When it comes to the dawning of a new age of technology in dentistry, nothing sums it up better than CEREC. It’s a fanciful treatment that can get you up and running again in no time, setting you up with a new crown, veneers or even a dental bridge and for the busy people of Leeds that truly is a blessing. The computer is at the core of this trickery, as well as some pretty dandy machinery. New fittings before were hampered by the fact of time, because they had to be sent off to the lab to be made- they were just as good, but no good if you wanted the work done immediately. With CEREC, you sit down and your mouth is subjected to digital imaging that will then feed the pictures of the area that requires fixing into a computer. The computer then works out all the dimensions of your new fitting and feeds them straight into a milling machine which makes the part you need there and then whilst the dentist gets you ready. Once made, the fitting is cemented into place: if any problems arise, the issues can be rectified in-house and if need be, the fitting re-made. The overall treatment takes about an hour to complete and is as competitive price wise as having the work done the old fashioned way….dentistry is truly keeping up with the demands of its patients.
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If you want to put the Hollywood ‘zing’ back into your smile, then if your teeth are already in fair shape then take a look at the ways you can get them whitened because you aren’t short of affordable choices in Leeds- the shops are stacked with DIY methods to bleach your teeth. Starting with whitening toothpastes, which is probably the cheapest option at around a fiver, you can work your way up through whitening pens, touch-up brushes right up to bleaching kits to do yourself at home. People prefer these things because it seems easier than doing it yourself than going to the dentists. However, in the long run, going to the dentists is going to be better and it still doesn’t cost that much. Dentists can also keep an eye on you, something they can’t do if you go it alone: they can check for signs of gum disease and solve the problem first so that no damage is done to the gums from the bleaching. Then for around £100, you can go for the fashionable, state-of-the-art laser whitening which is quick and will transform your smile like never before. There are also some fantastic home kits that the dentist can provide you with that offer amazing results. You are spoilt for choice so come on, put that beautiful smile back on your face and get whitening people!
Lasers are beginning to be used in a wide variety of ways in dentistry and often offer a safer and more efficient method for treating dental problems. Having been in development since the mid-1990s, dental lasers are beginning to see wider usage. Lasers have numerous benefits and are likely to take an increasingly large role in dental care.
Lasers are often used to cut, as a replacement for the traditional scalpel. The great advantage of lasers is how they seal blood vessels in the process of cutting and greatly reduce any bleeding. For instance lasers may be used in the process of reshaping gums. Since they can be very precisely directed, lasers can be used to cure the bonding material of fillings, crowns and other dental components, without putting any other areas of the mouth at risk. As a heat source, lasers are now frequently used to speedily complete various teeth whitening processes.
The range of treatments in which lasers can be utilised is continually growing. Tooth decay can now be treated by focusing lasers on areas of decay and allowing the laser to clean away any bacteria or infection. Similarly, gum disease treatment can be assisted by the removal of bacteria from the gums with lasers. The possibilities of lasers are still being explored in dentistry and medical science broadly, we will continue to see many developments over the coming years. Ask your Central Leeds dentist how lasers might be of help with your own dental treatments.
Dentistry certainly wasn’t slow at embracing technology and boy, what a difference it has made to the average treatment and the darling that’s making noises right now is the laser. Probably the main causes of dental phobia in the people of Leeds are the words scalpel and drill, but they are rapidly becoming refined to history, as the laser is taking over for good and they are being adapted to do all manner of work. Their initial use was for the placement of implants into the jaw structure in the mouth; they are so precise and so clean and so fast, an implant can be fitted inside a day now and the recovery is so quick because the laser does minimal damage, unlike the scalpel, so the mouth heals faster. This is also what makes it perfect for gum contouring; this can be done in 30 minutes for ‘gummy’ teeth and they heal in just a few days. Lasers are also uses for tooth decay: a drill is precise but it can often do damage where it enters the tooth’s surface, there is none of this with the laser- again clean and precise and virtually painless, which rather negates the third element of dental phobia the injection- the laser is pain-free. Finally, lasers are also being use in bleaching treatments that have already been made famous on television. Yes good people, the laser has arrived in style.
Ah, the age of computers eh and where would we be without them? Especially the world of dentistry as so many treatments rely on their use, which for the patients of central Leeds means excellent news, because this technology has speeded up the treatments we have no-end, especially cosmetic ones. The perfect example of this is CAD/CAM technology- computer aided design and manufacture. If ever you have had veneers, a bridge or a crown made, the fitting is perfectly fine but can often take a couple of weeks to manufacture and that can be awkward if you are a busy person, but with CAD/CAM, you can be done in the hour. When you sit into the chair, a series of digital images will be taken and fed into the computer that then designs your fitting. This information is then transferred in to a milling machine that makes your fitting while you are being readied by the dentist. This takes around 20 minutes before the dentist fits you a new tooth. Even better about this, is if something is not quite right, it can be corrected in-house. Today’s world is all about time and those cunning dental engineers in their laboratories certainly know how to come up with ways of saving it!
