Dental restorations are used to bring teeth that are cracked, chipped, misshapen, worn out, etc. back to their original form. Lately, most dentists around the world only use ceramic restorations as they offer several advantages that their alternatives don't. This being said, further advancements in the field of dentistry have allowed dentists to develop a faster and more effective method of fabricating restorations. It is called Chairside Economical Restoration using Esthetic Ceramic, or CEREC.
What is CEREC?
CEREC is an advanced means of fabricating ceramic restorations, such as crowns, veneers, etc. using CAD/CAM technology. Using this, we can make restorations in a matter of a few minutes and have them bonded to the teeth on the same day the patient visits the dentist for the first consultation. This luxury isn't available in the case of conventional teeth restorations as it could take up to two weeks to get a simple restoration.
How are CEREC restorations made?
When you visit our practice for the initial consultation, we would conduct a thorough screening procedure to understand the severity of the condition. Based on the observations, we would determine the candidacy for the restorations. Next, we would scan the teeth using a hand-held digital scanning system. The images rendered by this appliance would be displayed on a computer screen where both the patient and dentist can view the tooth from multiple angles and in better detail.
The data from the scans will be sent to a computer-aided milling (CAM) machine. The machine mills out the restoration to precision from a small block of dental-grade ceramic material. The process hardly takes a few minutes, during which you can relax in the comfort of our practice. Prior to bonding the restoration, it will have to be etched to roughen the surface. We use high-quality dental adhesives to bond the restoration to the tooth, after which it will be hardened using curing light.
Advantages of CEREC Crowns
- CEREC restorations can be fabricated in a very short span of time. This can save you a lot of time and effort.
- CEREC restorations are highly precise in terms of fit and comfort. They will be milled to perfection by the computer-backed machine.
- CEREC crowns are life-like. Their shape, color, texture, luster, etc. can be customized to match that of the natural teeth.
- CEREC restorations are usually longer lasting. They offer excellent durability and longevity.
- The process of getting a CEREC crown is simpler compared to the conventional method. It is technologically quite advanced as well.
Anesthesia has been used in the field of dentistry for several years now. It is especially helpful in the case of procedures that are complicated or involve pain, such as implant surgery, bone graft, tooth extraction, etc. But, most patients fear the use of needles while administering anesthesia, which can make them anxious during the treatment.
To counter this disadvantage, dental technology has come up with an advanced means of sedation that is more effective and less invasive. It is called anesthesia.
What is Computerized Anesthesia?
It is a means of delivering anesthesia in a pain-free and more effective way. In this system, there is no use of a syringe to administer the sedative, such as in the case of conventional anesthesia. The best part about computerized anesthesia is that it starts to take effect much quicker. After the effect of the sedative wears off, you wouldn’t feel any numbness in the lips, gums or other soft tissues near the oral cavity.
How does Computerized Anesthesia work?
The system consists of a microprocessor that ensures a steady flow of the sedative into the patient’s system in a predetermined quantity. This is the main reason why it can be conducted in a pain-free way. The tissues receive just the right amount of anesthesia to keep them free from any sensation. It makes our treatment procedures more comfortable and pleasant for patients.
X-rays have been extremely useful in the field of dentistry for several years now. They allow dentists to get a better view of the underlying tissues and analyze them in a deeper measure. X-ray equipment in recent days has become less-invasive and safer than ever. At our dental practice Perfect Smiles, Panama City, we only use the most advanced x-ray equipment to provide our patients with the best treatment experience when they visit us.
Common uses of X-Rays in Dentistry
- Detecting cracked or broken teeth.
- Detecting cracks or fractures in the jawbone in the case of oral trauma.
- Determining the presence of underlying cavities.
- Detecting cysts, lesions, growth of cancerous cells, etc.
- Checking for jawbone deterioration and shrinking of the bone structure.
- Determining any underlying issues with the tooth roots.
Advanced Technolody at Perfect Smiles Panama City
At our dental practice, we want to ensure our patients get the best quality dental treatment. Hence, we use x-ray equipment that produces radiation that is the least invasive towards human tissues compared to any other X-ray devices. The intensity of the radiation is reduced by up to 90% compared to the other devices, making it highly safe for use on individuals of all age groups. Despite this, the visual detail that the x-ray image produces is clearer than most others. Moreover, we ask our patients to go for x-rays only if it is absolutely necessary.
The advancement in the field of dentistry has brought a lot to the table. This has allowed dentists to get their hands on some of the most advanced equipment that helps them treat their patients better. One such dental equipment is the intraoral camera. Intraoral cameras are used to get a better view of the tissues of the mouth. When dentists find it difficult to view the inner or more remote parts of the mouth, an intraoral camera comes in handy.
What is an Introral Camera?
An intraoral camera is a simple, yet highly effective dental appliance. It is a wand-like hand-held device that has a tiny camera at its tip. The dentist inserts the camera tip in the mouth and the images from the device will be relayed on to a computer screen in real-time. Visual details such as cavities, tartar deposits, cracks, cysts, lesions, cancerous growth, etc. can be seen in detail using this device. In fact, an intraoral camera can be used to analyze the tissues of the larynx and pharynx as well.
