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By Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S.
December 04, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

A dental crown may be all you need to get your healthy smile back on track.dental  crowns

Has our Harrisburg, PA, dentist Dr. Ernest Fontaine recently told you that you need a dental crown? If so, you may have questions about this restoration and how it could improve your smile. We are here to answer your questions about this popular dental restoration.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown, sometimes referred to as a dental cap, is a hollow tooth-shaped restoration that is designed to fit over the entire crown of a tooth. This restoration sits above the gums and virtually becomes the new and improved outer layer for your tooth. In order for the dental crown to stay in place, it will be cemented into place on top of the tooth so that it stays put and functions just like a real tooth would.

When might I need a dental crown?

There are many scenarios in which our Harrisburg, PA, cosmetic dentist may recommend a dental crown. In most cases, this restoration is designed to restore strength and resilience back into a tooth that has become weak or damaged. If there has been extensive decay or if there is a fracture in the tooth that has affected the overall integrity of the crown of the tooth, we will need to remove the decay or buff out the damage and then place a crown to rebuild the tooth and restore its durability and appearance.

A dental crown may also be used to improve the overall color, shape, or size of a tooth. While there are many cosmetic options out there that don’t require as much tooth preparation as crowns, sometimes this restoration is a good option if the tooth requires both a cosmetic makeover and needs restrengthening.

Crowns can also be used to replace missing teeth, whether you are looking to cover a dental implant or you need to support a dental bridge. If you need to replace one or more permanent teeth dental crowns could also help you regain that full smile.

Are you dealing with a damaged tooth? Do you want to find out if dental crowns are the right approach to restoring your smile? Then it’s time you called our Harrisburg, PA, dental office today.

By Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S.
October 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry   veneers  

When you finally make the decision that you want a near-perfect smile, veneers are likely to be the recommended treatment. They are theveneers most reliable way to get an attractive smile that is free from gaps, nicely shaded, and smoothly contoured. Explore some of the most common FAQs about veneers so that you’ll have some answers in advance of your dentist appointment at Ernest Fontaine DDS in Harrisburg, PA.

How Long Do You Have to Wait to Get Veneers?
The process of getting veneers starts with an initial exam. Your dentist must first look at X-rays and examine your teeth to ensure that they can support the veneers. At the initial consultation, your dentist will also decide how many veneers you will need to achieve that perfect smile. After dental impressions are taken, expect your veneers to be created and placed in about a month’s time.

What Are Veneers Made Of?
Modern veneers are usually made with porcelain material. This is the preferred substance because of its similarity to natural tooth enamel and amazing durability. The veneers are translucent, very light, and can be easily shaped with dental tools. A special type of dental cement, custom-colored to fit your smile, is used to bond the veneer to the tooth. 

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Veneers?
If your teeth are strong and your bone tissue is healthy, but your outer enamel is worn down or damaged, you may be an ideal candidate for veneers. Your teeth should be free of gum disease and tooth decay. If you have a pre-existing dental problem, it should be resolved before you get veneers.

How Long Will Veneers Look Good?
Because porcelain veneers are so resilient and resistant to staining, your veneers will look great for well over a decade. They could last 20 years or more if you work with your dentist every year to keep them healthy. You may become so accustomed to your new smile that you forget you’re even wearing veneers.

Consult a Dentist About Veneers
Now that you have more information about getting veneers, call your Harrisburg, PA dentist to schedule a cosmetic consultation. Call 717-564-1310 to set a convenient date and time to see Dr. Ernest Fontaine.

By Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S.
August 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how teeth whitening could finally give you a smile to be proud of.teeth whitening

It’s amazing how quickly the foods and drinks we consume show up on your teeth. Over time, enamel begins to soak up these stain-producing colors and the evidence appears on your smile. If you are ready for a smile that dazzles rather than fizzles then it’s time you called our Harrisburg, PA, dentist Dr. Ernest Fontaine today.

Are you looking to lighten your teeth while also removing dental stains? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. Our professional in-office whitening system is the most effective way to get your smile whiter. If you want to instantly brighten your smile then our Harrisburg, PA, cosmetic dentist can certainly offer these amazing results.

Who is right for professional teeth whitening?

This incredible cosmetic system has the ability to break up external stains and instantly boost the color of your smile. You’ll see results in just one session, but some people may choose to get several whitening sessions in order to achieve even more radiant results.

What should I know about teeth whitening?

Of course, there are some things you’ll need to consider before deciding whether or not professional teeth whitening is right for you. For one, if you have teeth sensitivity you’ll need to let us know before your treatment. Having tooth sensitivity doesn’t mean that you can’t get teeth whitening, but this is something we will want to monitor during your whitening session to make sure that sensitivity doesn’t get worse.

