11:26:00 am, by admin   ,

Same Day Restorations—The Possibilities are Endless

Imagine…receiving a beautifully restored smile in just one visit. Imagine…not having to go back to the dentist multiple times to get the teeth you were promised. Imagine…the possibilities of getting the smile you want, when you want it.

At Blue Water Bay Dental, we don’t just imagine—we create. With CEREC Chair-side Solutions, the possibilities for you health, comfort and smile – the possibilities for your life – are endless. CEREC—Chair-side Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramics—helps us to produce the outstanding results for the ceramic dental restorations through computer-assisted technologies. These technologies include 3D photography and CAD/CAM. Through the use of these devices, the ceramic crown or implant we create for you is actually far more precise than older solutions, and much more comfortable than traditional solutions used in the past.

Because CEREC is able to quickly and safely achieve the desired results for patients – because it has over 25 years of successful continuous development – and because over 28 million restorations have been successful placed, it is the most used dental CAD/CAM system worldwide. Check out this news broadcast at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Z_gjnyS3eY.

If you’re done imagining and you’re ready to create, call your dentist today to see what CEREC can do for you.

11:26:00 am, by admin   ,

A “Gummy Smile” Isn’t Just for Babies (Though, They’re Far Less Cute on Adults)

Are your gums too high or too low? Of course, it’s not something that people typically think about, but take a look in a mirror: Do your teeth look too small and your gums too big, or vice-versa? Are you unhappy with your smile? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, you may be the perfect candidate for gum contouring.

Gum contouring – also called gum reshaping or tissue sculpting – is a cosmetic procedure that is done to even out uneven gum lines and give you the smile you’ve always wanted, but didn’t know you could have. While gum contouring isn’t always medically necessary, it is a procedure that can give you the confidence you’ve always needed to go out and go after the things in life you’ve always been too ashamed to pursue. In this sense, gum contouring grants life in its own unique way.

However, gum contouring isn’t strictly cosmetic either. Individuals whose gums are too high often experience severe dental problems, such as decay and tooth loss. This is because, in extreme instances, the gums recede so much that the tooth’s root becomes exposed. Oftentimes, this recession is a sign of periodontal disease, the deterioration of the supporting structures of the teeth, gums and bone. When this is the case, patients undergo gum contouring as part of a necessary treatment.

Find out what causes uneven gums, why gum contouring is sometimes necessary, how much the procedure costs and what to expect from the surgery at http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/gum-contouring-procedure.


11:25:00 am, by admin   ,

Saving Lives One Swab at a Time

So many people underestimate the impact their dentist can have on their lives – and while yes, we do believe that a beautiful smile can really change a person’s life, what we do runs much deeper than that – what we do can actually saves lives.

Nearly 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year – of those 42,000, 8,000 will die, meaning that oral cancer kills roughly one person per hour per day. Of those 42,000 newly diagnosed individuals, only a little more than half will be alive in the next five years. These numbers have not improved in the past, and if society continues to treat dentistry as more of a luxury rather than as the necessity it is, those numbers won’t improve in the future. This is because, while MD’s are qualified to diagnose everything from skin cancer to HIV in their early stages, they are not trained to spot abnormalities of the mouth, and therefore, fail to diagnose oral cancer in its early stages, when it is not too late to treat.

However, a visit to your dentist and a simple swab of the inside of your mouth, and your dentist can diagnose the cancer early, when it’s most treatable. When caught early on, oral cancer isn’t a threat to your life, nor to your comfort. It can be treated without extensive, disfiguring surgery, and without disrupting the normal flow of life afterwards.

A visit to the dentist is much more than a vain attempt to have a beautiful, winning smile – it’s key to your overall health, and for some people, the very key to their existence. Don’t wait for your doctor to tell you that you’re in the late stages of oral cancer – let your dentist evaluate for precancerous and cancerous lesions so that, should something be wrong, you can remove those lesions as quickly and painlessly as possible.

See what we do everyday to protect your health – visit us at http://smileology.com/.

11:20:00 am, by admin   ,

Technology Doesn’t Eliminate the Need for the Human Element

We’ve all played video games with a friend or loved one and laughed when they complained, “Man, my guy is so slow!” or “This player cannot throw a ball to save his life!” In fact, we’ve probably all been culprits of such ridiculous comments at one point or another. My response is  “ridiculous,” because that’s just what these comments are – ridiculous. It’s ridiculous to think that the fault lies within these virtual characters, when we’re the ones controlling them. And the same goes for all technology.

