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CEREC is an advanced dental technology that is utilized for the restoration of decayed, cracked, or chipped teeth. CEREC can create full crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers. The CEREC machine crafts a restoration in a matter of minutes. CEREC Restorations are made of compressed porcelain. It is for this reason that they are stronger than laboratory restorations, which are layered porcelain. The most beneficial feature of receiving a CEREC restoration is that it is accomplished in one visit. In addition to the benefit of a one visit restoration, there is no uncomfortable impression material to bite on or temporary to wear.
The procedure for placement of a CEREC restoration is very simple. The first step is to remove all decay from the tooth. The doctor will then shape the tooth in preparation to take a digital picture. The tooth is then sprayed with a very fine powder which allows the digital camera to take an acceptable image. Once this image is captured, the tooth will appear on a computer screen in 3D. This will allow the doctor to design the restoration right in front of you. Once the design is completed, the CEREC will mill the restoration. This step takes approximately 15 minutes. You can actually watch this process if you would like. When the restoration is finished milling, the doctor will place the restoration. The entire process should take just over two hours.
A digital x-ray allows the dentist to take an image of the teeth and put it into an imaging program. Within this imaging program, there are a number of tools that will allow the dentist to take a very close look at the teeth and surrounding structures with amazing accuracy. As a benefit to the patient, the digital x-ray also provides nearly 80% less radiation than a standard x-ray. This is due to the fact that the digital version of the x-ray is much more sensitive to this radiation and has been specifically designed with the patient in mind.
Zoom In-Office Whitening
Introducing the Brightest White
Your maximum whitening can be jump started in just one hour or less. Zoom is a fast, effective whitening system that will give you a radiant smile quickly, safely and without any hassle. Everyone will notice that you have the most amazing and dazzling smile.
Chairside HD Monitors
Every operatory is equipped with a high-definition, flat- screen TV monitor. We use these to diagnose, evaluate, and explain dental conditions and treatment options. The HD satellite televisions in every treatment room, noise-reducing headphones, and aromatherapy towels following your treatment enhances your comfort while receiving the care you need for optimal oral health.
Pioneer Elite Dental Laser
A laser is an instrument that produces a very narrow, intense beam of light energy. When laser light comes in contact with tissue, it causes a reaction. The light produced by the laser can remove or shape tissue. There are several advantages for using a Dental Laser, we may not need to use a drill or administer anesthesia in some procedures, allowing the patient to enjoy a more relaxed dental experience. Laser procedures can be more precise. Also, lasers can reduce symptoms and healing times associated with traditional therapies; reduce the amount of bacteria in both diseased gum tissue and in tooth cavities; and control bleeding during surgery.
Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth. You can learn more about the ease and convenience of these clear aligners at invisalign.com.
Our Team is now using one of the most significant advances in dental medicine, a simple DNA test using saliva, to determine the specific type and quantity of disease-causing bacteria in his patients’ mouths! According to the American Dental Association, an estimated 75% of all Americans over the age of 35 have some form of periodontal disease1 and research conducted during the past 10 years has provided insight into the Perio / Systemic Connection and the link between chronic periodontal infections and heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and some forms of cancer. The detection and monitoring of these disease-causing bacteria is critical to treatment success.
This screening will reveal if your genetic makeup puts you at greater risk for developing gum tissue infections. This test gives better insight into how an individual’s immune system will respond to the presence of harmful bacteria, further enabling us to optimize therapy.
These exciting new tests are for anyone with or without symptoms of gingivitis or periodontal disease. Symptoms may include bleeding gums, bad breath, red or inflamed gums, or loss of bone around your teeth. Other indications for this test are pretreatment clearance for extensive dental procedures and, in some cases, surgical clearance (such as heart surgery or joint replacements). Both tests are performed by swishing a small amount of sterile saline throughout the mouth for 30 seconds. The saliva sample is then sent to OralDNA Labs, Inc. (www.OralDNA.com) for processing.
This lab report identifies harmful bacteria associated with gum infections and helps us develop a more effective treatment plan. Through this state-of-the-art technology, we are able to treat the source of the infection and not just the symptoms. The goal of therapy then becomes to reduce the overall bacterial risk for disease progression. As with most diseases, earlier and more targeted treatment can help stop periodontal disease before irreversible damage occurs.
In addition to this bacterial DNA test, we also offer a genetic susceptibility test called Celsus One® that will reveal if your genetic makeup puts you at greater risk for developing gum tissue infections. This test gives better insight into how an individual’s immune system will respond to the presence of harmful bacteria, further enabling us to optimize therapy.
PrepStart Air Abrasion System
Air abrasion is a new micro-dentistry technique that is used to treat tooth decay and prepare teeth for restorations. Traditionally, dentists used noisy dental drills to remove decay and prepare the teeth for fillings, but air abrasion has proven to be a noiseless, heatless, minimally invasive alternative. Air abrasion is similar to sandblasting, in that tiny particles are propelled toward small areas of decay to remove them. A filling is then applied to seal the tooth from further harm.
An anesthetic is not usually required for this procedure, which means the dentist can treat multiple teeth in a single appointment. The goal of air abrasion is to pinpoint and remove early areas of decay, while preserving more of the natural tooth. The combination of air abrasion and composite resin fillings quickly and comfortably restores functionality and strength to the teeth.
Here are some of the main advantages associated with air abrasion:
– More of the natural tooth is left untouched.
– No need for anesthesia in most cases.
– No vibrations, horrible noises or excessive pressure.
– Quicker, easier procedures.
– Reduced risk of further damage to the teeth (chipping and fractures).
– Teeth are left dry, which is advantageous for filling placement.
Who can benefit from air abrasion?
As with many dental procedures, air abrasion is not necessarily suitable for every person. The best candidates for air abrasion are patients who are fearful of the dental drill, children, and individuals with minimal dental decay. Regular dental check-ups help diagnose cavities which may be forming on the surfaces of the teeth. Spotting cavities early increases the chances that the air abrasion treatment can be utilized.
Air abrasion can be used in instances other than tooth decay, including the removal of existing composite fillings, the preparation of teeth for sealants and the removal of surface stains on teeth.