Technology is constantly improving the methods of dental treatment and making things smoother and more enjoyable for the patient. Today I’d like to tell you about two of these advancements. Such technology makes your dental visit more relaxed and efficient.
For years we had to take molds of a tooth or the entire mouth. This was generally not a fun experience for the patient, and it was a time consuming process for the dentist. After taking the mold we had to pour that mold into a cast. Then we had to scan it into the computer. Then crowns were created by the milling unit, cutting a crown from a block of porcelain. The biggest issue with this method was the slight discrepancy between the original impression and the final crown. There was a slight distortion causing the fit to be a tiny bit off.
Now we are using something called Cerec Units. We’ve been using this technology for a few months, and what a difference it makes for both patient and doctor alike! The Cerec is the first full-color 3D intraoral camera combining ease of use with accuracy. The Cerec scans the tooth inside the mouth, no molds, no plaster, sent directly to the computer. The patient can come in, get the scan, and we mill the tooth in two hours. The patient doesn’t have to come back days later. It’s all done in one seating. Also, these new crowns fit wonderfully with no distortion. The Cerec is perfect for single crowns. We can do one or two teeth at a time with it.
Another amazing technology is the iTero. This is also a scanning device that we’ve had for several years. We send the scan to a special lab and they create an exact replica of the teeth from that scan. We use this for Invisalign, bridges, and new teeth. Again, there is no longer a need to make impressions of the mouth. iTero offers such precise scanning that captures the whole tooth unlike other scanners that use algorithms to “fill in” the gaps in the scan. The milled models are so accurate that they allow laboratories to create highly accurate restorations. We’ve been using iTero since 2007 and it provides such a precise fit, it’s amazing. The iTero eliminates patient discomfort and virtually eliminates the need for return appointments. Our patients are much happier knowing they will not have to go through the treacherous experience of getting a mold done.
I need to mention that sometimes restorative dentistry does still require full arch molds, but for the most part the need for messy, inaccurate molds is going away and the results are much faster, more precise, and much easier on the patient. Your comfort and our accuracy is important to me. That is why we continually make the investment to bring new technology into our practice. Check out our full range of dental offerings from general dentistry to cosmetic, implants, sedation dentistry, teeth straightening, and more. Learn more about what we offer our patients here: http://www.nicevillefldentist.com/