Digital Innovations: A Sea of Change for Dentistry

Can you imagine going to the dentist and not having messy materials that may cause you to gag in order to take impressions for your dental crowns? Rather than using traditional impression materials to fabricate crowns, Prestipino Dental Group uses Intra-Oral Scanning to custom design their crowns, bridges and occlusal appliances to fit precisely.

Are you Tired of Traditional Dental Impressions or are a Gagger?

Nobody likes to have “goop” in their mouth in order to fabricate their crowns. We are all aware of the challenges of taking traditional impressions, especially if we have Gag Reflex. It is estimated that 10-15% of people have a hypersensitive gag reflex, which gets activated by substances in your mouth. A transformation in the nature of a dental visit is underway at Prestipino Dental Group. Patients will say farewell to traditional impression materials to fabricate their dental crowns, thanks to the high-resolution, three-dimensional images of teeth and tissues created through Optical- Coherence Tomography, or OCT. This software enables us to restore teeth using a variety of materials, guided by an Intra-Oral Scanning device. This is analogous to using a high definition camera to take a photograph.

Increased Accuracy of the Fit of The Crown

The materials and the techniques that are used to fabrication crowns undoubtedly have inherent inaccuracies that manifest in the permanent crown. The traditional process to fabricate a crown is by the use of impression materials to create a duplicate of the prepared tooth, which is then poured in dental stone by the laboratory. Prior to the making the stone model, the impression must be accurate with no voids. If voids are present in the impression, a new impression must be taken. Another disadvantage of the traditional process is when the impression is poured to make a stone model. As the stone hardens, it expands and contracts causing distortions and inaccuracies in the fit of permanent crown. By using an Intra-Oral Scanner to fabricate crowns, this virtually eliminates the expansion and contraction issues of the stone model, as the crown is digitally designed, milled and 3-D printed using CAD-CAM technology. This creates superior, more accurate fitting dental crowns with less chair time for both the dentist and the patient.

The Positive Experience of Digital Scanning Technology

Whether you are in need of a traditional or an implant crown; single or multiple crowns; or a night guard, if certain criteria are met you may be a candidate to use an Intra-Oral Scanning device to fabricate a customized restoration designed specifically to meet your needs. This technology has transformed the way dentistry is being delivered and Prestipino Dental Groups is at the forefront of this technology.

One comment for “Digital Innovations: A Sea of Change for Dentistry

  1. Ginny Westrick

    I have been a patient of Dr. Prestipino for years, and I have watched the practice grow and change as dental technology has evolved. He has done several crowns for me. I recently broke one of my very old crowns, and found myself in Dr. Prestipino’s operatory, nervously facing the prospect of having the old crown removed, having new impressions made and waiting for a temporary crown to be made to cover the bad tooth while I waited for the permanent one to be delivered.
    I found myself amazed at how much this process has changed since the last time I needed a crown! I have always found Dr. Prestipino to be very gentle and he still has a magic touch when administering the Novocain, and then removing the old crown. He and his assistant had me prepared very quickly for what I thought would be the familiar, uncomfortable process of making impressions. I expected having to endure the unpleasantness of having my face stretched so that a cold metal tray filled with medicinal tasting impression material could be forced into my mouth, and then sitting for the prescribed amount of time so that it could set. Instead, the dental assistant scanned my teeth painlessly with a small instrument and I was able to watch as a 3-D impression appeared on a screen. Once she had all the information she needed to produce the impression, she explained how it worked to me. No stretching my mouth, no cold tray, no goop!!! Within minutes, the lab had produced a temporary crown that was a perfect fit and color and I was on my way long before the novocain wore off.
    That computerized impression was linked to the dental lab, ensuring that my new permanent crown would also be the perfect fit and color. I returned to Dr. Prestipino’s office a couple of weeks later, expecting to be in the chair for quite some time as the final crown was tweaked. The typical crown delivery appointment that I had gone thru many times before took numerous adjustments for the crown to be comfortable. With the digital technology now used in this office, the crown adjustment was minimal, saving both me and him time, and saving me discomfort and trauma.
    I know I will be needing another crown very soon, as I think I have cracked another old crown. As a result of this recent process, I will not procrastinate in returning to Dr. Prestipino’s office and having another crown made. My teeth are important to me, and I will continue to put my money where my mouth is, at a practice that uses the latest technology to ensure the best possible product. Thank you Dr. Prestipino and staff!


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