Equipment & Technology

Cerec

Computer Guided Implant Technology

It is an interactive 3D computer imaging system that guides the doctors in implant surgery. With computer guided implant surgery, Doctors can actually do a virtual surgery before ever touching their patients mouth. The information gathered is extremely accurate, allowing the doctors to visualize the precise placement of simulated implants, as it gives them knowledge of the anatomy of the jaw in all three dimensions. It helps them locate important internal structures and also allows the measurement bone quality and quantity directly from these images.

Dental Technology today is changing our everyday lives. Many people, however, aren’t aware that technology also is impacting dentistry in new and exciting ways. Cutting-edge innovations in dental instruments are requiring less time in the dental chair, causing less discomfort and creating satisfying results. One breakthrough instrument, called CEREC 3D, allows dentists to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings, saving patients time and inconvenience.

Cerec Method

The name CEREC stands for CEramic REConstruction. The method was developed by Prof. W. Mormann and Dr. M. Brandestini in 1980 at the University of Zurich in Switzerland. The first patients had been treated with CEREC inlays in 1985 at the University of Zurich. From this time CEREC has undergone continuous technical and clinical developments. Today, it is used worldwide by a growing number of dentists in their practices.

The Cerec method means today:

The CEREC method combines adhesive bonding techniques with rapid production of all-ceramic inlays, onlays, partial crowns, veneers and crowns for the anterior, premolar and molar regions. This results in a unique combination creating biocompatible, non-metallic, natural looking restorations from durable high-quality ceramic materials, in a single treatment session, and without the need of provisional fillings.

Digital X-Ray

Advantages to Digital Radiography

Immediate observations of radiographic images – Immediacy of viewing the image is a significant clinical advantage in accomplishing many oral procedures. It is especially important in endodontic therapy, implant surgery, evaluation of crown fit, placement of posts in endodontically treated teeth, evaluation of potential overhangs or open margins in newly placed restorations, detection of radiopaque foreign objects in soft tissue, patient education and innumerable other situations.

Ability to enhance images – Digital radiography allows the clinician to change contrast (to lighter or darker), enlarge images, place color enhancements or superimpose various textures on images.

Data Storage – Pulling up specific stored radiographic images from a computer database is easy because of the highly organized nature of computer file storage.

Communication with other practitioners – One of the most useful advantages of digital radiography is the ability it gives clinicians to send images to other practitioners in a matter of minutes, even while talking on the telephone.

Less radiation – The reduction in radiation offered by digital radiography – usually is 70 to 80 percent less than traditional method.

Laser

Compared to the traditional dental drill, lasers:

  • May cause less pain in some instances, therefore, reducing the need for anesthesia
  • May reduce anxiety in patients uncomfortable with the use of the dental drill
  • Minimize bleeding and swelling during soft tissue treatments
  • May preserve more healthy tooth during cavity removal

FAQ

What is a Comprehensive Oral Exam?

A COE is like a physical for your head and neck. It is a thorough evaluation and documentation of your teeth, gums, jaw bones, lymph nodes, and jaw joints. It is the foundation of the routine check-up. Your course of treatment is determined as a result of this exam.

What is a Recare Exam?

A recare is exam is the check-up which determines any changes since the previous COE.

Why do I need to have x-rays?

Digital x-rays show areas not visible to the eye.

How often do I need to have a COE?

A COE is recommended every 3-5 years depending on your history. Your dentist will determine what is right for you.

Can I just have a cleaning without a exam?

Yes, it is possible to have your teeth cleaned without having a check-up, but it is recommended that you see the dentist for a check-up every 6-9 months to catch problems early.