Monday, March 28, 2016

CEREC Technology Enables One-Day Dental Restorations

Joshua Grooms, DDS, treats patients as an associate of ABC Family Dentistry in Greeneville, Tennessee. A skilled dental professional, Joshua Grooms, DDS, provides comprehensive care using the latest innovations in dentistry, including CEREC.

Standing for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, CEREC is a dental technology that employs computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to provide dental restorations, including inlays, onlays, and crowns, in one appointment. Before creating a restorative tooth, the dentist uses the handheld CEREC Omnicam or Bluecam to acquire an image of the area to be restored.

The image is then sent through advanced computer software that analyzes the image to calculate exact specifications for the restorative tooth. Once the specifications have been calculated, CEREC creates a digital model of the prepared tooth, which the dentist uses to create a restoration while the patient waits chairside.

CEREC’s CAM programming guides three grinding units to mill the restoration out of a solid block of ceramic material. The finished product is completed in minutes and provides a durable restoration that matches the patient's other teeth. As a final step, the dentist tests the tooth to ensure a proper fit and bite before polishing it and bonding it into place.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Importance of Regular Dental X-Rays

As a member of ABC Family Dentistry in Greeneville, Tennessee, Joshua Grooms, DDS, helps patients to achieve long-term oral health through diagnostic, preventative, and treatment care. Joshua Grooms, DDS, and his colleagues use digital X-rays, which support the diagnostic process with increasingly accurate imaging.

Dental X-rays function as a key element of a complete dental care experience. They allow a dentist to visualize the spaces inside and between teeth, as well as the bony ridges and root systems that support the teeth themselves. Dentists use these images to check for decay in areas that are not perceptible to the naked eye, while also assessing for any abscesses or masses that might compromise the stability of the teeth.

When used as part of the diagnostic process, dental X-rays provide practitioners with a baseline from which to assess a patient's oral health. They can support the visualization of decay or impacted teeth before they present a problem, thus indicating early intervention and often preventing the need for extensive restoration. When performed yearly, or more often if the patient's situation indicates, they can be instrumental in the maintenance of dental as well as periodontal and general oral health.