Advantages of an Intraoral Camera
- The camera produces visuals of very high quality. This allows dentists to get a better view of the oral features that they want to analyze.
- The device is small and simple, making it easy for the dentist to use.
- The images from the camera can be relayed on to the computer screen easily. This way, both the patient and dentist would be able to see the oral condition in an enlarged view.
- Whenever the dentist senses an issue in the larynx or pharynx, it would be impossible to observe them directly without the help of any aid. An intraoral camera can be used for this purpose.
Do you have a badly decayed or chipped tooth that is ruining your beautiful smile? Do you wish to get your perfect smile back and avoid being embarrassed in front of your friends? Well, we have just the perfect solution to this problem. We offer zirconium crowns to help patients regain their lost smile!
What are Zirconium Crowns?
Zirconium crowns are made from a material called Zirconia or Zirconium oxide. It is a white-colored metal that appears in a powdered form and is known to be biocompatible. Meaning, Zirconia doesn’t adversely affect the tissues of the mouth by causing infection or inflammation. Instead, it seamlessly blends in with the teeth and gums and starts functioning without affecting the child’s oral health. They are known to be the best alternative to metal crowns.
Why should you choose Zirconia crowns?
Zirconium crowns offer some of the best features and advantages that their alternatives do not. This puts them ahead of all the options available. Here are some of their advantages:
Aesthetics: Zirconium crowns can be made to perfectly mimic the appearance of natural teeth. Their color, texture, luster, etc. matches the exact features of the natural teeth, making them virtually indistinguishable.
Biocompatible: Zirconia has been used in dentistry and medicine for quite some time now. It is popularly used in hip-replacement surgeries, implant abutments, etc. It is highly preferred as the human body readily accepts this mineral without hassle, making it safe for use.
Durability: Zirconium crowns are wear-resistant. Meaning, their rate of wear is just as much as that of the enamel. Your child can have the crown for several years together without it wearing off.
Strength: Patients who eat a lot of hard foods would benefit a lot from zirconia crowns. While biting or chewing hard foods, high forces are applied to the teeth. But, you need not worry about the crown cracking or breaking as Zirconia is quite a hard and strong substance. The chances of it cracking or chipping away are next to none.
Advanced technology: Zirconium crowns are made using CAD/CAM technology. The level of detail and accuracy achieved using this manufacturing method are simply excellent.
Inexpensive: Zirconium crowns are perhaps the most economical option to restore a tooth in children. In comparison to other types of crowns, it is quite affordable.
Mercury is known for its metallic nature despite being a liquid. But, did you know what it was extensively used in the field of dentistry a few years ago? Yes, it's true.
Mercury was used in the form of amalgam, which is essentially a mixture of Mercury with a metal. Amalgam was mostly used as a filling material to fill cavities caused due to tooth decay. However, its use has been reduced considerably in the field of dentistry owing to certain unfavorable properties that it has. At our dental practice, we are entirely against the use of Mercury in any of our treatment procedures!
What are the disadvantages of Mercury restorations?
- Mercury fillings can cause infections due to their toxic nature. Since they are located very close to the tooth pulp in the cavities, they can cause toxic infections in the root canal cavity.
- Mercury fillings have a lustrous appearance, making them quite apparent when placed on the teeth. Chances are high that people you talk to would notice them, which can lead to embarrassment.
- Mercury fillings ruin the appearance of a person's smile.
- Since Mercury is a metal, its rate of expansion and contraction would be different from that of the natural enamel. Hence, there are chances for the tooth to crack when patients consume foods that are too hot or cold.
What's the solution?
At our dental practice, we use restorations made from tooth-colored ceramic material. We also use a tooth-colored composite resin that is biocompatible and readily accepted by the tissues of the mouth. Both these materials can be customized to match the color, texture, and translucency of the natural enamel. Also, they are highly durable, long-lasting, and have a similar rate of expansion and contraction as that of the enamel. Anyone who sees you smile wouldn't have the faintest idea that restoration is placed on your tooth.
State-of-the-art technology is one of the major factors that make dental practice highly sought after. At Perfect Smiles Panama City, we ensure our patients are given the best service along with the use of some of the best dental equipment available. One such dental appliance that we use is the Sirona Scanner.
What is a Sirona Scanner?
A Sirona Scanner is a digital scanning appliance that is used by dentists to scan the teeth and other oral features of their patients. The images captured by the scanning tool can be relayed on to a computer screen in real-time. This allows both the dentist and patient to get a better view of the oral features in amazing detail. The best part about the Sirona Scanner is that the data obtained by it can be sent to a Computer-Aided Milling machine (CAM) which mills out the required ceramic restoration in a matter of a few minutes.
No More Use of Powder
The Sirona Scanner doesn’t require the use of powder, such as in the case of the conventional scanning technique. The device is so simple and comfortable to hold that scanning the entire oral cavity can be completed in under a minute. Also, the device is non-invasive as the imaging system isn’t harmful to human tissues.