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Our office strives to use the latest proven technology to ensure we deliver the best dentistry we can.
SAME DAY CROWNS USING CEREC TECHNOLOGY!
Technology today is changing our everyday lives. Many people, however, aren’t aware that technology also is impacting dentistry in new and exciting ways. One breakthrough instrument, called CEREC®, allows Dr. Phan to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings, saving patients time and inconvenience.
What is CEREC?
It stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Translated, it means that a dentist can economically restore damaged teeth in a single appointment using a high-quality ceramic material that matches the natural color of other teeth.
How does the instrument work?
CEREC uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology, incorporating a camera, computer and milling machine in one instrument. Dr. Phan uses a special camera to take an accurate picture of the damaged tooth. This optical impression is transferred and displayed on a color computer screen, where Dr. Phan uses CAD technology to design the restoration. Then CAM takes over and automatically creates the restoration while the patient waits. Finally, Dr. Phan bonds the new restoration to the surface of the old tooth. The whole process takes only a few hours.
What does this innovation mean for a patient?
A tooth-colored restoration means no more silver fillings discoloring smiles. The filling is natural-looking, compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant. Dr. Phan no longer needs to create temporaries or take impressions and send them to a lab. Because of this, the traditional second visit has been eliminated. CEREC has two decades of clinical research and documentation to support the technology. The restorations have been proven precise, safe and effective.
CAVITRON ULTRASONIC DENTAL TECHNOLOGY
The Cavitron® is a dental tool that uses high frequency ultrasonic waves to clean teeth and provide gentle periodontal care - removing tartar above and below the gum line. This state-of-the-art instrument has a blunt tip that uses oscillating sound waves to gently vibrate the tartar away from your teeth. It's so gentle that it can even be used to administer deep cleaning and gum therapy, many times without the need for anesthetic. The Cavitron is a safe, effective and painless alternative to traditional cleaning methods.
SOFT TISSUE LASER
The Diode Laser is a multi-purpose soft tissue laser. It can be used in a variety of aesthetic and restorative procedures. The Diode is often used for gum lifts (contouring the gum to lengthen the tooth for a more appealing smile). It can also be used in periodontal therapy. The laser can kill dangerous bacteria under the gum line, and can gently remove diseased tissue from pockets around the teeth.
The doctor and even our hygienists wear surgical magnification loupes with a head mounted high intensity light. It is the standard of care, and we wouldn’t work without them!
What You Can't See Can Hurt You - Having the ability to take a picture of your tooth magnified forty times helps us see things that would be difficult even with our surgical loupes. It's not necessarily pleasant to come face to face with your own dental condition. But it's important to do so for several reasons. First, the camera may reveal the early stages of potentially serious problems, helping you make an informed decision about your treatment options. This is especially helpful with gum disease and other conditions where pain is a latent indicator of a problem. Second, the camera's honest survey can show in a moment how well you're doing with your regular home hygiene. This helps you and your dentist realistically assess what steps you might need to take on your own to improve things.
Our office utilizes digital x-rays. Digital x-rays benefit both dentist and patient. Most importantly, digital x-rays significantly decrease the exposure time to radiation. This process is also better for the environment as it doesn't use photo chemicals and traditional film, thus eliminating waste. Digital x-ray offers even more diagnostic benefits than film x-ray, in that we can magnify the x-ray on our computer monitor. This allows us to share the image with you and better educate you on your oral health. This advanced technology speeds treatment and helps us make the most accurate and efficient diagnosis of your dental condition.
DIGITAL DENTAL IMAGING
With digital imaging software, you can see an image of your smile - enhanced - before any treatment begins. First, we take a digital photograph of your smile. Then, through the magic of computer technology, we can manipulate the photo to show you just what your new smile will look like.
Of course, there will probably be a difference between what you see on the monitor and the appearance of your new smile. But digital imaging gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect. If you like, we can show you before-and-after photos of others we have treated, so you can see actual results.
The bottom line is that you get a glimpse of your future smile, and it's a bright one!