Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is an exciting new technology that allows dentists to view not only the teeth, but the surrounding soft and hard tissue in three dimensions. This special type of x-ray machine is used in circumstances where regular two-dimensional dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. For optimal accuracy in our diagnosis and treatment planning, we use the Sirona Orthophos SL 3D, which generates three dimensional (3-D) images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths and bone in the craniofacial region in a single scan. Images obtained with cone beam CT allow for more precise treatment outcome.
CEREC® CEREC® is a camera, computer, and precision-manufacturing-machine all in one. CEREC’S built in camera can take a picture of the damaged tooth. Using this image, the CAD (Computer Assisted Design) function of the CEREC® designs the porcelain restoration. Then, the CAM (Computer Assisted Manufacturing) function mills the restoration out of a block of porcelain. Then, the final crown/filling can be cemented to the tooth.
An intraoral camera is used in combination with a computer monitor. It is designed to take pictures of the patient's teeth. This technology allows us to reveal the tooth with a problem, so that patients can easily understand why the treatment is needed. Often, a person may have a decayed tooth but ignore the problem because it doesn't hurt, or may not even realize that the cavity exists.
Dental implants provide an excellent solution to replace missing teeth. Nowadays, implants have very high success rates, and are designed to provide a foundation for replacement crowns that look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. Implants could also be implemented in removable dentures and would make them incredibly stable and retentive. The new implant technology will give a patient the ability to eat virtually anything and it will significantly enhance their smile.
Isolite™is an amazing device that protects patient’s soft tissue and lights up the tooth, while suctioning all the fluid and debris. The mouthpiece of the system is made of soft flexible polymer that fits around the tooth and virtually eliminates the possibility of iatrogenic damage to the soft tissue such as tongue, cheek, and lips. Lots of people have a tough time keeping their mouths open while the drill is spewing out tons of water into the mouth. With Isolite™, our patients don’t have to feel like they are drowning, because of the revolutionary way the system aspirates all the debris and water so none of it ends up in the mouth. No more struggling to stay open, and no more sensation of drowning and bad taste. Additionally, Isolite™ also lights up the oral cavity from within the mouth, and provides a unique direct illumination that significantly enhances visibility. Unlike conventional lighting, light emanating from the Isolite™ mouthpiece cannot be blocked by the dentist's head or hands. Better visibility means better dentistry.