March 4th, 2011
For many years dentists relied on the traditional x-ray and processes such as taking moulds of the teeth with dental putty. These techniques have always been effective but they are also rather inefficient and contributed to the need for often lengthy and repeat visits to the surgery. Thankfully, advances in technology mean that such things will soon be a thing of the past.
CEREC techniques allow a great variety of dental procedures to be carried out with far greater, speed, efficiency and accuracy by your dentist. For example, CEREC allows your dentist to take digital x-rays of your mouth which can allow him or her an interactive three dimensional view of the way your teeth are laid out. In the past, repeated x-rays would have to be taken for your dentist to see more than just one angle of your mouth. This could contribute to costs too.
The things that dentists are now able to do with this digital data are incredible. They can send it to an online milling machine which is able to construct a new porcelain veneer or crown in just six minutes flat, ready to be fitted by your dentist.
If you have been put off going to have a bit of work done by your dentist because of your busy life, CEREC techniques might be the solution you have been looking for because of the way they cut down the amount of time it is necessary to actually spend at the surgery.
In spite of the cutting edge technology employed, procedures using CEREC are actually comparable in cost because they eliminate the need for lab fees to develop the x-rays. Next time you are at your City of London dental surgery, be sure to ask about how CEREC technology is changing dentistry forever.
January 20th, 2011
Wouldn’t it be fanatastic if you woke up one morning in central London with a pocket full of money, yawned in front of the mirror and thought to yourself ‘right that’s it, I’m gonna get my teeth done- today!’. Well, thanks to a system call CEREC, you can. If you decide that you want a crown, or some veneers to hide those cracks, gaps or stains, or even a bridge to plug a gap, the process would’ve normally taken a couple of weeks, because the new fittings would have had to be manufactured in a lab, but with CEREC, the work can be done at the dentists. Once you arrive, the dentist will take digital photos of your mouth and then log them into a computer, to get a 3D image of the work to be done. This information is then fed into a machine, and the new fittings manufactured on the spot. Whilst this takes place, the dentist can prepare the teeth, carry out any other work that needs to be done, and then complete the operation. Also, if there are any problems with the fittings, they can be adjusted on the spot. And having this treatment is no more expensive than having this type of work done in the traditional way. Essentially then, you walk into the dentists with a tired looking mouth and come out again with a new look in as little as an hour and a half!
January 12th, 2011
The invention of the laser has had as much of an impact in central London as the computer. It’s used in all walks of life, from engineering, to lighting displays through to medical procedures. So, it was only a matter of time before it found its way into the dentist’s surgery, in the form of Waterlase. Traditional drilling produces vibration and can lead to minute cracks in the teeth and generates a lot of heat in the process whereas laser surgery is extremely precise an accurate and eliminates all of these problems with one very attractive bonus- it’s very fast and almost painless, hence eliminating the need for anaesthetics. Using a laser to treat decayed areas in the mouth virtually eliminates bleeding and post surgery damage. It is perfect for cavity and root canal treatment doing the job of a drill with more accuracy and far less stresses on the surrounding tooth. Waterlase is also becoming more widely used in dental implant surgery, allowing the implant to be placed precisely, causing minimal damage to the surrounding gum tissue and shortening healing times. Finally, a laser also eliminates the need of a scalpel that can seriously cause damage to gum tissue, thus making it perfect for gum contouring to eliminate the gummy smile.
December 3rd, 2010
In the past, having a false tooth or teeth fitted could be a lengthy process as you had to wait several weeks for new crowns, veneers, onlays and underlays to be made. With a new procedure available in Central London you could have your false tooth or teeth fitted in just a single visit to your dentist that will see you well on the way to your perfect smile.
CEREC technology is different to the old methods of using dental putty to take moulds and impressions of your teeth. Digital images are taken which use the latest, cutting edge technology. The 3D views of your teeth which CEREC gives to your dentist are superior to normal x-rays and mean that repeated x-rays are no needed to get different vantage points on your mouth. The 3D images are sent to an online milling machine and, in just six minutes, a replacement tooth is fabricated using high quality ceramics.
