At Classi Smiles, we pride ourselves on offering the most up-to-date, state-of-the-art dental technology for the most natural-looking results. We value your comfort and well-being. We strive to implement the most minimally invasive and efficient dental technologies to help you achieve a beautiful smile with as little downtime as possible. Some of the innovative technologies that we use at Classi Smiles include intraoral scanners, guided dental surgery, and dental X-Ray scans.
What is an intraoral scanner?
An intraoral scanner is an efficient device that allows Dr. Classi to take a digital impression without the use of impression putty that is used in traditional dental impressions. A digital dental impression using an intraoral scan provides a detailed view of your teeth so that Dr. Classi is better able to understand your unique needs. By moving the intraoral scanner over your teeth, the intraoral digital scanner scans your teeth and sends the information to a computer, which then combines the images to make a 3-dimensional visualization of your teeth. In some cases, an intraoral scan may be used to measure your bite alignment.
Digital impressions using an intraoral scanner are done more quickly than traditional impressions that use impression putty. Because an intraoral scanner can provide accurate images of your teeth in just minutes, you spend less time in the chair and enjoy a shorter office visit overall. The knowledge gained from an intraoral scan can be used to properly plan for dental implant surgery, Invisalign® clear braces, and restorative cases. The results from an intraoral scanner are highly accurate, precise, and can be obtained in just minutes. With an intraoral scanner, Dr. Classi is able to precisely control what part of your smile that he is scanning. Intraoral scanners allow Dr. Classi increased mobility so that he can provide you with accurate digital impressions in a fraction of the time.
How can an intraoral scanner be used to plan a dental procedure?
Dr. Classi is able to better prepare for a dental procedure with the information from a digital scan because he is more aware of your particular needs. By eliminating any unknowns, Dr. Classi is able to perform your dental procedure as smoothly as possible. Additionally, dental impressions using an intraoral scanner can be used to prepare for dental implant surgery. Dental implant surgery is now extensively planned digitally to reduce the possibility of any unforeseen circumstances and to ensure the most successful dental implant procedure. The information gained with an intraoral scan helps Dr. Classi to plan the details of your specific dental procedure, such as Invisalign® braces and restorative cases.
How long does a digital impression with an intraoral scanner take?
An intraoral scan is a quick, accurate way to take a digital impression. The majority of digital impressions using an intraoral scanner can be completed in just a few minutes. Occasionally, Dr. Classi may need to rescan a part of your mouth to obtain clearer images. In the majority of cases, Dr. Classi can take a digital impression using an intraoral scanner in under 5 minutes.
Guided Dental Surgery
What is guided dental surgery?
Guided dental surgery ensures the highest level of patient safety and success when undergoing oral surgery. Guided dental surgery can be used to accurately and effectively place dental implants for the best results. Using the latest and most innovative technology, Dr. Classi offers guided dental surgery to create a bright, full smile. Before your dental implant surgery, Dr. Classi can begin to plan the exact details of your procedure based on digital impressions and dental X-Rays. With the knowledge gained from these scans, Dr. Classi is better aware of your particular needs and unique circumstances prior to your dental surgery. By understanding your unique smile and oral health, Dr. Classi can plan for a more successful surgery with little to no unexpected circumstances.
How can guided dental surgery be used to plan a successful procedure?
By using guided dental surgery, Dr. Classi is able to virtually plan your dental implant surgery or other dental procedure. When planning a dental implant procedure, Dr. Classi sees exactly where your nerves, bones, and tissues are located to avoid any complications. With virtual dental implant surgery planning, Dr. Classi can determine the best placement for your dental implants to be functional and aesthetically pleasing.
What are dental X-Rays?
A dental X-Ray, also known as dental radiography or dental radiographs, uses controlled low levels of radiation to create detailed images of your jaw. X-Rays are one of the most commonly used forms of medical imaging and are safe, efficient tools for diagnosing various conditions of the jaw and mouth. Dental X-Ray scans create visualizations of the teeth, jaw, and mouth. In many cases, dental X-Ray scans are ordered prior to a dental procedure or surgery to allow for proper planning. On the other hand, a dental X-Ray scan can also be used to monitor healing after a dental surgery or procedure.
