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Technology

Advancements in new dental technology offer better solutions for traditional oral health problems than ever before. The trend in dentistry is utilizing technology to make dentistry more comfortable, durable, efficient and natural-looking for our patients Our patients benefit from newer techniques that are less invasive and more dependable than the years of past. Procedures that formerly took multiple trips to the dentist or required multiple health care providers can often be performed in the comfort of one office by one qualified provider.

There are many new advancements in dentistry that we have integrated into our State of the Art Facility.

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Computer Assisted Design/Computer Assisted Manufacture technologies CEREC is used to provide highly accurate design of items or materials to be constructed. In the dental world this advanced technology allows us to  for the design and fabrication your dental restorations that resemble the look and feel of natural teeth. This type of new dental technology can be used for dental bridges, inlays/onlays, and crowns.

Single-visit Crowns, Onlays and Veneers with CEREC

CEREC is a revolutionary way to restore damaged teeth. Dr. Rader is pleased to offer our patients CEREC restoration services—a superior method of creating precisely-designed, color-matched and highly durable ceramic restorations right in our practice. From simple fillings, to full crowns to porcelain veneers, CEREC delivers the results you need and can often be offered in a single appointment.

How does CEREC work?

After examining the tooth and determining the course of treatment, Dr. Rader will coat a thin layer of reflective powder to the damaged prepared tooth surface. CEREC then uses a state-of-the-art digital 3D camera to create an optical impression. This digital image replaces the physical impression required in traditional procedures. No more long waits while a tray of impression goop hardens in your mouth. State-of-the-art CAD software allows Dr. Rader to design every precise detail of you restoration with the accuracy you’ve come to expect from use. The software allows us to customize the shape of the restoration to exactly fit the particular needs of the damaged tooth.

Once the restoration has been designed on the computer, technological magic happens! While you wait, exact design specifications are sent to our on-site milling machine to create your restoration. About 15 minutes later, your all-ceramic, color-matched restoration is ready for placement. Your new restoration is then fitted, polished and bonded for permanence. Your tooth is restored back to its natural form, function and beauty.

What advantages does CEREC technology have for you?

Single visit onlays and crowns. Since Dr. Rader is able to design and fabrication the restoration immediately rather than sending an impression to a laboratory, you do not need to wear a temporary and return for a second appointment.

Patient desired to have amalgams replaced on teeth #2 through #5 to improve buccal corridor alignment.

Prepared teeth are digitally scanned and designed on the computer.

ceramic hybrid layered block is used to mill out computer design restoration.

Final restored teeth are ready to “perform and look like natural teeth”.

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Metal-free dentistry. Health minded people are increasingly becoming concerned with metal in the mouth (particularly mercury). A CEREC tooth restoration isn’t just convenient, it is also healthy. Many years ago, dentists had few options to repair decayed and damaged teeth other than amalgam, gold, and other metals. With CEREC, Dr. Rader uses strong, tooth colored ceramic materials to restore your teeth to their natural strength, beauty, and function. These materials closely match the composition of natural tooth structure. This means when you eat hot food and then drink something cold, the restoration and tooth expand and contract at almost equal rates. So, your tooth does not crack, and you can go on enjoying your evening. Also, the materials are chemically bonded to your tooth, so Dr. Rader can save as much healthy tooth tissue as possible while providing you with a dental restoration that strengthens your tooth. The CEREC enamel like material is biocompatible with the tissues in the mouth and provides a high-grade, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant finish.

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Patient desire to have broke teeth repaired and remaining mercury fillings replaced to prevent the risk of further breaking more teeth.

After

In one visit with CAD/CAM dentistry, the mercury fillings were replaced and broken teeth restored with enamel hybrid ceramics.

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Even with perfect teeth and alignment, a flawed gum line can detract significantly from the beauty of your smile:

  • Excess gum tissue can make your teeth look too short
  • Receding gums can make your teeth look too long and unhealthy
  • An uneven gum line can make your teeth appear to be crooked
  • Discolored gums can give an unhealthy look to your smile

We use the Ivoclar Diode Laser in gum re-contouring procedures, correcting all of the problems your gum line is causing. Laser gum re-contouring is safer, less painful, and requires less recover time than gum treatment with a scalpel.

The laser creates less bleeding, reduced chance of infection, is more precise, and produces less swelling.

Placing Implants With Precision

Dr. Rader wants to know precisely where to place your dental implant. Not 99 percent sure, but completely positive that the angle, rotation, depth, width and height of both the implant and the color-matched restoration will fit so well within your mouth it will be indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth. By utilizing the most sophisticated technology in dental imaging (3D Cone Beam CT), Dr. Rader is able to diagnose the exact location of vital anatomical structures (i.e. nerves, sinuses) and the amount of bone in all dimensions and it’s density to determine the precise positioning of your dental implant for both aesthetics and function.

Besides the benefit of reducing exposure to radiation, digital radiographs allow images to be projected on a computer screen. This modern dental technique is also more comfortable and allows us to find problems with the teeth, mouth, and jaw.

For the diagnosis of malocclusion and TMJ, we use the Myotronics K7 system and a TENSing Unit. The K7 evaluation system lets us measure, display and store all the pertinent data on your jaw’s physiological and anatomical function. K7 utilizes electromyography and joint sonography to gently track the position of your jaw and surrounding muscles, determining the most comfortable, functional and optimal position for your bite. In other words, “form follows function.” We don’t guess where your bite should be when we restore your teeth; we know! .

Intraoral cameras provide dentists with quality imaging equipment that can be used for patient education, higher case acceptance, and improved patient communication. The small lightweight cameras are used in the patient’s mouth to provide clear images of one’s mouth and can help in the detection and prevention of oral health problems.

We utilize digital photography for our patients so that they can provide them with an idea of what they will look like after a complex dental procedure such as a smile makeover or full mouth reconstruction. This is appealing to patients because they can communicate to us the cosmetic concerns and inform us of what they want to look like and what their expectations are.

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Philips Zoom WhiteSpeed

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Philips Zoom NiteWhite and DayWhite

Philips Zoom NiteWhite and DayWhite deliver the superior results you want under the supervision of a dental professional. Whether you prefer to whiten while you sleep or the convenience of short daytime sessions, achieve your whitest smile in just one to two weeks.

There are “site specific” antibiotics that are designed to concentrate the treatment in specific locations. Periodontal antibiotics are applied directly to the diseased site, enhancing the effectiveness of treatment for periodontal disease.