Single Visit CEREC Crowns
A tooth requiring a crown can now be restored in a single office visit. Utilizing digital impression technology and an in-office milling unit, we can fabricate and deliver aesthetic, permanent crowns without messy impression materials or lengthy turnover times at labs.
Conventional crown procedures would require a physical impression in tray usingsloppy putty impression materials. The impressions would then be sent to a dental laboratory to be turned into a stone model, upon which the final crown would be fabricated. As you can imagine, this process takes time. Almost two weeks when taking into account shipping times to and from the laboratory. A second appointment would have to be made for the final cementation of the crown. And of course if any adjustments are necessary, the crown would once again have to be sent back to the laboratory for completion, adding even more time and yet another appointment.
CEREC 3D Technology has now made that lengthy process a part of the past. A tooth requiring a crown for restoration is prepared the same way as a traditional crown. However, a messy physical impression is no longer required. We utilize an intra-oral scanner which captures images of your teeth and renders a computerized 3Dmodel of your teeth within minutes. We can then visualize your smile and dentition on a computer and create a crown on your tooth with just a few clicks as you watch along. Our doctors will have complete control of the crown design process to maximize function and aesthetics. The bite and fit of the crown can all be adjusted on the computerized model before the crown is even made. Once the design is finalized, the electronic file is sent to our in-office milling unit which mills the crown out of highly aesthetic and durable ceramic materials. Once the milling process has begun, it only takes about 10 minutes before the crown is ready to be tried in and permanently cemented.
Radiographs(X-rays) allow us to see the things we cannot see with our naked eyes. Dr. Patel chooses carefully when and which radiographs are taken. We are proud to offer our patients the benefits of the latest technology available in the world of digital radiography. By using digital X-rays, the amount of radiation used is greatly reduced (up to 90%), and the results can be viewed immediately, thus reducing the length of some appointments. The image quality is outstanding, and we are able to view the enhanced image immediately on the computer to aid in difficult diagnoses. It is also a great way for our patients to be more involved with their treatment decisions, as we can have discussions about treatment needs with both of us seeing the same image on the computer screen. The digital images store easily and efficiently in our computer files, safe and sound. For insurance purposes, referrals, or patient education, digital X-rays can be easily, inexpensively, and accurately reproduced indefinitely. More importantly, Digital X-rays uses a very small amount of radiation – up to 90-percent less than traditional X-rays. If you have questions about digital X–rays, call us. We’ll do all we can to help.
Cone Beam CT – 3D Imaging:
With the addition of cone-beam CT technology in our office, our practice is committed to providing innovative, high-quality, patient care. This technology provides a highly accurate 3-D radiographic image for the diagnosis, planning and treatment of orthodontics, implantology, TMJ analysis, airway assessment, oral and orthognathic surgery and other dental procedures.
The increased use of Digital 3D x-rays (Cone Beam CT – CBCT) is revolutionizing and replacing the decades old standard for dental case planning – traditional two dimensional X-rays. 3D CBCT imaging allows a precise replication on an accurate 1:1 scale with crystal clarity to visualize all the critical anatomy, restorations and possible disease and pathology in the teeth and jaws including the TMJ’s and sinuses. It has eliminated the overlapping, magnification and distortion of images from traditional 2D images.
SIMPLANT’ SOFTWARE – NO LONGER GUESSWORK
Treatment planning for procedures such as Dental Implants, Bone Grafting, Root Canals, Oral Surgery, Wisdom teeth and Periodontal treatments including surgery is no longer guesswork. We are now empowered to approach each individual patient’s situation and condition with multiple approaches, then, select the one that resolves the patient’s problem and meets the patient’s expectations with the least invasive most predictable solution.
UsingSimplant, our Implant Planning Software, we are able to use CT data to plan your case with greater precision and provide the surgery in a shorter time. To you this means that your results are more predictable, you experience less discomfort, the surgery can be done in less invasive ways, and generally you will have a shorter recovery time. Because the surgical guide is made from your CT data, we also find that in many cases we can place dental implants into areas that may prevent you from needing additional bone graft surgery.
Computerized Bite(Occlusal) Analysis:
Dental Occlusion (Bite) is the contact between your teeth when you close your jaw. When this is out of balance (malocclusion), it leads to tooth and jaw pain, night time teeth grinding, neck pain & headaches and excessive wear of your teeth. Some people are lucky to be born with perfectly aligned teeth. Most are not, however, and often cope with crowded or crooked teeth, overbite, under-bite or even buck teeth for many years. These conditions are all various forms of malocclusion, more commonly known as ‘bad bite’. Malocclusion is often unattractive, but the problems it can create extend far beyond aesthetics, including chewing and speaking problems, risk of teeth decay and change in facial structure. While the perfect bite may not come naturally to most people, it is attainable.
