CEREC AC Connect
CEREC AC Connect with CEREC Software 4.0 represents the latest advancement in chairside digital impressioning with no more scan fees. Powered by Sirona’s exclusive Bluecam technology, CEREC AC Connect provides digital impressions of the highest precision for impeccable results.
Technology today is changing our everyday lives. Many people, however, aren’t aware that technology is also impacting dentistry in new and exciting ways. Cutting-edge innovations in dental instruments are requiring less time in the dental chair, causing less discomfort and creating satisfying results. One breakthrough instrument, called CEREC®, allows dentists to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings, saving patients time and inconvenience.
What is CEREC®?
CEREC® is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Translated, it means that a dentist can economically restore damaged teeth in a single appointment using a high-quality ceramic material that matches the natural color of other teeth.
How does the instrument work?
CEREC® uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology, incorporating a camera, computer and milling machine in one instrument. The dentist uses a special camera to take an accurate picture of the damaged tooth. This optical impression is transferred and displayed on a color computer screen, where the dentist uses CAD technology to design the restoration. Then CAM takes over and automatically creates the restoration while the patient waits. Finally, the dentist bonds the new restoration to the surface of the old tooth. The whole process takes about one hour.
What does this innovation mean for a patient?
A tooth-coloured restoration means no more silver fillings discoloring smiles. The filling is natural-looking, compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant. Dentists no longer need to create temporaries or take impressions and send them to a lab. Because of this, the traditional second visit has been eliminated. The CEREC® has over a decade of clinical research and documentation to support the technology. The restorations have been proven precise, safe and effective.
Benefits Single-visit convenience
- Brush twice daily
- Use a soft toothbrush with rounded bristles
- Replace your toothbrush every three to four months
- Use toothpaste with added fluoride
- Floss at least once daily
- Visit us every six months for a thorough examination and clean
CEREC® has two decades of clinical research and practical experience to support the success of this technology. More than eight million restorations have been performed worldwide using CEREC® technology. Locally, Divine Smiles has successfully used CEREC® to provide attractive, convenient tooth restorations to over 300 patients
At Divine Smiles, we want to ensure every dental treatment will give you the best treatment outcome, resulting in a healthy and attractive smile. To help us provide the best and most up to date treatment, we have invested in the latest technologies, including our PRF Centrifuge.
What is a PRF Centrifuge?
A PRF Centrifuge removes PRF or platelet-rich fibrin from your blood. PRF is an affordable procedure that helps to improve wound healing and reduces infection and pain. We use PRF during oral surgeries like dental implant placement, or when removing teeth.
What is PRF?
Advanced Platelet Rich Fibrin Therapy is a treatment that helps to accelerate healing after oral surgery. Platelet Rich Fibrin is a fibrin matrix prepared using your blood, created when you are ready for surgery. Because we extract the PRF from your blood, it is entirely biocompatible with your body and is completely safe. Once we have extracted the PRF, we can apply the fibrin matrix directly to areas requiring healing. Using PRF allows us to take a more holistic approach towards your dental care, harnessing the natural healing properties of your blood.
How Will the Duo Quattro Make PRF?
The process to make PRF is very simple as we will take a small sample of your blood in a glass vial. The vial is placed into the Duo Quattro centrifuge which spins it for about 10 minutes at 3000 rpm. As the blood spins, it separates into three distinct layers. The top layer contains the plasma, the platelet-rich fibrin is in the middle layer, and red blood cells are at the bottom.
What Is In PRF That Makes it So Beneficial for Wound Healing?
PRF contains leucocytes, platelets, cytokines, autologous fibrin, and stem cells.
Leucocytes are known as white blood cells and help fight infection.
PRF contains leucocytes, platelets, cytokines, autologous fibrin, and stem cells.
What Is In PRF That Makes it So Beneficial for Wound Healing?
Platelets help to form a blood clot, stopping bleeding and aiding healing. When you have a wound, platelets will form the clot, sealing any blood vessels that are bleeding.
Cytokines help reduce swelling and pain and have anti-inflammatory properties, aiding wound healing.
Fibrin forms a matrix or mesh-like structure that helps to bind the clot together, preventing further bleeding and helping the wound to heal.
Your stem cells can form into any type of cell, whether that is blood, muscle or bone, so they are extremely helpful in regenerating tissues and aid healing.
Because PRF contains growth factors, it can help bone to heal more effectively. It helps new blood vessels to form at the injury site so new skin cells can form more easily and cover the wound.
When Might I Need PRF?
We may suggest PRF if you need bone grafting in preparation for dental implants, including sinus lifts and alveolar ridge preservation. PRF helps your body to deposit new bone around the implants by attracting bone-forming cells to the area so the bone can more easily regenerate. PRF is useful if you have suffered bone loss around your teeth, for example, if you have advanced gum disease, and can help to regenerate new bone and increase gum volume, so teeth become more stable.
