlays can be performed in one visit with the use of Cerec technology. Cerec allows you to fabricate a custom restoration out of porcelain outside of the mouth. This restoration is then cemented into place. It used to be that in order to do an inlay or onlay you need to prepare the tooth, take an impression, send that to a lab, wait 2-3 weeks with a temporary in your tooth, and THEN come back and cement the permanent restoration into place. With Cerec technology you can leave the office with a custom made restoration permanently cemented into place in one visit. It eliminates the need to deal with impression material, the wait until you get your final restoration, or the worry that you will lose your temporary filling why you are waiting all that time.]]>

gabby-douglas-240x340-211x300completed but some of the great smiles we noticed along the way! Top 5 #5   Serena Williams, a dominating performance in the women tennis final, and a beautiful smile to go along with it. #4   Allyson Felix, the long-time star finally reeled the gold in the 200 m.  It was nice to see someone with such nice pearly whites beaming from ear to ear. #3  Dana Vollmer, Wow! Three gold medals and one of the top smiles in the Olympic games. #2  Gabby Douglas winner of two gold medals, who’s smile is literally contagious. Our top pick for biggest and brightest smile is winner of Five Olympic medals, four gold and one bronze,  Missy Franklin  (who recently had her braces removed) A couple of side notes: Honorable mentions going to our Olympian braces wearer Lashinda Demus and a nod to  Ryan Lochte for his patriotic grill. Finally, Congrats to Michael Phelps for achieving what no other Olympian has ever done.  However, we would love to see him straighten out that well known smile with invisalign or braces one day. Go USA!]]>

Fotolia_41027514_XS-300x199With the increase in painkiller abuse in America there is a lot of speculation as to who is responsible for this epidemic? Is it the patient with the addiction or is it the ease of legal access to these drugs? This has always been a tough subject for health care professionals, especially those in the dental field.

Prescribing narcotics in the dental field is not something to be taken lightly, statistics show that about 12% of opioids in the U.S. are prescribed by dental practitioners. And, with the rise in prescription drug abuse the medical and dental community have been urged by Washington to be more cautious with opioid prescription. However, some procedures and situations, such as surgical procedures and pain resulting from severely infected teeth can leave a patient in a lot of pain. Being restrictived use only the use of over the counter pain medications rather than prescription medications can leave the patient in pain and counting down the minutes until when they are able to take their next dose. Health practitioners must use their discretion when deciding to prescribe or recommend over the counter medications. Because of the increase of abuse, practitioners must be more diligent about writing prescriptions to ensure that they are not enabling addicts. The Drug Enforcement Agency has come to the aid in this situation by providing a log of patients that are filling prescriptions in a short period of time at various pharmacies and/or written by different practitioners. This gives wary healthcare providers a resource to aid in their decision whether or not to not prescribe to a potentially drug seeking patient.]]>