What is Cerec restoration?

What is Cerec restoration?

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At Cakmes Dental Studio, we use the latest dental technology to help you achieve your most beautiful and natural smile. One of the advanced  technologies that we have adopted is CEREC.

What is CEREC?

CEREC or Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics is a computer-aided restoration technique. It uses a machine that combines a camera, computer, and milling instrument to create tooth restorations in the dental office, in just a single visit.

Traditionally, tooth restoration takes several visits to the dentist as the process involves sending your tooth mold to an outside lab and creating a temporary crown for you. This part of the process is eliminated in CEREC. 

This system isn’t just more efficient than the traditional restoration process, but it’s also shown to be safer and more effective.

How does it work?

The process begins with your dentist preparing your tooth for restoration. Using advanced software and technology, CEREC takes a photo of the treatment area and converts that into a 3D virtual model.

With feedback from your dentist, the machine creates the final tooth restoration. The milling instrument that it comes with precisely carves a ceramic block based on the exact specifications of your restoration. Your dentist will ensure that the restoration fits well in your mouth before polishing and bonding it to your tooth.

The whole process usually doesn’t take longer than 2 hours.

What are the benefits of CEREC restoration?

Since CEREC uses advanced digital technology, the tooth restoration has a much better fit. This significantly decreases your chance of getting tooth and gum infections as gaps in the teeth and gums can be breeding grounds for bacteria. 

Metal restorations may contain some toxic chemicals that may be hazardous to your health. This won’t happen in CEREC as all of its restorations are metal-free.

Lastly, tooth restorations done through CEREC last long and feel more natural than restorations done traditionally.

Want to find out if CEREC would work well for you? Call us 865-584-6163 for more info. 




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How does clear correct work?

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Overbites, crooked teeth, and other similar orthodontic problems can now be corrected with a system that doesn’t interfere with speaking or eating. 

ClearCorrect is one of the leading clear aligner systems in the market right now. It is available to dentists and orthodontists who are certified to offer them to their patients like our dental studio. This system straightens teeth using a series of clear, custom-fit, and removable aligners that move teeth a little bit of time. This eventually corrects your teeth, making a significant difference in your smile. 

How does it work?

After being assessed by your dentist and approved for the ClearCorrect system, your dental records which include your impressions, photographs, and radiographs will be sent to the ClearCorrect laboratory. 

At the ClearCorrect laboratory, an exact 3D model of your teeth will be created. You will be emailed with the treatment setup, which is basically a computerized representation of your teeth before and after treatment. You can respond with your approval or any request for adjustments. Using the latest digital mapping and molding technology, your custom aligners are then created. 

How does ClearCorrect do it?

There are four phases involved in the ClearCorrect aligner system. Each phase would require a new set of aligners that would be worn for three weeks.

For it to work effectively, aligners should be worn at all times except when eating, drinking, brushing, or flossing. Unlike the traditional aligners, ClearCorrect is barely noticeable and won’t interfere with your daily routine.

How soon can you start seeing results?

Results are noticeable after wearing each aligner set. You still have to go to your dentist periodically to keep track of your progress.

The whole treatment process can take from 1 to 2 years, depending on your case or degree of misalignment. 

To find out if you can benefit from ClearCorrect, you can request an appointment by filling out this form or call (865) 584-6163.




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Aesthetic Contouring to Enhance Your Smile

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If your chipped, cracked, or irregularly shaped teeth keep you from showing your biggest and brightest smile, then you may benefit from aesthetic contouring.

What is Aesthetic Contouring?

Aesthetic contouring is a simple and quick method of enhancing your smile. It can be done on one tooth or numerous teeth.

This procedure doesn’t require any anesthetic and can be completed in a single appointment. It can be done for altering the shape of chipped or worn teeth and correcting overlap or crooked teeth.

What is the procedure like?

When it’s done for reshaping the teeth, it usually involves the removal of a very small amount of tooth structure. Chipped teeth are smoothed out and certain angles or edges can be rounded or squared.

Aesthetic contouring is a quick and effective way of giving you balanced gum lines, even teeth, and a beautiful, attractive smile.

Who is a good candidate for Aesthetic Contouring?

