Our practice is equipped with state-of-the art medical technology. Digital dentistry uses 3D-technology which enables us to make treatments more precise, reduce risks and lower treatment costs.
Cerec 3D is a method that uses computer-assisted design (CAD) along with computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) in order to create ceramic inlays or crowns. Ceramics are a popular dental biological restorative material because of their biocompatibility, stability and longevity. They also boast tooth-like aesthetic qualities.
To begin the CEREC process, we use a special digital camera to take an optical impression of the tooth and the neighbouring teeth. We then convert this scan into a 3-dimensional virtual model using CEREC software, before using the model to construct a restoration on the screen. Once completed, we send the finished construction to our high-tech milling machine which mills the restoration out of a high-quality ceramic block. This process eliminates the need for traditional impressions or temporary solutions.
In our practice, all treatment rooms have been equipped with digital x-ray machines which use a lot less radiation than conventional analogue models. They are also more environmentally-friendly and more practical, because they provide instant, digital images.
Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), dental CT
In our practice, we use CBCT, a 3-dimensional medical imaging technique. In contrast to traditional two-dimensional x-rays, this technique shows the body in 3-dimensions – like in real life. As it provides us with more information, CBCT has become increasingly important in the planning of dental treatments. Bone structures and nerves can be identified, assessed and protected – an important safety measure for you as a patient.
CBCT is also an important tool in diagnostics, as it may provide the information needed to give us a head-start in determining causes and effective treatments. As an added benefit, it exposes patients to less radiation than a conventional CT.
3D implant planning
If required, we use 3-dimensional, computer-aided implant planning and surgical guides. This is particularly useful in cases of little jawbone, limited room for implants or in critical anatomical situations.
During a 3D implant planning session, the implant can be virtually inserted ahead of the actual procedure. For this, we use a cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), an intra-oral scan and special software. Together, they allow us to create a 1:1 model of your mouth. This helps with planning and visualising the position of the implants as well as the position, form and appearance of the crowns which will be added at a later stage. In some cases, this process may render bone grafting unnecessary. It also allows the dentist to consider aesthetics from the onset. It is the most precise and safest way to prepare for and fit implants today!