3D Printing Technology
The team at Joplin Dental Care is excited to be one of the only offices in the area utilizing 3D printing technology. We use this to print nightguards, dental models, surgical guides for implants, crowns, temporary dentures, and much more. The part our patients like the most is with these advancements we no longer need to take traditional tray impressions, and the turnaround time on lab cases are much quicker.
Cerec Single Visit Dentistry
For many years, patients in need of restoration services such as crowns, veneers, onlays, and fillings have had to endure multiple visits, temporary restorations, and lengthy, uncomfortable procedures. But thanks to our CEREC Single Visit Dentistry system, tooth restoration has never been faster, easier, or simpler for our patients.
With CEREC, procedures that previously spanned multiple visits over the course of weeks can now be completed in less than an hour, with a single visit.
The CEREC system allows us to prepare your tooth and fabricate a custom-fit dental restoration right here in our office — without the need for messy impressions or temporary crowns.
How does the CEREC system work?
First, we capture an image of your tooth using a digital scanner. This advanced tool takes an image of your entire mouth in a matter of seconds, avoiding the discomfort associated with biting down on impression material.
Next, we create a highly detailed 3D computer model of your teeth and the restoration(s) to be applied. Using this model, we then fabricate a custom-fit ceramic restoration for your tooth right here in our office. Thanks to the precision provided by our 3D modelling technology, you can rest assured that your restoration will be a perfect fit. And because we only use ceramic veneers, crowns, inlays, and onlays, your restoration will look and act like a real tooth.
Finally, we apply the custom-fit restoration a short time later. That’s it: no repeat visits, no temporary restorations, and no follow-up appointment necessary.
The whole process often takes less than an hour and can be completed in a single visit. That means a healthier smile in less time. Want to learn more or make an appointment? Contact us today.
CareStream 3D Imaging
Our practice utilizes cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) — a highly advanced 3D computer imaging technique — for diagnostic, treatment planning, and post-evaluation services. Thanks to our CareStream CBCT 3D imaging system, we’re able to create a much more detailed image of your teeth and jaw than with traditional X-rays. This means improved identification of dental disease, lower radiation exposure, a more comfortable imaging experience, and better treatment outcomes for you as a patient.
Implants with CBCT
Dental implants are a permanent and appealing solution to replace missing or extracted teeth. They are better than other alternatives like bridges because no additional teeth need to be altered to place the new tooth.
The entire implant process is performed over the course of a few months. The first part of the process is to install the implant itself, where a screw is placed into the jaw bone. An incision is made in the gum so that the implant can be inserted. Multiple implants can be placed at once if necessary.
After the implants are placed the gums are sutured. The implant must be allowed about 3-6 months to heal, and during this time the jaw bone will form around the implant in a process called osseointegration. During this healing time you can have temporary crowns installed so that you can eat and speak normally and maintain a proper aesthetic appearance for your smile.
After the implant has healed it is time to place an abutment on the implant. The abutment serves as the base for your new tooth. Once this is placed an impression of the abutment is taken and is used to create your permanent restoration. Some offices have an onsite lab to create the crown, but others will have to send it to an outside lab.
Once the restoration is completed you can return to the office to attach the restoration permanently. Your smile will look just like it used to, and after a short period of getting used to the implant it will feel just like one of your own teeth.
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No Waiting Periods!
Digital x-rays are quickly becoming adopted by a large percentage of the dental industry. A digital x-ray allows the dentist to take an image of the tooth or teeth and put it into an imaging program. Within this imaging program, there are a number of tools that will allow the dentist to take a very close look at the teeth and surrounding structures with amazing accuracy. As a benefit to the patient, the digital x-ray also provides nearly 80% less radiation than a standard x-ray. This is due to the fact that the digital version of the x-ray is much more sensitive to this radiation and has been specifically designed with the patient in mind.
Endodontics, more commonly known as root canal, is a procedure where the roots or nerves of the tooth are removed. This is often due to the fact that they are infected and the tooth is causing pain.
Rotary Endodontics is a way of performing the root canal utilizing a specific electrical handpiece. This tool often makes the process faster and allows the dentist to perform the process with greater ease.
The intraoral camera is an amazing diagnostic tool for viewing different angles in the mouth that we would not have been able to just a few years ago. The camera gives us the ability to view the entire mouth on a monitor so that we can get a closer look at any potential issues or problems that may arise. In addition, the patient will have the ability to see for themselves first hand the same images we are seeing. These digital images are also excellent for gaining procedure acceptance from insurance companies.