Aesthetic contouring may work for you if you have cracked, chipped, fractured, or overlapped teeth. This procedure may also work well for teeth with grooves or pits in the enamel.

The best way to find out if aesthetic contouring is for you is by seeing a dentist. Here at Cakmes Dental Studio, we take pride in the quality of our dental work and customer service. Request for an appointment with us or call (865) 584-6163. We’ll look into your teeth and tell you if aesthetic contouring will work for you.

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Take Your Smile to the Next Level!

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Want a brighter smile? You may have considered teeth whitening solutions.

At Cakmes Dental Studio in Knoxville, we are committed to giving you your brightest smile. We offer the most effective in-office teeth whitening solution – Philips Zoom Whitening.

Philips Zoom Whitening can unlock a brighter smile (up to 8 shades whiter) in just 45 minutes! The bonus? Your dental professional will follow up whitening with the post-treatment gel that helps protect the enamel and reduce sensitivity.

What other solutions do we offer?

If you want to do it at home, we also offer customized tooth-whitening trays. Unlike store-bought in-home whitening kits, our whitening trays are designed to offer a custom fit. This helps prevent gum irritation and keep the whitening gel from leaking.

Why trust Cakmes Dental Studio?

We’ve been in this industry for years. We use the latest technology in all of our dental procedures. And the best part of working with us? We value you.

Our customers, who have been with us for years, can attest to that. Aside from the quality of dental care, we make sure that our patients are comfortable before, during, and after each dental procedure. We have comfortable dental chairs, offer neck pillows and blankets, Bluetooth wireless Quiet Comfort headphones, aromatherapy, bottled water, complimentary WiFi, and warm lemon scented facial towels.

To request an appointment with us, you can fill out this form or call (865) 584-6163.

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Boost Your Confidence with Quality Dentures

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Millions of Americans wear dentures to enhance their smile. Whether they are partial or full, dentures are a great way to replace missing teeth and boost one’s self-confidence.

What are dentures?

Dentures are custom-made replacements for broken or missing teeth. They can be taken out and put back in the mouth. Although it may take a while to get used to it, a lot of people find dentures to be helpful in improving their smile, confidence, and quality of life.

Here are some of the benefits of replacing missing or damaged teeth with dentures:

  • Speech clarity
    Speaking clearly can be a struggle with missing teeth. By filling those gaps, you can significantly improve your speech. It may take a while to get used to it but through practice, you can improve in a short amount of time.
  • Better eating
    Just like with speech, eating can be a challenge if you have missing or broken teeth. With dentures, you can enjoy eating again.
  • Improvement in self-esteem
    Having missing or damaged teeth can affect the way you see yourself and/or socialize with others. Since dentures can improve your ability to speak with clarity, it can boost your self-esteem. Plus, having your missing teeth replaced makes you more confident in giving your brightest smile, which helps attract people.

How Cakmes Dental Studio can help?

Cakmes Dental Studio is committed to providing patients with the highest quality dental care. We work as a team to help you achieve your healthiest and most beautiful smile. We make use of the latest advances in dentistry to provide you and your family the best dental care available.

When it comes to dentures, we do custom design, full and partial, to help you speak clearly again and enjoy your food. We are meticulous with the process and our team will be working with you from start to finish – from the bite to the fit and shade. It is our goal to ensure that your new smile suits you.

If you have questions or would like to request an appointment, you can fill out the form here.

Don’t let your missing or broken teeth affect your quality of life. We can help you restore your smile and confidence.





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Preparing for a Root Canal? Here’s What To Expect

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When your tooth is badly decayed or infected, your dentist may recommend you for a root canal.

The term “root canal” comes from cleaning of the canals inside a tooth’s root. During the procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. In this way, infection on the tissue surrounding the affected tooth is prevented.

What can you expect during the procedure?
A root canal procedure usually involves the following steps:

1. The dentist takes a radiographic image of the tooth using X-ray then administers local anesthesia.

2. Once the tooth is numb, the dentist places a “dental dam” to isolate the tooth, keeping it clean and free from saliva during the procedure.