Also, even though this system is very strong it isn’t able to tackle all stains. Sure, it can easily blast away stains from the outer surfaces of the tooth (these stains are often caused by aging or consuming coffee, black tea, red wine and other stain-causing foods and drinks); however, this system won’t be able to remove internal stains (caused by trauma or certain medications).

If you have any dental work like crowns, bridges or fillings that you also think have dulled a bit and could use some refreshing, professional teeth whitening will not work on these structures. While teeth whitening can work wonders on real teeth, it doesn’t have the same effect on artificial structures. This is means that if you do want to lighten these restorations you will need to have them replaced.

Whether you have questions about getting teeth whitening or you want to learn more about the at-home and in-office whitening services we offer here in Harrisburg, PA, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask us questions or schedule your no-risk cosmetic consultation. Your beautiful smile is waiting!

By Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S.
June 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

It really isn’t that difficult to maintain good oral health. We’ll show you how!oral hygiene

Caring for your smile really shouldn’t be perplexing and yet, many people don’t realize that their everyday habits can make or break their oral health. Don’t be left in the dark when it comes to how to care for your teeth and gums. Our Harrisburg, PA, dentist, Dr. Ernest Fontaine, has some helpful advice:

Brush Often

Okay, this doesn’t mean that you have to take your toothbrush with you everywhere you go, but you should at least be brushing once in the morning and again at night before bedtime. Brushing twice a day is the best way to remove plaque that has accumulated throughout the day and to prevent stains from setting in. Always use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Don’t Forget to Floss

Flossing is another vital habit to adopt if you want to prevent cavities and gum disease. Brushing won’t be able to get into those tight spaces between teeth to clean them properly. Don’t worry; this is certainly a job for floss. Floss can remove plaque and food from between teeth and along the gumline. Plus, you don’t have to floss more than once a day to unlock great oral health benefits.

Eat a Healthy Diet

This is just a great rule for life, really. Eating a healthy, balanced diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains will certainly go a long way to keeping your jawbone strong, as well as keeping gums healthy and pink and teeth decay-free. Sugar and junk food can do some serious damage to your smile. Of course, we understand that avoiding these foods altogether can be challenging and a bit of a bummer. Enjoying these treats in moderation is always the best choice.

If you need to schedule your routine dental cleaning in Harrisburg, PA, then it’s time you called Dr. Fontaine today to schedule your next visit. We would also be happy to talk to you about other questions or concerns you may have regarding your oral health.

By Ernest Fontaine, D.D.S.
April 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Unfortunately, many people do not understand the importance of their dental health or how small dental problems could potentially turn cerecinto serious conditions affecting more than just your teeth. However, CEREC technology makes repairing your teeth with porcelain dental restorations easy with same-day dental restorations, saving you time, money and stress. Find out more about CEREC technology with Dr. Ernest Fontaine at his practice in Harrisburg, PA.

What is CEREC? 
CEREC is a revolutionary method of designing, creating and placing porcelain dental restorations like crowns and bridges in a single dental visit. Normally, the process for these restorations requires the help of a separate dental laboratory, which takes about two weeks to receive, design, create and return a finished dental restoration. CEREC’s system includes a specialized wand to take 3D impressions of the mouth, a CAD/CAM computer program for designing the restoration, and a machine which carves the actual restoration itself from a block of ceramic.

The Advantages of CEREC One Visit Restorations
CEREC’s system allows your dentist to skip the laboratory step of a dental restoration altogether. Not having to wait for the laboratory and shipping times that will save you an extra dental visit. Skipping the lab also saves you money found in laboratory fees and copays. CEREC uses only the highest quality materials, meaning that you can rest easy knowing that your dental restoration will last for many years to come.

CEREC One Visit Dental Restorations in Harrisburg, PA 
CEREC’s system is easy to use and allows your dentist to create your restoration in about an hour. First, your dentist uses CEREC’s system to take a 3D model of your mouth, eliminating the need for a physical impression. The model transfers to a computer program where your dentist can customize the restoration to fit perfectly into your smile. After finalizing the design, your dentist will send it to CEREC’s machine which will use lasers to cut and carve the restoration out of a block of ceramic. Finally, your dentist will put the finishing touches on your restoration, tweaking its design to fit your mouth seamlessly and color-matching it to the rest of your teeth.

For more information on CEREC, please contact Dr. Ernest Fontaine at his practice in Harrisburg, PA. Call (717) 564-1310 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Fontaine today!





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