Dental Technology in Virginia Beach & Chesapeake, Virginia

Modern Technology to Keep a Beautiful Smile

Man with a Good Smile - Dental Care in Virginia Beach, VA
A preventative measure to circumvent the onset, advancement and recurrence of dental diseases is a mutual effort by both the patient and their dentist. Averting gum disease begins with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet, with regular assistance from your dentist and periodontist to preserve, restore and maintain your oral health. This Prevention also includes regular dental examinations, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are used a preventive treatments to help protect a patient’s teeth. Practicing early prevention helps avoid the onset dental issues that could require expensive treatment.

The following current technologies can be an important part of your regime to improve your dental health and maintain a beautiful smile.
Dental Technology – In-Office Cone Beam CAT Scan (i-CAT)

Superiority of the I-CAT over the Traditional X-ray

While X-rays only provide two dimensional images of the jaw, the i-CAT® enables us to the structures of the jaw in three dimensions. This enables us to precisely ascertain the volume of bone available for the placement of dental implants. Dentists and oral surgeons are now able to assess the proximity of anatomic structures to intended implant sites and identify pathology, increasing the predictability of the procedures. All this can be Accomplished with minimal radiation exposure of less than 10% that of a medical CT scan and less than half of a full series of dental x-rays.

With the advantages we believe this emerging technology will become the new standard of care for the placement of dental implants and other procedures.
Dental Technology – NobelGuide

Digital Diagnostics, Treatment Planning & Guided Surgery

NobelGuide is an advanced digital diagnostic and treatment planning program. With this software, an oral surgeon can pre-plan the placement of implants in a patient’s mouth based on restorative and surgical requirements. The software assembles the data from a CAT scan and displays a 3-D view of the jaw. The 3-D model is a guide from which the dental professional can accurately measure the quality and density of available bone and plan for the size and proper positioning for the implants. This guided plan makes a complicated restorative surgery more accurate and easier to manage. The plan can then be e-mailed to a manufacturing facility to accurately fabricate the restorative implants. Having the ability to plan a “virtual surgery” in 3-D is a great asset ensuring the success of implant surgery.
Dental Technology – Piezosurgery

Technology enabling new tools for oral surgeons

Refined for oral treatment and implantology, Piezosurgery is an innovative means of cutting bone tissue utilizing ultrasonic vibrations. A process invented by Tomaso Vercellotti. By adjusting the frequencies on this device, a surgeon can cut hard tissues, while not disturbing soft tissues such as nerves, sinus membranes, and gum tissues. This reliable system enhances the final results, Piezosurgery can precisely cut bone during augmentation procedures.
Dental Technology – Simplant

Simplant creates accurate 3-D images to plan surgery

Until recently, an oral surgeon was limited to using two dimensional images to plan a surgery. This would give them a satisfactory approximation on bone height. However other factors such as bone width could not be determined until the bone was exposed during the surgery. Simplant technology significantly reduces any element of surprise because it produces a three dimensional representation of the jaw bone. Based on the accurate measurements of bone height and width, the surgeon can use it as a blueprint to plan the course and requirements of the surgery. The details of this surgical guide can be emailed to the manufacturing facility fabricating the implants to fit the precise requirements needed for a successful surgery.