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Making Use of the Latest in Technology for Your Dental Care

If this New Year is anything like the last number of years, it will mean that we will be living in a busy and fast-changing world, filled with learning about the newest versions of so many things and of the many benefits of incorporating the latest technology into our lives.

The same holds true in today's dental world. There are new ways to get the care you need in a precise and faster way(yet not rushed) with improved esthetics through the latest in technology.

One of the latest advances that is being incorporated in dental care is CAD/CAM technology. CAD/CAM stands for "computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing." What this term means is that, as in other areas, the designer/engineer can, through computer software, precisely design a desired product. Once a design has been produced with the CAD component, the design itself can also control the machine that fabricates the product. This technology has tremendous implications and uses for dentistry. For example, in order to restore a person's broken down tooth or teeth, a dentist with CEREC CAD/CAM technology can place beautiful, all-ceramic restorations in a single visit. This applies also, in many cases, to replacing a missing tooth with an all ceramic bridge.

The process of restoring a person's broken down tooth is as follows: First, the fractured and/or decayed part of the tooth is removed and the remaining part of the tooth is shaped to receive the anticipated porcelain/ceramic restoration. Next, using an "Omnicam" camera, a 3D image of the tooth is taken. This digital optical "impression" information is instantly transferred to a computer and its image can be seen on its monitor. After precise three dimensional designing to fit the particular needs for the tooth and the patient, the information is used to "mill" with diamonds a block of porcelain to the precise shape needed. After placing and confirming the precise fit of the crown, a porcelain baking and bonding procedure is used to complete the esthetic restoration.

This advancement can be applied in a variety of other ways. Besides the placement of multiple crowns and certain types of bridges, porcelain veneers and custom foundations for implant crowns can also be placed in a single visit. Additionally, the CAD/CAM technology in dentistry also extends to other uses such as the fabrication of certain appliances and for surgical guides for the precise placement of implants.

Having the beautiful, healthy smile you want is a big part of a beautiful and healthy you. Thanks to advancements in dental care you can have that terrific smile in a more convenient way in today's fast-paced and changing world.

Christopher F. Wong, DDS, FAGD, FICOI
CedarNorth Dental

Last Updated Monday, May 29, 2017 - 05:29 AM.
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