At Arvada Implants and Cosmetic Dentistry, we want our patients to have access to the best, most current methods in the dental field, every time they come to our office. That means not only consistently updating our equipment, but committing to ongoing research and study, so that we can put that equipment to the best possible use.
Cutting-edge tools and techniques
We’re proud early adopters of the latest dental methods, including:
3D printing — Incorporating 3D printing into dentistry allows us to create faster, more accurate, and more comfortable temporary appliances, including temporary crowns and bridges.
CAD/CAM — Our onsite laboratory uses computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) to create dental prostheses in a fraction of the time required by older methods. The collaboration between digital precision and a highly trained human touch produces results that look and feel stunningly natural. In many cases, patients can be fitted for a prosthesis and begin using it the same day, with only the most minor of adjustments.
Intraoral scanning — Digital intraoral scanners eliminate the need for dental impressions. Dental impressions can be performed with a variety of materials, but all of them are time-consuming, messy, and unpleasant for the patient, especially when the impression involves gag-sensitive areas of the mouth. As well as being faster and more comfortable, digital scanners bypass the molding step and produce instantly usable data, which can be stored permanently for future reference.
Intraoral cameras — Much like intraoral scanners, intraoral cameras are small, handheld devices that can reach all areas of the mouth much more comfortably than older, bulkier methods. Instead of creating 3D virtual impressions of the mouth for reconstructions, however, intraoral cameras produce crisp, close-up stills and video of problem areas. These images are invaluable for identifying the trouble and planning treatment.
Digital x-rays — Digital x-rays require much less radiation exposure than traditional film x-rays, and produce vastly superior results. Unlike a film x-ray, a digital x-ray can be instantly uploaded to the office’s computers and blown up to many times the actual size of the area being examined, without loss of definition. This allows for more accurate tracking of even the smallest signs of dental or skeletal damage. Although larger than an intraoral camera, a digital x-ray sensor is also more comfortable to hold in the mouth during x-rays than old-fashioned x-ray film.
All-on-4® dental implants — All-on-4® is a minimally invasive method of restoring an entire set of permanent, fully functional teeth. The key to the All-on-4® method is calculating the minimum number of dental implants an individual patient will need to keep the dental prosthesis stable. This allows for a shorter recovery time, compared with other full-mouth implant techniques, without sacrificing reliability.
Clear aligners — Even though clear aligners have existed for over twenty years, they’re still not as ubiquitous as they should be, given their advantages over traditional, wire-and-bracket braces. In addition to their obvious discreetness, clear aligners allow for fewer office visits, easier eating, and better oral hygiene than their metal counterparts.
Benefits of high-tech dentistry
Dental offices that care about their patients should never allow themselves to become complacent about “the way things have always been done.” Improving technology means improving the patient experience, both in the office and beyond. It’s as simple as that.
Coming to a cutting-edge dental practice means:
Comfort. Digital dentistry can ease or even eliminate many of the steps of a dentist’s visit that patients dread, such as biting down around rigid x-ray film.
Speed. Instant scans and digitized design processes make waiting weeks for your prosthesis a thing of the past.
Adaptability. Streamlining the repetitive parts of dental reconstruction makes it easier to focus on each individual patient’s goals, preferences, and anatomy.
Precision. Digital dentistry greatly reduces guesswork for dental professionals. For a patient, that can mean anything from better-fitting dentures to earlier oral cancer detection.
If a method exists to make your dental treatment more comfortable, or your results more satisfying, you can find it at Arvada Implants and Cosmetic Dentistry.
Whether you’re missing one tooth or all of them, whether you’re fighting decay or just looking to add some extra dazzle to your smile, our onsite laboratories can quickly create a beautiful and reliable appliance that’s uniquely you.