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State of the Art Dentistry at 19th Avenue Dental

 

Last updated 2/12/2020 at 12:54pm

A broken tooth can be more than just an embarrassment. Having to take time off from work or school for restoration can be a time-consuming process that can interrupt your life and busy schedule.

Fortunately, new state-of-the-art technology can turn the two weeks or more crown preparation, crafting and seating process into just a single-day procedure.

At 19th Avenue Dental in Everett, Dr. Shuichi Yamaguchi offers his patients the ability to receive a complete crown the same day, thanks to CEREC, an advanced computer-aided tool that allows him to craft his own crowns onsite without the need to send to an outside dental lab.

He often sees patients to prepare their crown site in the morning, crafts the crown over lunch and then sets the beautifully crafted, custom crown in place just a few hours later.

In the past, patients used to have the tooth prepared, impressions made and a temporary crown set at one visit, then wait for the crown to be made and shipped back weeks later. Then they would come in for a second visit to get the temporary removed, and have the permanent crown placed.

The CEREC system at 19th Avenue Dental uses the latest digital scanning technology to quickly create a perfectly fitting crown onsite without the need to send to an outside dental lab. That can eliminate the need for a temporary crown altogether.

CEREC crowns are made of materials that are almost as strong as natural teeth and much stronger than other crown materials that have been used in the past. This makes them likely to last much longer than old traditional crowns.

This porcelain material used by CEREC is also less likely to cause reactions in people who were allergic to older crown materials in the past. That means there are many people who can receive a CEREC crown who previously might not have been a crown candidate.

Another plus with the CEREC system is it allows Dr. Yamaguchi to create milled inlays and onlays that can preserve the natural tooth through restoration rather than placing a full crown. This more conservative approach allows patients to retain more of their natural tooth structure, which can be beneficial in the long run.

Patients with failing fillings or other issues that have compromised the tooth structure may be candidates for these CEREC inlays and onlays. This is especially true for those people with old-fashioned amalgam fillings.

These so-called "silver" fillings are not only noticeable and unsightly; they also contain mercury. Recent studies suggest they may also affect your health.

Dr. Yamaguchi is skilled in the safe removal of these mercury fillings, and can replace them with a natural-colored composite that often makes teeth look whiter once that old, darker filling material is removed.

Even with all of these advances, there may be some patients reluctant to visit the dentist and have issues taken care of. They're nervous about pain and discomfort and having their face feel numb for hours afterward. Fortunately, technology has advanced in this field as well.

19th Avenue Dental offers the revolutionary STA or Single Tooth Anesthesia system. This computerized anesthesia delivery system eliminates the need for old-fashioned needles that flood the face and jaw with anesthetic in areas where it is not wanted or needed.

With STA, a precisely calculated dose of anesthesia is painlessly delivered only to the tooth that is being worked on and not to adjacent areas. This calculated precision means no numb face yet complete comfort while the tooth is being prepared.

If patients are still nervous about their dental procedure, Dr. Yamaguchi offers laughing gas (nitrous oxide) as a courtesy. He is also equipped to sedate patients who suffer from extreme anxiety.

For more information on the technology and other services provided at 19th Avenue Dental, you can find their website at http://www.19thavedental.com. You can also give them a call at (425) 385-8130, and one of their welcoming office staff will gladly assist you.

 

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