This year has been a busy one for us at Oakdale Dental here in beautiful Oakville. We started the year upgrading to digital X-Rays. Our latest technological wonder is an iTero Digital Scanner. So what you may ask is that and what do I use it for when treating myOakville's Dr Rosenblat, theoakvilledentist.com patients? Potentially quite a bit.
When I make a crown or bridge on natural teeth or on dental implants I have to send a replica of the patient's teeth to my dental lab. They then have to make the crown or bridge I will place in my patient's mouth. The traditional way of doing that is with an "impression" (or mould) of the teeth. My lab then pours plaster into this to make a model of my patient's teeth. Then this is used to make the crown or bridge. This can be quite a mouth full and some people have a bit of difficulty waiting for the 2-3 minutes it takes for this "mould" to set in the mouth. This is still the way that 95% of the replication of teeth for dental work is done. Now there are digital scanners that basically photograph the teeth, convert the images to digital information that is then sent to the laboratory over the internet. Very 21st Century right? But that's not all. If you read my earlier post on CAD-CAM you will already know that my lab uses computer guided milling machines to make crowns for my patients. The crowns can be made right from the scan information, but my lab likes to make a model replica of the teeth to be sure everything is correct before it comes back to me. They don't use plaster but instead the computer again creates the models! The iTero computer scanner even recommends changes to the teeth for me to consider making before I send the scan information to the lab. This helps to minimize the need for adjustments when the crown is ready to place on the tooth. Wow.
So I am trying out the scanner technology to see how my patients like it.
Working with a great lab is just as important as working with great dental specialists. I am lucky to have both. So thanks to Phil Brisebois at Novo Dental Studios for providing my patients with the best ceramic crowns and getting me to try out this great new technology.
So if you have had trouble having traditional dental impressions, come on down and let's scan your teeth!
Dr Steve Rosenblat
Great things start with a smile!
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