The replacement tooth will be suited to your mouth as the dentist takes note of the shade of texture of your surrounding teeth. In this way CEREC allows for discreet results and only one set of anaesthetic injections is required. The whole process takes place in about an hour and the cost is similar to traditional methods because of the single visit and lack of lab fees. With many dentists offering interest-free repayment plans, the cost of crowns (from £380 to £700) are more affordable than ever.
Ask your Central London dentist today about how CEREC methods can give you durable and stylish false teeth in just one visit without having to wear inconvenient replacements.
November 15th, 2010
Many dental treatments in central London rely on X-rays in order to make a correct and early diagnosis and they are used in nearly all aspects of dentistry. X-rays make everything visible, the extent of tooth decay, bone loss caused by gum disease, an abscess, tumours, impacted teeth and the extent of tartar build up. They help in monitoring fillings, bridges, veneers, crowns and root canals in order to maintain good, healthy hygiene. But as technology has advanced, so have X-rays- they’ve gone digital. Long gone are the days of filing cabinets full of large cumbersome images, now X-rays can be stored on computer and an image can be processed and viewed in seconds. In the case of deciding precise treatments, images can be sent via e-mail to specialists in their field, such as orthodontists for example, who can make a faster diagnosis and get the treatment underway more quickly. The procedure of having a digital X-ray isn’t that far removed from the old methods, you stand in front of a camera with a barrier in the mouth and an image is taken. But digital can incorporate colour coding to highlight problems like decay inside the teeth and the greatest advantage of all is the X-ray can be developed into 3-D images, pinpointing problems precisely. Like any new technology, digital is expensive, though, prices will fall in time- but no price should be put on a correct and accurate diagnosis to perfect treatments.
November 7th, 2010
When we talk of short fixes in dentistry in the city of London, they don’t come much quicker than a revolutionary system called CEREC. Normal visits to the dentist for crowns, veneers bridges or inlays can often take weeks. With CEREC, the work is complete in one visit! Yep, your back on the stockmarket in an hour and still smiling about that earlier deal! The process uses digital images, not ‘old fashioned’ mouldings, to take impressions, that are then fed into a computer at the dentists, to develop a 3D image of the work required. Now your dentist turns engineer. The information is fed into a machine which will fabricate your crown or veneer, on site, in around thirty minutes, depending on your requirements, during which, the dentist can analyse the correct colour or staining required of the new work to match your mouth. Another great advantage is that any problems that arise can be corrected immediately, without sending the the new moulding back to the lab. It’s not an expensive treatment either. Prices are comparable to that of traditional treatments and let’s not forget the greatest advantage of CEREC- one visit!
September 13th, 2010
Dentists now have many tools at their disposal that are at the cutting edge of technology. This has made treatment faster and more efficient, as well as making it more pleasant and convenient for the patient. One of the most important of these technological advancements is the digital x-ray. This is not only useful as a stand-alone tool but has also facilitated the invention and use of many other more advanced treatments.
The advantages of digital x-rays over conventional x rays are easy to view. Firstly there are the development times which are significantly reduced for digital x-rays. Whereas the old style x-rays would need to be developed in a lab, the new digital format can display the results in a second on a computer screen right in front of the dentist. This makes diagnosis and treatment so much faster than it has ever been possible in the past. The images are also of a very high standard and not susceptible to development errors like the old print x-rays. The images can also be stored easily on a computer, reducing the need for bulky and time consuming filing systems.
The x-rays are also much safer for both patients and dentists with emissions being reduced by as much as 80 per cent. This has for a long term been a major concern of using dental x-rays.
The most significant use however, is in the fact that it allows chair side dentistry to happen. This is the process by which dental restorations such as porcelain veneers and crowns can be made in a matter of minutes rather than the weeks it used to take. As you can imagine this has made the job of the Central London dentist and the experience of the patient so much easier and more pleasurable.
