Dental Practice Dr Jovan Cabunac

Designers of Your Smile

How can you avoid taking conventional impression when making dental restorations?

Taking a impression during tooth making is uncomfortable for patients. The uncomfortable feeling in the mouth is difficult to tolerate, which is one of the common reasons for postponing a visit to a dentist. In the era of digitization and computerization, the concept of Cad-Cam dentistry was designed. So far we have been able to scan the jaw and make one, two or at most three teeth using intraoral scanners (for example Cerec). It was a revolution in dentistry. It is still an advanced technology that enables us to make fewer non-metal ceramic works during one visit without taking classic prints. It means that with the help of scanning the jaw and special software we design crowns on the computer. The accuracy of the scanned surfaces is far greater than in the case of classical impressions, and the recovery is better. In our dental practice, we use this concept every day, but for smaller works (individual crowns and bridges up to three members). For large ranges and works of non-metal ceramics, a classic impression was required. Today, we use the concept of quick scanners, such as the Trios-3-shape, which allows high-resolution and 3D models to make every kind of work of non-metal ceramics, without taking conventional prints.

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What are the benefits of this kind of work?

First, the existing condition of the patient's teeth is scanned, than a smile design is made using a computer program. For a smile design it is also necessary to make a photo. The proposal thus allows the patient to get an insight into what his future teeth and smile will look like. After this phase, the patient chooses an optimal option that is in accordance with anatomical structures, and, on the same day, temporary crowns are made. With these temporary crowns, which are polished to high gloss and whose durability is high, patients have the opportunity to see live model that is almost identical to future long-lasting work, but also to "test" their teeth in the function of chewing. This phase is necessary for eventual corrections, if necessary. When the patient is completely satisfied with the temporary model, the jaw is again scanned, but with the temporary crowns that have defined everything. After that, an identical copy is made in the software and the construction of non-metal ceramics is cut. It takes five days for this part of the job.

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