Dental Technology

Dr. John and the Dental Health Coach team utilizes a variety of dental technology that assists them is giving the highest quality care and dental health understanding for patients.

Digital Radiography

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Digital radiography (digital x-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental x-rays. This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems easier. Digital x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.

DIAGNOdent

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The DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection system is the most significant breakthrough in diagnosing tooth decay since the dental x-ray. With the widespread use of fluoride in both drinking water and toothpastes, it is much harder to detect tooth decay than ever before. This is because the fluoride hardens the enamel so that most decay starts in microscopic defects in the hard surface, and can readily spread into the softer surface beneath. The DIAGNOdent is a pen-like probe that sends a safe, painless laser beam into the tooth and checks its health. A number scale and an alarm will signal when there are signs of hidden decay. This technology allows us to discover tooth decay at a very early stage, before significant damage is done to the tooth. This will help preserve more tooth structure when treatment is needed.

Intraoral Camera

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An intraoral camera is an indispensable diagnostic and educational tool. The tiny device is a pen-like digital camera that moves around inside the mouth and generates a digital image of the teeth and gums. The captured images are stored in the computer and displayed on the computer monitor. Since it is nearly impossible to see inside your own mouth, the images produced by the intraoral camera can show you problems such as broken teeth, plaque, decay, gum disease, and defective fillings. This technology allows you to better understand the health of your mouth by seeing what we see. A picture truly is worth a thousand words.

Cerec

Cerec LogoOur practice offers the latest in comfortable, convenient dentistry with our CEREC tooth restoration system. CEREC uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology, incorporating a camera, computer and milling machine in one instrument. Using the CEREC equipment, we can now complete a color-matched ceramic tooth restoration – filling, crown or veneer – in a single visit. This technology uses biocompatible, tooth-colored material, so your dentition won’t be discolored by silver-colored fillings.

How does the instrument work?

The dentist uses a special camera to take an accurate picture of the damaged tooth. This optical impression is transferred and displayed on a color computer screen, where the dentist uses CAD technology to design the restoration. Then CAM takes over and automatically creates the restoration while the patient waits. Finally, the dentist bonds the new restoration to the surface of the old tooth. The whole process takes about one hour.

What kind of procedures can it perform?

The CEREC 3D can create crowns, partial crowns and all other single tooth restorations.

What are the advantages of CEREC technology?

  • The dentist performs the restoration in a single visit, usually about an hour.
  • No need to make an impression and send it to the dental laboratory.
  • No temporary crown, no return visit.
  • The restoration looks natural, as it is made out of tooth-colored ceramic material.
  • Ceramic material is biocompatible, high-grade, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant.
  • Metal-free — no silver-colored fillings.
  • Allows dentists to save more of the healthy tooth.
  • Extremely precise

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CEREC has over a decade of clinical research and documentation to support the technology. Worldwide, almost 7 million CEREC restorations are placed yearly. The restorations have been proven precise, safe and effective.