What is CEREC®?
Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic or CEREC® for short is a new state-of-the-art method of reconstructing tooth restorations. CEREC® uses computer-assisted design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to offer single-day restorations for patients. This new technology has revolutionized ceramic restorations such as crowns and veneers for patients so that there is no longer a wait between preparing the restoration and finally receiving the finished product. With CEREC®, the technology is used while you are sitting in the dental chair, which is both economical for you and your dentist. The restorations created are metal-free and tooth colored to restore your tooth to its natural beauty, strength and function. With CEREC®’s CAD-CAM technology, these ceramic restorations can all be done in one single visit to the dentist.
The CEREC® Process
CEREC® uses CAD-CAM technology to design and mill custom restorations during one visit to the dentist. So how does this process work?
Exam and Preparation
Before you get started, your dentist will determine if CEREC® is right for you. Depending on how much healthy tooth structure you have remaining, it may be a simple filling or you may need a crown. After reviewing your options, the dentist will begin the process by administering anesthetic and preparing your tooth for restoration by removing decay and weakened tooth tissue.
In order to make the desired restoration, a 3-dimensional image of the tooth that needs to be restored must be created from a digital camera scan of the tooth. This three-dimensional image will be used to create the restoration without the need to take a messy impression. This means no horrible tasting impression material for you to gag on. The computer and CEREC® 3D software then converts the digital image into a three-dimensional virtual model of the prepared tooth.
This device is used to used to create the custom restoration needed for the tooth. Based on the original color of your tooth, the dentist is able to select the correct colored ceramic block and in a few minutes, the milling device is able to create the restoration needed.
Placing the Restoration
After the restoration is made, it is ready to be tried on to ensure that you get proper fit and bite. When it is ready, the restoration is polished and bonded into place by your dentist. Therefore, no temporary restoration is needed and no return trip is necessary, saving you time and money.
Advantages to Using CEREC®
CEREC® has revolutionized the restorative process. It was created with the patient in mind in order to make a visit to the dentist as pain-free as possible. Some of the benefits to using CEREC® are:
- Most procedures can be done in one visit - less costly and less time-consuming
- Less painful injections due to single-visit
- No need to take messy impressions
- No need to have a temporary restoration for in-between visits
- Ability to save as much natural tooth structure as possible
- Longer lasting restorations - may last over 10 years
- Restores teeth to natural beauty, function and strength
- Metal-free restorations
Mini Dental Implants (MDI)
Have dentures? Tired of using glue, goop, and strips to keep them in place?
Dr. Bayless had a solution for patients that have dentures and are tired of them moving around and not staying put.
(MDI) is a minimally invasive, affordable dental implant procedure that can provide the denture stability you’ve always wanted – without the costs and time associated with full-size implant treatment.
Smaller than full-size implants, mini dental implants are inserted to retain and stabilize your lower dentures.
MDI mini dental implants:
· Typically do not require an incision in the gums
· Cost significantly less than full-size implants
· Can often be placed with a 2 hour appointment
Dr. Bayless now offers dental implants for the replacement of one or more missing teeth. First, Dr. Bayless surgically places a titanium implant in the area of the missing tooth or teeth, then he creates a crown, bridge, or denture to attach to the implant. Because we believe it is best to have the same dentist place and restore your implants, Dr. Bayless has completed training in both phases of the implant procedure. This allows you to receive all of your implant treatment in one office, saving you the time and hassle of driving to separate offices.
Using a 3D CT image of your jawbone and state-of-the-art implant placement software, Dr. Bayless can place implants with more accuracy and safety than ever before. Computer-guided placement eliminates variability and helps our team avoid sensitive and critical structures such as nerve canals, sinus cavities, and blood vessels. For the patient, this convenience and precision can mean shorter treatment times and higher success rates for the implant procedure.
If you have been dealing with a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, Dr. Bayless would be happy to discuss restorative and implant options with you. You can also watch the Education Video on implants to learn more about the general way implants are used in dentistry.
Implant Direct - Legacy implants
Boost In-Office Whitening
If you prefer the instant gratification of whiter teeth then your answer is Boost. The Boost In-Office Whitening System uses proprietary technology to whiten your teeth an average of eight shades* in a little over an hour while you relax at your dentist’s office. It’s ideal for anyone who wants immediate results.
Strips or paint-on gels are a waste of time. Get your teeth whiter in a fraction of the time with Boost.
What is Boost tooth whitening?
Boost is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and dentin.
