The Latest Technology
Our office utilizes state of the art technology through each step of the patient experience, enabling us to provide you with more comfortable and predictable treatment outcomes!
Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic or CEREC® for short is a new method of using state-of-the-art equipment to construct tooth restorations. CEREC® employs computer-assisted design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to offer same-day restorations for patients. This new technology is revolutionizing ceramic restorations such as crowns and veneers for dentists and patients alike eliminating the wait between preparing the restoration and receiving the finished product. With CEREC®, the technology gets to work while you sit comfortably in your dental chair, which is both economical for you and for us here at Nashville Restorative Dentistry. The restorations created are metal-free and tooth colored ensuring that your tooth is restored to its natural beauty, strength, and function. With CEREC®’s CAD-CAM technology, ceramic restorations are completed, start to finish, in one single visit to our office.
CEREC® has revolutionized the restorative process. It was created with you, the patient in mind, making your visit to our office as hassle and pain free as possible. Some of the benefits to using CEREC® are:
- Most procedures can be done in one visit – less costly and less time-consuming
- Less painful injections due to single-visit
- No need to take messy impressions
- No need to have a temporary restoration for in-between visits
- Ability to save as much natural tooth structure as possible
- Longer lasting restorations – may last over 10 years
- Restores teeth to natural beauty, function and strength
- Metal-free restorations
Cone Beam Computerized Tomography
To put it simply, you can’t diagnose what you can’t see. This revolutionary dental technology allows us to view images in three dimensions as opposed to traditional two dimensional dental x-rays. The implications and uses of this technology in dentistry is transforming the way we can diagnose and treat our patients. And since the machine is digital and the image size is focused to just the areas we need to see, the radiation exposure is a fraction of a traditional medical CAT scan.
This technology allows us to:
- Completely plan an implant surgery before beginning: evaluating the site of implant placement for adequate bone volume, quality, and density; avoiding nerves and other intricate anatomy of the jaw bone; even picking the exact angle, width, and length of the implant that would be best.
- View impacted wisdom teeth in three dimensions to evaluate their proximity to vital structures and how best to plant their removal.
- Evaluate teeth that are suspected to require a root canal or have previously had a root canal. This allows us to assess each individual root for signs of infection, something that cannot be done with a traditional two dimensional x-ray.
- Determine the true size and location of suspected pathology, such as cancer or cysts of the jaw bones.
- Evaluate the presence or absence of healing following past extractions and the possible presence of AVN (avascular necrosis) or NICO (neuralgia-inducing cavitational osteonecrosis) lesions.
We utilize digital radiography in each of our treatment rooms. Digital x-rays significantly reduce the amount of radiation exposure as compared to traditional film radiography. This means the exam procedure is safer for the patient and our team. Additionally, software tools used to analyze the digital x-ray images allow us to quickly and more accurately diagnose dental decay and any other areas of concern.
Platelet Rich Fibrin
At our office, we use a technique known as PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin) Therapy to improve the quality and speed of healing following dental surgery. The best thing about this process is that it is completely natural and only uses cells from your own body to promote healing! A fibrin membrane is created by centrifuging a small amount of the patient’s blood prior to the procedure. This membrane is concentrated with different growth factors and cells that will allow the body to more quickly and effectively repair both soft (gums) and hard (bone) tissues. This process is essential for predictable healing following extractions, implant placement, as well as sinus and gum surgeries.
To learn more about Platelet Rich Fibrin therapy, click here.
Intraoral cameras provide us with an additional method to view teeth and evaluate treatment needs. Not only does it magnify the area of focus and allow us to easily see areas that require attention, but it just as importantly allows the patient to visualize an area of need. An additional benefit of the intraoral cameras in our office is the ability to easily document areas of concern. These images are electronically stored in your patient file, where they can be referenced at any time to reevaluate your oral health.
Invisalign® features a series of custom, barely visible, removable aligners that fit snugly over your teeth. Each aligner gently shifts your teeth according to the specific plan developed for you and aligners are typically changed every two weeks. This proven technology allows you to gently and predictably straighten teeth, without any unsightly or uncomfortable wires or brackets. The ClinCheck software utilized by Invisalign allows you to visualize the potential transformation of your smile, step by step.
The Diagnodent is a laser fluorescence tooth decay detection aid that allows us to use minimally invasive efforts to diagnose cavities. It is useful in the early detection of cavities, because it provides a method to quantify the size and precise location of dental caries (areas of decay). To learn more about the Diagnodent, click here.
Odyssey Diode Laser
The Odyssey Diode Laser is a laser designed for use during soft tissue modification and preventative care dental procedures. Laser technology is efficient, precise and minimally invasive.
Some uses and benefits of the lasers used at our office are:
- Aiding in the treatment of periodontal disease by disrupting the biofilm and reducing the amount of bacteria beneath the gum line
- Re-contouring the gum line in the smile zone
- Speeding up the resolution of cold sores and intraoral ulcers
- Performing lip and tongue tie frenectomies without the need for an incision