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Cerec Omnicam: 3D Imaging and Crowns in a Day Without Impressions!

We now have the technology to do crowns in a single day.   We also don’t have to take impressions anymore.   Now we scan the tooth with a Cerec Omnicam 3D imaging scanner.  This incorporates CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology that houses a camera and a powerful computer with unbelievable software.   Digital imaging captures a hologram-like image of the tooth which then gets sent via wi-fi to the lab’s milling machines.

 

 

 

Just some of the benefits for our patients:

  • No more uncomfortable, messy impressions
  • Most cases can be done without the tenderness of the strings wrapped around the tooth for gingival retraction.
  • Less anesthesia and pain free.
  • High-tech accuracy.
  • Natural, metal free tooth-colored crowns.
  • Preserves more healthy tooth material.
  • Shorter appointments
  • Extremely precise for long-lasting, more predictable outcomes.
  • Single-day convenience if desired.

 

 

There are more than 20 years of clinical research and in-practice experience behind this technology. We are pleased to offer this high-tech solution

 

Add comment June 19, 2017

New Technology: SonicFill 2

We have incorporated a new technology in our office!

With the departure of amalgams as the standard for filings, bonded, tooth-colored fillings have been improving rapidly.   Like most dental offices, we have moved away from metal fillings and have been using bonded tooth-colored composite restorations.

 

One of the drawbacks of the bonded materials is that they must be layered while placing them.   The layering consists of varying materials, viscosity and thickness.   The layering not only leaves risk for voids, it increases the chance for contamination resulting in an impure bond.   If a layer is too thick, that can lead to marginal leakage, uncured material, or internal stresses within the tooth.

 

I wanted a more homogeneous, cohesive way to place restorations.

I have been closely watching the development of a new technology.   Dental journals have also taken note.  It is being tested against the best conventional materials and it consistently is rated among the very highest.

The SonicFill uses a specialized, unique hand-piece.   Proprietary capsules of the special resin are inserted onto the hand-piece.  The hand-piece is activated and expresses the material while “charging” it with ultrasonic wavelengths.  This causes the material’s viscosity to change and flow into the tooth preparation in one continuous, uniform fill.  Once the hand-piece is removed, the material hardens to a lower viscosity once again.   It is then cured with a curing like all other resins.

The end result is a superior restoration that ranks as one of the most highly rated materials in Strength. Flexural Modulus, Shrinkage Stress, Gloss Retention, and Depth of Cure.   The results are outstanding.

It’s an amazing time to be a dentist.

Add comment February 9, 2017

A Toothbrush, a Mascot, and a Mother’s Love

Sparkly is the main character in an interactive game that encourages good tooth brushing habits designed by Philips Sonicare for Kids.    For over 3 years, every time my girls brush their teeth, they fire up an ipad and launch the Philips Sonicare app for kids.  The adorable interactive mascot “Sparkly” coaches the kids through a 2 minute brushing lesson.  The reward for brushing well is a new prize that lets you interact with Sparkly.  He is essentially an interactive pet.    Marissa and Chloe have gotten attached to the little guy and quite a while ago they came to their mother, Colette and me and asked if we could buy them a toy Sparkly.   We searched and searched but there was no such thing.   Periodically they’d ask us to check again but he only lived in the screen.   There was no such toy.    Colette saw the disappointment in their little eyes and decided to embark on the impossible.   Not having any experience in such things, she designed and learned how to make Sparkly from nothing more than swatches of fabrics and stuffing.    They were completed yesterday.   The result is unbelievable.   A mother’s love can truly conquer all.

 

 

Add comment January 30, 2017

Finally….Sunscreen for the lips that tastes great!

It’s that time of year to start protecting your skin and lips with sunblock. Protecting your lips from sun exposure is extremely important. Commonly I have people ask me why they are having chapped lips in the summer. That’s not chapped lips….That’s a SUNBURN!!!! And just like any other area of the body, we want you to protect our lips from dangerous sun rays. SPF balm for the lips offer protection but usually taste awful. Well I have found a product that not only has SPF 30 protection, it tastes great! Also, there are a variety of flavors from which to choose. Sun Bum lip balm comes in Coconut, Mango, Pink Grapefruit, Pomegranate, Banana, Key Lime and is PABA & Gluten free. I use it every sunny day. You should too! You can find it for sale online. Amazon is your friend 😉

So PLEASE get some lip balm with a sunblock and apply it frequently when out in the summer sun or even when on vacation. Lip cancer is one of the most prominent oral cancers because of the exposure lips get from the sun. If you develop sores or signs that won’t go away, see your dentist for a quick check up. Just like everything else, early diagnosis is the key to an easy recovery.