What can cause tooth discoloration?
There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea or tobacco. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics, or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.
Who may benefit from tooth whitening?
Just about anyone can benefit from tooth whitening. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. Upon an oral exam, the doctor can determine if you are a candidate for this procedure, including a shade assessment.
Is tooth whitening becoming more popular?
Absolutely! A bright, beautiful smile can make a big difference. The Boost Whitening System makes it easier and faster than ever before.
Is tooth whitening safe?
Yes, research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any tooth whitening product, Boost is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
Do the results last a long time?
By following some simple post whitening care instructions, your teeth will always be lighter than they were before.
Is there any difference between over-the-counter tooth whiteners and Boost?
How does the Boost In-Office System work?
The Boost whitening gel's active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide. As Hydrogen Peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching any colored substance while keeping the structure of the tooth unchanged.
Is the Boost In-office procedure painful?
During the procedure, patients can actually nap or listen to music. Many fall asleep.
Are there any side effects?
Some people experience temporary increased tooth sensitivity to cold during treatment. These symptoms disappear within 1-3 days after interruption or completion of the treatment.
How long is the procedure?
The Entire procedure takes just over one hour. The procedure begins with a preparation period followed by one hour of bleaching. A five-minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure (we recommend a cleaning prior to the actual Boost Whitening session).
*results will differ with every patient
Anti-Snoring and Sleep Apnea Devices
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If you have been diagnosed by an MD as having a snoring or mild to moderate sleep apnea problem, you are a candidate for Oral Appliance Therapy. Please review the following website to learn more about what Dr. Bayless can do for you if you cannot tolerate a CPAP machine.
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We now offer the cutting-edge UA Performance Mouthwear for our patients. If you are looking for an edge in your game over the competition, UA Performance Mouthwear have been scientifically proven to help athletes excel in their given sports. Read what pro athletes say about their UA Performance Mouthwear by clicking HERE
NEW CUTTING EDGE SALIVA TESTS
Recently, Oral DNA (a subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics) developed 3 new Saliva tests that can help dentists diagnose and treat oral disease. If a patient is diagnosed as having Periodontal Disease (Gum disease), a Saliva Test can be administered by Dr. Bayless to assess:
A) What different EXACT types of bacteria are inhabiting the patient's mouth in EXCESS of an established health threshold level, thus causing the Periodontal disease. This then allows Dr. Bayless to tailor his treatment plan and use systemic antibiotics targeted to these specific bacterium so that the disease process is more accurately curtailed and stabilized. This a huge breakthrough, in that now dentists can more specifically help individual patients by going after a specific patient's bacteria.
B) If the patient is genetically predisposed to having Periodontal disease. By examining the patient's DNA collected in his/her saliva, it can be determined if the patient has an increase likelihood to having an abnormal inflammatory reaction to plaque (biofilm). If this information is obtained, it allows the dentist and patient to know whether or not the patient's periodontal disease is maybe a one time occurrence, or if it something the patient will battle his or her entire life. Both test help increase the success rate of treating patients suffering from periodontal disease. Please click below to learn more about the Periodontal Disease Saliva Tests.
Oral DNA Periodontal Disease Saliva Test information
Also, Oral DNA has developed an oral HPV Saliva test that Dr. Bayless can administer. This test assesses the patient's risk level for HPV-related Oral Cancer. HPV is now known to be a major player in the increasing problem of Oral Cancer. Please click on the links below to learn more about the HPV Saliva Test.
HPV-Oral Cancer correlation video
HPV Saliva Test information
Please see the following website to learn more about the type of restoration that Dr. Bayless prescribes 80% of the time when a patient needs a posterior (back tooth) crown. Please read for yourself why you don't have to wear gold crowns anymore. Please also read why you don't need to wear Porcelain fused to metal crowns that tend to chip and "flake" as they get worn over the years.
Click HERE to learn more about All-Zirconia CROWNS and Restorations
Dr. Bayless offers two safe sedation options for patients who feel anxious or fearful about dental visits:
NITROUS OXIDE, also known as “laughing gas”, is a blend of oxygen and nitrous oxide gases with a pleasant, sweet smell and taste. Inhaling nitrous oxide during treatment creates a sense of well-being and relaxation and can increase your pain threshold, which makes it easier for our team to administer anesthetic injections and complete dental procedures. When your treatment is over, Dr. Bayless slowly increases the oxygen percentage of the gas mixture, eliminating the mild sedation within minutes. The majority of patients who have received nitrous oxide experience no lingering effects and are able to leave our office immediately after treatment.
