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CEREC ‘Same Day Crowns’: Blog#2

April 21, 2013

My last blog started to talk about CEREC crowns and restorations. In this blog I would like to get deeper into the subject and let you know why we at Framingham Family Dental Care are so excited about this wonderful technology.

Traditional “porcelain-to-metal” crowns use a build-up process. The laboratory technicians first create a thin covering of gold or metal to tightly cover the tooth. Then layer upon layer of porcelain is baked on top of the metal to create the correct shape of the tooth. This technique has many problems:

1. You can see a black line at the gum.
2 .The dentist needs to go under the gum to try to hide this black line.
3. The dentist has to attempt to mask the metal from showing through the porcelain. However, even the best crowns usually have a vague yellow tinge to them.
4 .Because the crown is built in layers, the porcelain can fracture over time.
5. Adjustments to the crown for comfort and to correct bite issues can weaken and thin the porcelain. This also increases the possibility of fractures.

CEREC technology overcomes all of these issues. The CEREC process uses pre-manufactured and baked solid porcelain blocks. No metal is used with CEREC. This means that your crown is true to color and reflects light just like a natural tooth! Because it is built from a solid block of porcelain, there are no layers to weaken o traditional r fracture over time. The porcelain is formulated to wear like your natural tooth structure. Some dentists actually believe this material is stronger than gold or metal. It is certainly stronger than the porcelain in traditional crowns!

Stay tuned for more information on CEREC in my next Blog! CEREC is a wonderful technology, and the more you learn about it, the more you will understand why we are so excited to be able to offer it to our patients!!

CEREC ‘Same Day Crowns’: Blog#1

February 18, 2013

CEREC ‘Same Day Crowns’ have been available at Framingham Family Dental Care for over a year. While this technology has been in development for at least 20 years, I was attracted to this ‘new’ technique by the vast improvements CEREC has made recently to their product, particularly in the wide range of new materials that the CEREC system has available to create beautiful, strong, and natural looking dental restorations.
So, why choose CEREC over traditional crowns? In the past, crowns were either made from porcelain baked onto metal or were made entirely of metal. To understand the benefits of CEREC, we need to know a little about these older crown techniques. Dentists have long talked about the ‘Gold Standard’. For centuries gold restorations were universally acknowledged to be the best for strength and longevity. The gold was cast in one piece so it never broke and was mixed with other metals to have the same attrition (wear) rate as natural tooth structure. However, while a few cultural groups have linked gold with wealth, most affluent societies wanted white, natural looking teeth. Hence, in the past fifty years or so, dentists started using all porcelain or porcelain over metal for crowns. Unfortunately, all porcelain usually proved to be too fragile, and porcelain over metal often creates an unappealing black line at the base of the crown.
Enter CEREC and the materials it uses. CEREC uses pre-manufactured blocks of ceramic that are formulated for durability and wear so they are as strong as metal and look and feel like your own teeth. And the CEREC technique has the ability to color-match the ceramic to create the most attractive and natural looking teeth imaginable.
CEREC crowns and restorations provide a huge improvement over previous techniques! But that is not all! I will get into “Why CEREC?” more in the next blog. Stay tuned!

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

September 8, 2012

I consider myself to be a ‘cosmetic dentist’. For that matter, many of my colleagues actually advertise that they are ‘cosmetic dentists’. But what does that mean?
To quote Wikipedia: “Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite. Many dentists refer to themselves as ‘cosmetic dentists’ regardless of their specific education, specialty, training, and experience in this field. This has been considered unethical with a predominant objective of marketing to patients. The American Dental Association does not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a formal specialty area of dentistry.
While Wikipedia may not be the ultimate source for accuracy on all subjects, the fact remains that cosmetic dentistry is NOT a specialty. Any dentist who pays the least attention to the appearance of your mouth and smile is practicing cosmetic dentistry.
Having said all this, I consider Framingham Family Dental Care to be a practice that offers a cosmetic approach to dentistry for all its patients. While our primary goal is to ensure the dental health of our patients, my staff and I are dedicated to various procedures that enhance the beauty of your smile! Some of these include veneers, crowns, tooth-colored fillings, teeth whitening, and other smile enhancement procedures.


August 16, 2012

Most families understand the need for Sport Mouth Guards when their children are participating in contact sports. Few patients, however, understand the need for Mouth Guards when they grind or clench their teeth or have TMJ.
Studies have shown that up to 38% of the adult population in this country has abnormal wear to their teeth. A simple appliance worn at bedtime prevents this damage from occurring when you are asleep and least aware of clenching or grinding. Failure to stop this wearing down of the teeth causes many problems. Teeth become flattened, exposed dentin creates sensitivity, and a “collapsed” bite changes your appearance, often making you look older. Repairing the damage once it has been done can be quite costly and complicated. Often full-mouth rehabilitation is necessary which could result in literally thousands of dollars of treatment.

Talk to me and my staff about whether or not a Mouth Guard might be appropriate for you. Our goal is to preserve your dental health in the simplest, most efficient, and least costly way possible.

Help for Spanish Speaking Children

June 20, 2012

Experts tell us that cavities are one of the most common chronic childhood diseases in the U.S. Good preventive care from an early age is a very important step in fighting dental disease.

Delta Dental Insurance Company has started a free Spanish-Language Online Cavity Risk Quiz for Kids! The narrated quiz guides you and your children through several questions about your oral health, using cartoon characters and an easy-to-follow format. Along the way, the narrator provides advice, based upon your answers, to help you learn more about your cavity risk and also gives tips on cavity prevention.

In Spanish.

In English.

Teeth Bleaching Today

June 6, 2012

Bleaching your teeth today is easy and no longer expensive.

Framingham Family Dental Care offers in office BriteSmile bleaching in a comfortable pleasant setting.

Framingham Family Dental Care is a full service dental practice providing care for patients of all ages. In our office we offer a full range of cosmetic and general dentistry for your entire family. We treat patients throughout the Metro-West area including Framingham, Sudbury, Wayland, Natick, and Ashland.

We are conveniently located between Route 126 and Speen Street and are just seconds off the Mass Pike at Exit 13. Contact us today for an appointment!

Committed to New Technology

April 11, 2012

I take pride in employing the latest advancements in dentistry. I was an early adopter of Air Abrasion, a proponent of “Minimally Invasive Dentistry,” and a practitioner of Laser Dentistry. He utilizes the latest technologies, such as Digital Radiography (x-rays), the Cadent iTero™ digital impression system, and VELscope for cancer screening.
CEREC ‘Same-Day Crowns’ are now available at Framingham Family Dental Care.

About Stanley J Kass DDS

April 10, 2012

I have been in practice for over 35 years. A graduate of the University of Rochester and New York University College of Dentistry, I served as a dentist in The United States Air Force before beginning my practice in General Dentistry. I have maintained a private practice in Framingham since 1979.

I am proud to be an active member of the following dental organizations:
• The American Dental Association
• The Massachusetts Dental Society
• The Metropolitan Dental Society
• The Academy of General Dentistry

Framingham Family Dental Care is a full service dental practice providing care for patients of all ages. In our office we offer a full range of cosmetic and general dentistry for your entire family. We treat patients throughout the Metro-West area including Framingham, Sudbury, Wayland, Natick, and Ashland.

We are conveniently located between Route 126 and Speen Street and are just seconds off the Mass Pike at Exit 13. Contact us today for an appointment!

434 Old Connecticut Path, Framingham, MA 01701 USA
Stanley J. Kass, DDS Framingham MA dentist (508) 626-2402 (508) 626-8130