Dental impressions are often a necessary part of a dental appointment in Charlotte. Whether diagnosing a dental issue, creating a treatment plan, or fabricating a crown, impressions serve a number of vital roles in dentistry.
However, the process for obtaining a clear, physical imprint or reproduction of a patient's teeth and gums has improved drastically in just the last few years thanks to digital dentistry technology. Say goodbye to uncomfortable dental trays, lengthy appointments, and repeat visits!
At Charlotte Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, we are proud to offer the most cutting-edge dental services available, including the convenience and accuracy of digital impressions using the revolutionary CEREC system and Sirona Connect. To receive the top quality dental care you need in the comfort and luxury of our spa-like office, contact our office today!
What is the CEREC® System?
With the convenience of just one machine in our office, Dr. Patrick Broome and his staff can perform digital impressions, restorations, abutments, and other orthodontic services all within the same day. The Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic (CEREC) is an infrared imaging, CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacture), and milling machine that includes the following state-of-the-art features:
The CEREC Omnicam scanner allows us to create precise 3D, natural color images in a matter of minutes. There is no need for uncomfortable impression materials or powders that often make patients feel claustrophobic or uneasy. We simply use the wand-like scanner to take a series of images or even video of the teeth and gums, which are displayed on a chairside monitor. Dr. Broome can then review the digital impressions in real-time with the patient, discussing potential issues and treatment options.
The realistic 3D model of digital impressions allows us to create a much more accurate and comprehensive treatment plan that we can then carry out during just one appointment. In fact, most scans take no more than two or three minutes!
CEREC Ortho Software and Sirona® Connect make it easier than ever to create digital impressions for Invisalign® devices. The speed and accuracy of our digital scans combined with the ability to seamlessly transfer digital data to our external laboratory service providers mean that our patients will get a faster start to a straighter smile. The Sirona Connect is an online platform that allows us to transfer digital impressions immediately without having to wait on shipping physical models. With digital scans, we can quickly create updated Invisalign aligners at each stage of the tooth straightening process. The custom aligners are typically only worn for 1-2 weeks before a new aligner is manufactured for faster teeth movement and a shorter treatment time.
The CEREC CAD and milling machine also allows us to make clear, accurate proposals that are based strictly on the patients' dental anatomy, resulting in a much faster turnaround between scanning and fabricating a tooth restoration, such as a dental crown, inlay and onlay, or porcelain veneer, and even implant abutments and orthodontic devices. The custom ceramic restorative device can make a ceramic restoration within 10 to 20 minutes that can then be placed during the same appointment.
What are the Benefits of Digital Impressions?
Compared to the latest digital impression systems, traditional methods of creating a physical impression with trays and rubbery polyether or polyvinyl siloxane materials are simply more prone to errors and complications. In the event of a mistake or inaccuracy, it would be necessary to take another impression and start the process all over again.
The digital impressions that we are able to create at Charlotte Center for Cosmetic Dentistry provide the following advantages for our patients and staff:
Scans take only three to five minutes
Improved patient satisfaction
Eliminates discomfort and anxiety of traditional impressions
Produces better fitting restorations and devices
Digital data can be stored and easily transferred to other offices
More eco-friendly as there is less plastic and material waste
One of the most frustrating aspects of traditional impression-taking is the number of steps it takes to reach a precise and comfortable restoration or orthodontic device. Working with an imprint and cast of a patient's teeth in order to make dentures, crowns, or other devices requires a lot of trial and error, resulting in frequent appointments. In many cases, patients would have to wait for restorations to be fabricated and shipped from a laboratory, making the process of achieving a beautiful, healthy smile much more time intensive than it has to be. Fortunately, that process is more or less a thing of the past with digital impressions! To learn more about digital impressions, please visit pubmed.gov.
Schedule a Dental Impressions Appointment Today
Whether you are due for a cleaning or you're considering dental crowns or restorations, you will find the care and service you need for strong, healthy, beautiful teeth at Charlotte Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Broome and his staff have extensive experience and training, and can provide the treatment our patients need in the comfort of our spa-like office.
To learn more about the digital impression services at the Charlotte Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, please contact our cosmetic dentistry specialists today!
Such a great vibe with a supportive environment including but not limited to a wealth of knowledge, expert customer service and compassion for the service provided. I was treated like a great friend of the family while visiting the office for consultation.
Everyone is really friendly and glad to answer a million questions (because that’s about how many I asked). The environment is comfy, even as someone who hates the dentist office this experience was pretty pleasant for me.
Dr. Broome and his staff are personable and professional. They are genuinely concerned about creating a pleasant and comfortable environment for you at each visit. Everyone in the office is experienced and knowledgeable. They were highly recommended to me and exceeded all my expectations! Whether your goals are to improve or maintain your dental care, have dental work performed and without fear or seek cosmetic dentistry, you will not be disappointed with Dr. Broome and his great staff!
The comfort and care that is extended to the patient tops the charts. I couldn’t ask for a better place to go for dental care. Exceptional one on one during your first visit. I will recommend this practice to all of my friends.
Dr. Broome is exceptional – he is very detailed oriented, genuinely cares and has always put my needs at the forefront of every visit! The staff is amazing. I find them to be personable, courteous, friendly and extremely professional!! Everyone makes you feel comfortable and takes a personal interest in you. I highly recommend Dr. Broome and his staff for any dental needs that you have!
From the moment you step in the door you are completely at ease. Dr. Broome and his staff are so patient and listen to all of your worries and concerns. They answer any questions and explain the entire process in detail. This has been the most amazing dental experience I have ever had
Dr. Broome and his staff are amazing at what they do! I had four of my teeth replaced with implants after I was in an accident, and they look amazing! I could not be happier with the work and service I received!
I needed a ton of “help” because of how long I let dental problems slide. They came up with a plan that took finances and my own comfort into account. Now, I smile in public. I speak clearer because I am not subconsciously hiding my teeth. I eat better, because now I can. My overall health is better as a result and that is showing in my everyday life.
Dr Broome and his team pay close attention to detail and make every effort to make their patients as comfortable as possible.Dr Broome is constantly getting educated on the cutting edge techniques and innovations in dentistry. They take excellent care of me!
The perfect environment for dental services. The super friendly and professional staff make you feel at ease. They always have the newest technology to make treatments and maintenance easy. I have been going here for many years and highly recommend them!
I cracked a tooth yesterday and when I was told I needed a crown I just wanted to run. I was expecting some pain or discomfort but absolutely none! I simply relaxed and enjoyed the headphones with spa music, warm blanket, comfy dental chair and absolutely fantastic dental team!
Thank you Dr. Broom and his staff! I am overwhelmed by your compassion, care and amazing talent! Special thanks to Laney, you have “held” my hand every step of the way. Heather my heartfelt thanks for your amazing and loving care!
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