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Advanced Dental Technology

CEREC CAD/CAM , indirect restorations, in one visit is a great service to our patients. The letters CAD/CAM stand for “computer-aided design” and “computer-aided manufacturing”. We can use this technology to custom-design and fabricate tooth-colored restorations, crowns, onlays, inlays, or veneers, all in one appointment. CAD/CAM restorations are often the best choice for a healthy, beautiful, and natural looking smile.

Hard Tissue Lasers uses a focused beam of energized light and water that is concentrated on the treatment area. A laser does not touch the teeth like a handpiece does, so there is no vibration to cause pain. Some people need a little anesthetic, but most do not need any at all. That means no shots, no numbness. Your procedure can be faster because you are not waiting for anesthesia to take affect or to wear off. A laser is quiet. The most your will hear is a low popping sound. Usually, the only preparation you need is to wear protective glasses.

Soft Tissue Lasers uses energized light to precisely remove soft tissue. The light beam simultaneously sculpts and cauterizes the area. That means there is little to no bleeding, making your healing time faster. The laser beam sterilizes the tissue, reducing the chance of infection. The laser targets just the area to be treated, leaving the surrounding areas untouched. Because lasers work on a cellular level, the procedure is usually painless allowing patients to have little or no anesthetic.

Digital X-ray: The computer era has brought us exciting new technology called digital radiography. With this technology, we use computerized equipment and software to capture x-ray images of your mouth and teeth. It has many advantages over traditional x-rays.

  • It’s faster
  • It’s safer, with no chemical development and less radiation
  • We can view images instantly
  • We can enhance images to improve viewing
  • Images can be restored electronically and e-mailed to specialists and insurance companies.

Intraoral Cameras allow you to see what we see. The intraoral camera allows you to be an active partner in your dental treatment. It allows you to see problems on a computer monitor or television screen, such as worn or broken fillings, cracked teeth, plaque deposits, cavities next to fillings and excessive wear. We can also print an image for you to take home.

Invisalign CAD/CAM: Invisalign uses virtually invisible aligners designed and manufactured utilizing the Invisalign computer system and manufacturing facility in San Jose, Costa Rica. The aligners look simple, but there are multiple precise features engineered to control tooth movements. All of the necessary calculations, are measured and built into the design of each aligner by the computer software.

The invisalign system has been continuously researched and refined over the past decade. Many innovative technical changes have improved the treatment techniques and perfected the end results.

The consequence of the continuous research and development is that Invisalign provides the dentist and patient with the most effective method to straighten teeth and improve smiles without the use of “metal orthodontic appliances”.