Common Examples of Digital Dentistry Procedures
- Dental Lasers- Lasers have become quite beneficial in a number of dental procedures. First, we have the trimming of excessive gums if you have something called a gummy smile. This is when you smile the proportion to gums to crowns is awkward, or more gums are visible then teeth. The laser quickly trims some soft tissue away to expose more of the crown. Lasers can now be used to clean your teeth replacing the manual scrapers and picks. You can get your teeth whitened by a laser. Lasers have been used successfully in a root canal procedure in cleaning and shaping the root canal. Lasers are often used to remove lesions and biopsy a small piece of tissue. The can remove painful canker sores as well.
- Intra-Oral Cameras- An intra-oral camera is literally a small video camera that takes an x-ray of the outside of the gum or tooth in question. Then, while viewing the monitor, we can shift the camera around and see images from different angles of the tooth or soft tissue in question.
- Optical Scanners- Using the latest in optical technology, a radiation free laser scans your mouth in less than two to three minutes. This new method will then render digitally perfect, 3D impressions of your teeth and soft tissue surrounding your teeth.
- Digital X-rays -The primary benefit of using digital x-rays is the huge reduction in the amount of harmful radiation. Digital x-rays use 90% less radiation while still giving us good visibility of the roots, cavities and infections and abscesses on the roots.
- CAD/CAM- This digital dentistry breakthrough is having a big impact on the area of restoration. With an optical camera forwarding information through a software program we can now get a perfect 3D image of both the teeth and the surrounding soft tissue. CAD/CAM, which stands for computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing is surfacing in many industries. We can now eliminate the need for the impression that went to the lab to create the many types of restorations necessary in a cosmetic approach.
- Cone Beam CT- This method takes the digital technology into the mouth to create 3D images when a regular x-ray is not sufficient.
- Diagnodent- Yet another example of digital dentistry, this revolutionary process uses a laser diode to inspect your teeth to identify cavities by providing a digital readout for us to read.
- The Wand- This is a new method to administer a local anesthetic. With the use of a computer it will carefully guide us to perform dental injections. It offers less pain and delivers a better numbing sensation.
- The Internet- Finally, there has been the introduction of the internet into every corner of our lives. An evolving, interactive resource; just consider yourself right now in reading this message. Many of us utilize the internet to research and access health information. It has truly great potential as a tool to deliver proactive information about disease prevention and to promote healthier outcomes.
What is the Source of the Dental Bone Graft?
The bone grafting material can come from one of four sources.
- An Autograft-Yes, this source is yourself. A piece of bone can be taken from another site on your body such as your hip.
- An Allograft- this is a piece of bone from a cadaver, or another person. The bone has been cleaned, bleached of any DNA and stored in a tissue bank. A very common source today.
- An Animal
- Synthetic Material
The Benefits of Bone Grafting
Not only does the bone grafting stop the accelerated rate of your bone loss but it also makes it now possible to pursue the best tooth replacement choice available to you, which would be a dental implant. Dental implants have been a reliable replacement option now for three decades. Not only are they the most natural solution in the cosmetic dental realm but they are the most natural physically as well. Your jaw will remain healthy with the force again from biting and chewing, you will have pressure sensations and even be treated to temperature swings just like a natural tooth. The abatement of the bone loss will help us maintain your natural facial structure as well. Bone, soft tissue and muscles are all affected.
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Scheduling an Evaluation today
Making that phone call today to schedule your evaluation and consultation is the next step. If you are unhappy with your teeth, gums or smile lets address the possibility of a quick digital solution together to give your smile a new look and the improvement in your quality of life that comes with it. We can restore functionality, improve the aesthetics of your smile and bring back your self-confidence. Call 815-939-2520 now or visit our office at 498 Brown Blvd., Bourbonnias, IL 60914. The staff at Bourbonnias Family Dental all are terrific listeners and love to please our patients. You’ll be comfortable in our engaging environment. We are all dedicated to ensuring that you totally understand our plan that we have formulated together and that you will be confident that you will be receiving the highest quality specialized dental care to meet your individual needs. Our gratification is seeing the healthy transformation of your smile.