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Prosthodontics: Advanced Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry
Prosthodontics is one of the specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. A prosthodontist is a dental professional with both a traditional DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and an additional two or more years of specialized graduate study and training in advanced restorative dental care. Due to the complex nature of the mouth and all related aspects of oral function, prosthodontics is a highly complex area of specialization.
Sometimes this may mean straightforward cosmetic work with bleaching, life-like laminates, or fillings for improved aesthetics. At other times, it may involve restoring individual teeth with crowns or replacing missing teeth with bridgework or implants. In still others, it may mean life-changing improvements to someone’s oral health, function and appearance by reconstructing the entire mouth.
Modern dental technology provides yet one more way in which we can perform precise, accurate restorative care. In fact, our technology allow us to greatly improve your comfort as a patient, increase the durability of restorations, and heighten the esthetics of a restoration's final appearance. Below is a brief overview of the tools we've found to advance the expert care we offer our patients.
The intra-oral camera is a tiny, barely perceptible miniature camera in the tip of a pen-like instrument. This device allows us to view the entire interior of your mouth at any angle needed, to observe and then magnify anything of concern. We can quickly and easily detect cracks, chips, early spots of decay, and wear patterns, allowing us to effectively diagnose and efficiently treat the problem.
Digital Teeth Scanning
We are making our patients' lives a little easier! Whether you are in our office for new crowns, veneers or bridgework, expect a comfortable experience that eliminates messy impressions. You no longer have to endure a tray full of impression material hardening in your mouth. The iTero handheld scanner takes a digital, 3D image of your prepared teeth which is sent to our lab where a computer creates an accurate replica of your mouth. iTero has transformed the first appointment for fixed restorations, and we're happy to bring our patients this exciting technology.
Computerized Shade Mapping
A device similar to the intra-oral camera is our revolutionary computerized shade-mapping camera. This tiny camera scans the surfaces of the teeth for which restorations will be made, registering the exact tooth color and degree of translucency. From this information, we then generate a precise map of this information for use by the laboratory. The final result is a natural looking smile.
Technology has also been responsible for creation of a number of new, advanced dental materials. One example is the composite resin used for bonding cracked, broken, or misshapen teeth. The resin bonds with the original tooth structure and thus strengthens it, while simultaneously creating a lovely, natural-looking finished tooth.
We also use advanced technology to create computer-generated ceramic crowns, laminates, bridges, and implant restorations. This system involves a highly precise method of designing and fitting such restorations using a remarkably durable, tissue-friendly, aesthetically pleasing ceramic material. This creates a long-lasting, yet barely perceptible restoration meticulously fitted to the patient's individual tooth.
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Book an appointment to discuss your options for transforming your smile to something you can truly be happy about. We're happy to answer your all of your questions along the way. Call Lake Meadow Dental Group at (214) 349-2160 or schedule an appointment online now.