Our Technology

Our team at Callaway Family Dental embraces the latest technology in dentistry to provide high-quality oral healthcare to our patients. Utilizing advanced technology can improve the accuracy of diagnoses and promote customized, convenient treatment options. Our mission is to improve our patients’ care so that they can enjoy vibrant oral health and wellness. Some of the advanced technology we use includes three-dimensional printing and CT diagnostic imaging.

Three-Dimensional Printing Technology

From producing consumer goods to fabricating healthcare products quickly and efficiently, three-dimensional printing has revolutionized the construction of a number of products spanning diverse industries. When it comes to dentistry, three-dimensional printing is helpful for producing custom restorations like dental crowns and oral appliances used to prevent sport-related injuries or to treat obstructive sleep apnea.

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Same-Day Dental Crowns with CEREC

Three-dimensional printing technology along with advanced computer software can be used to fabricate beautiful restorations quickly. CEREC, a system that utilizes CAD/CAM technology, is used to construct custom dental crowns in one convenient office appointment.

Before CEREC and three-dimensional printing technology, dental crowns took weeks to fabricate. This is because dental crowns had to be constructed off-site in dental laboratories by technicians. The process for receiving a traditional crown involved wearing a temporary crown for weeks until one’s custom crown was ready. With CEREC, the process to create crowns is shortened to a few hours. This advanced technology eliminates the need for temporary crowns and weeks of waiting time.

Crowns made with CEREC technology are natural looking because these restorations are milled from high-quality blocks of ceramic. Available in numerous tooth-colored shades, CEREC produces beautiful dental work that blends in seamlessly with a patient’s biological teeth.

Cone Beam Imaging for Accurate Diagnosis and Precise Treatment

Traditionally, dental radiology relied heavily on two-dimensional images produced on X-ray film. Today, however, there are a number of technological advancements that dentists can use to produce very detailed images of the entire oral cavity and face. Cone beam imaging is an advanced diagnostic technology that generates incredibly detailed, three-dimensional views of the head and oral cavity.

Tissues and structures visible in cone beam images include:

  • Teeth
  • Facial bones including the jaws
  • Nerve pathways
  • Sinus cavities
  • Airways

CT cone beam imaging has diverse applications when it comes to dental treatments. Following are instances where cone beam images are helpful:

  • Diagnosing TMJ disorder
  • Planning tooth extractions, including wisdom tooth removal
  • Placing dental implants
  • Evaluating a patient’s occlusion and dentition
  • Monitoring bone health in the jaw
  • Detecting oral cancer
  • Evaluating the health status of root canals

Cone beam images are especially helpful in implant dentistry. Placing dental implants requires an intimate understanding of the width and density of the jawbones. Without adequate bone structure, implants can fail. By using cone beam images, our dentist can determine the best site within the jaws to place dental implants. These images can be uploaded to software programs that help oral healthcare professionals simulate surgical treatment prior to a patient’s procedure.

Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Therapy

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a serious health condition that increases a person’s risk for a number of conditions and diseases. The standard treatment for sleep apnea included surgery and the use of CPAP machines, which emit a stream of air to keep breathing passageways open. While these solutions are often effective treatment options, many patients are turning to oral appliance therapy, which is a non-invasive and convenient alternative.

OSA appliance therapy involves wearing soft, custom-made oral appliances that help widen the diameter of the airway. These appliances fit over teeth like a retainer and position the lower mandible (jaw) forward. Repositioning the jaw increases airflow to prevent episodes of apnea during rest.

Benefits of appliance therapy for sleep apnea:

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  • Quiet, no machinery is necessary
  • Compact and portable, for easy traveling
  • Low maintenance
  • Restful, uninterrupted sleep

Untreated sleep apnea can affect your entire well-being. This condition causes sleep deprivation, which is proven to affect a person’s cognitive and motor function as well as increase his or her risks for systemic health concerns like pulmonary and cardiovascular disease.

Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Fatigue, even after what seems like a full night of sleep
  • Frequent headaches – especially in the morning
  • Dry mouth upon waking
  • Loud and obstructive snoring
  • Gasping for air during sleep
  • Memory loss
  • Changes in mood, including depressed thoughts and irritability

If you have signs of sleep apnea, it’s important to consult with a dentist or physician. If you have common symptoms of sleep apnea, a dentist will recommend that you have a sleep study performed. If this study indicates sleep apnea, you can pursue treatment options that might include oral appliance therapy.

Technology Improves Oral Healthcare

Embracing the latest technology and deploying advanced treatment methods helps our team at Callaway Family Dental provide accurate and customizable treatment for a number of conditions. From high-quality diagnostic images for treatment planning to expedite the fabrication of custom restorations, technology can improve our quality of treatment and our patients’ oral health.

Our practice provides general, restorative, and cosmetic dental treatment to people of all ages. We are accepting new patients. Call our office to schedule a checkup or consultation.