Specialized Techniques


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Modern technology in dentistry allows us to provide services that a few years ago would have been impossible. Our goal is to provide you with the most advanced techniques to give you a perfect smile. Here are some of the services we can provide you:

CAD/CAM Restorations

CAD/CAM refers to Computer Aided Design / Computer Aided Manufacturing. If you need a replacement or restorative tooth or dental structure, we no longer have to wait for the structures to be made by hand. Using CAD/CAM, precision replacement pieces can be quickly created for a precise fit. First, a mold is made of a partial tooth or mouth area after the tooth surfaces are prepared. This mold is then precisely modeled in the CAD computer, rendering a digital or virtual version of the tooth part or dental structure that is needed. This is when CAM takes over, as the computer feeds the digital information to a milling machine which can create the part needed with extreme precision using the virtual CAD image. The parts can be produced from ceramic or composite blanks, and are an excellent way to create inlays, crowns, onlays, and bridges. Once produced, the part is fitted to the patient’s mouth as needed and bonded permanently in place.

Laser Dentistry

Lasers, very fine beams of coherent light, have opened whole new areas for minimally invasive dentistry. Lasers can perform a number of different functions; they can cut tooth areas or tissue using the energy delivered by the precise light beams, and then it can also be used to cure bonding agents in very precise ways to provide seamless bonds between implants and natural teeth. Lasers can also be used for teeth whitening, as the heat they generate will accelerate the positive effects of the whitening gel. Surgical procedures using lasers are preferable to conventional dental surgery techniques for the following reasons:

  • lasers are minimally invasive
  • there is less heat and vibration transmitted to the patient
  • incisions are smaller and more precise
  • less pain is experienced by the patient
  • treatments are faster
  • recovery is faster
  • there are fewer complications following surgery

As well as the procedures described above, lasers can perform a wide range of dental services including:

  • reshape gums
  • perform biopsy or removal of lesions and ulcers
  • remove decayed tooth areas with precision
  • remove infected gum tissue
  • assist with root canal therapy
  • oral surgeries or extractions
  • correct ankyloglossia, traditionally known as tongue-tied, which is an abnormal thickening of tissues associated with the tongue that affects eating and speech

Dr. Lattinelli can discuss our specialized techniques with you and determine if any of our services can assist you with your dental treatment and recovery. Contact us today for a consultation.

 

Biomimetic Dentistry

Biomimetic dentistry is evolving as the latest technique in dental procedures, where biomimetic refers to restoring teeth to their natural shape and function. Dentistry has evolved from quickly removing affected teeth by extraction to using biomimetic techniques to keep as much of the natural tooth as possible. Using this technique, only the damaged or diseased part of a tooth is removed, and replacement materials such as bonding, or a CAD/CAM replacement part, is then permanently adhered to the partial tooth structure. The tooth regains its normal function with less impact to the patient, faster recovery time, and less trauma by not extracting then later replacing the tooth with an implant.

Biomimetic dentistry is most effective when a tooth is minimally compromised, so it’s important for you as a patient to come and see us when you first experience a problem or discomfort. If you wait and an infection becomes more invasive, then more complex procedures may be needed.

Your dental health is most important here at Dr. Lattinelli’s practice. Please contact our dental office with any questions or if you have need of our services,