CEREC Same Day Tooth Restorations
CEREC stands for CERamic REConstruction and is a tool in our office that can take precise digital imagery of areas needing restoration and produce the appropriate restoration on the spot.
With our CEREC cad/cam machine, you can have your crown or other restoration completed in just one visit. We will design and custom fit your tooth precisely with our computer milling unit right in the office. You no longer need to have a temporary crown or wait weeks for the laboratory to fabricate your crown.
CEREC can be used for a full range of single-unit indications: inlays, onlays, partial crowns, posterior crowns, anterior crowns and veneers. Call us today at (503) 350-1234 to find out if CEREC is for you!
Waterlase® Dentistry uses a patented technology combining YSGG laser energy and a spray of water, a process called HydroPhotonics™, to perform a wide range of dental procedures on teeth, gum and bone more comfortably. Dr. Grasvik uses fewer shots and less anesthesia reducing patient anxiety and providing a more relaxing dental experience.
Waterlase® is a versatile tool that allows Dr. Grasvik to cut teeth, bone and gum tissue with less trauma and do procedures that can't be done with traditional tools such as the drill and scalpel. Dr. Grasvik will determine what type of treatment is appropriate for your needs.
Heat, vibration and pressure are the primary causes of pain associated with the use of the traditional dental drill. Since cutting both hard and soft tissues (teeth and gums) with the Waterlase® does not generate heat, vibration or pressure, many dental procedures can be performed with fewer shots, less need for anesthesia, less use of the drill and fewer numb lips! Additionally, using the Waterlase® for gum procedures reduces bleeding, post-operative pain, swelling and the need for pain medication in many cases.
Waterlase® cavity preparations can increase bond strength of tooth-colored restoration resulting in longer lasting fillings. Since you often do not need shots or anesthesia, Dr. Grasvik can perform cavity preps in all areas of the mouth in just one visit.
X-rays are a primary tool for early identification of dental problems. Detecting issues with x-rays before they become problems can help save you money by preventing the need for more extensive, expensive procedures or surgeries. X-rays are primarily used to detect:
|•||Internal tooth decay|
|•||Cysts (fluid-filled sacks at the base of your teeth)|
|•||Tumors, both cancerous and non-cancerous|
|•||Teeth that are still coming in|
At Preferred Dental Care Center, we use digital x-rays, which have several advantages over traditional film-based x-rays. Digital x-rays allow us to take x-rays with 1/5 of the radiation that you would receive from traditional dental x-rays. The worry of exposure to excess radiation is eliminated.
Large on-screen x-rays make patient communication more effective. The immediate observation of the images on the screen allows us to discuss your dental health quickly and accurately.
Digital radiography has greatly enhanced the practice of dentistry. It allows the patient and the doctor to see images of the teeth in higher resolution on a large format for easier detection of problems, all while decreasing the radiation exposure to the patient. The process we use further defines the radiograph, resulting in clinically meaningful images that are sharp, detailed, and rich in contrast.
Images are available instantly after exposure, eliminating the wait and effort spent developing and mounting x-rays. If an image needs to be retaken, it can be done immediately. Digital format also allows us to send and receive your images electronically, allowing for a faster consultation with your dentist.
"The VELscope® Vx Enhanced Oral Assessment System is a useful adjunctive device to supplement the conventional intra- and extra-oral head and neck exam for the early discovery of oral conditions from neoplastic lesions to reactive (such as inflammation), developmental and congenital abnormalities. It's simple and quick to use, non-invasive and its high sensitivity to tissue changes allows for a more thorough oral exam. The early discovery of potentially life-threatening conditions helps to ensure that a patient can be quickly referred to a specialist for follow-up and treatment.
The statistics are highly favorable: when discovered early the 5-year survival rate for oral cancer patients is about 83%. Unfortunately, most cases of oral cancer are discovered in late stages, when the five-year survival rate drops to around 50 percent."
X-rays give us a clear view of what we can't see, such as decay between the teeth. An intraoral camera gives you, the patient, a view of what the dentist sees. An intraoral camera is a device that is about the size of a toothbrush. Broken fillings, fractured teeth, decay, or any other dental problem can be viewed so that we can discuss with you any treatment needed. With a clear understanding of your dental needs, we can decide together what the best treatment is for you.
We use ultrasonic scalers for most adult dental cleanings. These devices use ultrasonic vibrations to help break down the plaque and calculus on the teeth that cause gingivitis and periodontal disease. The ultrasonic cleaners create microscopic bubbles that implode on the surface of the tooth, killing microbes and removing plaque and tartar in the process. Our instruments use a thin tip to better navigate in the periodontal pockets to help maintain optimal gingival health.
|•||The procedure only uses water, no chemicals are used
|•||It can remove tartar buildup in hard-to-reach areas, with no damage to the tooth enamel|
|•||Manual scaling often uses pressure for cleaning, while the vibration produced by the scaling tip of an ultrasonic scaler is barely perceptible. This makes ultrasonic cleaning suitable to those with sensitive teeth
|•||The cleaning process is faster than manual scaling making your visit more comfortable|
After your teeth have been cleaned with the ultrasonic cleaner, your teeth will be hand scaled to check for any residual deposits and then polished.