September 5th, 2010
Dental crowns and veneers play a very large part in cosmetic and restorative dentistry and have done for many years. However, one of the main drawbacks of crowns and veneers has always been the difficult and complex way in which they had to be manufactured. Once the dentist had taken the various dental moulds and x-rays, the new crowns would need to be designed and manufactured in lab. This could involve up to two weeks of lengthy enamel layering to produce a final result that would be accurate but sill susceptible to flaws.
However, with the introduction of Cerec in the last few years all of this has changed. This new technology has radically cut the amount of time it takes to manufacture new dental replacements, allowing dentists to design, manufacture and fix dental restorations in a single appointment.
How is this possible you may ask yourself? Using new technology such as digital x-rays and three-dimensional imaging, dentists can build a microscopically accurate picture of the patient’s teeth on a computer. They can then use this image to design the crown or veneer. Once this design is complete and the City of London dentist is happy with it. They can then instruct a computer to begin the manufacture process. The computer guides a mill which whittles a piece of porcelain into the desired shape.
It is possible to create a completely new dental crown in as little as six minutes per tooth. When you think about the amount of manufacturing time, patients waiting time and treatment time this is saving it really does start to feel like a dental revolution has arrived. You can learn more about Cerec at your next dental appointment by asking your dentist.
June 12th, 2010
The world around us is constantly changing as new technology changes the way we live our lives and the possibilities of what we can achieve. The world of dentistry is no different and is constantly evolving and improving thanks to the introduction of new technology. One of the most significant new technologies in dentistry is the digital x-ray.
This has made possible treatments that would have been almost unimaginable twenty or even ten years ago. For example, digital x-rays have allowed the introduction of Cerec technology, a system that allows dentists to design, manufacture and fit dental restorations like veneers and crowns in just a single appointment. This has drastically reduced waiting times and procedure times for all patients.
Digital x-rays also have several other distinct advantages over the more traditional form of imaging. The images produced by a digital x-ray are available to the dentist almost immediately, as opposed to the time it used to take to develop traditional x-ray film. This has reduced treatment time and allowed dentists to be a lot more efficient.
Digital x-ray images can also be stored on a computer. This means they can be compared more closely to other previous x-rays and the computer can highlight any changes between the two images. This has resulted in dentist being more able to distinguish even the most subtle changes in the teeth and spot any problems or symptoms that may have occurred.
Digital x-rays also require significantly less radiation than their more old-fashioned counterparts. This means they are safer to use for both patients and Central London dentists who need to x-ray on a daily basis. You can find out more information about digital x-rays and their benefits at your next check up or by asking your dentist.
April 3rd, 2010
More and more dentists in the UK starting to use Cerec technology for improved dental restoration and repair work. Cerec, also known as chair-side restoration, is a revolutionary new dental technology that allows dentists to design, manufacture and fix dental crowns, veneers and inlays in a single visit.
It works by using the latest digital x-rays and three-dimensional imaging to produce an instant representation of the patient’s mouth on the screen. This is incredibly accurate and, needless to say, far quicker than the old methods of traditional x-rays and dental moulds which could often take days to prepare.
Once the dentist has the image of the patient’s mouth, they are then able to set about designing the perfect dental restoration on the computer. This information can then be passed to a mill that is operated by a computer. The mill sculpts the tooth from a single piece of carefully matched porcelain in only a few minutes per tooth. This can all take place in a single appointment.
Your City of London dentist will then be able to fix the dental crown or veneer using dental bonding and a dental laser. Because these new porcelain restorations are made from a single piece of porcelain they are incredibly strong and as such, can be a lot thinner than they used to be. This limits the amount of preparation work needed by the teeth.
Cerec represents an incredible leap forward for dentistry. It is reducing appointment times and waiting lists for all patients and allowing dentists more time to focus on each patient in turn. If you are thinking of having veneers or need a crown replaced, speak to your dentist about the possibilities of Cerec.