Modern Dentistry can correct a bad occlusion and bring your teeth in to balance again. But the first step is to discover exactly which teeth need attention and to what degree. The old method involves the equivalent of carbon paper to “record” the bite but here is a lot it cannot capture.
Thanks to the T-Scan III Bite Analysis System, our cutting-edge tool used to diagnose malocclusions, we can now analyze a ‘bad bite’ with remarkable precision. By simply biting down on a paper thin sensor, your bite is recorded in our computer, complete with series of images and graphs that provide us with everything we need to know to make a well-informed diagnosis; and provide an appropriate and precise treatment. With accuracy the T-Scan brings to our practice, you can rest assured that the treatment we recommend will provide the results you deserve as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
KODAK 9000 3D Extra-Oral Imaging System:
Technology in the dental marketplace has changed rapidly over the past few years. With the Kodak 9000 3D extraoral imaging system, 3D technology is now available. This new system allows for the benefit of the power and accuracy of 3D imaging.
One of the outstanding features of the Kodak 9000 3D system is its combination of dedicated 2D panoramic and 3D imaging technology. Panoramic images are typically a first step in most examinations and treatments, given their complete dentition overview. The 3D technology provides an extraordinary level of detail from all angles. This is the beauty of 3D technology: it yields anatomically correct images onscreen.
Accurate, safe and simple:
The Kodak 9000-3D CBCT’s versatility to change to different size fields of view will also benefit the patient in terms of cost.A focused field of view also reduces radiation exposure as compared with larger field 3D systems. The result is improved image quality and simultaneously helps to provide better patient care. The confidence generated by competent case planning for patients by the doctor utilizing the Kodak 9000-3D CBCT technology has become an invaluable tool in daily practice. With this technology, the dentist can truly minimize procedural risks and generate better post-operative results and most importantly, create longevity for the patient’s dental health. The Kodak 9000-3D CBCT yields accurate images up to 1/10th of a mm. in accuracy, meaning we can see all of the teeth, bones, nerves, sinuses and critical structures in 3D as well as in individual slices that are just three quarters of a mm thick. The Kodak 9000-3D CBCT also has capacity to perform virtual surgery and create precise surgical guides.
Joint Vibration Analysis – TMJD:
Are you experiencing pain in or around the ear, tenderness of the jaw, clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth, headaches or neck aches? If so, you may be experiencing temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD).The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most complex joints in the body. Like all human joints, the TMJ has surfaces which rub together when you chew, swallow or speak. Smooth, well-lubricated surfaces within the joint produce little friction and little vibration. But if the joint surface changes because of degeneration, disk displacement or injury, jaw movement will produce friction and vibration. Different TM disorders produce different vibration patterns. With Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA), we can identify these vibration patterns to distinguish among the various TM disorders. This allows for proper treatment.
Joint Vibration Analysis:
Our office uses a new device called Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA) to help determine if patients have a TM joint (jaw joint) problem. Bio-JVA Joint Vibration Analysis is based on simple principles of motion and friction: When smooth surfaces rub together, little friction is created…and little vibration. If these surfaces become rough, then friction and vibration are created when these surfaces articulate.
BioJVA™ Fast and Accurate
JVA provides a fast, non-invasive, and repeatable measurement of TMJ function to aid in the diagnosis of TMJ function.
How it works
Human joints have surfaces which rub together in function. Smooth, well lubricated surfaces in a proper biomechanical relationship produce little friction and little vibration. But surface changes, such as those caused by degeneration, tears, or displacements of the disk, generally produce friction and vibration. Different disorders can produce different vibration patterns or “signatures”. PC-assisted vibration analysis helps identify these patterns and helps your doctor to distinguish among various TM disorders.
Recorded by staff, read by the Doctor
A JVA recording only takes 10 seconds of patient time, and less than 3 minutes of staff time. Interpretation is done by Dr Patel and takes only a few minutes.
Electognathology is an evaluation of the patterns of jaw movement during normal opening and closing chewing, swallowing and speech. Jaw Tracking is a completely non-invasive procedure as all that it involves is placing a headset on the patient and affixing a small magnet to the lower front teeth.
By combining the Jaw Tracker (JT) and the JVA we are able to record the lower jaw movements and TMJ functionally, which produces enormous amounts of diagnostic information.
Light Scalpel Laser Surgery
Our LightScalpel CO2 dental laser scalpel are used for a variety of different tissue gum surgeries to minimize postoperative discomfort and improve healing when compared to a traditional metal blade scalpel. Research and peer reviewed literature supports the use of CO2 lasers because of their consistent ability to precisely cut and efficiently coagulate soft tissues at the same time.