Cone Beam (CBCT)
Our CBCT is used to help our dentists to quickly diagnose complex problems and develop a treatment plan. In comparison to past imaging technology, the CBCT machine releases the lowest acceptable radiation dose and offers 3D images to help plan for implants, restorative treatment, airway disorders, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and TMD. Our machine also provides complete comfort throughout the process including seated positioning and head stability which helps to ensure the quality of the images it produces.
What dental problems can the CBCT diagnose?
• Implant planning
• Cleft palate assessment
• Abnormal face structures, jaws and teeth
• Cavities, root canals and further dental trauma
When is using the CBCT necessary?
When a traditional x-ray is not sufficient.
Does the CBCT present any risks to patients?
The CBCT is very low risk as it is completely non-invasive. As with any x-ray or imagery-related procedure, exposure to radiation can increase the risk of developing cancer. Our CBCT releases the lowest acceptable radiation dose.
What benefits does the CBCT present for patients?
Use of 3D imagery drastically reduces the chances of any underlying problems going undiagnosed. Not to mention, the CBCT can help with early detection of further problems. The CBCT process is non-invasive, painless and ensures you will receive accurate and detailed results promptly.
Lasers in Dentistry
At Divine Smiles, we have the three different types of lasers each of them having specific uses.
Divine Smiles is equipped with the Biolase (Water Laser) Diode Laser and the Therapeutic Laser.
Our Diode laser allows us to provide patients with advanced laser therapies. Laser dentistry is a comfortable and gentler treatment and is useful for a range of procedures which include:
- Minor soft tissue surgical procedures
- Cosmetic gum contouring
- Crown lengthening
What are the Advantages of Diode Laser Therapy?
A diode laser is an extremely accurate way to remove diseased tissues, leaving healthy tissues intact. The laser energy can cut away tissue more comfortably compared with using a traditional scalpel blade. As the laser cuts, it automatically cauterises the nerve endings and sterilises the cut. The laser energy also coagulates blood vessels, meaning there is less bleeding and no need for stitches after treatment.
Using a laser produces fewer side-effects, and it aids faster healing. With laser therapy, we may not need to use local anaesthetic and swelling, and discomfort after treatment is greatly reduced. Because the treated area is automatically sterilised, there is far less risk of infection.
In contrast, using a scalpel leaves an open wound and more sensitive nerve endings around the wound edge. Because the nerve endings are exposed, healing is more uncomfortable, and there is increased swelling.
This is a more advanced Laser having multiple uses. It is highly efficient for soft tissue surgery, gum contouring frenectomy. It also has a hard tissue function where it can be used to cut teeth for restoring small cavities. Biolase can also be used to treat Gingivitis and Periodontitis.
It has an added function for use in Root Canal Therapy as well.
Our dental team at Divine Smiles may suggest diode laser surgery if we need to treat your gums or other soft tissues in the mouth, for example, if you have gum disease that has created deep periodontal pockets around your teeth. Other uses include treating cold sores and mouth ulcers.
Periodontal Pocket Therapy
Advanced gum disease infects and inflames the gum tissue, causing it to recede and pull away from your teeth, creating deep spaces or periodontal pockets between teeth and gums. These pockets create the ideal environment for harmful bacteria to thrive, and diode laser therapy is an effective way to treat deep periodontal pockets. The Biolase accurately removes diseased tissue while leaving healthy gum tissue intact. The laser energy helps to sterilise the area treated, reducing the numbers of harmful bacteria.
After treatment, your gums can fight the infection more easily because there are fewer bacteria. Removing unhealthy gum tissue gives your gums a chance to heal more effectively, so they fit more snugly around your teeth, reducing the depth of periodontal pockets. When periodontal pockets are smaller, harmful bacteria are less able to build up in the future.
Treating Cold Sores and Mouth Ulcers
A cold sore may last 7 to 10 days and can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, but it is possible to use laser therapy to treat a cold sore during the early stages. Treating the cold sore with diode laser therapy can enable faster and more comfortable healing. We can treat mouth ulcers similarly, and the laser energy helps ulcers to heal more quickly.
Therapeutic Pain Relief
The temporomandibular joints hinge or connect your lower jaw to the skull. Temporomandibular joint disorder is a painful condition causing the jaw joints and facial muscles to become sore and inflamed, leading to facial pain, headaches and even earache. Laser therapy provides therapeutic warmth, relieving minor pain temporarily as it helps to relax the facial muscles.
Therapeutic Pain Relief Laser
The temporomandibular joints hinge or connect your lower jaw to the skull. Temporomandibular joint disorder is a painful condition causing the jaw joints and facial muscles to become sore and inflamed, leading to facial pain, headaches and even earaches. Laser therapy provides therapeutic warmth, relieving minor pain temporarily as it helps to relax the facial muscles.
It is also useful for healing of the extraction site, bone grafted areas and implant surgery sites
Guided Biofilm Technology
Here at Divine Smiles, we strongly recommend that our patients see us at six-monthly intervals for routine professional dental cleanings. These six-monthly visits form a crucial part of any good preventative dental care plan and are an easy way to help maintain good oral health.
Why Do I Need Professional Dental Cleanings?