3. An opening in the crown of the tooth is created and using small, specialized instruments; the dentist cleans the pulp from the pulp chamber and root canal and shapes the space for filling.

4. The dentist fills the root canal with a rubber-like material. An adhesive cement is used to ensure complete sealing of the root canal.

In many cases, a temporary filling is used to close the opening. This will be removed before the restoration of the tooth.

5. You will be scheduled for another visit to your dentist to have a crown or other restoration placed on the tooth to protect and restore it.

How can you prepare for it?
Just like any dental procedure, right and timely preparation is the key in making the procedure and recovery more comfortable for you. Here are some tips on how you can prepare for your root canal:

* If painkillers will be prescribed post-procedure, it’s best that you pick up the prescriptions so you won’t have to worry about it after the procedure.

* Discuss with your dentist the aftercare of the procedure before it’s done. In this way, you’ll have time to prepare for what’s needed.

* Get enough sleep the night before the procedure. When your body is in optimal health, recovery will be faster and easier.

* Freeze ice before your scheduled procedure. There can be pain and swelling after the procedure and ice can help in alleviating those.

* In some cases, antibiotics are prescribed prior to the procedure. Take the full recommended dose and do not stop midway even if you think you no longer need it.

* Never hesitate to ask questions to your dentist. This often helps in alleviating your anxiety towards the procedure.

If you are severely anxious, a tranquilizer may be given prior to treatment.


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Oral Health Is Important At Any Age!

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Good nutrition, brushing, and flossing are essentials to maintaining good oral health. However, dental routine can vary, depending on one’s age. Listed below is a guide on how to maintain good oral health all throughout your life.

Although you can’t see the full set of teeth, it isn’t too early to start caring for your baby’s dental health:

* Never let your baby sleep with the bottle in his/her mouth.

*Use only breastmilk or formula in your baby’s bottle. Bottle tooth decay is usually a result of exposure to sugar in drinks (e.g. juice or soda).
* Use a soft, wet cloth to gently clean your baby’s gums and budding teeth everyday.
* Schedule a dental appointment for your child as soon as the first tooth comes in.

It may be challenging to stay on top of your kid’s oral hygiene but it’ll be worth it. Help your child develop a strong foundation for good dental health by doing the following:

* Starting at the age 3, you can provide fluoride toothpaste. It is generally safe and important for your child’s dental health.
* Make sure your child sees a dentist twice a year.
* If your child plays sports, make sure he/she wears a mouthguard.
* Make sugary food an occasional treat. This helps prevent dental cavities.

Your teenager is most likely to have 28 teeth by this stage. With overwhelming changes and activities, it can be a challenge for your teen to keep up with his/her oral hygiene. You can help him/her through the following:

* Swap sugary drinks like soda with healthier alternatives like a fruit or veggie smoothie. Sodas and similar beverages taste great but they can damage your teen’s teeth with the acid and sugar content.
* Encourage healthier on-the-go snacks. Frequent snacking coupled with a busy lifestyle makes it very tempting to eat junk food. This can have negative consequences on the teeth in the long run. Keep this from happening by encouraging your teenager to pack healthier snacks like fruits, cheeses, veggies, sugar-free gum, and water.

Compared to the previous stages, you’ll be on your own at this point – no one will be reminding you to brush and floss your teeth and see a dentist. If you continue doing good dental habits, your teeth and mouth will serve you for long.

* Watch what you eat and drink. Sugar and caffeinated food and drinks can stain your teeth.
* If you’re pregnant or nursing, it’s very much safe to see a dentist.
* See your dentist regularly. It’s so easy to get complacent especially when you’re not experiencing anything. Remember that gum disease and other oral health issues can be treated easily when detected early.

Stay on top of your dental health especially at this stage when things can get more complicated due to other health issues.

* Continue seeing your dentist regularly. Gum disease is very common among seniors and complications can be more severe due to pre-existing conditions.
* Your dentures also need TLC so make sure to include them in your daily routine.


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National Gum Disease Awareness Month

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Did you know that the effect of periodontal disease isn’t just confined in the mouth?

Gum disease is associated with an increased risk of serious chronic conditions like diabetes, respiratory disease, dementia, and cardiovascular disease. Researchers believed that this has something to do with the inflammation that the bacteria caused.

