CAESY® Educational Videos
Our dental office is proud to offer the CAESY® technology system for patient education. During appointments, you will have access to educational videos created by CAESY® that will help enhance your knowledge and understanding of dentistry and our dental procedures.
Our goal before we begin any treatment plan is for you to completely understand the procedures we recommend. CAESY® allows us to show detailed videos about procedures including dental implants, root canals, crowns and bridges, and dentures. We know that an informed patient is a motivated patient and hope that CAESY® will assist you in seeking dental treatments.
CariFree® Cavity Prevention
Dental cavities, also known as dental caries, are caused by bacterial infections. Infections occur when normal, healthy bacteria in the mouth are replaced by acid-producing bacteria. This shift in bacteria is usually caused by lack of saliva, a sugary/acidic diet, or transmission through saliva.
Caries are not only treatable, but also preventable. The CariFree® Prevention system we offer treats the infection causing bacteria before tooth decay occurs. In order to determine if caries are present in the mouth, we perform a one-minute CariScreen test using a simple cotton swab to gather a specimen from two teeth. The CariScreen® test then determines the level of decay-causing bacteria: low, moderate, or high risk.
CariFree® treatment consists of a series of CariFree® antibacterial mouth rinses to reduce the bacterial levels on the teeth. There are two types of rinses: the CariFree® Treatment Rinse and the CariFree® Maintenance Rinse. The CariFree® Treatment Rise kills the harmful bacteria on the teeth. The CariFree® Maintenance Rinse is designed to develop an environment in the mouth, which prevents the destructive bacteria from re-establishing itself. Removing the harmful bacteria and maintaining a bacteria-free mouth greatly reduces the risk of future dental decay.
The CEREC® Procedure
Let’s face it. Very few of us have perfect teeth, free of decay and fillings. You can probably see a filling or two in your own mouth. In many cases, those fillings are made of metal material and can go bad, weaken your tooth, or get additional decay. CEREC® is a method used not only to replace these fillings, but also to restore any tooth that is decayed, weakened, or broken, to its natural strength and beauty. Better yet, it’s done with all-ceramic materials that are tooth-colored, and in a single appointment!
Exam and Preparation
First, we examine your tooth to determine appropriate treatment. It may be a simple filling, or a full crown, depending on how much healthy tooth structure is remaining. Next, an anesthetic is administered to prepare your tooth for the restoration.
We then take an optical impression of your tooth. Instead of filling a tray with impression "goop" that you must bite into and hold in your mouth until it hardens, the tooth is coated with a non-toxic, tasteless powder. The optical Impression process takes only a minute or two.
The CEREC® 3-D software takes the digital picture and converts it into a 3-dimensional virtual model on the computer screen. Within a few minutes, the restoration design data is sent to a separate milling machine in our office. A ceramic block that matches your tooth shade is placed in the milling machine and 10 – 20 minutes later, your all-ceramic, tooth-colored restoration is finished and ready to bond in place. All of this is done in a single appointment!
What is CEREC®?
CEREC® is an advanced dental restorative system that allows Dr. Shlafer to restore decayed teeth, place crowns, remove defective amalgam fillings, or place cosmetic veneers in just one appointment. This offers you the highest quality, most lifelike dental restorations in just one visit … in, out and on with your busy life.
CEREC® is a registered trademark of Sirona Dental Systems.
Computer-Guided Implant Surgery
Computer-guided dental implant surgery is a great advance in dental implant surgery and treatment planning. Through the use of 3-D computer imaging software, we are now able to perform virtual surgery before we even touch your mouth. This system gathers exceptionally accurate information about your mouth, including the anatomy of your jaw, in three dimensions. We are able to locate and identify important internal structures as well as gather information about bone quality and quantity.
This information allows us to create a more accurate, precise treatment plan for your dental implant placement. The process provides greater satisfaction, health, and recovery and helps to simplify the treatment process. The actual placement of the implant and the final restoration can be completed in hours versus months.
Benefits to You
Computer-guided implant surgery has many increased benefits versus traditional dental implant surgery. Perhaps the largest benefit is the increase in predictability and safety of the dental implant procedure. Because we can more accurately plan your treatment prior to beginning the procedure, there is a higher degree of safety compared to “freehand” implant placement.
Computer-guided implant surgery also reduces the discomfort and swelling associated with traditional implant surgery because we are now able to reduce the duration and number of appointments and surgeries. And, because we know ahead of time where important structures are in the jaw, we are able to make smaller and fewer incisions than in freehand surgery.
Advances in laser dentistry are making treatment for a variety of dental problems quicker, more effective, and more comfortable than ever before. At our dental office, patients can find laser dentistry technology designed to enhance a range of procedures. Dr. Shlafer has undergone the special training necessary to provide treatment with PerioLase® and other laser procedures.
Laser Periodontal Treatment™
Although gum disease can be debilitating if left untreated, many people do not seek treatment because of the pain and lengthy recovery times associated with traditional periodontal surgery; however, Laser Periodontal Treatment™ (LPT™) is revolutionizing periodontal surgery. This breakthrough in laser dentistry makes the gum disease treatment procedure virtually painless. LPT™ utilizes the PerioLase® laser by Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc., the only FDA-approved laser for periodontal surgery.