Each day, soon after you have brushed your teeth, they become covered in a plaque biofilm that contains harmful bacteria. When you brush and floss regularly most, but not all plaque biofilm is removed. Any that remains soon hardens into calculus, a hard substance that cannot be brushed or flossed away.
It is important to remove calculus regularly as otherwise the harmful toxins within it can infect and inflame your gums. These bacteria also produce acid that can gradually weaken your tooth enamel, increasing your risk of cavities. When we professionally clean your teeth, we can remove all harmful plaque and calculus buildup.
How Can Guided Biofilm Technology Help Improve My Dental Cleanings?
Guided Biofilm Technology is a way of ensuring your professional dental cleaning is safe, gentle and minimally invasive. We like to think of it as a spa treatment for your teeth and gums. When you receive this therapy, you will leave Divine Smiles with a mouth that feels wonderfully clean, and teeth that are smooth and shiny.
What is the Process for Guided Biofilm Therapy?
Firstly, our dentist must gently check your teeth and gums for any signs of dental disease. Next, we apply a disclosing agent to your teeth, which dyes any plaque and calculus, so we know exactly where to clean. An added advantage of using a disclosing agent is that we can also identify any areas you may regularly miss when brushing and flossing. If needed, we can review your oral care routine and offer tips on how to improve it.
We then begin to clean your teeth, using a mixture of water, air and very fine powder. The mixture is applied as a spray, so it gently exfoliates your teeth. Because treatment is so effective, the device doesn’t need to touch your teeth physically, so it is very comfortable. If you have dental implants or signs of active gum disease, we use a special tip on our cleaning device to target these areas more thoroughly.
Sometimes, calculus can be stubborn to remove, and when necessary, we use special ultrasonic instruments to loosen it, so we can thoroughly clean all tooth surfaces. We complete your treatment by checking all tooth surfaces are clean, and all calculus is removed.
What are Some of the Advantages of Guided Biofilm Technology?
Guided Biofilm Technology provides our patients with an improved dental clean. Patients like this treatment because it is so comfortable and pain-free, and your teeth feel super-clean afterwards. This therapy is especially helpful for people with more sensitive teeth and gums because it is so gentle.
While six-monthly visits are adequate for patients with good dental health, some people with active gum disease or other issues might benefit from more frequent cleanings.
The World’s Most Advanced Dental Laser Technology.
Thousands of dentists have added “no shot, no drill, no pain*” WaterLase treatment to their patient offerings with our MD laser system. Once again, we’ve improved this time-tested technology, adding some of the same advanced features found on our flagship WaterL ase iPlus – the most advanced laser system ever in dentistry.
*Discomfort is based on individual sensitivity to pain, and other factors, so not all patients can be treated painlessly without anesthetic.
In an ideal world, when your teeth meet, they will bite together evenly, and you will have a balanced occlusion. A well-balanced bite ensures that the forces created when you bite or chew food are distributed across all your teeth, instead of just some. Unfortunately, many people do not have a perfect bite, so when they try to bite their teeth together, some of them will meet before others, while some may not bite together at all. When you can only bite on some teeth, it can subject them to more extreme and destructive forces.
In the past, dentists had to rely articulating paper to identify high spots on teeth, before making the necessary adjustments. With articulating paper, you bite or munch on a thin piece of coloured paper that marks the biting surfaces of teeth. Articulating paper provides limited information for dentists trying to balance a patient’s bite, which is why we use digital technology called T-Scan.
What is T-Scan?
T-Scan is a small instrument where you bite onto a surface shaped like the arch of your mouth so it can scan your bite. The scan is completely painless and should feel quite comfortable. We download your scan onto a computer equipped with special software that allows us to read your scan. The digital instrument accurately evaluates your bite, telling us if you bite down on some teeth before others and the amount of force produced as you bite.
When Would I Need a Bite Scan?
We use this technology in many different ways in our practice, as a balanced occlusion is important for good dental health. It is an excellent screening tool that can help us to identify and treat any issues with your occlusion before they cause problems.
If you need a dental implant, it mustn’t come under excessive force as you bite down, as this could damage the implant. With T-Scan, we can assess your biting force efficiently and can adjust your dental implant, protecting it and preventing damage.
Porcelain Crowns and Veneers
Although very strong, porcelain crowns and veneers can chip or fracture if you bite down too hard. We can use data from your scan to identify any problems that could threaten your ceramic restorations or natural teeth.
TMD or temporomandibular disorder is a condition affecting the jaw joints. It is frequently caused by clenching and grinding teeth, a problem called bruxism, an issue that can be due to an unbalanced bite. Bruxism can inflame the jaw joints and facial muscles, causing facial pain, earache and headaches. With T-Scan, we can check for any bite imbalances and can correct them more effectively, helping to relieve the discomfort and pain of TMD.
If you need a bite guard or night splint, we can analyse your bite. Your bite scan will help us to create a splint to more accurately correct imbalances.
Better Fitting and More Comfortable Dentures
People who need dentures will benefit from this digital technology as we can use it to check for occlusal or biting forces. We consider these forces to ensure dentures are fabricated to provide maximum stability and comfort.
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