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By Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S.
December 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Crowns  

Could this popular dental restoration get your oral health back on track?

Are you wondering why this tooth-shaped dental cap is one of the most commonly used dental restorations? Are you wondering if a dental crown could improve your damaged smile in some way? If so, our Harrisburg, PA, dentist Dr. Ernest Fontaine has the answers you’re looking for about the different restorative and cosmetic dental treatments that can improve both the health and appearance of your smile.

So, are dental crowns right for you? Let’s find out! If you are dealing with a tooth that is fractured, cracked or severely decayed, then a dental crown may be able to protect your damaged tooth. If you are dealing with any of these dental issues, our Harrisburg restorative dentist can place a dental crown to preserve your smile.

Dental crowns are versatile, which means that they can provide both cosmetic and restorative benefits for the wearer. While crowns are often used for stability and support for a tooth, making the tooth fully functional again for chewing and biting, they can also be used to enhance and alter the shape, size or color of a tooth. If you have a tooth that is malformed, oddly shaped, uneven, worn down (from teeth grinding) or discolored, a crown can offer the tooth what it needs to improve its appearance.

If a tooth is damaged this can also cause tooth sensitivity, particularly to hot or cold foods or drinks. Tooth sensitivity can be both annoying and painful, at times. If tooth sensitivity is due to an infected or inflamed dental pulp, we will need to treat the tooth with root canal therapy. Once the tooth is treated, a dental crown will be cemented into place over the tooth.

If you grind your teeth (a condition known as bruxism) this can wear teeth down, causing teeth to look much smaller than normal. This wear and tear can also lead to fracturing or damage if left untreated. To protect the tooth from additional complications, our Harrisburg, PA, family dentist may place a crown.

Get Dental Crowns Fast!

While it usually takes about 2-3 visits to get a dental crown, our dentist makes it easy to get crowns the very same day in Harrisburg, PA. CEREC crowns look just like traditional crowns but they can be designed, fabricated and placed all in the same visit. Now we don't have to turn to an outside dental lab to create your beautiful new restoration. Your CEREC crown can be made right here while you wait. Restoring your smile has never been faster or simpler thanks to CEREC technology.

Are you interested in sitting down with us and discussing whether dental crowns could benefit your smile? If so, then call our Harrisburg, PA, dental office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Fontaine. We want to work with you to get a smile that you can feel confident with.

By Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S.
October 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Children's Healthy TeethIf you could reduce your child's risk of tooth decay by 80 percent, would you do it? Of course, you would, and your dentist in Harrisburg, PA, Dr. Ernest Fontaine, has the perfect way to achieve that goal. The preventive service is called plastic sealants, and they are an easy, cost-sparing way to avoid cavities in molars and premolars. Learn all about them here.

Easy and effective

Preventive dental care is just that: easy and effective. Brushing and flossing at home, watching what you eat and drink and seeing your Harrisburg, PA, dentist twice a year for exams and hygienic cleanings help avoid cavties and gum disease and catch dental problems early while still highly treatable.

For many children, and some adults, too, dental sealants prove an effective weapon against tooth decay. And, they're simple to apply. These "painted on" coatings create a protective barrier against corrosive acids which oral bacteria secrete on tooth surfaces, particularly in the deep crevices on the chewing surfaces of back teeth.

In fact, both the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) say that clear sealants shield teeth from decay in grooves on the top of teeth. Further, the ADA says sealants reduce the risk of childhood cavities by at least 80 percent.

Applied by your dentist

If Dr. Fontaine advises plastic sealants for your child, expect the process to take about five minutes per tooth. Your dentist applies sealants after a professional cleaning and surface preparation with a mild etching liquid to ensure proper bonding between enamel and plastic coating.

The dentist paints on the sealant, allowing it to fill the small crevices which catch and hold plaque and bacteria. Then, he cures the sealant with a special light to ensure a long-lasting bond. Most sealant applications last up to a year.

Curious about sealants?

