PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 23, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Dentists such as Brett Cotham
work with a lot of equipment. Whenever a patient goes into an office, they see a vast amount of instruments and machines surrounding their chair. All of this equipment is integral to performing top quality dental service. However, there is always room for improvement. Researchers and dental scientists have recently developed a new technology that will revolutionize the way dentists conduct service.
on The Middletown Press discusses how two small Connecticut dentists' offices are receiving new equipment. These firms are being outfitted with the ED4 Dentist System. This piece of equipment is a highly advanced digital impression machine. Its goal is to change the procedure for dental impressions so that patients can receive crowns and inlays quicker.
Traditionally, dentists had to take molds of people's teeth by inserting material in their mouth. This gooey mold would have to be held in place for several minutes until it hardened and then analyzed in lab for a few weeks. The patient would then have to return and then get their newly created crowns and inlays inserted. This whole process was simply too tedious and took too much time to complete. The ED4 will change the way dentists take impressions.
This new equipment consists of two components. The first piece is a small laser video camera that goes into the patient's mouth. It constructs a 3D image, which is manipulated and analyzed by the dentist on a miniature computer screen, which is the second component. As the camera is taking the video, a machine in the next room will construct the model in record time. Dentists can then walk next-door, grab the crown, and start placing it in the patient's mouth. A process that usually takes up to a month has been reduced to two hours.
Traditional crowns and inlays are constructed from porcelain or gold. Although these were effective, they were still subjected to problems and sometimes broke. The ED4 will utilize crystalline glass-ceramic lithium composites. This is a stronger composition and is very difficult to break.
This new technology may be expensive, but experts state that it pays for itself over time. Dentists will no longer have to worry about shipping materials to the lab and exorbitant costs. They can take care of everything in-house and send the customer on their way in record time.
"Crowns are typically used on people who have a chipped or broken tooth," explains Brett Cotham. "When they come in with a broken tooth, they want to get it taken care of right away. Unfortunately, it takes up to two to four weeks to get a crown fully developed. Patients get frustrated and impatient. With this new technology, we'll see a lot more satisfied customers who are happy that they are getting fixed quickly. Hopefully these two Connecticut offices will see success with their ED4's."
Brett Cotham is eager to see the results of the ED4 and hopes that it becomes a major asset to the dentistry field.
Brett Cotham is an Arkansas-based cosmetic dentist. He specializes in a wide variety of dental practices such as mouth reconstruction, mouth rehabilitation, and tentative care. He occasionally provides orthodontic and implant work as well. Brett enjoys giving back to the community in his spare time. He has worked with Toys for Tots and completed several trips for Mission of Mercy. His future plans consist of visiting South Africa to deliver dental care to underprivileged people. Brett's philosophy is that a terrific smile can change someone's life completely.