Our Dental Technology

Cerec Crowns:

Technology has taken the crown process to the next level… It’s called the CEREC! The Cerec machine does this entire process in about an hour, saving you that second dental visit and hours of your time. First, the crown is made of 100% porcelain. It is cintered which means it is put under pressure and heat to make its qualities like that of enamel in hardness and wear. Second, There are no impressions to take and send to the lab. The Cerec crown is made with a CAD / CAM machine. CAD stands for Computer Assisted Design and CAM is for Computer Assisted Machine.With the Cerec an infrared photo is taken of the tooth and brought into the computer. In the computer the dentist now designs the crown. Next, a block of porcelain is placed in a milling machine. The dentist then sends the crown design to the milling machine. The Cerec milling machine then takes that block of porcelain and mills out the crown. The milling process takes about 10 to 15 minutes. Third, the porcelain crown is then removed from the mill. The dentist now cements the porcelain crown using a new generation of cements that bonds to the tooth and to the porcelain. This gives the new restoration additional strength. A good example is a thin piece of laminate is very weak and brittle on its own, but when bonded to wood it gains a great deal of strength. Cerec crowns are very natural looking, have a very precise fit, are durable and can be made in one dental visit in about one hour saving you hours of your time.

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Invisalign:

Invisalign is a patented proprietary system that uses 3D modeling software and cutting-edge manufacturing technology to provide a clear, removable solution for straightening teeth. Invisalign is effective at treating a wide variety of orthodontic issues including:

Invisalign was designed with leading orthodontists and is FDA cleared. Invisalign has the experience of over 1,000,000 patients worldwide, and has a 96% of patient satisfaction rate. And, 9 out of 10 patients would recommend Invisalign to their friends and family. In today’s busy and aesthetically-conscious world, many patients prefer Invisalign’s clear and removable orthodontic solution to traditional brackets and wires. There are a number of other clear aligners out there; however none have the product experience, efficacy and customization of Invisalign. So what happens when you decide Invisalign is for you? Simply call our office to schedule a consultation to discuss the goals you have for your smile. Once Dr. Carter determines that Invisalign is right for you, he will write up a treatment plan, send it to Invisalign, and a set of virtually invisible aligners will then be mailed to our office. Your Invisalign system may look like a simple piece of plastic, but it's much more. With advanced technology, your Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you, and only you. Over time, your teeth should move to reveal the smile you've been looking for.

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ZOOM! Technology:

These days, there are many ways to achieve a whiter, healthier looking smile. ZOOM! is a chairside whitening procedure that uses laser tooth whitening technology. Many patients prefer laser tooth whitening to the take-home professional teeth whitening trays on the market. And, while costs for laser teeth whitening technology are usually more expensive, the instantaneous advantage of two-hour whitening is hard to resist. During the procedure peroxide based gel is applied to the teeth. This gel contains a professional strength formula that ensures the laser accomplishes the maximum possible amount of teeth whitening. Next, a special light is used to activate the gel. The process usually takes about two hours, and whitens teeth by as many as 8 shades.

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Digital X-rays:

Dental x-rays are important for many reasons. They can expose hidden tooth decay; reveal a tooth abscess, cyst or tumor; show impacted or extra teeth; and also help determine the condition of dental fillings, tooth crowns, dental bridges and root canals. Dental x-rays can also reveal bone loss from periodontal gum disease, locate tarter buildup, find foreign bodies within the gum or bone, and see if there is enough bone for the placement of dental implants. These are just some of the many reasons why we rely on dental x-rays. The newest dental x-ray technology is digital x-rays. They offer the advantage of an 80 percent reduction in radiation, no need for film or processing chemicals, production of a nearly instantaneously image that our patients can view on our in-room monitors, and the ability to use color contrast in the image. This technology helps us to diagnose and find problems for the patients much faster and more efficiently than traditional x-rays, and the sooner we find the problem the sooner we can set about fixing it!


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Creating Smiles For Life

Dr. John C. Carter, DDS
4907 Brambleton Avenue • Roanoke, VA 24018 • (540) 774-3143