Over the years, significant strides have been made in the field of dental technology. Dentists can now offer their patients fillings and crowns that match their natural teeth, and can help them achieve straighter smiles without the use of metal brackets and wires.
Denture wearers no longer have to suffer with appliances that wobble or slip, thanks to the advent of dental implants. And dentists can perform many procedures that used to require several trips to their office, in just one visit.
At Desert Palm Dentistry, Dr. Shahin Dabestani, DMD, proudly treats our patients using the most technologically advanced procedures and equipment.
To learn more about the advanced technology used in our office, or to schedule a visit with Dr. Dabestani, call our Glendale, AZ dental office today.
Cone Beam Computed Tomography
For decades, dentists traditionally relied on two-dimensional x-rays to find cavities and other problems with their patients’ teeth. This arduous process involved the patient biting down uncomfortably on several trays of film while x-rays were taken of his or her mouth.
The whole procedure typically took ten to fifteen minutes, wasting time that the doctor could have used treating the patient. The x-ray pictures helped the dentist find dental issues, but were severely limited in scope, showing only the bone structure from certain angles.
Dr. Dabestani is proud to announce the procurement of a brand new cone beam computed tomography machine (CBCT) to provide advanced x-ray technology to our patients. The machine provides the doctor with a three dimensional, 360-degree view of the patient’s head, including bone tissue, soft tissue, and blood vessels.
The machine can scan the patient’s entire head in usually under a minute, and the quality of the pictures helps the doctor see things other doctors do not have access to. This allows Dr. Dabestani to provide extremely accurate diagnoses and enables him to diagnose more issues than ever before.
The machine uses a camera attached to an arm that passes all the way around the patient’s head in a 360-degree rotation. The camera uses a cone shaped x-ray beam to take anywhere from 150 to 200 two-dimensional images, that are then combined digitally to form one three-dimensional image of your entire head.
This provides a much more detailed view of your teeth, jaws, head and neck than traditional x-rays. One of the greatest advantages of using the CBCT machine is that it exposes patients to much less radiation than traditional x-ray machines.
Using the CBCT machine, Dr. Dabestani can help diagnose problems of the jaw, such as TMJ disorder, and prescribe treatment to alleviate those problems. The doctor can now get detailed images of a patient’s airways and windpipe, allowing him to accurately diagnose issues patients have with snoring or other sleep disorders like sleep apnea, and prescribe mouth guards or other treatments to help his patients get the rest they deserve.
The CBCT machine also helps Dr. Dabestani with the placement of dental implants. The CBCT scan shows the doctor the exact locations of structures including sinuses and nerve canals, as well as the placement of teeth remaining in the jaw.
These all help the doctor create a detailed treatment plan for patients receiving implants. The scan shows the doctor exactly what the area looks like, so he can determine the exact placement of dental implants, as well as how many implants he will need to place to restore a patient’s smile.
The doctor uses these scans to create a surgical guide for placement of the implants, allowing him to place more implants in our office, rather than referring patients to a specialist.
The machine even helps with root canal treatments. The images produced by the CBCT machine provide such detail that the doctor can determine exactly where the infection is located in the patient’s tooth. The 3D images even allow him to see the exact shape of the root canals, including all of their branches.
CEREC® represents another advanced technology used by Dr. Dabestani. CEREC® stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEramic REConstruction. The system includes an Acquisition unit, which holds a CEREC® camera and computer, CEREC® software, and a milling machine.
The doctor uses the camera to take a picture of the patient’s tooth, which he uses to make a 3D model on the computer. The milling unit then creates a dental crown or porcelain veneer right in the office, ready to be bonded the same day. Dr. Dabestani can use CEREC® technology in coordination with the CBCT machine to create and precisely place a restoration in just one visit.
The CEREC® Advantage
In most cases, when you go to a dentist for a crown, the process takes two to three weeks. The dentist has to prepare your tooth, removing just enough of its structure for the crown to fit correctly in your mouth.
Then he has to take impressions and send them to an offsite lab where technicians create the crown. The dentist fits you with a temporary crown, and then sends you home to wait until your permanent restoration returns from the lab.
At Desert Palm Dentistry, Dr. Dabestani has the ability to provide you with the restoration you need the very same day. The process requires no impressions using messy goop or temporary crowns that you can easily dislodge biting into a piece of bread. You will not have to worry about missing the call telling you that your crown is ready, because you will already have it in place when you leave the office.
With CEREC®, Dr. Dabestani uses computer technology to create your new dental crown from a solid block of ceramic right here in our office. He can even match the shade of the ceramic to that of your own teeth making your crown virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Placing a CEREC® Dental Crown
As with most procedures Dr. Dabestani performs, the placing of a CEREC® dental crown will begin with a consultation. When you arrive at our Glendale dental office for your scheduled appointment, the doctor will perform a comprehensive examination of your teeth and decide what kind of restoration you need.
If you require a dental crown, he will prepare your tooth by professionally cleaning it and shaping it to fit the restoration. Next, the doctor will use the CEREC® digital imaging camera to take a digital impression of your tooth. He will then use the CEREC® software to convert that image into a virtual 3D model, which he will use to design your new dental crown.
With the click of a button, he will send his design to the milling unit. The doctor will then use a shading guide to choose a ceramic block that best matches your natural tooth color. He will place the block in the machine, and within minutes, the milling unit will create your crown right in the office. Dr. Dabestani can then bond the crown into place permanently.
Advancements in CEREC® Technology
Same-day crowns represent an exciting advancement in dental technology, but CEREC® technology promises even greater advancements on the horizon. Dr. Dabestani can now use the CEREC® system to create porcelain veneers for our patients, as well as crowns.
The CEREC® company promises advancements in the materials available for creating crowns and veneers as well, including zirconia, which creates some of the most gorgeous, durable restorations on the market. Dr. Dabestani loves the advancements CEREC® technology has allowed him to pass on to our patients, and cannot wait to share them with you.
Call Us for a Consultation
If you would like to learn more about the exciting new technology Dr. Dabestani has to offer, including the CBCT machine and CEREC® same-day restorations, call our Glendale, AZ dental office today to schedule your consultation.