Understanding How Dental Technology Impacts Treatment Outcomes
The tools your dentist uses can have a substantial effect on the outcome of your treatment, particularly in the case of placing and restoring dental implants. At his Frisco, TX, dental office, Dr. Chirag Patel uses a combination of dental technology to make your care safer, more comfortable, and more effective. Using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans, CEREC, and dental lasers, our practice strives to provide the most natural-looking, long-lasting results.
Advanced Tools and Techniques
Dr. Patel uses a combination of several specially designed tools to improve patients' treatment outcome. Depending on the specifics of your case, he may use one or more of the following:
3-D Cone Beam Scanner
CBCT scans, or cone beam scans, are a specialized type of x-ray that uses a conically shaped beam to capture images of nearly any part of the body. Where traditional x-rays produce 2-D images, this machine creates a 3-D image from a series of rapid scans. This allows Dr. Patel to view a much more accurate representation of how bones, muscles, soft tissue, and nerves are situated within the jaw and surrounding structures.
Advanced technologies, such as CBCT scans, can significantly improve the chances for successful treatment with dental implants.
In dentistry, CBCT scans are most often used to evaluate diseases of the jaw and the condition of teeth, sinuses, and bones in the oral cavity. Because the measurements are so precise, it is a particularly useful tool for planning dental implant placement. Dr. Patel can accurately create a plan for your implant surgery, as well as any preparatory treatments, long before the actual procedure takes place.
In most cases, Dr. Patel can take a CBCT scan during your initial consultation. The process is simple: you will stand comfortably and place your chin on a chin rest. Then a camera attached to the end of a flexible arm will rotate around your head. Patients should avoid wearing jewelry, glasses, watches, and hearing aids to prevent potential interference with the imaging, but the scan itself requires no special preparation.
CEREC Same-Day Restorations
Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, also known as CEREC, is a computer-based system for quickly designing and producing all-porcelain restorations. While traditionally crafted crowns require multiple appointments and can take up to two or three weeks to complete, CEREC restorations are fabricated in a single visit.
With the CEREC system, Dr. Patel can minimize the timeline of your dental implants treatment. Once your implants have fully integrated with the jawbone (approximately three to four months), the doctor can schedule an appointment to attach a permanent restoration. After taking a digital impression of the treatment area, Dr. Patel can send that data to his on-site milling machine. This allows us to create a fully customized crown, as well as the abutment that attaches the restoration to the top of the implant, while you wait. CEREC is best used for individual implant-supported crowns, while bridges and dentures are created at an off-site lab.
Sirona Dental Laser
Dental lasers are used in a wide range of applications in restorative dentistry. If Dr. Patel needs to uncover the top of an implant post for a second-stage implant surgery, he will often use a Sirona soft tissue laser. Because this cutting-edge tool cauterizes the gum tissue on contact, it provides several treatment benefits. Most notably, patients can minimize their risk of post-operative complications, such as infection, as well as experience more comfortable treatment and a shortened recovery time.
Experience the Benefits for Yourself
Advanced technology can significantly improve the chances for successful treatment with dental implants. If you would like to learn more about how these tools can enhance your care, contact us online or at (214) 705-6600 to set up a consultation with Dr. Patel.