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Gettysburg Dentist discusses the Benefits of Cerec Porcelain Onlays

Posted by Peter Samuels on Tue, Nov 5, 2013 @ 14:11 PM

Gettysburg Cerec Dentist

 

There are several techniques and  materials that a Gettysburg dentist may use to
restore teeth. Composite resin is usefull if the cavity isn't too big.  Crowns made of porcelain, metal, or a combination can hold a tooth together when the cavity is very large.  Porcelain onlays made by a Cerec machine, are somewhere in between. Here’s a closer look
at what Cerec onlays are and why this Gettysburg dentist likes to use them.

Although similar, a porcelain Cerec onlay is not a crown. Onlays are designed to
restore a tooth’s biting surface. They are often used by Cerec trained dentists
when a patient’s tooth has a cavity that is too large for a standard filling. A
crown, on the other hand, is designed to cover more surface area. Therefore, it
is often used when an entire tooth has sustained extensive damage.

There are several advantages that may be gained by utilizing porcelain onlays
over other restorative materials. To begin with, Cerec onlays allow for the preservation of
the natural tooth. They also tend to blend in nicely with a person’s existing
teeth. As a matter of fact, Cerec restorations are virtually invisible.

 

Cerec onlays generally take one visit to fabricate.  The tooth is numbed.  The decay is removed and an infrared image of the prepared tooth is uploaded to a computer.  No messy impressions necessary!  The Cerec restoration is designed on the computer and milled by a cad cam robot type machine.  It is then chemically bonded to the tooth.  Unlike with a lab made crown, there is no need for the patient to return for a second visit.

To learn more about porcelain Cerec onlays and speak with a Gettysburg
dentist
, please contact Samuels Dental Arts P.C. Our Gettysburg dentists may be
reached online or by calling (717) 778-4268. We also serve patients in
Chambersburg, Hanover and Harrisburg.

Topics: Gettysburg Cerec Dentist, Dentist in Gettysburg

Gettysburg Sedation Dentist discusses Robot receives FDA Clearance

Posted by Peter Samuels on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 @ 22:01 PM

Gettysburg Dentist Cerec Sedation Dentist Gettysburg

 

 RP-VITA Remote Presence Robot receives FDA Clearance

The future is here as the FDA has approved a new, patient friendly robot that wonders into patient hospital rooms and helps to remotely diagnosis problems with the help of a physician specialist who may be thousands of miles away!  The joint venture between iRobot, the inventor of the home robot vacuum cleaner called Roombas,  and InTouch Health, this five foot tall avatar may well be the one to greet you as you awaken after your next surgical procedure.  While, perhaps, not as warm and fuzzy as Dr. Kildare, these medical robots may well improve patient outcomes and reduce health care costs in line with the aims of the Affordable Care Act. 

So why is your local, Gettysburg Dentist talking about medical robots?

Because the same medical technology revolution is occurring in the modern dental practice! One of the most common dental procedures is the placement of a porcelain crown.  Most of us who grew up in the 60s or 70s have a mouthful of amalgam (silver-mercury) fillings.  Over the years these metal fillings expand and contract, develop microscopic openings at the margins, and cause teeth to crack and break.  Generally, a tooth that is more filling than tooth needs a crown or onlay to hold it together, to restore natural function and, hopefully, preserve it for a lifetime of chewing and smiling.  Traditionally, the dentist uses local, dental anesthesia to numb the tooth, remove the decay, build the tooth back together and then prepare it for the crown covering.  A very accurate mold is made of the prepared tooth and this mold, or impression, is sent to a laboratory.  Once at the lab, a team involving a dental lab technician and a porcelain artist take over to custom fabricate the dental crown by hand.  The final result must be precision crafted to fit perfectly with no gaps and to blend in perfectly with the natural teeth.  The patient leaves the dental office with a temporary, dental cap and returns in about three weeks to have the cap removed and the new porcelain crown bonded to the tooth. There are lots of steps where errors can occur, especially if the dentist is unable, or unwilling to us a high quality dental lab,  Unfortunately, more and more dentists are having dental work made in China and other cheap, poorly regulated, off shore factories.  But that is for another story! 

OK.  Back to the Dental Robot Story.

Imagine this.  The dentist prepares your tooth as before. Instead of the patient having to leave the office with a temporary dental cap, a robot technician is wheeled into the room!  Called a Cerec machine this hi tech, dental office technology uses a special infrared wand to digitize the tooth.  The Cerec trained dentist then designs the dental crown on a computer screen and wirelessly emails the design to a cad-cam, dental robot located in another room.  In about 15 minutes of fascinating buzzing and whirring a perfectly shaped and colored dental crown or onlay is almost magically produced and can be bonded to the tooth in one visit. 

Sedation Dentistry

Robotic type Cerec dentistry can be ideal for use in sedation or sleep dentistry.  Fearful dental patients don’t have to come back for multiple visits.  The teeth can often be prepared for Cerec type crowns and finished in one visit while the patient is sedated by the dentist anesthesiologist.  No dreading the second visit to put the crowns on!

Invisalign

Invisalign orthodontics is yet another example of robotic type, dental treatment available from your hi tech Gettysburg Invisalign dentist.  Your crooked teeth are digitally recreated and then digitally straightened, allowing a series of tooth straightening dental aligners to be robotically fabricated.  Incredible technology!

While the robot dentist is not yet ready to roll into the room ask you to open wide, your hi technology Gettysburg dental office is already here and the future is coming fast!

Topics: Cerec dentist, gettysburg sleep dentist, Gettysburg Cerec Dentist

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