Dentist in Athens
McRae Family Dental
995 Baxter Street
Athens, GA 30606
(706) 871-4260

Technology

We utilize the latest technology at our state-of-the-art practice:

CBCT Digital Imaging

Cone-beam computed tomography systems are radiographic systems used by dental professionals to analyze and reconstruct 3D images of a patient’s teeth, jaws and surrounding anatomy. The information obtained by means of CBCT imaging is useful in both diagnosis and precise treatment planning when two-dimensional diagnostic films are insufficient. Dental CBCT is useful for multiple types of analyses as well as the assessment of maxillofacial disorders or pathology. It is also most useful in surgical planning, including the accurate placement of dental implants.

CEREC® Same-Day Crowns

CEREC® is an advanced dental technology, which allows for the preparation and placement of same day ceramic restorations. Offering the utmost in terms of quality and convenience, this high-tech system eliminates the need for multiple dental visits, temporary crowns, as well as messy dental impressions.

Using the CEREC method, the tooth to be crowned is scanned, a restoration is digitally designed and then a permanent ceramic restoration is precisely milled in the dental office on that very same day.

The process utilizes CAD/CAM technology, or computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing. A CEREC single visit crown offers much more than a convenient approach to getting a dental crown. It is a high quality, naturally beautiful and extremely durable, permanent dental restoration.

Digital Impressions

Completely eliminating the need for messy, traditional impressions, 3D images of the teeth can now be captured with a digital scanning process. By moving a compact and lightweight wand around the teeth, a sophisticated software program can digitally stitch together images from multiple angles to produce a highly accurate 3D digital model of a patient’s upper and lower teeth and bite. Far more comfortable for the patient than impressions taken with putty like materials, a digital impression can be viewed on a computer screen in real time. This highly accurate impression data can also be readily transmitted to orthodontic labs and manufacturers to produce custom appliances.

Digital Radiography

Digital radiography utilizes computer technology and digital sensors for the acquisition, viewing, storage, and sharing of radiographic images. It offers several advantages over the older traditional film based methods of taking x-rays. The most significant of theses advantages is that digital radiography reduces a patient’s exposure to radiation. Other benefits are that images can be viewed instantly after being taken, can be seen simultaneously as needed by multiple practitioners, and can be easily shared with other offices. Digital x-rays are also safer for the environment as they do not require any chemicals or paper to develop.

An electronic pad, known as a sensor is used instead of film to acquire a digital image. After the image is taken, it goes directly into the patient’s file on the computer. Once it is stored on the computer, it can be easily viewed on a screen, shared, or printed out.

Fotona Laser

Information coming soon.

LANAP® Laser Dentistry

LANAP®, or Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, is an advanced method of treatment for gum disease that enables certain periodontal procedures to be performed in a safer, more precise and less invasive manner than with traditional surgical methods. Using LANAP, cases of periodontitis can be addressed without the pain, gum line recession, or increased tooth sensitivity that is often associated with other treatments that are used at this stage of periodontal disease.

A LANAP Procedure, employs a PerioLase® MVP-7TM laser to selectively vaporize the inflamed and diseased tissue beneath the gum line that is inside of a periodontal pocket, while leaving the healthy tissue intact. This advanced laser technology also targets and kills the bacteria that cause gum disease and helps to facilitate the healthy reattachment of supporting tissues to the surface of the tooth’s root. Since treatment with LANAP effectively reduces the depth of periodontal pockets and promotes the regeneration of bone around a tooth, it may also be helpful in saving a periodontally involved tooth that might otherwise have an unfavorable prognosis. Furthermore, as LANAP is a minimally invasive method, the patient experiences less discomfort and less bleeding both during and after treatment. In addition, recovery time from the procedure and healing at the site of treatment are quicker.

VELscope® Oral Cancer Screening

The VELscope® is an advanced oral assessment technology system that offers clinicians the ability to visualize oral tissue abnormalities that may indicate the presence of oral cancer or pre-malignant dysplasia. A VELscope evaluation is quick, painless, and can be easily incorporated into an oral cancer screening visit.

The VELscope is a handheld scope that utilizes an imaging modality that is sensitive to changes in the natural tissue fluorescence of the oral mucosa. The bright blue light of the VELscope can distinguish healthy soft tissue inside the mouth from soft tissue that has undergone pathological changes.

This ability to identify, evaluate and monitor abnormal soft tissue changes that might not be caught otherwise makes the VELscope an excellent addition to a periodic head and neck exam.

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