Brookline Dental Specialists is proud to offer some of the most advanced digital dentistry technologies available today. Our entire team is committed to providing our patients with the highest standard of dental care available. With our digital dentistry options, our patients can be sure that BDS is living up to that commitment.
With our CEREC technology, BDS is now able to offer our patients same-day crowns, partial crowns, and crown restorations. Instead of sending a dental impression to an outside lab for the fabrication of a crown, we can now digitally design and mill custom crowns right in our office.
Using a precise digital scan of your teeth and mouth, CEREC (or CEramic REconstruction) technology allows BDS to create a durable, high-quality crowns using the CEREC milling machine. These crowns are made from a single block of ceramic materials, which blend in more naturally with surrounding teeth.
Convenience is one of the biggest advantages to CEREC crowns. Because these crowns are created while you wait, crowns now require a single visit to our office, saving you valuable time. You can even watch your crown being made in the CEREC mill!
Another advantage is the custom fit of our CEREC crowns. Because the crown is fabricated based on a detailed digital scan which is then sent to the CEREC machine, CEREC crowns are more accurately shaped, resulting in a more precise fit with fewer adjustments.
What is CEREC used for at BDS?
At BDS, we can use CEREC to create custom crowns and partial crowns, depending on your individual needs. Unlike traditional crowns, these crowns contain no metal. CEREC crowns can be further customized to match the shade of your natural teeth, making them practically indistinguishable from surrounding teeth.
CEREC crowns are as durable and long-lasting as traditional crowns, but without the inconvenience of multiple trips to the dentist. With proper care, these crowns can last ten to fifteen years or longer. If you need a crown or partial crown, we think you are going to love the look and the convenience of our CEREC crowns.
3D CBCT X-Ray Scan
BDS’s 3D CBCT x-ray scan offers innovative dental imaging technology that provides our dentists with a three-dimensional view of your teeth, jawbone, and other vital structures, such as teeth roots, nerves, and the sinus cavity, enhancing our dentists’ ability to diagnose, evaluate, treat, and care for our patients.
The 3D CBCT (or Cone Beam Computed Tomography) x-ray scan provides more information than a conventional dental x-ray, allowing our dentists to effectively plan treatment in complex cases, including surgical planning for impacted teeth, cephalometric analysis for orthodontic treatment planning, and periodontic reconstructive jaw surgery.
During a 3D CBCT x-ray scan, the machine rotates around the patient, capturing images using a cone-shaped x-ray beam. The cone significantly reduces patients’ exposure to radiation while providing three-dimensional, highly detailed images. These images can be manipulated using specialized software to construct a 3D representation of your teeth and the oral maxillofacial region, including your mouth, jaw, neck, ears, nose, and throat.
What is the 3D CBCT X-Ray Scan Used For at BDS?
In addition to the uses listed above, BDS can use this x-ray scanning technology for the following:
Dental implants replace compromised tooth roots. We use the CBCT scan to take a 3D x-ray image, which is then uploaded to our implant planning software.
These images allow our periodontal specialists to virtually place dental implants in the optimal position prior to the actual implant procedure. Digitally pre-planning your dental implant procedure lets our specialist more effectively perform your surgery, position your implants, and seal your implant crowns.
Full Arch Dental Implants
Full arch dental implants are multiple dental implants on an entire arch of your jaw. Imaging from the 3D CBCT x-ray scan provides our periodontal specialist with a detailed view of a patient’s vital structures, like bones, sinuses, tooth roots, and nerves, to safely and accurately plan full arch implants before the actual procedure.
This results in precise, timely dental implantation placement on the day of the procedure.
Endodontic Root Canal Therapy
If infection of the root canal is suspected, our endodontic specialist can use the 3D images created by the CBCT x-ray scan to accurately see the infection and whether it has spread to the surrounding bone in the jaw. If root canal infection is shown on these images, we can then create a custom treatment plan to provide necessary root canal therapy to stop the infection and restore the health of the compromised tooth.
Our iTero scanner and the iTero scanner software allows BDS to create and record topographical images of the teeth, oral soft tissue and structures, and the alignment of your bite. This pain-free and minimally invasive technology captures detailed 3D images which are stored digitally in your patient file. The iTero scanner replaces the need for traditional x-rays, reducing your exposure to potentially harmful radiation.
What is the iTero Scanner is Used for at BDS?
There are a variety of ways that the iTero scanner is used at Brookline Dental Specialists, including:
At your routine oral health visit, our hygienists us the iTero scanner to take comprehensive digital images of your mouth and teeth. This imaging replaces the need to take traditional x-rays.
We then use these images to track changes in your mouth and teeth from visit to visit, helping us to catch dental issues or signs of disease in the early stages of development.
Orthodontic Treatment Planning
Our orthodontist can use the 3D images captured by the iTero scanner in the scanner software to not only plan the most effective orthodontic treatment for each individual patient, but also to project the outcome of treatment. This allows for more precise treatments and better, more predictable outcomes.
In addition to digital x-ray and orthodontic treatment planning, we can use our iTero scanner to plan and design custom crowns which are created right in our office using our CEREC machine. Crowns created from iTero images are more accurately shaped, allowing for a more precise fit which requires fewer adjustments.
This same advanced technology can also be used on partial crowns and crown restorations.
SprintRay 3D Printer
Our SprintRay 3D Printer is at the cutting edge of dental technology. With SprintRay, we can “print” dental appliances like night guards, retainers, and sport mouthguards right in our office, using high-quality, durable materials.
Dental appliances created with the SprintRay printer are precisely custom fit using advanced imaging software. After scanning the patient’s mouth, the SprintRay printer uses biocompatible, FDA-compliant materials to create dental appliances that are durable and ready to use in just one office visit.
Because these dental appliances are based on digital imaging, if you need to replace your dental appliance, an exact copy can easily be printed for you. With the SprintRay 3D printer, you can worry less about misplacing or losing a custom fit sport mouthguard or retainer.
What is the SprintRay 3D Printer Used for at BDS?
Currently, we are using our SprintRay printer to create nightguards for patients who are prone to grinding their teeth while they sleep, retainers for post-treatment orthodontic patients to help maintain their beautiful treatment results, and sport mouthguards to protect teeth and gums from sport-related injuries.
If you are interested in learning more about how one of our digital dentistry technologies can improve and protect your smile, contact Brookline Dental Specialists in Brookline, MA, to schedule a consultation today!
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