Benefits of Laser Periodontal Treatment™
- No scalpel or sutures
- Shorter treatment and recovery times
- Increased comfort
- Effective for severe cases
- Better, longer-lasting results
- Safe for patients with diabetes, hemophilia, and HIV
- Comparable in price to traditional periodontal treatments
The Laser Periodontal Treatment™ Procedure
Surgery with PerioLase® is a straightforward laser dentistry procedure performed at our office. First, Dr. Shlafer applies a local anesthetic. Next, he uses the PerioLase® laser to gently clear away diseased tissue from your gums and jawbone. This is a quick, virtually painless step that requires no cutting of the gum tissue. The PerioLase® laser aids in blood clotting, forming a barrier that expedites the healing process and eliminates the need for sutures. After modifying the diseased tissue, the tooth's root is smoothed to prevent future tartar buildup. Most patients can return to work the same day as the procedure, and recover fully in as little as two weeks.
Dr. Shlafer provides patients with laser dentistry technology that detects cavities hidden below the tooth's surface. By emitting light at a wavelength that specifically highlights tooth decay below the enamel, the laser enables us to detect and fill hidden cavities before they cause excessive damage to the tooth, without scraping or prodding your tooth enamel.
Gum recontouring can make a dramatic difference when used in smile makeovers and other aesthetic procedures. By trimming excess gum tissue covering your teeth, cosmetic gum lifting can quickly produce a brighter smile. Laser dentistry allows us to perform the gum lifting procedure with great precision. The laser vaporizes excess gum tissue with very little effect on surrounding tissues, making treatment comfortable, safe, and effective.
It is always important to detect and treat cavities as early as possible; however, detecting cavities using only visual, probing and X-ray clues has proven to be only 50-75 percent accurate. Because cavities can hide along fissure lines or inside biting or occlusal surfaces, detecting them early can be challenging. Additionally, dental probing has also been proven ineffective, as the cavity would have to be as large as the probe head in order to be found.
DIAGNOdent is a revolutionary way to detect and find cavities. DIAGNOdent uses a laser diode to inspect your teeth. The light-emitting device is shined on your teeth and then gives a digital readout to detect decay. In fact, the DIAGNOdent laser is able to identify the tiniest bit of tooth decay before it becomes a major problem. Detecting decay early means that fillings can be shallower and simpler and more of your tooth structure can be preserved. And, because DIAGNOdent uses only light energy, not X-rays, it’s safe to use at each office visit.
Our dental team is diligent in keeping up with the constant and rapid advancements in modern technology. Digital X-rays are just one more advantage you will have at your disposal when you visit our office. Instead of using a conventional film, we use a special computer sensor which puts the X-ray picture directly into the computer and allows us to reduce the amount of harmful radiation by nearly 90 percent. Since the pictures are in the computer, we can enhance the images to better diagnose conditions--often before they become problems. This proves to be much more convenient for you because the X-rays can then be displayed on the computer right in front of you.
- Less exposure to radiation
- Faster turn-around time
- Shorter appointments
- Involvement in co-diagnosis
- Improved understanding of treatment options
An intraoral camera allows our dental team clear, precise images of your mouth and offers a more accurate diagnosis and better treatment plan. A faster, more accurate diagnosis means less chair time for you! It also allows you to see everything we see and know everything we know!
Show and Tell
Many patients struggle to understand why they need complicated dental procedures when they aren't experiencing any pain or see no visual evidence that a procedure is needed. Intraoral cameras allow patients to see the state of their mouth in real-time and a diagnosis with their own eyes.
Intraoral cameras are roughly the same size as a pen and are fitted with a camera and light. The camera then transmits the images to a computer screen or television monitor. You'll be able to see right away a fractured tooth, abscess, or cavity. In the case of the intraoral camera, a picture may be worth more than a thousand words!
Spots on your teeth can result from a number of causes including accident, trauma, developmental abnormalities, braces, tooth decay, medications, smoking and too much fluoride in the water. Removing these stains can be difficult and teeth whitening or bleaching may not be effective.
Microabrasion is a quick and painless solution for removing yellow, white or brown spots, stains and discoloration on your teeth. This procedure uses hydrochloric acid and pumice to gently remove thin layers of tooth enamel, removing the stains.
Before the procedure begins, your teeth are isolated with a rubber dam to protect your gums from the acid and pumice materials. The microabrasion materials are then gently rubbed onto the surface of your teeth either manually or using a very slow speed rubber cup. After a few layers of enamel are removed, the mixture is rinsed and the results evaluated. This process may be performed repeatedly until the desired results are achieved.
After the procedure is completed, your teeth are usually bathed in a fluoride gel to remove post-operative sensitivity and the rubber dam is removed. The procedure usually takes only about an hour and is permanent. Only micro layers of enamel are removed so it is safe.
Of the millions who suffer each year from gum disease, few actually seek treatment. Gum disease harms your teeth and gums and can lead to more serious illnesses. Without gum disease treatment, further complications such as heart disease, pancreatic cancer, diabetes, and low birth weight can occur. Luckily there is no need to fear gum disease treatment anymore. A new procedure known as the Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) eliminates the need for cutting and stitching tissue. With LANAP® gum disease treatment, there is less pain and less bleeding than with previous, outdated methods. Finally, you can seek treatment without fear of all the negative side effects.
LANAP® is a form of laser gum surgery that does not cause harm to any healthy tissue. Traditional methods of gum disease treatment use scalpels to cut away diseased tissue and often leave behind lots of collateral damage. Laser gum surgery is a much less invasive option. Dr. Shlafer is now able to remove bacteria with a highly selective laser that does not harm your bone or healthy tissue. Because of this, there is less pain during and after the procedure.