services: Dental Technology
You deserve the best care available in dentistry. That means receiving treatment from a team that utilizes the most advanced dental instruments. At Cardinal Dental Group, your care will be efficient and effective. You will love the comfort you feel and the results you see!
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You could have new, lifelike porcelain restorations in a single visit! Thanks to CEREC technology, the Cardinal Dental Group team can take digital impressions of your teeth and gums. Then, utilizing advanced software, a porcelain restoration is designed to exact specifications just before being milled right here in our office. You can walk out with a complete cosmetic or restorative treatment and return quickly to your normal activities.
What is CEREC®?
Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic or CEREC® for short is a new state-of-the-art method of reconstructing tooth restorations. CEREC® uses computer-assisted design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to offer single-day restorations for patients. This new technology has revolutionized ceramic restorations such as crowns and veneers for patients so that there is no longer a wait between preparing the restoration and finally receiving the finished product. With CEREC®, the technology is used while you are sitting in the dental chair, which is both economical for you and your dentist. The restorations created are metal-free and tooth colored to restore your tooth to its natural beauty, strength and function. With CEREC®’s CAD-CAM technology, these ceramic restorations can all be done in one single visit to the dentist.
The CEREC® Process
CEREC® uses CAD-CAM technology to design and mill custom restorations during one visit to the dentist. So how does this process work?
Exam and Preparation
Before you get started, your dentist will determine if CEREC® is right for you. Depending on how much healthy tooth structure you have remaining, it may be a simple filling or you may need a crown. After reviewing your options, the dentist will begin the process by administering anesthetic and preparing your tooth for restoration by removing decay and weakened tooth tissue.
In order to make the desired restoration, a 3-dimensional image of the tooth that needs to be restored must be created from a digital camera scan of the tooth. This three-dimensional image will be used to create the restoration without the need to take a messy impression. This means no horrible tasting impression material for you to gag on. The computer and CEREC® 3D software then converts the digital image into a three-dimensional virtual model of the prepared tooth.
This device is used to used to create the custom restoration needed for the tooth. Based on the original color of your tooth, the dentist is able to select the correct colored ceramic block and in a few minutes, the milling device is able to create the restoration needed.
Placing the Restoration
After the restoration is made, it is ready to be tried on to ensure that you get proper fit and bite. When it is ready, the restoration is polished and bonded into place by your dentist. Therefore, no temporary restoration is needed and no return trip is necessary, saving you time and money.
Advantages to Using CEREC®
CEREC® has revolutionized the restorative process. It was created with the patient in mind in order to make a visit to the dentist as pain-free as possible. Some of the benefits to using CEREC® are:
Most procedures can be done in one visit – less costly and less time-consuming
Less painful injections due to single-visit
No need to take messy impressions
No need to have a temporary restoration for in-between visits
Ability to save as much natural tooth structure as possible
Longer lasting restorations – may last over 10 years
Restores teeth to natural beauty, function and strength
Digital Radiographs (X-rays)
At Cardinal Dental Group, you have access to digital radiographs (X-rays), which use less radiation to create a digital image that is every bit as detailed as traditional, film-based Xrays. These important images give our team an critical look at what is going on in your mouth beneath the surface. Also, digital radiographs require no development time, and the images can be stored in our paperless computer system, giving you more efficient care.
The DIAGNOdent is an advanced instrument that uses laser technology to help our dental team identify areas of decay on your teeth. This laser is so accurate, it can help us see decay that is so newly developed it would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye. Identifying decay early allows us to use treatment options that are less invasive and more comfortable for you.
When it comes to understanding more about your dental care, could there be a better visual aid than your own mouth? Our intraoral camera lets you see what we see as we describe your oral condition and your treatment options. You will be able to view your own teeth and gums on a chair-side monitor while your dental team answers any questions you may have about your treatment. This way, you can make the best decision possible regarding your care.
Your oral health is important, that’s why we offer the advanced screening technology, OralID, to detect oral cancer in early stages when it’s most treatable. Early detection can raise the survival rate as much as 80 percent. OralID is a screening device that uses fluorescence technology to help your dentist identify oral abnormalities that a regular clinical exam cannot. The OralID screening is quick, safe and comfortable.
We screen all patients once a year and all new patients during their new patient appointment. It only takes a few minutes to protect your health. Ask your Cardinal Dental Group team today about this powerful new tool in the fight against cancer. Read more about oral cancer on our blog.
Your Cardinal Dental Group team utilizes digital photography to keep a visual record of your smile and to aid in showing you the condition of your teeth. We can also show you the progress your smile is making over the course of your treatment as we save your images digitally in your paperless file in our computer system.
Laser-assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP)
Our LANAP procedure, an FDA-approved protocol, offers patients a significantly less traumatic alternative to traditional periodontal surgery. The LANAP procedure involves no cutting or sewing of the gum, which allows patients to experience a faster, easier recovery with minimal post-operative pain, bleeding, and swelling. LANAP is a wonderful alternative to traditional gum surgery.
If you are a nervous patient, have no fear. Sedation dentistry is here! Your Cardinal Dental Group team complements their gentle technique with sedation dentistry. Nitrous oxide is a proven relaxing agent that is fast-acting and quick-to-wear-off after your treatment. You will not lose consciousness and will be aware and able to talk to your dental team, but you will feel very comfortable and relaxed during treatment. If you are anxious about dental treatment, don’t let that keep you from getting the care you need. Ask us about nitrous oxide today.
If you are particularly anxious about receiving the dental treatment you need, oral sedation can provide a way for you to receive your care. Oral sedation involves a prescribed oral sedative that you take prior to your appointment. During your appointment, you will be able to respond to directions, but will likely not remember any of your treatment. You will wake feeling great because your dentistry is complete! However, the effects of the sedation may linger for a bit, so you will need to arrange a ride to and from your appointment. Don’t let anxiety keep you from achieving your smile goals.