Call Dr. Fontaine's office team for an appointment, or when you bring your child in for a routine check-up and cleaning, ask us then about how sealants could benefit his or her teeth. Our number is (717) 564-1310. We love seeing our patients continue with healthy smiles for a lifetime!

If you could reduce your child's risk of tooth decay by 80 percent, would you do it? Of course, you would, and your dentist in Harrisburg, PA, Dr. Ernest Fontaine, has the perfect way to achieve that goal. The preventive service is called plastic sealants, and they are an easy, cost-sparing way to avoid cavities in molars and premolars. Learn all about them here.

Easy and effective

Preventive dental care is just that: easy and effective. Brushing and flossing at home, watching what you eat and drink and seeing your Harrisburg, PA, dentist twice a year for exams and hygienic cleanings help avoid cavties and gum disease and catch dental problems early while still highly treatable.

For many children, and some adults, too, dental sealants prove an effective weapon against tooth decay. And, they're simple to apply. These "painted on" coatings create a protective barrier against corrosive acids which oral bacteria secrete on tooth surfaces, particularly in the deep crevices on the chewing surfaces of back teeth.

In fact, both the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) say that clear sealants shield teeth from decay in grooves on the top of teeth. Further, the ADA says sealants reduce the risk of childhood cavities by at least 80 percent.

Applied by your dentist

If Dr. Fontaine advises plastic sealants for your child, expect the process to take about five minutes per tooth. Your dentist applies sealants after a professional cleaning and surface preparation with a mild etching liquid to ensure proper bonding between enamel and plastic coating.

The dentist paints on the sealant, allowing it to fill the small crevices which catch and hold plaque and bacteria. Then, he cures the sealant with a special light to ensure a long-lasting bond. Most sealant applications last up to a year.

Curious about sealants?

Call Dr. Fontaine's office team for an appointment, or when you bring your child in for a routine check-up and cleaning, ask us then about how sealants could benefit his or her teeth. Our number is (717) 564-1310. We love seeing our patients continue with healthy smiles for a lifetime!

By Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S.
August 03, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

VeneersThere’s no need to give up on your smile, no matter how eroded, chipped, and discolored it may be. Your teeth can be completely restored with a cosmetic treatment called veneers. On the list of top cosmetic procedures requested by patients, veneers are in the top three. Consult with Dr. Ernest Fontaine, a dentist serving patients in Harrisburg, PA, to see how much better your smile can look after this restorative treatment.

Veneers Completely Make Over Your Smile
While other cosmetic treatments repair or adjust the existing enamel or positioning of your teeth, veneers give you a whole new makeover. Your dentist can create uniquely shaped and contoured veneers that will cover up every imperfection that you see when you look in the mirror. There’s no need to go through a long period of wearing braces or trying to bleach away tough dental stains.

Should You Choose Veneers?
Veneers are appropriate for patients who have strong and healthy dental roots. If time is a factor and you need to improve the look of your teeth rather quickly, you should ask your dentist about veneers. They can be designed and installed in about three or four weeks. The type of cosmetic issues you have are also a factor in this decision, which your Harrisburg dentist will help you with. Some patients have gaps and deeply set in stains that won’t respond to whitening treatments. Veneers are also useful if your teeth are soft or weak and need some enamel protection. 

Applying Veneers
One benefit of veneers is that your dentist only has to remove a very small amount of enamel so that they can fit—usually about .5 mm. This is why some people prefer veneers over dental crowns, which require the teeth to be changed into smaller abutments before installation. After preparation, each veneer is carefully applied using a secure dental bonding agent. The adhesion process is complete after a powerful curing light is applied to each tooth. Your dentist can then contour each veneer so that each tooth looks very natural.

What Will Your Smile Look Like with Veneers?
Imagine how good your smile can look with veneers, and learn more about this cosmetic treatment by contacting Dr. Fontaine. Call (717) 564-1310 today to make an appointment at his Harrisburg, PA, dentist office.

By Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S.
May 29, 2018
Category: Teeth Whitening
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Teeth WhiteningDr. Ernest Fontaine offers teeth whitening in his Harrisburg, PA, office. He can help you get that Hollywood smile whether you're a busy mom racing to drop your kids off at soccer practice or a professional who has consecutive meetings all day.

Stained Teeth

Part of the reason our teeth become discolored, or stained, is a result of age, but that's not the only factor. When teeth end up yellow, you end up with a ruined self-esteem as well. Here are some things to keep an eye out for:

  • Chewing tobacco
  • Eating certain foods, such as blueberries
  • Smoking
  • Drinking coffee and/or tea

There are two ways to get whiter teeth:

In-Office Procedure: A device designed to keep your cheeks and lips open is placed in your mouth. This device ensures soft tissue in your mouth don't come in contact with hydrogen peroxide gel and other high-concentration bleaching gels used by your doctor to whiten your teeth. The doctor will then apply gel on the surface of your teeth and leave it for a few minutes. The procedure takes about one-hour. If your dental stains are severe, you may need more than one session.

Take-Home Whitening: Your Harrisburg dentist may recommend taking home a teeth-whitening kit. The results take longer to show themselves than when using an in-office procedure, but this is better than over-the-counter teeth-whitening kits you get at your local store, and it's convenient for busy individuals. Your doctor gets an impression of your teeth and creates a mold so that two thin, flexible plastic mouth trays, one for your upper teeth and the other for your bottom teeth, are made for you. All you need to do is fill each tray with whitening gel provided by your dentist, position each tray over the upper and bottom teeth, then wait for about an hour. You may need to repeat the process to see the results you want.

Are you interested in brightening your smile? Dr. Fontaine offers teeth whitening in his Harrisburg, PA, office. Call for an appointment at 717-564-1310 today!

By Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S.
April 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Do you know which changes in a tooth may mean you need a root canal? Our Harrisburg, PA, dentist, Dr. Ernest Fontaine, discusses a root canalsfew signs and symptoms that may occur if your tooth pulp becomes infected or inflamed.

You have pain in a tooth

Tooth pain prompts most people who need root canals to visit the dentist. Although an inflammation or infection in your pulp can cause excruciating pain, that's not always the case. Your pain may be fairly mild, at least in the beginning, and may come and go at first. If you put off scheduling an appointment with our Harrisburg office, pain may eventually worsen and become constant.

Pain that occurs as a result of an inflammation or infection tends to intensify if you eat or drink certain foods and beverages. Sensitivity can occur if you consume foods and drinks that are hot, cold, or contain sugar. You may also notice that your pain intensifies any time you chew or even press on the affected tooth.

You've noticed a few changes to your gum

Swollen, red, painful gums may be a sign of gum disease, but the symptoms may also mean that there is a problem deep inside your tooth. No matter what the cause, changes to your gums should always be investigated.

Your tooth has darkened

Inflammations and infections cause disturbing changes to teeth that can affect their color. If you need a root canal, your tooth may start to look a little brown or gray.

You had a previous dental procedure on a tooth

Your root canal risk rises if you have had a filling or had another procedure performed on your tooth. Pain may indicate that you have a new area of decay in the tooth or require a root canal.

You injured your tooth

Root canals are often needed after trauma to a tooth due to a blow to the mouth. If your tooth is damaged, loose or has been re-implanted after being knocked out, you'll probably need a root canal to protect your tooth and prevent tooth loss.

You have an abscess

Abscesses cause severe pain, swelling in the gums and jaw, pus or a pimple on the gum near the tooth, fever, and swollen lymph nodes. Removing the pulp during root canal therapy and replacing it with a flexible filling will relieve your pain and save your tooth. You'll also need to take antibiotics to stop the bacterial infection from spreading.

Root canal therapy can relieve your pain. Call Harrisburg, PA, dentist, Dr. Fontaine, at (717) 564-1310 to schedule an appointment if you're concerned about a tooth.





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