When Elizabeth Shwartz cracked her tooth, a feeling of dread came over her. It wasn’t just the thought of cracking one of her molars that caused her anxiety. What had her worried was all the time she expected to spend in the dentist’s chair. “I previously cracked a tooth, and the temporary fell out while I was in public,” she said. “Then the new crown didn’t fit, so I had to return for another dental visit. “It was a nightmare,” she said.
This time, her experience was just the opposite, thanks to new technology being used by her dentist, Dr George Georgiev from Sunny Isles Dental. He is one of a growing number of dentists equipped with a device that creates a three-dimensional model of patients’ teeth. The machine then makes crowns, caps and fillings while the patient waits. “You no longer need to have to get a temporary crown that falls out after three days,” said Dr George “We can create your permanent crown in 10 minutes.” Combined with his master technician, Edgar they are true experts , created more than 4000 of this restorations.
When Elizabeth came in to repair her tooth, she didn’t have to sink her gums into the gooey, mint -flavored mold paste that has been a staple of dentistry for decades. Instead a 3D digital impression was taken with high-tech scanning pen. The computer overlaid a model of a “perfect tooth” to show what it should look like and displayed a proposed crown to repair the damage. Because most people don’t have perfect teeth, the computer also projected where the new crown might grind with upper teeth. “We can widen, shorten or lengthen the proposed crown, depending on the needs and anatomy of the patient,” Dr George said. Edgar made changes to the image and sent a completed model of the crown to a computer- controlled carving machine. It cut the crown out of a small block of porcelain in 7 to 10 minutes.
Fillings over other procedures are best because they’re more durable and because the procedure can be done in one visit.