Welcome to Gator Ceramics Dental Lab. We are a local dental lab (in Bossier City, Louisiana) with national reach. We specialize in fixed restorations including crowns, bridges, veneers, attachments, and custom implant abutments.
Gator Ceramics is known in the dental industry for personalized service and cutting edge technology. Our goal is to provide products which fit exceptionally well and excite patients with a natural look and feel that changes smiles and enhances lives.
Realizing that an accurate impression is fundamental to a successful outcome in restorative dentistry, we’ve chosen to employ the most advanced technology available. We were the first lab in the state to incorporate the Cadent iTeroTM digital impression system. We continue to lead the industry in the use and application of scan technology in an effort to constantly improve our quality and efficiency.
With this system, a restorative dentist, periodontist or oral surgeon can take a digital scan of the patient’s teeth and bite and transmit the file via a wireless internet connection to our lab. The entire dental team is more efficient using this state-of-the-art process, and this approach provides significant time, cost, and accuracy benefits for the dentist and the patient.
If you are a dentist or oral surgeon, we would welcome the opportunity to partner with your practice. If you are a patient, make sure to ask for a fixed restoration from Gator Ceramics Dental Lab.
Our job is to make you look good!
Learning the Trade - Part 2
I am now 6 months into my journey at Gator Ceramics! The biggest takeaway from my experience so far, is that there is no 'black and white' when designing teeth. There are preferences, judgement calls and changes that are made on a case by case basis. What works for one case may never be used for another case. There are very few 'rules' that come into play when considering the esthetics of the designs. I feel like this is what contributes to the patient receiving a personalized product each and every time.
I'm starting to learn what situations call for these special adjustments. This all ties into my first article, when I realized that each tooth was a special work of art. Once I learned to let go of the 'rules' and one-size-fits-all mentality, I was able to start understanding how this works. There is still much to discover and I am sure there will be more responsibilities, frustrations and lessons along the way. It's all part of me learning how to help deliver quality products and I'm glad I have some of the best teachers in the field to help me along the way!
Mississippi Dental Association's Annual Meeting!
Robert and Jamie would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Andres Pappa and Dr. Sarah Carlisle for extending their invitation to the Mississippi Dental Association’s annual meeting. They greatly enjoyed seeing everyone. Gator Ceramics knows the future of the association is in great hands under the leadership of president elect, Dr. Pappa. We look forward to being a part of the exciting things to come, in the great state of Mississippi. Thanks again from all of us at Gator Ceramics!
Indications of Tooth Decay
In order to spot a problem, you must first know what to look for! Tooth decay is a common occurrence in children and adults. It’s caused by plaque forming on your teeth, staying on your teeth and eventually, breaking them down.
Plaque will begin to form if you don’t properly clean your teeth to rid them of starches and sugars. If these substances are left on your teeth, bacteria will begin to grow and form plaque. At this time, you can still clean your teeth with the right products to break down and remove plaque. If you don’t remove the plaque, however, it can harden into something called tartar. This will make the plaque even harder to remove.
If the plaque is not removed, it will continue to cause damage. The acid in plaque erodes and makes holes in the enamel that protects your teeth. These tiny holes are known as cavities. The bacteria can reach through cavities to the next layer of your teeth and cause sensitivity.
If your teeth feel sensitive, this will be a big indicator of a cavity or early sign of tooth decay. You should go to your dentist to see what the cause of the sensitivity is. If left untreated, the bacteria will march on, to the inner tooth material that contains your nerves and blood vessels. This can cause even more pain, as swelling develops and expands within and even outside of the tooth.
Be aware of the food you eat and be sure to properly clean your teeth to stop plaque from forming. If you remove the starches and sugars before they turn to plaque, you will not have to worry about all the troubles that it can cause down the line.
Don’t forget to visit your dentist for a professional cleaning once a year! Some dentists will even recommend that you get a cleaning twice a year to help keep your teeth healthy and plaque free!
“The communication and accessibility we’ve experienced working with Gator Ceramics Dental Lab have been exceptional. Creation of digital impressions to improve accuracy and shorten patient chair time is where our industry is going. It’s exciting to be working together on the leading edge of this technology, making it available to patients, and delivering unparalleled restorative dentistry outcomes.”