What do healthy gums look like?

Healthy gums are firm, pink, and do not bleed. Diseased gums are dark red, swollen, tender, and/or bleeding. In many cases, it is also accompanied by bad breath or bad taste in the mouth and discomfort when chewing.

How to prevent gum disease?

You can improve your overall health by starting to take care of your gums. Below are some of the effective ways to prevent gum disease:

  • Brush and floss

When you brush your teeth, make sure you also brush your gums using a gentle, circular motion.

Don’t forget to floss between your teeth once a day. If you have bridges or implants, you may want to use interdental brushes.

  • Use a therapeutic mouthwash

A therapeutic mouthwash can help prevent or reduce the mild symptoms of gum disease.

  • Don’t smoke

Smoking doesn’t do any good for your health especially if we talk about oral health. People who smoke to almost half of a pack a day is three times more likely to develop gum disease than non-smokers.

  • Eat a healthy diet

A diet rich in whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, legumes, and fatty fish can help prevent gum disease. These foods can help suppress inflammation.

  • See your dentist regularly

When gum disease is detected and treated in its early stages, you can keep it from spreading and causing more serious and permanent damage to your teeth. It is recommended to see a dentist every 6 months.







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Children’s Dental Health Month

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When should I take my child to the dentist? How soon can I start brushing my child’s teeth?

As a parent, we have these never-ending concerns for our child especially when it comes to their health.

We used to associate dental visits to tooth extractions. Now, times have changed and we come to realize that a visit to a dentist is not just for tooth extractions; it is a must-do for preventing tooth and gum disease.

Cavities are very common among kids. But even that is highly preventable with the following good dental habits:

  • Brushing and flossing regularly

Dental care should begin even your child starts teething. Running a clean,  damp washcloth over the gums can help clear away harmful bacteria.

Once your baby starts getting teeth, start brushing with an infant toothbrush. You can begin flossing once your baby’s teeth touch.

When your child reaches 3, you can use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

Always supervise your child while brushing especially when they’re younger than 8 as they have the tendency to swallow the toothpaste.

  • Practicing good feeding habits

Putting a baby to sleep with a bottle is as harmful as giving him/her sweet food and drinks. The sugar from the juice or milk can remain on the teeth for hours, eating away the enamel.

  • Scheduling regular dental visits

You should start seeing a dentist when your child reaches 1. While you may not be able to do a complete assessment by this stage, the visit can help your child get used to the dental office.

A healthy child is a happy child. Start taking care of your child’s teeth today. If he/she has not seen a dentist yet, it’s time to schedule him/her an appointment.







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Veneers…What are they?

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If you’ve dreamt of getting back those perfect teeth, then veneers may be an option for you. 

What are veneers? 

Veneers are an ideal treatment for people with teeth that have been stained, chipped, or with gaps. They are wafer-thin and are custom-made, using tooth-colored materials. They are meant to cover the front surface of the teeth to improve the appearance, strength, and resilience.  

Veneers are considered as permanent treatment. Hence, it’s important to have a good knowledge of what they are before jumping into this procedure.  

Who needs veneers? 

There are several reasons why people opt for veneers. Some people use them for correcting small misalignments or closing gaps as they are less intrusive than crowns or braces. There are also those who opt for veneers for cosmetic reasons (i.e. enhance the brightness of the teeth, straighten the smile, etc.). 

Getting Veneers 

It often takes more than one trip to the dentist to get veneers. The first is usually for consultation while the subsequent trips are for making and applying veneers.  

During your consultation, your dentist will assess your teeth. Your dentist will then explain the procedure and its limitations. This is the best time for you to ask for questions, if you have any. 

If veneers are right for you, your dentist will remove half a millimeter of your enamel from the tooth surface to make a model or impression of your tooth. This is sent out to the laboratory to create your veneers. It takes about 2-4 weeks for your dentist to receive your veneers.

Cakmes Dental Studio offers veneers. We have a team of professionals who are committed to giving you the best dental care.  

If you’ve been thinking of getting veneers, call and schedule an appointment with us. We will assess your teeth to find out if veneers are right for you. 








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