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It’s that time again where moms and dads everywhere are making plans for the first day of school. You have supplies, backpacks, plenty of healthy lunchtime snacks – but did you remember to schedule your child’s back-to-school dental exam by the Novato family dentist?

How Poor Oral Health Affects Kids

Dental decay (caries) is the most common childhood illness, and research shows that 23% of children have untreated cavities. Your child deserves to get the most out of every moment of their school day. Their focus should be on learning and socializing, and not getting sidelined from the fun with a toothache.

Untreated caries put children’s future oral health at risk but the problems do not stop there. Dental problems can also have a dramatic effect on your child’s quality of life:

  • Difficulty chewing and getting the nutrition they need
  • Poor concentration because of tooth pain
  • Reduced academic achievement
  • Problems speaking clearly
  • Missed time from play and athletic activities
  • Poor self-esteem

Prevention for a Healthy Smile

When kids are young, we have an opportunity to start your child with good oral health practices that last a lifetime. As a dentist, Dr. Steven McConnell does his part by encouraging routine dental exams and checkups and correcting problems as they occur. As parents, your job is to make sure your kids are brushing properly and eating a healthy diet.

If you haven’t yet scheduled a back-to-school dental exam for your child, please call the Novato family dentist to arrange an appointment. It is far easier to ensure that your children enjoy excellent oral health than it is to deal with more painful, costly, and complicated dental conditions in the future. Please call our office and we will be happy to arrange an appointment at your convenience.

Advances in dentistry are happening at a rapid pace. The Novato dentist has chosen to invest in CEREC crowns treatment because this state-of-the-art technology is efficient, comfortable, and improves the health and appearance of your smile. We believe that any technology that does all this is worth talking about!

So what exactly does this mean for you? Here are five important things you need to know about CEREC crowns:

  1. Crowns made using CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) technology can be created in just one appointment! No running back and forth for fittings and final placement of your crown.
  2. Placing CEREC crowns is comfortable and efficient, minimizing the time you have to spend in the dental chair. Since we use CAD-CAM technology, Dr. McConnell creates a digital impression. You no longer have to sit in the chair with the dreaded pink paste and a large metal tray in your mouth!
  3. Since we make CEREC crowns in just one visit to our Novato dentist office, you don’t have the hassle of dealing with a temporary crown that may look artificial and not fit comfortably.
  4. Unlike conventional porcelain-on-metal crowns, CEREC crowns are all porcelain, so there’ s no metal to show through at your gum line. CEREC technology fabricates crowns out of a block of high-quality, durable porcelain that’s shaded and shaped to match your particular smile.
  5. In the real world, CEREC dental crowns look attractive and hold up beautifully to the wear and tear of daily life—just like a natural tooth does.

While we also offer traditional crowns, many patients prefer CEREC because they can walk out of our office with a beautiful new tooth and a more attractive smile. Would you like to learn more about this great new technology? Please call our office, and a friendly member of our team will be happy to make an appointment for a consultation with our dentist!

Have you heard about an innovative technology called cone beam imaging? Cone Beam CT imaging (CBCT) provides us with the most detailed and complete information possible, allowing us to plan your dental treatment accurately. We are pleased that patients of the Novato dental implants dentist can now enjoy the benefit of this state-of-the-art dental technology.

What is Cone Beam Imaging Used For?

CBCT is used to measure the quantity and quality of bone for dental procedures. It is especially useful for placing dental implants and treating TMJ issues. The CBCT also makes it easy to determine if a tooth, gums, or other tissue is infected and allows for accurate treatment planning.

It even helps our dentist see small cavities and identify potential orthodontic problems since it shows us different angles and magnifications. It even allows us to see the relationships between bones, teeth, airways, nerves, and tissues so we can plan out a highly accurate treatment plan.

How Does CBCT Work?

It’s referred to as a “Cone Beam” because the scanner projects digital x-rays in a carefully controlled, cone-shaped beam. The system uses a digital x-ray scanner mounted on a rotating arm. The scanner moves in one complete circle around your head. You just sit back in the chair while the scanner does the rest.

CBCT combines low-dose radiation imaging with high-quality 3D diagnostic imaging.  CBCT imaging fits your busy schedule because it’s fast, easy and totally painless. It takes between 10 and 70 seconds to complete the scan and provide us with computer-generated views of oral/facial bone structure in 3D and color.

With the level of detail provided with the Cone Beam CT scanner, we can quickly determine if you have enough bone to support a dental implant, or if a bone graft will be necessary before starting your dental implant procedures.

Please Contact Us for More Information

We use the high-tech Cone Beam CT scanner for many dental procedures. It allows early detection of dental diseases and gives us accurate information that increases the likelihood of highly successful dental procedures that keeps your smile bright and healthy. Please contact the Novato dental implants dentist to arrange a convenient consultation.


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