TECHNOLOGY | ADVANCED DENTAL TECHNOLOGY

Current advances in dental technology allow for optimal dental implant placement, optical impressions, and same day restorations. Dr. Schlang has invested in the latest technology in order to provide the best treatment and experience for his patients.

ORTHOPHOS
Cone Beam Computed Tomography, 3D dental imaging

3D dental imaging, otherwise known as Cone Beam Computed Tomography, or CBCT,  allows Dr.Schlang to see more anatomy, and with more clarity than traditional film-based dental x-rays. The focused x-ray beam reduces scatter radiation, resulting in better image quality and a lower dose of radiation. With an enhanced visualization of your teeth, bones, and surrounding hard and soft tissue, Dr. Schlang can understand more about your specific needs, and provide a more accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

The accuracy, precision, and clarity of images produced by 3D scans allow for a better diagnosis, and helps prepare for a wide range of dental procedures, such as:

Accurate placement of dental implants

Extraction planning for impacted teeth

Diagnosing temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

Evaluation of the jaw, sinuses, nerve canals, and nasal cavity

Determining bone structure and tooth orientation

CEREC

CEREC, same day crown, Computer Aided Design

CEREC® is a single-visit restorative solution that helps Dr. Schlang to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic restorations.

CEREC uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology that incorporates a small, hand-held camera and a computer in one instrument, and a milling unit to mill restorations in-house. The camera is used to capture the  3D image of the affected tooth/teeth and the surrounding area. This image is then displayed on a computer screen where Dr. Schlang then uses the special CEREC Software to create the perfect restoration. Once the virtual restoration is created, the information is then sent to the milling unit via software and milled onsite within 10-15 minutes.

CEREC offers natural-looking crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays that are compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant. The days of temporaries, messy impressions and waiting days for the lab to return the restoration are history. CEREC has three decades of clinical research and documentation to support our technology, and restorations completed with CEREC have been proven precise, safe and effective.

DIAGNODENT

The DIAGNOdent™ pen is a caries detection aid that uses laser fluorescence to aid in the detection of caries within the tooth structure. As the laser light is dispersed into the site, cavities within the tooth structure will exhibit fluorescence, proportionate to the degree of caries, resulting in an elevated scale reading on the display. Clean healthy tooth structure exhibits little or no fluorescence and will result in very low scale readings on the display. Sub-surface cavities can be extremely difficult to detect using an explorer, and sometimes do not show up on dental x-rays, making the DIAGNOdent pen especially useful for pit and fissure areas.