Recently we posted a blog on the importance of ensuring the safety of technology in the healthcare and dentistry fields. Following up on that, it’s necessary to stress the importance of the human element, and the dangers of relying solely on technology to get the work done—especially when it comes to the health and safety of our patients.

While technology is tested over and over and over again – and then again – before it is implemented into any office or practice, the effectiveness of said technology is dependent solely upon its user. For instance, you can trust we would never implement a technology into our practice without first carefully planning, fixing and updating our already existing procedures. Furthermore, it’s use would never be condoned until every one of my team members and myself were properly educated and trained in the equipment first.

Safely utilizing technology in any field starts with creating sufficient policies and procedures for those who will be authorized in and responsible for the equipment. Again, you can rest assured knowing that, without a doubt, all equipment in our practice is operated only by team members who are educated and trained in the devices. On top of educating and training them, however, we also ensure that each team member is constantly looking for ways to improve safety, and that they know how to effectively monitor, discover and report near misses and errors to find the causes, and most importantly, how to avoid distractions.

To see why you can trust us to utilize our technology in the safest manner possible, check us out at http://smileology.com/.

11:19:00 am, by admin   ,

Healthcare Technology Isn’t Always Foolproof

Technology is so prevalent in our lives these days that most of us now rely on it almost more than our 5 basic senses. This could not be truer than in the healthcare industry. For example, out patient surgery—surgery that does not require an overnight stay in the hospital—would not even be a consideration if it weren’t for the many advancements in medical technology. An expecting mother would not be able to view her unborn child if it weren’t for the use of technical equipment. In fact, even your headaches could not be as effectively treated without Electronic Aspirin [https://www.asme.org/engineering-topics/articles/bioengineering/top-5-medical-technology-innovations].

In dentistry, enamel, dentin, pulpal and diseased tissue removal would not be done at such a fast rate, and in such an easy and pain free way, without the Waterlase—a laser technology designed to meet your top most important dental needs. Digital impressions by the iTero by Cadent allow us to order the perfect crowns, bridges and veneers for you, without having to create a mold first. And Ostegen, a new, non-animal, non-human bone-grafting material, helps us to build up your bone for implants once your teeth have been removed.

Major Technological Mess-Ups

However, technology isn’t always 100% reliable. Take the GPS for instance – how many of you have typed an address into the Tom-Tom, only to be taken to some dirt lot in the middle of nowhere? Or who hasn’t inputted a location into their iPhone Google Maps and been directed 30 miles past their intended destination? On a much more serious note, can any of us really forget the Challenger incident of 1986 – the Titanic of 1912 – or what about the much more recent train derailment in Lac Megantic, Quebec on the night of July 6, and the crash of Asiana Flight 214 in San Francisco just a day later? The list can go on and on, but the point I’m trying to highlight is this: Technology can play a significant role in improving the way we travel, communicate, learn and grow – and yes, it can play a significant role in improving our nation’s healthcare system – but only if properly designed and implemented, and only if appropriate consideration is given to the impact it can have on processes, care, workflow and safety.

The problem that the healthcare industry – and subsequently, the dental industry – run into is one that is unique and virtually un-thought of in other areas of research and development. While other industries have the luxury of being able to achieve greater levels of safety and quality by perfecting their processes – and then automating them – from start to finish, without using people at all, the healthcare industry cannot remove people from the equation if they hope to achieve the best results. If we hope to obtain our goals of making our medicines and procedures virtually, well, foolproof, then we must know how real-life, living, breathing human beings will react every step of the way. However, we must always be mindful of the risks and preventable errors that technology can create in order to best avoid them.

Constantly Improving for Your Safety

Because of the very real, very possible dangers of walking into a healthcare or dental situation with faulty equipment, both industries take extremely proactive measures in improving patient safety and reducing preventable errors. While technology in these fields has introduced some new risks while eliminating others, the ultimate goal is that it will improve the overall quality of the healthcare delivery system, and provide better results for patients worldwide.

To see how we use technology in our practice – and what measures we take to ensure your utmost safety and the best results – visit us at http://smileology.com/.

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