What can dental X-Rays diagnose?
Dental X-Rays can help provide an in-depth analysis of your oral and dental health by detecting signs of a dental condition that would otherwise be difficult to view. There are a variety of dental X-Ray scans, and each dental X-Ray is a useful tool in diagnosing various conditions. Some common dental X-Ray scans include panoramic dental X-Rays, periapical dental X-Rays, occlusal dental X-Rays, and bitewing dental X-Rays.
Panoramic Dental X-Ray Scans:
A panoramic dental X-Ray scan creates a wide view of your teeth, jaw ridges, joints, and sinuses. Panoramic dental X-Ray scans can help Dr. Classi properly diagnose oral tumors or cancers, oral infections, bone fractures, bone irregularities, and impacted or unhealthy teeth.
Periapical Dental X-Rays Scans:
A periapical dental scan creates a detailed image of your whole tooth, starting with the visible top of the tooth and going to the internal roots and bone that helps support and stabilize your tooth. Dr. Classi can use periapical dental X-Rays to diagnose dental conditions that occur under the gum line or within the jaw itself. Some common conditions that a periapical dental X-Ray scan can help diagnose include abscesses, impacted teeth, changes in the health of your jaw bone, or cysts.
Occlusal Dental X-Rays Scans:
Some dental X-Ray scans, such as occlusal X-Rays, create a picture of the roof and floor of your mouth so that Dr. Classi can determine any teeth that have yet to break through the gum line or any extra teeth that may need to be removed. Additionally, occlusal dental X-Rays can help detect signs of a fractured jaw, a cleft palate, or oral growths such as a cyst or abscess.
Bitewing Dental X-Rays Scans:
Dr. Classi is able to see the lower and upper back teeth in 1 image with a bitewing dental X-Ray scan. With the information from a bitewing dental X-Ray scan, Dr. Classi can determine any signs of tooth decay or if your teeth align properly. In some cases, a bitewing dental X-Ray scan can even show signs of bone loss if an underlying dental condition is causing the loss of bone.
How can dental X-Rays be used to plan dental surgery?
While dental X-Rays are often useful tools for diagnosing various oral conditions, they can also be extremely helpful when planning an oral surgery or procedure. X-Ray-guided dental implant surgery uses the information gathered from a dental X-Ray to properly place a dental implant at the degree and trajectory that promotes healthy healing and natural-looking results. The detailed images from a dental X-Ray scan allow for Dr. Classi to better understand your unique anatomy and oral health. By being able to see an internal photograph that assesses the health of your jaw, teeth, and more, Dr. Classi is better equipped to plan a successful dental surgery or dental procedure. A dental X-Ray helps to reduce some of the unknowns prior to a dental procedure. By knowing exactly what to expect during dental surgery, Dr. Classi can reduce the possibility of any unforeseen complications, resulting in a safer and more efficient dental procedure. Dr. Classi is able to ensure the most pleasing and natural-looking results with proper planning using dental X-Ray scans.
How long does a dental X-Ray take?
The length of your dental X-Ray scan will vary depending on what type of dental X-Ray you are undergoing and what is being evaluated. The amount of X-Rays will also affect the length of your dental X-Ray scan. In some cases, a dental X-Ray that only requires 1 image to be taken can be completed within just a few minutes. In other cases, Dr. Classi may need to take a series of dental X-Rays, which will increase the total length of time.
Will I require additional dental X-Rays?
For most patients, the prescribed dental X-Ray scan is sufficient to detect and help diagnosis any dental conditions. If Dr. Classi is unsure about a symptom or finding on your dental X-Ray scan, he may order additional dental X-Rays or a different type of dental X-Ray to effectively diagnose your oral condition. A series of images may be ordered after an inconclusive dental X-Ray in order to obtain a correct diagnosis. As soon as your dental X-Ray results are available, a member of our staff will contact you to discuss your results.
How can I get started with intraoral digital impressions, guided dental surgery, and dental X-Rays?
Dr. Classi would be happy to discuss digital impressions, guided dental surgery, and dental X-Ray scans with you. To learn more about dental X-rays to dental technology with Dr. Anthony Classi at Classi Smiles, please request an appointment online or call our dental office at 212.682.3313.