Dr. Berbari pays keen attention to innovations in dental equipment and methods that make for more comfort, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness for you during your visits with us for basic or cosmetic dentistry. You may be very pleasantly surprised by the descriptions on this page of a few of the new technological advances that we have implemented and how they improve the quality of your treatments and the comfort level that you experience!
For decades, to obtain an x-ray, we used film exposed to radiation. Digital x-rays do not use film. Instead, they use a computer connected to electronic sensors. To capture the image using an electronic sensor requires approximately 10% of the amount of radiation that is required to expose film. This is very reassuring for many of our patients who are concerned about the effects of exposure to x-rays.
To make digital x-ray even more appealing, the time to develop the images is considerably reduced, along with the time you wait in the dentist’s chair. We obtain a sharper, clearer image (than film delivers) that we can enhance and manipulate with software installed on the computer. These superior images improve the quality and certainty of our diagnoses. Using the enhanced images, we are able to show you more clearly and precisely the course of treatment that we recommend.
Today’s dentistry is a far cry from past years. Patients today need not settle for obvious silver filling because there are treatment options available that look just as beautiful as-if not better-their own natural teeth. What’s more, many patients can be treated today without metal, and more and more tooth structure can be conserved, thanks to minimally invasive techniques designed to help preserve natural dentin-an important part of healthy strong teeth.
What many people might not know is that the same innovations that are revolutionizing business and technology are being clinically proven to enhance the precision and longevity of modern dental treatment options. Also, such technologies are making today’s modern dentistry more convenient, less time consuming, and more patient-friendly.
For example, with the E4D dentist system, instead of using traditionally inconvenient an d messy impression materials, dentists can obtain a clean, fast digital impression in a few minutes using a laser scanner in the mouth. This laser scanning technology is not only extremely precise when “capturing” all the details of a patient smile, but also as safe as the check-out scanner at the grocery store. But, best of all, there is no need for a patient to hold unpleasant, possibly distasteful material in his or her mouth.
Then, while the patient watches, dental professional custom-designs a crown, veneer or filling perfectly suited for the patient based on his or her condition using the chairside computer-based design center. From, here, the information about the restoration is transferred to the in-office milling unit, where the patient’s crown, veneers, or filling is made. Shortly thereafter, it’s permanently seated in his or her mouth.
With modern, state-of-the-art E4D dentistry, patients don’t need to suffer through traditional impressions. They don’t need to wait days-or more likely weeks - for their permanent restorations. That also means that they won’t have to be inconvenienced with the back-and-forth typically associated with crowns, veneers and inlays.
Rather, when E4D dentistry is right for them, patients can be in and out of the dental office with their permanent natural-looking and metal free restorations in a single visit. E4D restorations are perfect for situations like chipped, worn or cracked teeth. Teeth that are discolored or have gaps and spaces between them; teeth that have decay and/or old, worn down fillings.
You don’t have to travel far to experience the convenience and precision of E4D dentistry. We’ve already invested in this innovative technology because we believe our patients deserve modern dentistry that fits their lifestyles. Simply call us at 514-733-3933 and we will be happy to answer your questions about E4D dentistry.
It is very likely that you have experienced, and remember, a certain level of discomfort when receiving an injection of dental anesthetic, even though we have previously numbed the area by applying a topical gel to the gums. The numbing effect of the gel helps to reduce the sensation of the pricking of the needle. Once the needle is inserted, the delicate matter of precisely controlling the flow of the anesthetic fluid into the gums is where the computer excels (compared to relying on the sensitivity of the dentist’s hand).
The pressure of the fluid entering the gums is the source of discomfort and possibly pain. The computer controls the flow so precisely that the delivery is completely uniform (slow and even), giving you the best possible experience with the least amount of discomfort!
This computer-controlled imaging system allows us to acquire a panoramic radiograph (an image of your mouth and teeth, from “ear to ear”, either upper jaw or lower jaw).
Panoramic x-rays give the dentist a global view of the entire mouth to facilitate the diagnosis of specific problems that we could not otherwise see clearly, for example, impacted teeth, bone lost due to gum disease, and tumors.
This system also allows us to take TMJ X-rays(TMJ is the temporomandibular joint, commonly known as the jaw).
Prior to inserting a dental implant, Dr. Berbari must determine the quantity of bone and the location of the nerve. Tomography allows transverse imaging of the exact location where the implant will be placed, making the surgery safer and more precise.