Technology

 

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

We encourage regular dental check-ups, cleanings and home care. Early detection of problems minimize the expenses related to major tooth repair. New technologies take us a giant step forward to helping you achieve the goal of minimally invasive dentistry.

Conventional Exams

With conventional instruments, it is generally not possible to probe drop-shaped fissures.

A Cavitron is a dental tool that uses high frequency sound waves to clean teeth. The Cavitron ultrasonic cleaner is a state of the art instrument that has proved to be an extremely successful tool in removing tartar from both above and below the gum line.

Why Ultrasonics?

The evidence is clear. Today’s clinician knows how ultrasonic scaling advances patient care.

Since the landmark Drisko review article of 1993, non-surgical periodontal therapy has advanced beyond basic calculus removal. Ultrasonic therapy in periodontics now focuses on the etiology of periodontal disease by disruption of bacterial biofilms and stimulation of the host immune response.

In the American Association of Periodontology position paper on ultrasonic scalers (2000), the following statements were made:

  • In general, the evidence suggests that the disruption and removal of subgingival biofilms (plaque) can be accomplished with powerdriven scalers at a level comparable to manual scalers.
  • The lavage effect produced by the water coolant used with power-driven scalers provides a constant flushing activity during instrumentation that appears to have some therapeutic effects.
  • Ultrasonics are clearly superior in the treatment of Class II and Class III furcations when used by experienced dental professionals. Based on these observations and published studies, sonics and ultrasonics may be the instrument of choice for scaling and root planning furcations.

The bottom line: an ultrasonic scaler is one of the single most important instruments you have for improving the periodontal hygiene and health of your patients.

Now damaged teeth can be restored in a single visit, usually in about one hour, with a durable ceramic material that matches the natural color of your other teeth.

What is CEREC®?

CEREC® means we can quickly and economically restore damaged teeth using a durable ceramic material that matches the natural color of other teeth in your mouth. CEREC® is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.

What advantages does CEREC® offer me?

First and foremost, the restoration can be performed in a single session, usually in about one hour. With CEREC® there’s no need for us to make an impression and send it to a lab. We won’t inconvenience you by asking you to return for a second visit.

Second, the restoration is natural looking, because it is made of tooth-colored ceramic material. It’s metal-free – no silver fillings to discolor your smile! The ceramic material is compatible with tissue in your mouth and is high-grade, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant. It allows us to be extremely precise and save more of the healthy part of your tooth.

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