Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) technology is quickly becoming the standard of care when it comes to dental imaging. Our office is committed to providing the highest quality of dental care, and we are proud to introduce the Sirona GALILEOS 3D CBCT Scanner into our practice. When it comes to your dental needs, the GALILEOS CBCT Scanner allows us to plan all aspects of your care with precision and accuracy.
- GALILEOS images are highly detailed, showing both soft and hard tissue without sacrificing clarity.
- GALILEOS CBCT Scanners take less than a minute, are completely painless, and the radiation dose is 100 times less than a traditional CT scanner.
- We can analyze the position and orientation of critical structures, like nerves, teeth roots, the sinus, and nose, helping to make your diagnosis as accurate as possible.
- With this advanced imaging technology, we are able to ensure the long-term stability of your dental restorations better than ever before.
- We can focus on your desired aesthetic outcome throughout your entire treatment process.
Dentists can create customized fittings of crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, and other dental restorations using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM). Through the CAD/CAM technology, your dentist can provide you with the most precise restorations possible.
By using CAD/CAM, your dentist is able to create durable, well-fitting, individual or multiple-tooth restorations. CAD/CAM technology also delivers advantages when it comes to office visits. Traditional tooth restorations may take several days and multiple office visits, but with CAD/CAM technology, we are able to perform single-visit tooth restorations! In just one visit you can have a beautiful, healthy smile.
To learn more about CAD/CAM technology and how it can benefit you, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment with your dentist.
What is CEREC?
CEREC is a technology for restoring damaged teeth, and this restoration can be completed in a single visit to the doctor’s office. It makes your teeth stronger and more beautiful, all while keeping your teeth looking natural. The restoration is metal-free, and the high-grade ceramic material is compatible with the natural tissue found in your mouth.
The CEREC Process
During your appointment, you and your doctor will discuss the details of the procedure and your doctor will answer any questions you may have. Your doctor will then use a special 3D imaging camera to take a photo of your tooth. Using CEREC’s proprietary software, your restoration will be designed according to your tooth’s appropriate form and function. Then, CEREC will use diamond burs to create your restoration out of a piece of ceramic. Finally, the ceramic restoration is bonded to your tooth using state-of-the-art adhesive dentistry.
Why Choose CEREC?
- There are many advantages of using CEREC over traditional crown technology.
- Time: CEREC crowns are made in one visit, saving you considerable time away from your job and family.
- Comfort: With CEREC, there is no need for a temporary crown, eliminating significant potential discomfort.
- Aesthetics: The strong, tooth-colored ceramic materials of CEREC restore your teeth to their natural strength, beauty, and function, and closely match the composition of your natural tooth structure.
- Strength: Milled ceramic is stronger than the traditional method of layering and pressing, so your smile will stay beautiful for years!
- Fillings: CEREC material and technology can also be used for fillings. Since these fillings are made out of porcelain, they are more durable than white composite fillings.
Clear aligner treatment takes the metal out of orthodontics, giving you an aesthetic treatment option that produces fantastic results. Often with this type of treatment, aligners are created offsite and shipped to our office, where we then distribute them to you. Using our own 3D printing capabilities we are able to cut out the middleman to create your aligners right here in our office, enabling you to begin treatment sooner and saving you a considerable amount of time waiting for new aligners during your treatment.
To begin your clear aligner treatment, we will generate digital models of your mouth and upload the data into our treatment planning software. From there, we will formulate a treatment plan, addressing the specific movement of each tooth to attend to your smile and bite issues. Once your treatment plan is complete, we print your first set of aligners and begin your smile transformation.
Aligners created with our 3D printer are made of the same material as traditional aligners, making them just as strong, clear, and effective as their more time-consuming and expensive counterparts. Plus, if your treatment plan ever needs to be adjusted, or if you misplace one of your aligners, we can simply re-print a new set of aligners.
Our practice has added a new intraoral scanner that will revolutionize the process of creating a dental impression. Gone are the trays of silicone putty or “goop” that patients found so unpleasant. Instead, you can experience a much more comfortable, digital impression process, as well as faster appointments.
The intraoral scanner is a small, handheld device that is very easy to maneuver in your mouth, making even hard-to-reach areas very accessible. What’s produced are high-definition, full-color 2D and 3D images—and within seconds of completing the scanning process—an HD 3D digital impression.
The scanner provides:
- High-resolution images: We will be able to see your teeth with unprecedented detail, allowing for a more accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
- Faster appointments: With no need to prep teeth to capture a scan and fast scanner software, you’ll spend less time in the chair.
- Improved comfort and satisfaction: Without the goop, you will be more comfortable during the process of making an impression.
Digital Smile Design
Digital Smile Design (DSD) is a treatment planning protocol that allows for careful analysis of the patient’s facial and dental structures through state-of-the-art videography and digital technology. Today, the DSD Concept is considered the most modern, patient-centered design approach available.
CariVu uses patented transillumination technology to identify caries (cavities) and cracks on the surface of your teeth, as well as in the hard-to-see areas between your teeth. Using safe, near-infrared light, CariVu allows your doctor an almost transparent view of your teeth in order to see structural anomalies and carious lesions. The images look like traditional X-rays and provide similar diagnostic information, but CariVu does so without the use of radiation, making it ideal for children, pregnant women, and those unwilling or unable to undergo a traditional dental X-ray.
Catching cavities early makes all the difference!
Most tooth decay begins in the tiny cracks and grooves of your tooth’s surface. CariVu’s illuminating technology can help your dentist:
- Detect tooth decay as early as possible
- Eliminate or reduce the number of costly treatments that you may need in the future
- Treat small problems before they become serious dental issues
- Ensure you achieve a lifetime of oral health safely and comfortably
VELscope Oral Cancer Screening System
More than 480,000 new cases of oral and throat cancers are diagnosed each year, and over 35,000 of those cases are right here in the United States. Oral cancer kills one person every hour in the U.S., and without proper detection methods, a person may have oral cancer and not even know it. In almost all cases of oral cancer, early detection plays a major role in a patient’s chances of survival. By diagnosing and treating oral cancer early, a patient’s five year survival rate is 80-90% greater.
How VELscope works
The VELscope screening system consists of a specialized white light source and viewing scope that make it easier for your doctor to look closely at the tissues inside your mouth. Normal tissues will almost glow a bright green color. Abnormal tissue shows up much darker under the special light.
An abnormal screening does not always mean that the patient has cancer. If an abnormal screening occurs, your doctor may schedule a second scan later to see if the dark spots disappear, or may choose to perform a gentle, non-invasive brush biopsy to make sure it’s not cancer.
The Wand® STA
Make your fear of needles a thing of the past!
When it comes to going to the dentist, we understand that you may feel some anxiety and have tailored our practice to meet your needs. Our office is proud to offer the Wand STA Single Tooth Anesthesia System, making your dental experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
Many types of dental treatments rely on anesthetic injections, but if you’re not comfortable receiving injections, it may mean that your treatment cannot be completed. STA Single Tooth Anesthetic System using the Wand hand-piece is a computer-controlled dental-injection system and one of the most efficient ways to numb an area because of its slow, steady delivery of anesthetic. This also means less discomfort for you as most of the sting from an injection comes from the solution being delivered too quickly. You can be reassured that at our office your comfort is our top priority.
Using the most advanced dental technology possible is just as important as staying up-to-date on the latest treatment techniques. Because our practice is dedicated to providing you with the safest and most convenient treatment options available, we utilize advanced digital X-ray technology in our office.
Digital X-rays provide several advanced imaging options designed to save time, provide clearer dental photos, and expose patients to less radiation than traditional X-ray technology.