CEREC Treatment Process

Restorative Dentistry- Hendersonville, TN.

If you’ve ever wondered why restorative dentistry takes so long or requires so many appointments, you’ll be please to learn about CEREC, or Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, also knows as CEramic REstoration. This high tech approach can get you finished with your treatment in a single dental visit at Hendersonville Family Dentistry. This is what you should know about the CEREC treatment process.

Treatment Process for CEREC

CEREC is a type of computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM)dentistry . Our team will prepare your tooth and then take a digital image using specialized equipment and software.

Treatment only takes a single visit. Nobody likes going to the dentist multiple times for a single problem. During the first visit, you not only need to have a mold taken which is uncomfortable enough in itself. You also need to have a temporary crown put on the tooth and hope that it lasts, without much discomfort until your second visit.

Some crowns, bridges, and fillings are made of metal. While lead-free metals can be safe, silver and gold-colored objects in your mouth aren’t attractive. CEREC crowns and bridges are made of ceramic, and fillings are porcelain. They are closer to the natural color of your teeth. In addition, porcelain fillings can be more durable than composite ones.

CEREC lets you avoid multiple trips to the dentist, and it can also give better results. Ask. Dr. Harbin & Dr. Jones to find out whether it is an option for you.




Can My Body Reject My Dental Implant?

Does A Dental Implant Fail?

It is rare that your body will reject your dental implants. However, this does not mean that your dental implant will not fail. A successful dental implant is one that is placed in healthy bone and is properly cared for after the surgery takes place. There is only one major reason why a dental implant would be rejected:a titanium allergy. The majority of dental implants are made with titanium because it has proven to be the most biologically compatible of all metals. On average, less than one percent of potential dental implant recipients reported an allergy to titanium.

Dental Implant Failure

The most common cause of dental implant failure in the upper and lower jack is bacteria. Everyone has bacteria in their mouth. If you have bacteria in your jawbone at the time of your dental implant, it can spread from implant to implant, causing dental implant failure.

If you do not take proper care of your dental implants, that could also cause them to fail. You also have to take proper care of the implant and keep your mouth clean. The development of excessive bacteria around the implant and in surrounding tissues can lead to implant failure.

Teeth grinding is another reason dental implants fail. When you grind your teeth, it can move the implants out of position. Therefore, you should wear a mouth piece when you go to sleep if you know you grind or clench.

If you take care of your implants by practicing good oral hygiene and visit our office at Hendersonville Family Dentistry you shouldn’t have any problems with your new dental implants. As always ask Dr. Jones about any questions or concerns you have about your dental implants.

October-Awareness Month

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is national breast cancer awareness month where a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness.

Our office other than myself, Dr. Jones & Ryan our Insurance Coordinator is made up of all women. Since they are indeed women we as a office feel that breast cancer awareness month is very important.

Know the Facts

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. That’s a startling statistic.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.

Most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer saves many thousands of lives each year.


Dental Flossing Facts!

Hendersonville Dentist Talks Floss!

Did you know nearly 27% of patients lie about how often you are flossing. The reason is fairly simple, people don’t like to floss. In fact, they’s rather wash dishes, clean a toilet or even spend time doing their taxed than gloss. The ADA association reports that nearly 50% if Americans floss daily, and 18% don’t floss at all. YUCK!

When you consider that flossing helps prevent gum disease and cavities and not flossing is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, it makes you wonder why more people don’t do it.


Flossing Facts- Hendersonville Family Dentistry.

  • The most important thing is to just floss regularly. Whether you floss before or after you brush it doesn’t matter as long as you are flossing.
  • Try storing floss in your car, in your bag or in your office drawer then break it out when you have time.
  • Flossing removes plaque from area’s between your teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. If this plaque isn’t removed, it can eventually harden into calculus or tartar leading to gum disease.
  • You need not use any dental floss to clean between your teeth. There are other options specifically made for the purpose, like pre-threaded flosser’s, tiny brushes that can reach between your teeth, pointed rubber tips, or wooden plaque removers.
  • Flossing should not be painful!
  • Be aware of flossing too hard it could damage the tissue between your teeth.
  • Children should start to floss as soon as they have two teeth that touch.

Use Them or Lose Them!

Dental Insurance Benefits

Do you have dental insurance? Unsure? Well if you have health insurance than more than likely you are paying into for dental insurance as well. So my next question is, have you been to the dental office recently? Are you going for your periodical cleanings, or needing dental work done? Then what are you waiting for! If you are paying into your company, or it’s coming out of your check each week, then why are you not using your dental benefits?

There should be NO EXCUSE! You are allowing your dental benefits go to waste. Oh, so you are waiting until you have a major toothache. Well that’s just pardon my language stupid that is just going to cost you more money. Why no maintain your smile, visit your dentist twice a year and take up on the opportunity of your dental benefits.

Schedule Your Appointment Today.


Please, don’t wait until December to try and make an appointment with our office, because more than likely we won’t have any appointments available for you. Call our office today 615-822-8262 to schedule your appointment. This gives you plenty of time if you need treatment to plan ahead and schedule it and work it out with your schedule.

Again, you are paying for your dental benefits so why allow that money go to waste. If you don’t use them, you lose them. These benefits do not roll over to next year.


September is National Gum Care Month!

September Already!?


Can you believe it’s already September? At Hendersonville Family Dentistry we know that gingivitis the early stage of periodontal disease, can be difficult to recognize. Many people don’t recognize the warning signs, bleeding and swollen gums, as a precursor to gum disease. This month, a national campaign is under way to raise awareness about gum health and periodontal disease, and we wanted to help do our part to spread the word!

Important Steps to Healthy Gums.

Studies have been published every year linking oral health, including the gums, to the health of other areas of the body, such as your heart. One of the most important steps to improving the care of your gums is recognizing the warning signs for gum disease. These can include:

  1. Gums that appear red or swollen
  2. Gum that feel tender
  3. Gums that bleed easily (during brushing or flossing)
  4. Gums that recede or pull away from the teeth
  5. Persistent halitosis, or bad breath
  6. Loose teeth
  7. Any change in the way teeth come together in the biting position

If you happen to notice any of these sings with your or your child, please schedule an appointment at our office in Hendersonville, TN. Our team will begin taking proactive steps to prevent gingivitis and gum disease, while showing you how to improve hum care in your or your child’s daily oral hygiene habits.

Managing Oral Pain

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Experiencing tooth or oral pain is not fun. If you can not get to Hendersonville Family Dentistry right away, the pain may even seem to increase. The old saying that a tooth will stop hurting once you get to a dentist is not that far from true. However, there are many tips you can try to relieve your oral pain until you see Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones.

Common Pain Relief Options.

First, you need to determine the source of the pain. This is sometimes not possible, but it may help. If you are experiencing pain between your teeth or along the gum line, try swishing some warm salt water in your mouth. One teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of warm (not hot) water is all you need.

You can also try flossing as long as bleeding is not present. Salt water soothes other mouth irritations to reduce pain. You can also try over-the-counter pain relievers including oral medications or topical gels.

Toothpastes designed to relieve pain from sensitive teeth may work. While these pastes do take time to reach full effectiveness they can be helpful if you have to wait several days.

Remember, these tips are only designed to provide temporary pain relief. You need to schedule an appointment at Hendersonville Family Dentistry quickly. Call and schedule an emergency appointment with Dr. Harbin, Dr. Jones and Dr. McNutt as soon as possible.

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