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There are many reasons why you may need a crown. Crowns are used to cover a tooth after a root canal, cover a broken or cracked tooth, strengthen and cover a weak tooth, and to cover an implant or cover anchor teeth to support a bridge. Crowns may be fabricated from metal, porcelain fused to metal, resin, or be made of ceramic or porcelain. Traditional crowns require multiple office visits to fit and place them. A temporary crown may be placed while you wait for your permanent crown to come back from the lab, and then you have to come back to the office to have your permanent crown placed. Depending on your situation the doctor may recommend a CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEramic REConstruction) crown. CEREC crowns are made of a solid block of resin or ceramic material. CEREC crowns are made right in the office and there is no need for a temporary crown or for an off-site lab to be used to fabricate your new crown. You can be in and out with a new smile in just about an hour. CEREC Technology CEREC crowns offer your doctor a way to restore and […]
The intraoral camera is perhaps, one of the most useful and efficient technologies currently being used in dentistry. As the term indicates, this is a specialized camera that is intended to capture clear and concise images of the mouth without any distortions. Due to its ease of usage, portability and excellent results, the intraoral camera is being used at all leading dental clinics and hospitals across the globe today. Not only has it gained immense popularity amongst the dental community, it is also preferred by patients who are curious to learn more about their oral health and procedures. The intraoral camera produce high quality and high definition images that can be used for two major purposes: To study the morphology of any intraoral structure and to diagnose different conditions. To allow the patient to view pre- and post operative pictures, or to explain to them how a particular procedure will be performed inside the mouth. The intraoral camera thus enables both, the dentist as well as the patient, to gain a comprehensive insight of the current condition of the affected tooth, for instance, or the procedure as it is being performed. It has also been observed that patients feel a […]
Sirona is one of leading, most advanced names in dental technology today. The company has provided the dental community worldwide with better, faster and state-of-the-art solutions for ultra efficient treatment planning and execution. In continuation of its legacy, Sirona has recently ventured into the world of Orthodontics and has introduced a system that integrates CEREC with Invisalign. With the help of this system, dentists can now take seamless digital impressions with the help of CEREC and submit them directly to Invisalign online for tray fabrications. Some of the most prominent advantages of taking digital impressions using the CEREC system include: Highly accurate and precise detailing Ultra convenient Requires less chair-time Does not involve unpleasant impression materials and trays that cause discomfort to patients Requires no preparation time Impressions taken using CEREC cannot be damaged by accidents or improper handling Does not induce gag reflex in patients Helps fabricate appliances and restorations with a better fit Invisalign is a prominent name in the field of aesthetic orthodontics. It helps correct mild to moderate dental malocclusions without involving any metallic bracketing or wiring. These transparent trays are custom fabricated for each patient separately and therefore must be highly accurate in order to […]
It is now a well known fact that amalgam fillings, commonly known as silver fillings, which were once frequently practiced at dental hospitals and clinics across the world, contained an element that is toxic to humans – Mercury. Even though mercury was present in these fillings in a minute quantity, it still posed a number of threats to patients, and to the environment. Over the years, a number of mercury toxicity cases have been reported; additionally, issues related to improper mercury-containing amalgam disposal have also alerted authorities. As a result, most countries of the world have imposed a ban on amalgam fillings in an attempt to prevent health and environmental hazards. Today, composite resins and glass ionomer cements are being used as materials of choice in the field of restorative dentistry. Not only are these materials entirely mercury-free, they also possess a number of other properties that make them much better than conventional amalgam fillings. Some of these properties include: Excellent aesthetics – Composite fillings match the exact shade of the natural tooth Durability and strength – Amalgam was thought to be the strongest of all restorative dental materials, but composites have an outstanding capacity to withstand all forces of […]
It is true; the sound of a dental hand-piece or drill can frighten even the bravest of patients. There was a time when the only way of getting rid of a carious lesion was by going under the drill, literally. Conventional filling procedures involve removal of the decayed portion of the tooth with the help of a mechanical hand-piece fitting with an abrasive rotating bur. The sound and feel of this ‘drill’ has been known to cause anxiety in sensitive patients – which is why when Air Abrasion was introduced, most patients rejoiced. Unlike conventional restorative procedures, the air abrasion system never really touches the tooth. It works by ejecting a stream of silica and aluminum oxide at high pressure, aimed at the carious lesion, causing the decayed portion to abrade away under pressure. To visualize the procedure better, one should imagine that the instrument used for this technique behaves exactly like a sandblaster that sprays away the carious portion of the tooth without the use of drills and burs. When propelled directly towards the decay, the tiny particles that are ejected remove the caries, which is then siphoned out of the oral cavity using a suction tip. Air abrasion […]
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