State of the Art Technologies
In order to provide nothing but the best to our patients, our office uses state-of-the-art technologies in all our procedures. These new technologies allow us to detect dental concerns at early stages, treat your dental issues with precision, and provide stunning and customized restorations. Our premium dental software system maximizes your time and our office efficiency. When you visit our office you can be confident that you are receiving the finest and most advanced in dental care.
CEREC is one of the latest dental technology tools to appear on the dentistry scene. It is a special computer that acts as a dental restoration tool, allowing your dentist to restore decayed teeth, fabricate and place permanent crowns, removes defective amalgam dental fillings,in just one appointment.
What is CEREC?
CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CERamic REConstruction. Translated, it means that a dentist can economically restore damaged teeth in a single appointment using a high-quality ceramic material that matches the natural color of other teeth.
How does the instrument work?
CEREC uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology, incorporating a camera, computer and milling machine in one instrument. The dentist uses a special camera to take an accurate picture of the damaged tooth. This optical impression is transferred and displayed on a color computer screen, where the dentist uses CAD technology to design the restoration. Then CAM takes over and automatically creates the restoration while the patient waits. Finally, the dentist bonds the new restoration to the surface of the old tooth. The whole process takes about two hours.
What does this innovation mean for a patient?
A tooth-colored restoration means no more silver fillings discoloring smiles. The filling is natural-looking, compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant. Dentists no longer need to create temporaries or take impressions and send them to a lab. Because of this, the traditional second visit has been eliminated. CEREC has two decades of clinical research and documentation to support the technology. The restorations have been proven precise, safe and effective.
The Waterlase is a revolutionary dental device that uses a combination of laser energy and water, a process called HydroPhotonics. We use this device to perform many traditional dental procedures often with no anesthesia. The Waterlase is great for reducing patient anxiety, minimizing pain and trauma, and creating a more comfortable experience for our patients.
Virtually Painless, More Natural Dentistry*
Heat, vibration and pressure are the primary causes of pain associated with the use of the traditional dental drill. Since cutting both hard and soft tissues (teeth and gums) with the WaterLase does not generate heat, vibration or pressure, many dental procedures can be performed nearly pain-free with fewer shots, less need for anesthesia, less use of the drill and fewer numb lips! Additionally, using the WaterLase for gum procedures reduces bleeding, post-operative pain, swelling and the need for pain medication in many cases. It’s just a better way to get your dentistry done!
Accuracy & Precision
WaterLase dentists are able to remove tooth enamel decay (the hardest substance in the body), bone and gum tissue precisely while leaving surrounding areas unaffected. This conserves more of the precious tooth structure you were born with, helping you to maintain your natural teeth longer!
High speed drills can cause hairline cracks and fractures in the teeth that may eventually lead to future dental problems. WaterLase reduces damage to healthy portions of the tooth and minimizes trauma.
Less Bleeding & Swelling
Due to its conservative cutting action, the WaterLase performs many soft tissue (gum) procedures with little or no bleeding and less post-op swelling.
We know that an educated patient makes better, more educated choices about his or her dental treatment, and we want to make sure you have all of the information you need to make those choices.
We use small cameras about the size of a pen, called intraoral cameras, to help clearly see the condition of your teeth and gums. With this advanced technology we can zoom in on small diseased areas, cracks, chips and worn metal fillings with extreme precision. The full-color images taken with the intraoral camera are sent to a computer screen so we can clearly see and diagnose dental problems much earlier than with traditional dental technology. Because images are displayed on our screens, patients will also be able to see areas being worked on and are able to gain a better understanding of dental procedures being performed.
With Smile Design computer technology, our patients are able to visualize the end result of any procedure prior to even deciding on their exact course of treatment. Digital photographs are taken of the patient’s existing smile a computerized picture of the desired result will be generated. The patient is able to discuss with the dentist how he or she feels about the results and we are able to make the appropriate changes prior to beginning treatment.
Panoramic X-ray Imaging
Panoramic radiographs show the whole jaw and is a good diagnostic tool. It is an important tool for the extraction of wisdom teeth, placement of dental implants, and for many orthodontic procedures. A panoramic radiograph will show any abnormal growths or cysts in the jaw. Panoramic radiographs are taken every three to five years or as needed for diagnostic purposes.
Like digital X-Rays, our new system eliminates the use of toxic developing chemicals while delivering an even smaller fraction of the radiation of traditional X-Rays. And because it provides a clear image of the entire mouth, surrounding bone, sinus cavity, and even the carotid artery, the scope of our diagnostic abilities has been dramatically increased. What’s more, it is decidedly faster and more comfortable. No more gagging or irritation from biting down on imaging plates. Our new scanner is entirely non-invasive and can scan the entire mouth in as little as 11 seconds! It’s good for you and good for the environment.
You can enjoy a safer, faster, and more comfortable session for dental x-rays with the Cone Beam 3-D Dental Imaging System.
CT Scans and Cone Beam Imaging systems generate 3D, high definition x-rays within seconds. These scans allow us to quickly assess your dental needs and get you back out enjoying your life in less time than you might expect from traditional imaging equipment.
The health and safety of our patients are our highest priority, which is why we utilize a cone beam imaging system in our office. Unlike traditional x-ray systems, the Cone Beam system produces a very low dose of radiation, thus reducing unnecessary exposure. Some additional benefits of cone beam imaging include:
• Visualize anatomy that can’t be diagnosed externally or from traditional x-rays
• Create better, more effective treatment plans
• Assess benefits and risk of treatment options
• Analyze the position and orientation of critical structures, such as nerves, prior to the procedure
• Up to 10x less radiation exposure to the patient than traditional x-rays
• Faster scan time (10-40 seconds vs. several minutes)
• Less expensive
The Cone Beam is used in many dental procedures. It can be used to determine a treatment plan for dental implants, helping determine size and placement of the implant. It can also be used to diagnose and treat periodontal disease. Some additional benefits include:
- Implant planning
- Earlier detection of oral infections and tumors
- TMJ analysis
- Airway studies (ie: sleep apnea)
- Impacted teeth
- Periodontal disease
It is important to us that our patients receive the most advanced care possible. We utilize cone beam technology because it gives us a clear view of facial nerves and bone structure, which allows us to plan a customized procedure to protect your nerve endings. Such advanced technology allows us to minimize pain and speed healing!
Benefits of Using an iTero Scanner
With the iTero® Scanner, we are able to take digital, 3D image of the inside of a patient’s mouth creating almost flawless images of the patient’s teeth and gum tissues the first time.
There is no need to take impressions multiple times. This means a faster delivery time of the patient’s personalized treatment for Invisalign, crowns and other laboratory appliances.
The patient remains comfortable with no messy impression material and can breathe normally during the digital 3D scan, and the results can be seen immediately onscreen.
For orthodontic treatment, there is an outcome simulator that gives your dentist and patients a preview of the potential results of the patient’s straightened or realigned teeth before they even start the treatment.
The iTero® is especially compatible with Invisalign® braces. It actually makes it possible to create more accurate aligners, which reduces the number of aligners required overall.
The process is also very safe. It does not include x-ray radiation because the scanner uses a laser to generate the images. The process is environmentally-friendly and does not have an unpleasant taste. The patient will not need to have his or her teeth cleaned after the procedure.