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Add comment June 1, 2016

Hosting the Canterbury School kindergarten class for Career Day!

I had the pleasure of hosting the Canterbury School kindergarten class for Career Day at my dental practice today. The kids were great! I think we had 13 students. We talked about all the things a dentist does as well as a little orientation on oral health. They even helped me check 2 prophy patients. Here in the picture they are helping put a filling in a (plastic) tooth.

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Add comment January 21, 2016

Before and After Pictures with Porcelain Crowns

Here is a case I recently completed. Mrs. Fabuloso has been struggling with her brittle teeth for years. Concerned with the health and esthetics of her deteriorating dentition, she elected to have them renewed with pure porcelain crowns. Included are some before and after pictures.

 

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Add comment January 18, 2016

Before and after pictures of repairing an old cracked filling.

Old amalgam that has cracked and dislodged.
X01701_3X01701_1After we replaced with newer restorative materials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add comment September 17, 2015

Before and after pictures of root abrasion repaired with tooth colored bondings.

Here is another case to share with you. Mr. Z had several teeth wearing away at the gum-line.   This is a common problem in adults.   It is frequently caused by abrasion (like vigorous brushing). It is also caused by erosion (acids from foods) and even mal-occlusion.  Once the enamel surface is worn away, the underlying dentin is vulnerable to bacteria and acids. We need to remove that afflicted tooth structure before repairing the defect.   Finally the teeth can be restored with a restoration that we match to each tooth’s natural color.

In the pictures, you will see the teeth with the defects. Next you will see the teeth with the defects outlined in red. Then you will see the teeth with the carious structure removed.   Lastly you will see the teeth repaired.  1 1OL 4 5

Add comment June 8, 2015

Before and After pictures of tooth decay being restored with a bonded tooth colored restoration.

I thought it would be interesting to post a picture show of what a cavity looks like before, during, and after being restored by yours truly. The decay or “caries” is circled in red on the tooth. This is what it looked like when we detected it at a cleaning appointment. Then I took a picture of what the decay looks like once the enamel is un-roofed. You can see how black and weak it is inside. Next is what it looks like once the caries is excavated. Finally the last pictures are of the tooth as it is repaired…X06032_2 X06032_1bX06032_3 X06032_6

1 comment June 8, 2015

The flu season and your toothbrush….

downloadCold and flu season is upon us. Believe me, I know. I was out with the flu last week! So what about your toothbrush? Should you throw it out during or after you’ve recovered from an illness?
We recommend replacing your toothbrush every month or two, but that has more to do with the efficacy of the bristles than a concern for germs.

As far as germs go, there are 2 types of infection; Viral and Bacterial.

Once you’ve been infected with a particular strain of a virus, your body develops antibodies that make the likelihood of re-infection very low. Those antibodies will protect you from re-infecting yourself even if the virus is still living on your toothbrush. With that said, it could be harmful to a family member that has not yet contracted the virus. Therefore, keep your toothbrush tucked away in a safe place away from family members that may want to tidy up around you. Don’t let your toothbrush come into contact with theirs. Refrain from using a couples/family toothbrush holder.download (1)

Reinfection via bacteria is much more possible. Illnesses such strep throat, for example, are the result of an attack from bacteria such as a colony of streptococcal bacteria. These bacteria might remain on your toothbrush long enough to give you a second case of the illness. Some toothpastes, however, contain anti-bacterial compounds that would help protect you.

Washing your hands frequently with hot soapy water remains the best way to prevent spreading the flu. Teach children to wash their hands. Have kids use soap and warm water, and rub hands for 20 to 30 seconds. A good rule of thumb is singing the ‘Happy Birthday’ song twice while scrubbing, to keep track of the time.

Add comment December 23, 2014

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