How CAD/CAM Technology Works

Woman at the dentistryCAD/CAM technology stands for computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing. In dentistry, we use CAD/CAM to design and create your restorations in a single appointment. You can enjoy all the benefits of beautifully crafted inlays, onlays, and dental crowns without the inconvenience and lengthy waits typically needed for conventional crowns and similar restorations.

Porcelain CAD/CAM restorations are similar to conventionally made restorations, but they do not require dental impressions. Instead, our dentist uses a handheld tool to take a digital 3D image of the tooth. We use this image with our CAD/CAM equipment to design your new restoration to fit precise specifications so that blends beautifully with the rest of your smile in structure and color. There is no need for a temporary restoration or multiple shots. Your restoration will be designed and c reated while you wait by our custom milling unit so that it can be bonded to your prepared tooth before you leave.

This revolutionary technology makes it easier than ever to restore badly damaged or decayed teeth. Call our office today to learn more about CAD/CAM one-visit dentistry or to schedule a consultation with our San Francisco dentist.

How Many Aligners With Invisalign Express?

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Invisalign offers a few different types of treatments in order to accommodate as many types of patients as possible. Invisalign Full is beneficial to most patients with basic orthodontic flaws, and Invisalign Teen is meant for younger patients. You might be a candidate for a third option, Invisalign Express.

Invisalign Express is used for patients with only a few minimal orthodontic issues. A consultation with our San Francisco dentist can inform you whether or not you are a good candidate for this option. The qualifications typically include the need for:

  • Less than two millimeters of midline correction required
  • Less than two millimeters of spacing correction needed
  • Less than 1.5 millimeters of dental expansion per arch
  • Minimal rotation required of the incisors, cuspids, and bicuspids

Invisalign Express patients typically see results within six months, using about ten aligners. This is a fraction of the time treatment takes with Full, which usually requires twenty to thirty aligners over the course of twelve to eighteen months. Our dentist can give you an educated estimate of how many aligners it will take to perfect your smile. Patients are required to wear their aligners for at least twenty hours a day. Failure to do so can lead to a prolonged treatment process.

Preparing for Dental Emergencies

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A dental emergency can happen in many ways, and it always requires fast attention. With the right treatment, you can regain comfort and avoid complications. Below, you can also learn how to prepare for a dental emergency.

Take Preventive Steps

Good dental hygiene and routine dental care can help minimize your risk of an emergency dental problem. When cavities or other issues are found at check-ups, you should have treatment performed promptly by our dentist in San Francisco to avoid having an emergency develop. Wearing protective mouth guards during sports can help prevent broken and cracked teeth.

Know How to Identify Emergencies

Certain symptoms can identify dental problems as emergencies. Pain, such as a toothache, often indicates the presence of an infection. Tooth sensitivity may mean that a tooth is cracked.

Prepare for Emergency Treatment

The right action before emergency dental care can promote successful treatment and boost your comfort. For example, you can keep a broken tooth or piece of tooth in your cheek to preserve the tissues for possible re-attachment. Anti-inflammatory medications or an ice pack available can ease swelling and pain.

Although you cannot necessarily predict a dental emergency, you can help control your risk. Contact our dental emergency dentist in San Francisco to schedule a consultation and learn about emergency treatments.

Do Same Day Crowns Work for Me?

Same day dentistry allows patients to restore decayed and damaged teeth in just one appointment. What once took two or even more visits can now be done without ever having to leave the office. This is accomplished with CEREC milling machines and CAD/CAM technology, which processes 3D images to create the perfect dental crown. What’s more, this technology can create restorations using whatever dental material the patient and our San Francisco dentists agree upon.

You may be a candidate for same day crowns if you have:

  • Moderate to advanced tooth decay that cannot be treated with a filling
  • A tooth that has been weakened by decay or damage, and is no longer structurally stable
  • A tooth with enough damage to make speaking and eating difficult
  • Cosmetic imperfections, such as severe wear or misshapenness
  • A tooth with a crack, chip, or fracture
  • A tooth replacement, such as an implant or dental bridge, that requires capping or support
  • Severe intrinsic stains and discoloration that cannot be eliminated with a whitening treatment

Seeing our expert in same day crowns in San Francisco is also best for those with busy work or social schedules, who cannot return to our office to complete the restoration process. Talk to our expert to see if same day technology will work for you and your smile.

Recognizing the Symptoms of TMJ

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TMJ is a common condition that can range from mildly uncomfortable to completely debilitating. Affecting the joints that connect the lower jaw and skull, TMJ can result from injury, arthritis or, most commonly, stress-driven teeth grinding. Before seeking treatment from our San Francisco dentist, TMJ sufferers will benefit from knowing the symptoms of this condition.

Early TMJ Symptoms

When TMJ starts to set in, patients often notice clicking and grinding noises when they move their jaw. Pain may occur not only in the jaw joint but also in the neck, on the face, and around the head. In some cases, headache also afflicts TMJ patients.

Advanced Symptoms of TMJ

Advanced TMJ can significantly reduce mobility of the jaw joints. The jaw may literally lock in place when patients open or close their mouth, making eating or speaking difficult. Swelling may also develop on the side of the face, indicating the jaw joint tissues are inflamed.

Many TMJ treatments are available to resolve cases ranging from mild to severe. Depending on the cause and severity of TMJ in an individual, recommended treatments may include anxiety medications, mouthguards, anti-inflammatory drugs, or surgery. Patients can schedule a consultation with our expert in TMJ in San Francisco to find out more about temporomandibular joint disorder symptoms.

What Does a Periodontist Do?

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Despite the fact that our teeth and surrounding elements are so strong, a lot can go wrong in the mouth. Teeth can become infected or damaged, our jaws can begin to hurt, and our bites can be off. Fortunately, there are many different types of dentists that specialize in the different components of oral health. Periodontists, for example, are experts in preventing, diagnosing, and treating gum disease.

Patients who visit our San Francisco periodontist will have their gum checked thoroughly. We examine for gumline recession, loose teeth, and any bite issues. The periodontal pockets are located in between the teeth and gums, and a probing instrument can check these areas for inflammation. X-rays may also be necessary in order to inspect the bone below the gums.

There are more than three million cases of periodontal disease reported per year. You may be suffering from periodontitis if your gums are swollen, uncharacteristically red, receding, or bleeding. Other symptoms include bad breath, toothaches, or loose teeth. There are several methods employed to treat the disease, beginning with scaling a root planning or a root surface debridement.

Periodontists are also experts in the placement of dental implants, further ensuring your continued oral health.

Same Day Dentistry and Its Benefits

For many years, certain restorations took days or weeks to complete. Now, eligible patients can get veneers, crowns, inlays, and onlays in just one visit thanks to computer-controlled manufacturing on site. Many patients will appreciate the advantages of this option.

Results Are Fast

With same-day dentistry, patients have their teeth examined by our dentist in San Francisco and receive their restorations during a single appointment. Instead of waiting at home while the restoration is made at a lab, patients can wait less than an hour at our office.

Convenience Is Impressive

Compared to conventional options, same-day restorations are far more convenient. Because only one visit is required, there is no need to alter schedules and drive back and forth to our office repeatedly. Furthermore, the need for temporary restorations is eliminated.

Precision Is Amazing

The design and production of these restorations is done by computer, so the precision is phenomenal. Not only can this result in better-looking restorations, but it can also help ensure absolute comfort.

When eligibility is confirmed by our expert in same day dentistry in San Francisco, patients may prefer same-day restorations over conventional options. Patients can schedule a consultation to find out if they can receive these treatments.