Finding quality dentistry these days is no difficult task but today everyone wants solutions that are effective as well as quick. A high successful dental practice needs to have a “wow” factor which should offer something special to the patient along with offering them the best dental care. The patients of the day are educated, service oriented and short of time.
They want medical and dental solutions that not only fits their budget but also their lifestyle and that gave birth to same day dentistry. This is an innovating brand of dentistry that offers treatments during the single visit and is a fusion of various tradition procedures handled with CAD/CAM technology.
What is Same Day Dentistry?
The two technologies involved in same day dentistry are CEREC and E4D that allows the dentist to make use of clinically proven material and provide effective results the very same day. The CAD/CAM for CEREC(made by Sirona) includes digital infrared camera to create optical impression of tooth, 3D CAD are used for restoration while Cam technology makes use of high speed burs for restoration.
Next is the E4D dentist system from D4D technologies facilitates same day dentistry and includes services for veneers, crowns, inlay, onlays made of all ceramic and highly durable blocks. The chairside concept of restoration is not at all new but this technology simplifies the processes involved and makes same day restoration possible. In this procedure the dentists make use of metal free materials and abutments as dental implants in place of missing teeth.
Procedure of Same Day Dentistry
Once your oral health has been examined it is decided whether you are the right candidate for say day dentistry or not. If CAD/CAM restoration has to be used the the affected tooth is anesthetized and made ready for metal free restoration. Laser or optical scanner is used to take digital impression and placed into a computerized system that forms a virtual model of you damaged tooth that needs restoration.
This entire process also involves the choosing of appropriate shape, size, color and fissures on chewing surface. Wirelessly the design is sent to the milling unit that further fabricates the restoration which takes not more than 20 minutes. The material that is used to create these restorations are blocks of composite, lithium di-silicate and porcelain.
The mills makes use of burs to give precise shapes to the restorations. It is further polished, glazed or stained to match the color of teeth of the patient and look natural when fixed. Staining and glazing can take another 15 minutes and then it is fired in an heating over just the way it is done in pottery to add strength to it. The process of making a restoration would take around 60 to 90 minutes. Once made, it is properly inspected before cementing in its exact position and you get permanent treatment in a single visit.
Follow up Care and Recovery
After the restoration like crown, veneer, onlay or inlay is placed, the dentist will suggest you ways to take care of the newly placed restoration. After every dental procedure it is a must to maintain dental hygiene and brush twice and day followed by flossing. Plaque should be thoroughly removed to prevent gum diseases and dental decay.
Prefer liquid diet and stay away from extremely hot or cold food items, hard food which can damage the newly placed restoration. Grinding of teeth is one common reason for wearing of restoration for which a mouth guard is advised at night to protect from any kind of damage from grinding.
Why is Same Day Dentistry an Healthy Option?
Conventional methods usually take two appointments to place a single crown, during the first visit all the information is gathered to prepare a final restoration and temporary restoration is placed.
The second appointment takes weeks during which a lot can happen to the damaged teeth or the temporary restoration, it can shift its location, become sensitive or wear down. But with the help of latest CAD/CAM technique the entire procedure can be done within a single day eliminating the problems caused by temporary restoration and the waiting period.
Is Same Day Dentistry for You?
Only a professional can suggest if the procedure is write for you or not. Many dentist would want you to decide while other may choose this as the only option depending upon the individual needs. All ceramic restorations are slightly expensive including the ones with CAD/CAM technology. It is so because the material used is high quality material and be it E4D or CEREC the pricing would depend upon the fees of the dentist and the extent to with the restoration is done. Dental insurance do cover the procedure so make sure to confirm with your dentist.