Technology

Dentist in Wilmington, NC

Accuracy, effectiveness, and comfort are ensured by our state-of-the-art technologies. Our cosmetic dental devices and preventive dental are safe, efficient, and well-maintained. Some of our dental technologies include those listed below:

Air Abrasion

Our office is equipped with modern air abrasion technology. We utilize a small handheld device to blow a stream of air and tiny aluminum oxide particles against your tooth. This can be used to safely blast away tooth decay and remove surface stains. Air abrasion may also be used as part of a cosmetic or restorative treatment to prepare a tooth for bonding or to repair cracked or worn teeth.

To learn more about how air abrasion technology may be used to restore your smile, contact our office.

CAD/CAM

The Dental Studio has integrated the use of CAD/CAM technology to offer same-day dental restorations to our patients. We are committed to providing the most efficient and effective innovations available, and CAD/CAM technology allows up to design and craft high-quality, metal-free dental restorations in a single patient visit.

CAD/CAM makes dental restoration effective and efficient. First, any decay is removed from the tooth.  Next, we take digital images of the tooth using a 3D modeling software. This 3D model is viewed on a high definition screen as our expert dentist designs the restoration for a precise fit and aesthetically pleasing look. Once the final design is complete, the machine crafts the custom restoration from a solid block of ceramic. This creates durable and highly accurate restorations. In about 15 minutes, the restoration will be ready for placement. Once bonded in place, it is adjusted and polished for a natural, beautiful look.

Using CAD/CAM technology, patients can leave an appointment with a brand-new restoration.  This ends the need for multiple appointments, messy impressions, and weeks of waiting for a lab to make the restoration. Temporary restorations are a thing of the past.

You may be a candidate if you:

  • Have been told you need a new crown, inlay, onlay or bridge
  • Have a cracked tooth
  • Have old failing restorations
  • Have had damage or trauma to your tooth
  • Are interested in replacing old metal restorations with biocompatible restorations

In general, a crown appointment can take less than two hours and requires no additional appointments. The 3D imaging technology allows our team to design a precise virtual restoration without taking impressions. This allows us to ensure restorations look great, fit perfectly, and can last for years.

We have the experience and qualifications to create same day dental restorations.

Cavitron

The Cavitron is a handheld device used in periodontal deep cleaning. While scaling can be completed by hand, the Cavitron uses ultrasonic technology to remove calculus from teeth and gums quickly, gently and effectively.

With the Cavitron, patients enjoy a more comfortable experience while the time spent scaling and polishing is decreased.

CEREC Same-day Dental Restorations

The Dental Studio has integrated the use of CEREC technology to offer same-day dental restorations to our patients. We are committed to providing the most efficient and effective innovations available, and the CEREC is no exception. The patented CEREC CAD/CAM technology designs and crafts high quality, metal-free dental restorations in a single patient visit.

CEREC makes dental restoration effective and efficient. First, any decay is removed from the tooth. Next, we take digital images of the tooth using CEREC’s 3D modeling software. This 3D model is viewed on a high definition screen as our expert dentist designs the restoration for a precise fit and aesthetically pleasing look. Once the final design is complete, the CEREC machine crafts the custom restoration from a solid block of ceramic. This creates strong and highly durable restorations. In about 15 minutes, the restoration will be ready for placement.  Once bonded in place, it is adjusted and polished for a natural, beautiful look.

Using CEREC, patients can leave an appointment with a brand-new restoration. CEREC ends the need for multiple appointments, messy impressions, and weeks of waiting for a lab to make the restoration. Temporary restorations are no longer needed. CEREC is ready on the same day.

You may be a candidate for CEREC if you:

  • Have been told you need a new crown, inlay, onlay or bridge
  • Have a cracked tooth
  • Have old failing restorations
  • Have had damage or trauma to your tooth
  • Are interested in replacing old metal restorations with biocompatible restorations

In general, a CEREC crown appointment can take less than two hours and requires no additional appointments.  The 3D imaging technology allows Dr. Jacob Long to design a precise virtual restoration without taking impressions.  This allows us to ensure restorations look great, fit perfectly, and can last for years.

Dr. Jacob Long has the experience and qualifications to care for same day dental restorations.  For more information about CEREC or to schedule an appointment, contact The Dental Studio.

Cone Beam Imaging

Cone Beam imaging is an advanced form of digital radiograph. With the cone beam imager, one simple scan will produce a 3D image of your entire maxillofacial structure. This image can be used in diagnostics, patient education, treatment planning, and treatment follow-up.

