Dental Technology

Our Technology

At Friddle Dentistry, we implore only the best and most up-to-date dental technology, allowing our dentists and staff to provide the absolute highest quality of care for our patients.

CEREC® for Same-day Dental Crowns

Cerec one visit crowns have helped move dentistry into the 21st century. No more messy, uncomfortable impressions. No more temporary crowns coming off at the start of a long weekend. Cerec one visit crowns can eliminate the need for these. Using revolutionary technology, we can take 3D images of prepared teeth instead of impressions. We are then able to design a crown using advanced computer software that resembles the natural tooth form individualized for the patient. After that we can mill that tooth out of a single block of porcelain, which eliminates any bubbles or fractures that lab-made porcelain crowns can potentially have. We then bond the crown in the patient’s mouth permanently that day.

What are the advantages of cerec crowns?

All porcelain crowns do not use the same type of cement that older metal crowns used. Older metal crowns needed a greater amount of surface area to hold crowns on teeth with traditional cements. All porcelain crowns are bonded to teeth through a chemical bond which does not require the same amount of surface area to hold the crown on. Why is that important? It’s important because we now don’t have to take away healthy tooth structure in order to gain enough surface area to hold crowns on. This allows our preparation to be minimally invasive leading to less sensitivity and longer lasting restorations. The problem with lab-made crowns is that there is a time period where patients have to be in a temporary restoration. Temporaries use cement much like metal crowns, and dentists are forced to remove tooth structure just to make sure we can temporize that tooth long enough for a final restoration. With this being done the only advantage to doing all porcelain restorations is for esthetics, and most dentists have not stopped using metal for this reason. With cerec one visit crowns, we don’t have to make extra preparations because of the temporaries. We are now able to restore people’s teeth with minimally invasive, highly esthetic crowns.

What are the disadvantages of cerec one visit crowns?

Not all teeth are good candidates for cerec restorations. Teeth that are badly broken down or that have decay below the gumline are usually best restored with traditional lab made crowns. The 3D image can be blurred when the margin of the preparation goes below the gumline. Teeth in the very back of the mouth can also be difficult to take a proper image of due to the size of the camera used to take the picture. Natural teeth have different shades in them as you go from the gumline to the top of the tooth. Because of this we prefer to have one of our excellent labs make our crowns if they are going to be in a highly esthetic zone of the dentition. This allows for more natural looking teeth that don’t stick out when patients smile. Now that we have an advanced porcelain glazing oven in our office, we can change the shade of porcelain crowns to some degree right in our office. We are proud of the advances we have made in this area and hopefully will soon feel more comfortable providing one visit anterior restorations, but at this point we are having more excellent results using our labs and feel this is the best for our patients.

Identafi® to Screen for Oral Cancer

The advanced Identafi® device allows us to screen for early signs of oral cancer. Using a special handheld tool, the doctor will shine white, amber, and violet light on the soft oral tissues. With the help of special Identafi® eyewear, we can spot abnormal reflective patterns that may indicate the presence of oral cancer. By identifying this disease in its earliest phases, patients have a much better prognosis.

DIAGNOdent® to Spot Signs of Decay

With DIAGNOdent®, our dentists use a special laser to measure the fluorescence of individual teeth. Using a healthy tooth as a point of reference, this advanced technology allows us to identify decay before it can cause extensive damage or pain. When tooth decay is spotted at an early stage, we can often remove it and restore the tooth with a basic dental filling, helping patients avoid more costly and extensive treatments.

Digital X-Rays

X-rays remain one of the most basic and valuable diagnostic tools available to dentists. We use digital x-rays to identify small cracks, damage to the dental roots, or signs of decay. When compared to traditional film types, digital x-rays offer several advantages. Digital x-rays provide a clearer image than film, they can be developed instantly, and they can be magnified to a greater degree. Additionally, digital x-rays are safer since they minimize a patient’s exposure to radiation.

Panoramic X-Rays

While traditional x-rays allow the dentist to view your smile in two dimensions, panoramic x-rays provide a 3D view of your entire dental arch and jaw. Using panoramic x-rays, Dr. Carl and Cody Friddle can better identify tooth misalignment, damage to the jaw joints, tissue inflammation, and other oral health concerns. For adolescent patients, we can also use panoramic x-rays to monitor the development of wisdom teeth.

Intraoral Photography

We use intraoral photography to detect the earliest signs of dental damage. Using a tiny handheld camera, we can take close-up pictures of your teeth and project the images onto a chairside computer. These detailed intraoral photographs will allow the doctor to identify tiny cracks, surface decay, and other concerns that might otherwise go undiagnosed.

K7 Evaluation System

The K7 Evaluation system is an advanced diagnostic tool in neuromuscular dentistry that allows us to examine the jaw in great detail. Using several electrodes, the doctor can identify areas that are receiving the most force during biting and jaw movement. By spotting the areas where teeth are experiencing excessive pressure, we can create a custom orthotic to help reduce jaw pain, alleviate headaches, and bring relief to a range of symptoms related to TMJ disorder.

TENS Unit for TMJ Symptoms

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is a treatment designed to bring relief to patients suffering from TMJ disorder. During TENS treatment, your dentist will place electrodes over your jaw and neck muscles. An ultralow frequency electric shock will stimulate blood flow in these muscles, reducing tension and inflammation in the surrounding areas. In many cases, we will use a TENS unit and the K7 evaluation system to provide the most effective neuromuscular care.

Take-home Sleep Study

Sleep apnea can affect your quality of life and increase your risk of serious health issues. A take-home sleep study will allow us to measure your airflow, oxygen saturation, and heart rate to perform an accurate diagnosis. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common form of the condition, occurs when the soft palate or tongue block airways, interrupting sleep repeatedly throughout the night. When a patient is suffering from OSA, we can often help them find relief from symptoms with a basic oral splint.

If you care to learn more about the technologies we use, or want to schedule an appointment, please reach out to us!