There is no doubt that the world has been made all the more better by the invention of the laser. It can be found in all walks of life, from the manufacturing industry, through to hospitals and into dental surgeries. But as in hospitals, there is no questioned that the laser has revolutionised some dental procedures and making most of them relatively painless. The most common form of laser treatment is laser whitening of the teeth that has been made so popular by TV, people are clamouring to get it done. Yet it really comes into its own when carrying out the procedures that everyone dreads, fillings and root canals. These were normally carried out by a drill, which caused a lot of vibration and often pain, but the laser just burns out any problems quickly and painlessly. It has also been adapted for the placing of dental implants; the laser does so little damage to the tissue around the jaw, whilst sealing the flesh as it goes, it means that the healing processes post-op have been vastly improved. This is also the reason why it is a very popular choice over the scalpel when contouring gums, again the gums heal much quicker and cleanly. Most dentist surgeries have lasers in Leeds these days so you should ask about the possibilities of being treated in this way- it is definitely the future of dentistry right now.
Computer aided design, computer aided manufacturing…..bit of a mouthful and probably for most people in central Leeds, you wouldn’t have a clue what it is. But for a dentist, it is one of the most innovative technologies ever to hit the dental surgery and for the patient, well, how do you fancy getting some cosmetic/restorative work done within the hour? That’s the beauty about this technology, everything is in-house, even the manufacture of your fitting, so you no longer have to wait a couple of weeks for your bits to be sourced at a lab miles away, the fitting is made whilst you wait. Let’s just say you want a veneer; you turn up at the dentist and have your tooth prepared, your mouth is then scanned and the information is fed into a computer that then designs your fitting. Following onto this, this design is then fed into a milling machine which then manufactures your fitting from a small block made from either ceramic, composite resin, porcelain or zirconium. Once complete, the veneer can be cemented into place and if there are any problems, they can be corrected there and then. This technology can be used for lots of other restorative work as well from dental crowns and crown-lays to bridges, implant restorations and some orthodontic appliances. For the person in a hurry, this is definitely the one for you!
If your one of those people in the city of Leeds that suffers from a touch of dental phobia and dreams of a time in a galaxy far, far away where there is pain-free dentistry, well you can pack away all those anxieties, because yes, it’s already here! For dentists have already started to throw away those rusty old drills and scalpels and are looking to the stars with a system Waterlase. Now you’ve all obviously heard of the word Hydro-photonics, so you’ll know that it’s the process that uses a combination of water and the laser to do exactly what the drill and scalpel once did- the big difference being is that it doesn’t generate heat or vibration during the treatment, which hence eliminates pain. This miracle device is also so accurate and fast, procedures such as fillings and root canals are over and done with very quickly, and you’ll barely feel a thing. Because the laser is so precise, accurate and quick, it means that it can multi-task, so that you can have multiple treatments in one sitting so that you don’t have to keep coming back your dentist. A laser also causes far less trauma to tissue and is great for gum contouring as there is very little bleeding and swelling post-op and the mouth heals a lot faster. So what are you waiting for, get your teeth treated the Waterlase way!
The days of lengthy, repeated visits to the dental surgery for some procedures are over. New technology is revolutionising the way that United Kingdom dentists can carry out their work and patients are feeling the benefits. It means that you need not take much time off work if you want to have some work done at the dental surgery. Find out how this is possible.
In quite a few dental procedures, it is necessary to have x-rays taken of your mouth. This is so that dentists can get a better view of what it is that they are working on. But the traditional x-ray proved to be problematic in several senses and scientists have now developed a better way to take x-rays.
The traditional x-ray only yielded images in two dimensions, meaning that they are flat, like a picture. Of course the real world exists in three dimensions so dentists would frequently have to take repeated x-rays in order to gain a fuller picture of what they are attempting to capture. This meant that the whole process was rather time consuming and patients would sometimes have to return to the dentist. What’s more, every x-ray had to be sent to a specialist lab for development before it could be used by the dentist.
Digital x-rays produce three dimensional data, allowing dentists to navigate the image on a computer screen from every angle. There is no longer any need to take repeated images and have them develop in a lab.
If you are thinking of having some work done at your dental surgery in the City of Leeds, ask your dentist how digital x-rays might speed up the process.
City of Leeds dentists delighted to tell patients that treatments are speeded up with CEREC techniquesMonday, July 18th, 2011
The technological revolution that swept the world in the twentieth century and meant that man walked on the moon and allowed aeroplane travel to become widespread, not to mention the internet, has affected dentistry too. Treatment times have sped up and become altogether more efficient thanks to the technology that is now available in many dental surgeries up and down the United Kingdom.
Under the collective name of CEREC is a whole range of techniques which permit dentists to carry out some of their stock treatments quickly and more effectively. Examples of this include the manufacturing and fitting of porcelain dental veneers and porcelain dental crowns. A dentist using CEREC technology will take a three dimensional, digital x-ray of your mouth and send the data to an online milling machine. The porcelain veneer or crown will then be crafted in the surgery in little over five minutes.
This contrasts sharply with previous practices which required dentists to take x-rays which would then have to be sent off to a lab to be developed before any further action could be taken. The lab fees would increase the cost of the treatment and patients would have to wait longer too. With the use of CEREC techniques and technology you won’t have to take long afternoons or mornings off work to go to the dentist and then have to do it all over again in a week or so. Employers will find this to be excellent news!
Ask your City of Leeds dentist if they are using CEREC techniques. It might just persuade you that you do have time for that vital work on your teeth that you’ve been putting off because of your busy schedule.