Technology

CAD/CAM

CAD/CAM technology is a system we use for computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing of restorations. The state-of-the-art CAD/CAM technology provides us with extremely precise digital models of a patient’s teeth so we can create an accurate, personalized restoration that will guarantee optimum results.

Best of all, we can fit the restoration faster and easier, which means you’ll only have one office visit as opposed to the traditional two.

First, we will take a detailed 3-D image of your teeth. Once the image appears on the screen, we are able to use a wide range of computer diagnostic tools to manipulate your virtual 3-D model to create a personalized restoration. This digital method has proven far more effective than the plaster models once used.

Advanced E4D System

E4D Dentist® is an easy-to-use chairside CAD/CAM system that is revolutionizing dentistry by making same-day crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers available to our patients. This easy-to-use technology allows us to create beautiful restorations that provide the form, fit, and function you desire in an efficient and effective manner.

Cost

The cost for a crown made from CAD/CAM technology depends on many things, including:

  • The type of restoration.
  • The material chosen for the restoration.
  • The focus of the dentist.
  • All the cosmetic requirements needed on the restoration.
  • The location of the dentist.
  • The type of dental insurance you have.

Just because you choose to get a restoration using the CAD/CAM technology, this does not mean it will cost more than a regular restoration. We will be glad to talk to you about the pricing of a CAD/CAM technology-made restoration.

This is just one of the ways we strive to stay on the cutting-edge of the latest technological advancements in the dental field. For more information about CAD/CAM technology, please contact us.


Snap-on Smile

Snap-on Smile is a custom-made restorative appliance is an affordable solution to extensive restorative and cosmetic dentistry. This appliance has the look and feel of your natural teeth and is easy to use. There are no shots, no drilling and no adhesives – it simply fits right over your teeth, giving you a beautiful smile. You can wear it all day, every day and can eat and drink wearing it. The only time you need to take it out is when you sleep at night.

Made of high-tech dental resin, Snap-on Smile is durable and can last for 2 – 5 years with proper cleaning and care. It can be used for many aesthetic applications, including as a cosmetic removable partial denture, cosmetic smile enhancement and temporary implant restoration.

Ask us today if you might be a candidate for Snap-On Smile.


Spectra Laser Caries Detector

We use laser dentistry in our practice for hard and soft tissue procedures.

Did you know that half of the cavities found in your teeth could go undetected by current diagnostic techniques? However, our office now offers a new diagnostic method that can more accurately define caries in teeth.

We offer a unique service that can detect caries at the earliest stage. The Spectra Laser Caries Detector is over 90 percent accurate in detecting even the smallest lesions that don’t even appear on X-rays! Early detection enables us to better preserve and protect your teeth.


Valplast®

Valplast® is a comfortable, esthetically pleasing, lightweight solution to the rigid metal dentures of the past! Today, dentists are utilizing high-tech flexible denture materials that are stronger, more durable, much quicker to fit and easier to wear. Unbreakable, as opposed to its acrylic competitors, Valplast won’t absorb unsightly stains or harbor unpleasant odors. Because preparation of the natural teeth is unnecessary when fitting or placing flexible partials, the treatment process is significantly accelerated and completely pain free.


Digital Imaging

In order to provide our patients with the highest quality of dental services, we use dental radiographs, or X-rays, in our office. These radiographs provide us with invaluable information about your oral and dental health.

While radiographic equipment does produce radiation (and depends on that radiation to function properly), modern advances in technology are continually reducing the amount of radiation that is produced. In fact, studies have shown that the amount of radiation produced by these machines is not significantly higher than other “normal” sources of radiation that we are exposed to on perhaps a daily basis, such as televisions and airplanes.

X-rays work on a simple principle: the X-rays are stimulated and sent through the mouth. When these rays pass through, they are absorbed more by the bones in your mouth than the gums and other soft tissues, creating a picture of how the teeth inside your mouth are positioned, as well as any potential areas of weakness or decay in your teeth.

While this radiation is very low, it is still recommended that pregnant women avoid any unnecessary X-rays. However, pregnant women are also more vulnerable to gum disease, so x-rays be recommended, in which case proper precautions should be taken, such as using a lead apron and thyroid collar.


Air Abrasion

Many patients' fear of the dentist stems from the drill used to treat tooth decay. In our office, we use the gentle process known as air abrasion. This decay-removing process is virtually pain-free as the dentist can control the speed of the spray of air/powder mix as well as the intensity. There is generally no need for shots with this new technology. It's also free of the noise and vibration associated with the old drill.

When the decay is removed, the dentist places a white filling that is barely noticeable! The process allows us to treat the decay immediately and restore your tooth before more damage can be done. Air abrasion can also repair fractured teeth, old fillings, sealants or broken restorations.


In-House Lab

Our in-office laboratory expedites the process of creating appliances and allows us to serve you in a more efficient manner.

Our lab produces aesthetic appliances for a variety of dental procedures. These appliances include dentures, crowns, bridges and other prosthetics. After our dentists provide an impression or mold of the patient's teeth, one of our laboratory technicians creates a model of the patient's mouth using plaster molds. The technician then places the model in a device that replicates the bite and movement of the patient's jaw. This model serves as the basis for producing the required appliance(s).

Our dentist and technicians then examine the model and make necessary adjustments and recommendations for each patient’s appliance. The technician uses the information from this consultation to shape, mold and cast the final appliance. The final cast duplicates the exact shape, size and color of the original tooth or teeth.


Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer is one of the most under-discussed but prevalent forms of cancer. In fact, the American Cancer Society has recently released information showing that, while incidents of cancers overall have reduced in the United States, the occurrences of oral cancers are actually increasing, as is its mortality rate.

With proper screening and early diagnosis, the severity of oral cancer drops significantly. But as with most forms of cancer, being able to detect the cancer in an early stage is crucial. That’s why our office uses advanced oral cancer screening equipment, to be able to detect and screen for the lesions that indicate possible oral cancer easily and accurately. Using specialized lights and optics, your dentist is able to conduct an oral cancer screening that can detect lesions that are invisible to the unaided human eye. These screenings are fast and completely comfortable – and best of all, they are the best possible way to ensure that your mouth is healthy and cancer-free!

We recommend an annual oral cancer screening for our patients, particularly if you:

  • Are above the age of 30
  • Use tobacco products, or have used them in the past 10 years
  • Consume an average of 1 alcoholic drink or more per day
  • Have been previously diagnosed with any form of cancer

Don’t become a statistic – talk to us today about the dangers and warning signs of oral cancer, and schedule a screening with your next appointment!