Dentists who use state-of-the-art technology offer higher levels of precision and accuracy in providing various types of dental services. Modern facilities give patients the assurance that the dentist has gone into great lengths to make a dental visit as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Both dentists and patients experience convenience and better results than when low-tech machines and techniques are used to provide dental care. Below are some dental services that offer increased precision and convenience because of modern dental equipment.
Dental Crowns, Inlays, Onlays, and Veneers
The placement of dental crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers has never been better with the CEREC® CAD/CAM technology. CEREC® stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics and delivers teeth restorations in just one visit. This system uses a computer to gather information and design a quality, custom-fitted restoration. The result is better precision than when traditional methods of taking impressions were used. The dentist is able to get a 3D view of the restoration and make inputs to perfect its design. Once the best design is achieved, the dentist will then send the restoration design to a milling machine to fabricate the restoration within minutes.
Traditional methods of crown placement took about 3 appointments to complete. The first appointment is dedicated to evaluation and treatment planning. The second visit involves taking dental impressions. The impressions will be used to create the crowns. The patient will then be asked to wear temporary crowns while the permanent restorations are being fabricated. He will, therefore, need to wear his temporary restorations for a week or two before returning to the dentist for the placement of his permanent crowns. With CEREC, both the doctor and patient save a great deal of time because appointments two and three of the old method are combined into one. CEREC® technology is able to measure the teeth, design the restoration, and craft the crowns, onlays, inlays, or veneers, all in a single visit to the dentist. Patients get precision, accuracy, speed, and convenience.
Dental offices like the practice of Dr. W. Eric Martin, offer guided implant surgery with the use of the CEREC CAD/CAM and 3D Cone Beam technologies. This is so much better than dental implants without the aid of computers because these machines offer high levels of safety and precision. The placement of dental implants becomes less invasive than freehand dental implant placement because the dentist is offered a complete, 3D view of the patient’s mouth. It means faster recovery time, as well as lesser after surgery effects like inflammation, pain, and discomfort. 3D Cone Beam and CEREC technologies guide the dentist to plan the treatment, prepare the site for the dental implants, and aid in the actual fusion of the implants into the jawbone.
Technology and Dental Care
Technology portrays a major role in dental care as it assists the dentist while providing increased comfort and convenience for the patient. Investing in dental technology is the only way for dentists to keep up with change and keep on moving forward to the right direction.
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