Digital Dentistry

Todd Warren 5:57 pm

Digital
Dentistry

3d model of teeth on computerThis new technology has revolutionized dentistry. Crowns and bridges are no longer made using messy impression materials which can incorporate errors and distortions into the process.

Modern crown and bridge is done using a digital scanner which creates a 3-D digital model that is used to fabricate the restoration. This system is much faster and extremely accurate. We would personally not recommend having a crown done that was not digitally scanned…period.

Crowns

dental crown before and afterCrowns are full coverage restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is likely to break, or is too broken down to be restored with a filling. They are most commonly done after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. The larger the hole made by a cavity that has to be treated, the more likely a crown will be needed. Even after a filling is put in a large cavity, a tooth is more likely to break. Keep in mind that the jaw muscles are the strongest in the human body. Teeth are subjected to tremendous pressures. Crowns ride over the weakened tooth, providing strength and protecting the tooth against breakage. A broken or cracked tooth is a far more serious matter and much more difficult to treat. Crowns prevent this, as well as making for a nice smile.

It takes two appointments to restore a tooth with a crown. In the first any decay is removed from the tooth and it is shaped to accept the crown. Then an impression is made of the tooth for use in fabricating a crown. Between the two visits the crown is made. We only use super high strength, all ceramic material. During this time a temporary crown is worn. In the second visit this temporary is removed. Then the permanent crown is adjusted as needed and then cemented in place.

We only use super high strength all ceramic crowns. Other crown types can be used upon request.

Bridges

dental bridge animationThis is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. It is formed to look like the missing tooth, and it takes its place in the mouth. The sides of a bridge use the two surrounding teeth for support, hence the name. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used are all ceramic material. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or aesthetics.

It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible for several reasons. If not treated the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward, creating a whole chain reaction of bad things. Teeth use their neighbors for support and with one missing they start to “fall.” As this worsens the bite changes in response to the pressure. This can eventually result in problems with the entire jaw, e.g. TMJ. The surrounding teeth deteriorate and it is just a matter of time before they, too, are lost. Gum disease becomes a serious problem, with the difficulty of treatment increasing as the neglect continues.

Contact Us

Phone (360) 866-9500
Email careylasley@careyvlasleydds.com

Hours

Tuesday 7:00am – 6:00pm
Wednesday 7:00am – 6:00pm
Thursday 7:00am – 6:00pm
We are open 1 Monday per month for your convenience

Our Location

Address
Dr. Carey V. Lasley, DDS
1801 West Bay Drive NW, Suite 101A
Olympia, WA 98502