The cone beam provides an effective solution to create quick, clear, precise images for your benefit. Additionally, the cone beam uses minimal radiation in scanning and is a much less-invasive process than other forms of imaging. This makes the cone beam an excellent choice for patients with dental anxiety or a sensitive gag reflex.

By utilizing advanced technologies like the cone beam, we can provide an effective, efficient, and comfortable patient experience for you on every visit.

Digital X-Rays

Our team uses advanced digital x-rays to magnify and enhance your teeth and jaw for better diagnosis. This technology allows us to take images of your teeth and display them on a computer screen quickly and easily.

With digital x-rays, we can view your teeth and surrounding structures with remarkable accuracy. These images provide the information we need to plan your dental treatment and predict the results.

Digital x-rays require much less radiation than traditional film x-rays, so they are a completely safe and effective dental technology.

Intra-Oral Scanner

What is the secret to making a great impression? At The Dental Studio, we use our intra-oral digital scanner to ensure that the impressions we take are accurate, efficient, and comfortable every time.

Impressions are necessary for the fabrication of dental restorations, such as crowns, bridges, and dental implants. Our hand-held intra-oral scanner takes 3-dimensional digital video impressions with pinpoint accuracy. Even the most challenging cases can be accurately scanned with our intra-oral scanner.

Another benefit to you is reduced wait time. When we send precise digital scans to our lab, your restorations require less preparation work and can be fabricated more quickly. This means you can have your restoration placed and be enjoying the results sooner than with traditional impression methods.

In the past, you may have experienced dental trays filled with a soft substance that hardened into an impression of your mouth and teeth. With the intra-oral scanner’s small hand-held wand, we can take accurate digital impressions quickly without tripping your gag reflex.

Even more, as we complete your scan, you will be able to view the impression on the monitor along with us. This allows you to see more precisely how dental restorations can reshape your oral health.

We look forward to seeing you again at your next appointment. We always love to make a great impression.

Intra-oral Camera

The intra-oral camera is about the size and shape of a pen and can record images of your teeth, gums, mouth, and tongue from inside your mouth. Due to their small size and sleek design, these cameras are comfortable, easy to use, and able to view a wide range of angles. The intra-oral camera is a safe and effective tool that can be used with patients of every age.

Our team uses intra-oral cameras for both diagnosis and treatment planning. To ensure health and safety at all times, we use a new disposable cover each time we use the intra-oral camera. After your exam, images captured by the intra-oral camera may be digitally stored, printed out, or sent to patients.

Portable Handheld X-Ray Gun

The portable handheld x-ray system is battery-powered for completely cordless portability. With the portable handheld x-ray gun, we can take accurate, efficient scans with less radiation exposure than most conventional systems. The portable handheld x-ray gun is comfortable, convenient, and can be used in any treatment room.

Panoramic X-Ray

A Panoramic x-ray machine rotates around your entire head to take a 360-degree view of your teeth, sinuses, and the bone structure of your head and jaws. This provides a more complete image than standard x-rays. Panoramic x-ray imagery is a valuable resource for Dr. Jacob Long to use in diagnosis and treatment planning.

Rotary Endodontics Handpiece

A rotary endodontics handpiece is a tool designed to be used in root canal therapy. By using this handpiece, our team can file and shape canals effortlessly. This allows you to have a quicker and more comfortable treatment experience.

Soft Tissue Lasers

With soft tissue lasers at our disposal, Dr. Jacob Long can provide highly precise treatments that are relatively pain-free and less invasive.

A laser is essentially a tiny beam of highly concentrated light that can be used to provide pinpoint accuracy in treatments. Because the laser sterilizes the tissues and seals off blood vessels as it is used, the chance of infection or bleeding following laser treatment is minimal. The soft tissue laser is minimally-invasive but highly effective.

With the highly versatile soft tissue laser, Dr. Jacob Long can seal nerve endings and blood vessels while treating soft tissues simultaneously. This creates less stress on the gums, which significantly reduces both swelling and bleeding. Moreover, by using the soft tissue laser, Dr. Jacob Long minimizes patients’ discomfort both during and after the treatment. With soft tissue lasers, patients can also expect a shorter recovery time.

Dr. Jacob Long always uses the latest technology to provide our patients with precise dental care with a comfortable dental experience.

Guided Implant Placement

Our uses the latest technology in integration of cone beam radiography and intra oral 3D scans. We then use a restorative driven approach to design a Surgical Guide for ideal implant placement based on the final restoration. This allows the most predictable outcome for each implant and restoration, to ensure success and patient satisfaction.

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