More and more dental offices are embracing the concept of same-day dentistry and offering it to their patients.
Is it safe? What could it mean for your next dental procedure?
What Is Same-Day Dentistry?
Generally, this term refers to getting a complete restoration start-to-finish without breaking up appointments into multiple visits.
Same-day dentistry allows your dentist to take measurements, design the restoration, and place it in one visit. This is all made possible with the help of specialized software and an on-site processing equipment.
Instead of molds, teeth are digitally scanned. The dentist can design the crown or bridge right there in the room with you using the virtual data. While you wait, the CAD/CAM machine mills your restoration and you get to try out the fit there and then.
This method is perfectly safe. All it does is cut out the off-site laboratory that most dentists delegate work out to.
What Are the Benefits of Same-Day Dentistry?
Getting a restoration milled out by a machine is just as durable as those handmade in a lab. Depending on the location of your tooth, you and your dentist may agree on the traditional route for restoring a highly-visible area.
Additionally, same-day dentistry machines make restorations out of ceramic. If your mouth requires a different material (such as gold) then you may not be a candidate for this method.
You’ll never know until you ask! Check in with your dentist for the latest updates in restorative dentistry.
Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
Have you ever heard of a digital dental impression? That’s right – one that doesn’t use goopy material in a large tray to take an impression of your teeth? Well, they’re here! Technology like virtual scanning allows dentists to take impressions on their patients’ teeth by using nothing other than a 3D scanning wand.
How does it work? When a patient arrives for a procedure like a same-day crown or onlay, the teeth are prepared as normal. A special material is then placed over the entire tooth, which allows it to be picked up on the scanner. The 3D imaging wand is then directed over the surfaces of the teeth and that data is transferred into the associated computer program. An exact, virtual replica of the teeth is then visible on the screen. This data can be used to send to an on-site milling machine, off-site laboratory, or other type of provider as needed. Computer software then interprets these digital impressions and allows the final device such as a crown, veneer, or even clear orthodontic braces to be made.
Patients with sensitive gag reflexes really enjoy virtual dental impressions, because it prevents them from having to place a large tray of alginate material into their mouth for a few minutes at a time. These digital impressions are also more detailed than a traditional impression, and leave much less room for error. Traditional impressions can become damaged or dried out, making the final results slightly different than your actual mouth. With a digital impression, this isn’t possible!
Digital impressions also help speed up the completion of your treatment, because it eliminates an entire step in the lab manufacturing process! Treatments can be completed sooner, and final restorations available the same day or even days sooner than before.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Byron Scott, Springhill Dental Health Center
For many people, going to the dentist or orthodontist is not a favorable activity. When it comes to having a bite impression made? Let’s just say that almost 100% of people are not a fan of the procedure. Luckily for almost everyone, cutting edge technology is making its latest appearance in dentistry. The Cadent IOC Scanner powered by utero is the latest in dental technology that offers benefits to dental patients, orthodontic patients, and those who are in charge of them.
The Cadent IOC Scanner uses parallel confocal imaging to digitally capture then contours of the teeth and gums through a scan in just minutes. This scanning procedure is saving people from having to spend hours at the dentist and making multiple visits for crowns and bridges to be formed, for orthodontic care to be planned out, and for making simple dental procedures much quicker.
The Cadent IOC Scanner does not use any form of radiation because it is not an X-ray. It provides a precise model of a person’s mouth and teeth – much more so than conventional, gooey impressions ever could. For patients with an over-active gag reflex, this is amazing news. No more sitting in a dental chair with goo feeling as though it’s slipping down the back of your throat. Now, patients can simply bite onto a Cadent IOC Scanner for a detailed look at the mouth.
Ask your dentist if his/her office has the latest technology available for you. Tell your dentist that you want the Cadent IOC Scanner for all “impressions” that are needed of your teeth. Not only will your dentist receive much more precise information, but you will not have to suffer through any more gooey bite impressions.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Marianna Weiner, Envy Smile Dental Spa
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How would you like it if you never had to take a gooey, messy dental impression ever again? With the Cadent 3D scanner, that’s what will happen! The virtual scanning device allows an electronic digital impression to be made of your teeth, eliminating the need for traditional dental impressions. Dentists and orthodontists use the 3D scanner to treatment plan, design restorative treatments, or have orthodontic appliances made.
Advanced technology makes the virtual impression so accurate, that necessary remakes of restorations such as crowns are essentially unheard of. Treatments like invisible braces, dental crowns and veneers that use 3D impressions fit much more accurate than those made from traditional impression material. That’s because there are no changes such as shrinkage or errors in model and impression material occur when a virtual scan is taken. Restorations designed using a virtual impression are guaranteed to have a perfect fit during the first try in.
In just a few minutes, virtual scans can be taken and imported to electronic treatment planning software, or transferred to dental laboratories. These advancements allow patients to see what their treatment will look like before it is ever completed. On-screen visualization allows your dentist to see what adjustments may be needed and take an accurate reading during your time of treatment. This improves the quality and fit of your final dental appliance.
Some offices even offer same-day in-office dental crowns, thanks to advanced technology that can make a crown in just a short amount of time based off of the digital scan. Patients can shorten their treatment visits from two to one, having a properly fitted crown placed on the day of their first appointment.
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