If you suffer from severe dental anxiety or fear, ORAL CONSCIOUS SEDATION can help you get the dental treatment you need. We ask that you arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment so our team can provide a carefully measured amount of oral sedation medication that will help you feel very calm and relaxed. During treatment, if Dr. Bayless decides it is necessary, he can administer a dose of nitrous oxide in addition to the medication to make you more comfortable. Prior to your sedation visit, Dr. Bayless will go through the proper preparation steps, from diet adjustments and possible side effects to having a friend or family member drive you to and from our office.
Lumineers® System Veneers
REVERSIBLE TREATMENT TO DRAMATICALLY ENHANCE YOUR SMILE • NO SHOTS • NO DRILLING DOWN OF TEETH (LESS PREPARATION)
Lumineers® are the comfortable, conservative way to a beautiful smile! Imagine what it would be like to have the smile of your dreams... This is possible with the Lumineers® porcelain veneers system. In as few as two or three appointments, Dr. Bayless can create this kind of smile for you – a smile that will radiate confidence and vitality. AND by using this system, we can apply the thin, custom-made, permanent veneers to the front side of your teeth without extensive preparations (so the treatment can be reversed), and in most cases without injections. No kidding! Call us about your free cosmetic consultation. Please click HERE to see some recent cosmetic dentistry cases completed by Dr. Bayless.
Composite fillings can be adhesively held in place or “bonded.” Because they can be bonded to teeth, composite fillings allow for more conservative preparations where less healthy tooth structure is removed. This often results in smaller filings than that of amalgam (silver fillings), and they are more natural looking. The tooth-colored material is cured with a special light and the surface is shaped and polished to match the tooth, rendering the final restoration virtually undetectable to the eye and very natural feeling in the mouth.
Oraqix® No-Needle Anesthesia
NO-NEEDLE ANESTHESIA MEANS NO SHOTS FOR DEEP CLEANINGS! • NO NEED TO AVOID THE DENTIST ANY LONGER
Dr. Bayless also uses Oraqix® for effective, needle-free anesthesia. This product can be used in procedures that in the past required shots, such as deep cleanings. It uses a comfortable applicator and dispenser that apply Oraqix to the gumline around the area being treated. After just a minute, that area of your mouth is numb and your dental needs can be taken care of comfortably. AND the numbness of Oraqix won’t linger all day. Your mouth’s natural feeling will return quickly, so you can get on with life.
Digital X-rays & Digital Imaging
LESS RADIATION • ACCURATE DIAGNOSES • FASTER TO PROCESS • COMFORTABLE FOR YOU
Digital x-rays are faster than conventional x-rays, and they are comfortable for you. They also aid us to accurately diagnose your oral health needs. All with less radiation exposure! We employ digital imaging, as well, to show you how fabulous your new and improved smile could look, before treatment even begins. With no chemical processing needed, digital technology helps us do our part to keep the environment safe, too.
SEE EXACTLY WHAT DR. BAYLESS SEES • HELPS ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT TREATMENT
Using this camera, we can give you a “tour” of your mouth on a TV screen (which is really cool). We also use the camera to guide you through your diagnosis and treatment options. This is helpful in keeping our patients at the center of their treatment plans. We want you to understand your dental treatment at every step of the way, so you can make informed decisions for your oral health and smile.
Isolite System – Rest Your Jaw!
Happy patients spend less time in the chair with more comfort, so we use the Isolite System. This system has a soft and flexible mouthpiece to shield your tongue and cheek during procedures. It has a light to illuminate your mouth from the inside, so treatments are shadowless and more efficient. AND it has a place for you to rest your jaw. It also eliminates the need for cotton rolls and rinse breaks. All because your comfort is paramount, and we know you’ll especially appreciate the faster treatment times.
Dental Magnification Loupes
Excellent dental care requires exacting precision and attention to detail. We must work in very small spaces and be accurate to a fraction of a millimeter. To help us, Dr. Bayless and our hygienists use special prismatic magnification glasses, or “loupes.”
Modern Dental Comforts & Conveniences to Keep Your Smile – & You – Healthy!
If you’ve avoided seeing a dentist for a long time because of dental anxieties, please call us today. More and more life-threatening illnesses are being linked to the presence of dental diseases. You’ll be glad you called, and we’ll be glad to take care of you.