Whether you’re getting a crown, bridge, dental implants or dentures, new teeth can take weeks or even months to get. There are appointments for an examination, appointments to fit the new tooth and appointments to do the procedure. It also takes time for the dentist to send away to an outside lab to have the new teeth constructed.
But the dental industry is constantly trying to come up with ways to save time and money for patients like you. And do things better.
One of the newest innovations is 3D technology. Using such revolutionary techniques as 3D CAT scans and computer aided design and manufacturing, dentists and surgeons can do much of the planning, design and construction of prosthesis in office.
Dental implants are one area making strides. Using new technology developed by Nobel Biocare of Switzerland, dentists here in the United States are offering what they call One Day Dentistry or Teeth-in-an-Hour. It essentially reduces the lengthy, months long implant process down to an hour or so by using 3D technology not just to design and construct the implant, but to place it as well.
Dentists who offer Teeth-in-an-Hour say it not only streamlines and shortens the process, and allows the entire procedure to be done right in office, it also allows for more direct collaboration between the oral surgeon and the restorative dentist.
3D technology is also being used to design, construct and place crowns, bridges and fillings, reducing chair time for patients to an amazing hour or less, allowing a patient to literally wait right at the dentist’s office while the prosthetic is being built in the very next room.
Does Same Day Dentistry cost more? Considering that 3D equipment can cost a dentist upwards of $100,000, the cost is suprisingly not as much as you think. Most have been reluctant to pass the bulk of the expense onto their patients.
This latest innovation is perfect for people who aren’t especially fond of going to the dentist, or want more immediate gratification when seeking restorative dental care.
Posted on behalf of Patrick O’Brien DMD, Carolina Comfort Dental
Advanced dental technology is making dental care more convenient for patients. What used to take 2 or even sometimes 3 appointments can now be done in one visit at some dental offices. Virtual 3D imaging technology can now allow dentists to have on-site equipment that fabricates custom dental restorations in just a short amount of time. Instead of the patient seeing the dentist for a crown prep, impression and come back 2 or 3 weeks later for a dental crown, in-office equipment allows the fabrication of a custom porcelain crown at the same time of the first visit. This same day dental care saves the patient valuable time, and enables the dentist to work on a more efficient level.
A variety of restorations can be made using this technology, such as dental crowns, inlays, onlays, bridges and implant crowns. While your appointment will be just a little longer than a normal crown prep appointment, you will be able to walk out of the office with a new tooth on the same day that you came in to have the tooth prepared.
Because this technology is so advanced, there is a very small margin of error used in same day dental treatment. Crowns and other permanent restorations fit even more accurately than if they were made in an off-site traditional dental laboratory. It’s fairly common for traditional restorations to be tried in the patient’s mouth and them not fit appropriately, requiring them to be sent back to the dental lab where they came from and waiting another 2 weeks for a new restoration. Same day dental restorations prevent this from happening and will have you smiling right away.
Posted on behalf of Springhill Dental Health Center
Virtual 3D imaging in dentistry and dental specialty offices is becoming one of the most advanced ways that dentists are able to provide exceptional care and treatment planning to their patients. Once there was only 2-dimensional x-rays, impressions and visual examinations. Now virtual impressions, 3D CT scan imaging and virtual technology are taking over.
Optical scanning software allows dentists to use 3D computer programs to take a virtual impression of your teeth. This omits the need for messy impression material, the risk of triggering your gag reflex, and does away with any errors in the lab. Virtual impressions are so highly detailed that they essential omit 99% of discrepancies. These images can be sent directly to in-house dental labs or offside laboratories to make customized crowns, dental appliances, dentures or invisible orthodontics.
Specialists like orthodontists and oral surgeons are also beginning to implement 3D CT scanning technology, which allows a more comprehensive evaluation of the oral structures that affect tooth positioning and other oral anatomy. Rather than taking a 2 dimensional view, the CT scanning makes treatment planning and expectations more accurate.
Treatment planing software programs are beginning to make 3D imaging the norm. Patients can see what procedures will be performed, where they will be, and what the end result will look like. This type of treatment planning is especially popular in orthodontic offices, because it allows orthodontists and their patients to walk through the entire therapy from start to finish before it is ever begun.
Perhaps one day 3D imaging will lead to the replacement of digital x-rays, but for the meantime those will continue to be a part of your routine preventive dental check-ups for quite a while.
Posted on behalf of Springhill Dental Health Center
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