Our entire staff is also dedicated to learning all that they can so that you get the smile you deserve. We are constantly learning new and better ways to give you the very best dental care.
- Cone Beam
- Digital Panoramic X-rays
- Digital X-Rays
- Intraoral Camera
- Laser Dentistry
- CEREC® - Same Day Crowns
We are dedicated to staying up to date with the latest dental advances. One way we do this is by offering Sirona dental imaging.
Our Sirona offers our patients images quickly. Our dentists are able to diagnose our patients better, catching problems sooner than they would be able to with only traditional imaging. It allows us to view your teeth, roots, airways, and even sinuses in less than ten seconds. We are also able to monitor TMD.
By using Sirona imaging, we are able to diagnose and treat our patients quicker so that they don’t have to spend as much time in our office. We can view the images in just a few seconds instead of minutes, so we can start treatment right away!
X-Rays are used to examine the inside of your teeth. We are hoping to be able to catch any problems that we can’t see with the naked eye! Using radiology, we are able to see which teeth are developing cavities. We may also see some teeth or gum areas that may require some extra work.
We are dedicated to giving our patients the high quality care they deserve. We are proud to offer the latest technologies and equipment to keep their mouths healthy. One way we do this is by offering our patients the intraoral camera. They always say that a picture is worth a thousand words. We use our camera for just that reason.
We can take a picture and show you what is going on with your mouth. You may not believe you have dental disease until you see the pictures. Our camera is also very helpful when we are tracking the disease’s progress. We can take before and after pictures to determine if the treatment is working. We can see how far your mouth has come and determine if more treatment or a whole different type of treatment is needed.
LANAP is a form of laser gum disease treatment used for patients suffering from periodontal disease. The LANAP process is the only FDA-approved laser treatment used to treat gum disease. We utilize the Picasso laser for our procedures.
Who can benefit from LANAP laser treatments? Ideal candidates experience the following symptoms:
- Red and swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth
- Receding gum line
- Bone Loss
- Cold Sores
The procedure itself is performed with the help of a local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort. A tiny laser fiber is then inserted between the tooth and gum, ridding the area of bacteria and infection. Your dentist will then clear away any tartar or plaque and apply the laser once more for a more thorough cleaning and finally seal the pocket. As only local anesthetics are used, you may experience slight discomfort and numbness following the procedure, but can otherwise return to your daily activities.
CEREC® - Same Day Crowns
CEREC® stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics and is designed to expedite the process of dental restorations. Using 3D CAD/CAM technology (computer-assisted design/manufacturing), the CEREC® scanner and mill can create custom restorations within a few hours allowing you to receive your necessary restorations in the same day.
Traditional restorations require messy molds and may cause patients to wait 2-3 weeks with a temporary crown before they receive their permanent restorations from 3rd party labs.
However, CEREC® enables us to eliminate the need for uncomfortable dental impressions and temporary crowns as well as lessen your time spent in our office as we restore your tooth in a single day.
How does CEREC® work?
As stated above, this system uses CAD/CAM to produce your restoration in three steps:
Scanning and imaging – Using a medical-grade scanner equipped with a high-quality camera, the device captures photographs of the area to create a 3D representation of your mouth and the affected area
Designing the restoration –The in-depth 3D model allows our dentist to examine the tooth from every angle to help them design the perfect prosthetic for your needs
Crafting the prosthetic – The CEREC® milling unit then uses your dentist’s design to cut your restoration from a block of porcelain that can be matched to your tooth color, so your prosthetics look beautiful and natural.
What is a typical appointment like?
Generally, same-day restorations take at least 2 hours. The initial stages of the appointment are similar to traditional restoration procedures. The area is numbed and anesthetized to prepare the tooth for restoration.
Instead of taking a mold or impression, your tooth is then coated in a special contrasting agent and photographs are taken using a wand-like scanner. The photos are then checked by your dentist to ensure accuracy and then uploaded into the system to create a 3D model of the area. The model is used to help your dentist design and customize your prosthetic to fit your individual needs. The finished design is transmitted to the milling unit for fabrication and cut from a high-quality piece of porcelain.
Once completed, you will undergo a fitting to ensure a proper fit that will be confirmed with x-rays. After the fit is established, the restoration is then polished and bonded to your tooth using dental cement.
How long do CEREC® restorations last?
With proper care and good oral hygiene practices, your CEREC® restoration will last as long as a traditional lab-made crown. These crowns have proven durability to last 10-15 years with proper management, cleaning, and oral exams every six months.
We are pleased to offer our valued patients same-day customized long-lasting restorations with our new CEREC® system. Though the cost of a crown can vary from patient to patient based on the case, the prices remain similar to that of traditional prosthetics. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact our office at (603) 625-1877.