Aphthous ulcers, better known as "canker sores" are notorious for causing us pain and impairing our ability to talk, eat, and smile normally. Topical gels and pastes are helpful (for a little while) when a canker sore is small and tucked away. But what about those big, stinging ulcers that constantly catch your teeth or tongue?!
Rather than riding out the pain, consider treating a wicked canker sore with a soft tissue laser. Our office uses an NV Microlaser (the same one pictured in the video above) to paint over a painful ulcer. By reducing the intensity of the laser beam, we can painlessly dehydrate the top few layer of cells. The results are rapid healing, decreased pain, and a reduced chance that the sore will return!
Czaplicki Family Dentistry has introduced a new treatment planning application for our office iPads. "DDS GP" is an exciting piece of software that allows us to take chairside discussions about your care to a new level!
Using our office iPads, we can walk you through each phase of treatment step-by-step, allowing you to better understand your options and make more informed decisions. Better yet, we can share videos to you over email so you always have them for reference from home or from your smartphone.
Our patients love the new technology, and our team love to use it! Be sure to have a look at your next visit to our office!
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First, the doctor examines the tooth and determines the appropriate treatment. It could be a simple filling, a full crown, or an onlay depending on how much healthy tooth structure is remaining. Next, we administer an anesthetic and prepare your tooth for the restoration, removing decayed and weakened tooth tissue. This preparation is just like we would do for many other restorative techniques.
Then, the doctor takes an Optical Impression (a camera scan) of the prepared tooth. Instead of filling a tray with impression "goop" that you must bite into and hold in your mouth until it hardens, a camera is used to take a digital picture of your tooth. This whole Optical Impression process only takes a minute or two.
Next, the CEREC CAD/CAM machine helps the Doctor create the restoration for your tooth. The CEREC 3D software takes the digital picture and converts it into a 3-dimensional virtual model on the computer screen. The doctor then uses his or her dental expertise to design the restoration using the CEREC 3D computer program. After the doctor designs the restoration, which only takes a few minutes, the Doctor clicks a button, and the restoration design data is sent to a separate milling machine in the office. A ceramic block that matches your tooth shade is placed in the milling machine. About 10 - 20 minutes later, your all-ceramic, tooth-colored restoration is finished and ready to bond in place. Finally, the doctor tries the restoration in your mouth to ensure proper fit and bite. The restoration is then polished and bonded to the prepared tooth. Your tooth is restored with no "temporary" or return trip necessary. All of this is done in a single appointment! Ask us about CEREC today.
"CEREC 3 CAD/CAM Chairside Dental Restoration System is Accepted
As a device for the Chairside fabrication of indirect restorations"
Council on Scientific Affairs
American Dental Association