The CEREC Acquisition Unit is mobile and houses a medical grade computer and the CEREC camera. Your dentist uses the camera to take a digital picture of your prepared tooth. This picture is used instead of a traditional impression. This means no impression tray and material for you to gag on. The computer and CEREC 3D software converts the digital picture to a three dimensional virtual model of your prepped tooth. Your dentist then designs your restoration right on screen using the software while you wait (and watch!). This software can assist your dentist with designing any single tooth restoration: crowns, inlays (fillings), onlays (partial crowns), and veneers. Once your dentist has designed your restoration (usually about 5 minutes), he or she clicks a button, and the design data is communicated via a wireless radio signal to the CEREC Milling Unit.
Your dentist selects a ceramic block that matches the shade of the tooth being repaired. He or she then inserts the block into the Milling Unit. The data from the Acquisition Unit is used to carve the block into the indicated shape of the restoration. This process usually takes 8 to 18 minutes depending on the size and type of restoration. After the milling is finished, your dentist polishes the finished filling or crown and bonds it into place. With CEREC technology, your dentist can restore damaged teeth or enhance your smile with bio-compatible, tooth-colored materials in a single appointment.
For an advanced dental restorative system that allows your dentist to restore decayed teeth, place crowns, remove defective amalgam fillings, or place cosmetic veneers in just one appointment. This allows you to have the highest quality, most lifelike dental restorations in just one visit to the dentist...in, out, and on with your busy life. The state of the art CEREC system was developed in 1985 at the University of Zurich in Switzerland by a dentist, Dr. Werner H. Moermann, and an electrical engineer, Dr. Markus Brandistini. Today, CEREC 3 with CEREC 3D software is still the world's only chair side dental CAD/CAM restorative system. At the heart of the system is the innovative technology.
A Digital X-ray system is more sensitive and advanced than an X-ray film systems, so your exposure to X-rays is cut by as much as 80 percent. We place a small handheld intraoral camera in your mouth. An X-ray beam is sent through your teeth and into the camera, which records the image of your teeth and sends it to the computer.
We handle dental emergencies on a first come first service basis for both new and existing patients. If your emergency occurs during normal business hours we will make out best attempt to fit you in that same day. If your emergency occurs outside of normal business hours we will make our best attempt to see you the following business day. If you have a dental emergency please call our office immediately, be prepared to articulate your emergency and be flexible and patient with our staff as they try to fit you into the schedule.
Techniques dentists can use on a patient prior to and during dental procedures to reduce pain and anxiety including the administration of medications directly into the blood stream (IV) or by inhalation (Nitrous Oxygen which is also known as "laughing gas”).
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Oral cancer screening is a routine part of a dental examination. Velscope is an oral assesment device that will examine the tissue in the oral cavity. Velscope uses fluorescent light to help detect any abnormalities, including cancer and pre-cancer. Its use in everyday practice can provide timely information to dentists and hygienist to enable earlier detection of abnormal tissues and provide better outcomes for patients.
In the construction of crowns or pontics, a layer of tooth-colored material, usually, but not limited to, composite, porcelain, ceramic or acrylic resin, attached to the surface by direct fusion, cementation, or mechanical retention; also refers to a restoration that is luted to the facial surface of a tooth. *Source: ADA (http://www.ada.org/public/resources/glossary.asp)