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Midlothian, TX Dental Technology at Jerry R. Ellis, DDS

 By utilizing the most advanced technology available, our office ensures that each patient achieves optimal results. Some of the state of the art technology we have implemented at our office includes,  digital x-rays, intra-oral digital photography and soft tissue lasers.

Digital X-Rays

Digital radiography (digital x-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental x-rays.  This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer.  This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems easier.  Digital x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.

Intra-Oral Camera

The intra-oral camera broadcasts images for both the patient and doctor to see. Instantaneously the images of your teeth are sent to a computer screen so that both the patient and doctor can review your oral health together.  This wonderful new technology allows you to relax in your chair while simultaneously observing a real-time movie of the inside of your mouth magnified beyond normal size on an adjacent computer monitor. Not only does this make it simple to see and understand what is happening in your mouth, but it makes it simple for us to keep incredibly accurate records from one visit to the next.

CEREC – a procedure with a long tradition.

All-ceramic dental restorations with CEREC are now available in one visit.

The CEREC procedure was developed at Zurich University and has been successfully deployed in dental practices since 1985, for more than 25 years.

Worldwide, more than 25,000 practices in over 50 countries work with the CEREC system. Since 1985, over 8 million patients have been treated using the CEREC procedure. More than 20 million ceramic restorations have been created and placed.

Long-term clinical studies demonstrate that, in terms of durability, CEREC restorations are at least equivalent to gold restorations.

The CEREC treatment procedure means:

No conventional impressions: The 3D measuring camera scans the prepared tooth/teeth in just a few seconds. This technology eliminates the need for unpleasant silicone or polyvinyl impressions.

No temporaries: CEREC restorations are milled out of a solid ceramic block in just minutes. They are then glazed or polished and are ready to be placed immediately. This technique eliminates the need for temporary fillings and crowns.

No long waiting period: Because CEREC restorations can be placed immediately, you only need one appointment, without waiting for weeks for the final restoration to be fabricated by a laboratory.

CEREC step-by-step

1. You will be informed at the diagnosis appointment if your case is appropriate for a CEREC restoration.

2. After removing the diseased tooth structure and/or defective old restoration(s), we create a 3D image of the tooth with the CEREC Omnicam digital video scanning camera.

3. The restoration is designed on the monitor of the CEREC acquisition unit.

4. The CEREC milling chamber machines the restoration out of a ceramic block.

5. The milled restoration is bonded directly to the tooth. 

CEREC is a sophisticated CAD/CAM system for the production of all-ceramic restorations – inlays, onlays, crowns, veneers, and bridges for anterior and posterior teeth – making possible

1. Highly aesthetic , tooth-colored restorations, created and placed during a single dental appointment

2. No impressions or temporaries

3. Metal-free, durable, biocompatible materials