We care about you! Your comfort is very important to us throughout your visits.
Dr. Getty does ceramic restorations such as inlays, partial crowns, and crowns in a single session, usually less than two hours. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.
First, Dr. Getty prepares the damaged tooth by painting a thin layer of reflective powder directly on the tooth's surface. Using a special camera, he then takes a picture of the tooth. No need to take a messy impression and send it to the lab. Dr. Getty works from this photo, which is actually a pin-sharp optical impression of the tooth.
Computer Aided Design (CAD) technology helps Dr. Getty design the restoration from the optical impression. The design is done chairside on a color monitor. Patients can watch the dentist design the new restoration right in front of their eyes!
Then Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) creates the restoration while the patient waits. The tooth is milled out of a block of ceramic material that matches the patient's tooth color. CAM uses two high-speed diamond burs simultaneously to mill a precise restoration. The milling takes about 10 minutes. Finally, Dr. Getty bonds the newly milled restoration to the tooth using an adhesive.
Using digital radiography, we greatly reduce the use of traditional dental x-ray film. Instead a sensor is placed in position and the tube is set to deliver up to 90 percent less radiation than film requires. No more waiting for the slow process of developing film, and no more chemicals to develop and fix the film. With this system, known as Computed Dental Radiography, or CDR, the image is immediately shown on the computer monitor for you to see. You'll see clear, large images of your dental structures, instead of having to squint at tiny films as in the past. All this helps us to better analyze your dental condition, and to more effectively communicate to you, our patient. We will even be able to supply you with high-quality printed copies of these images, as well as digital photographs that can be taken with the same computerized system. This system is at the cutting edge of technology, and will help us to provide you with the safest, most advanced dental diagnosis and treatment available. If you have any questions about this, do not hesitate to call (301)334-4485.
For consistency and accuracy in finding early decay, Dr. Getty now uses the Diagnodent, a laser caries detector. By identifying decay earlier, we can often prevent the need for large fillings or root canals later.
We prefer to perform a comprehensive exam with x-rays when needed at regular intervals. At each exam Dr. Getty himself will look for any signs of oral disease and will also complete a cancer screening. Although rare, in most cases where oral cancer occurs, it is diagnosed first by the dentist. All other problems are noted and discussed with you before planning the treatment. We will explain the options available and answer your questions to help you make responsible decisions about your treatment.
Our hygienists are highly trained professionals, who will strive together with you to keep your oral health at its best. Each person has a different oral environment, and we customize our treatment to best serve you.
Many people suffer from bad breath. We can help you to pinpoint the cause, and often find that the solution is simpler than you might have expected!
Comprehensive treatment to restore optimum oral health is our goal. We plan with you how best to accomplish this through a wide range of services, including:
Includes bonding services and tooth whitening where indicated. Ask about the various options. An exam is always indicated before treatment recommendations can be made.
Many people can be effectively treated for chronic snoring disorders.
We do not recommend or offer any piercing services due to the detrimental effects on the oral structures which could have serious results. We do offer consultation to those who are considering piercing of the lips, tongue, or other structures, as to what effect these may have.
We can educate, motivate, and prescribe as needed to help you quit for good.
We offer photographic services to document pre- and post-treatment conditions to help in diagnosis, and for use in worker's comp claims, etc.
If you are in need of an expert witness for a dental claim, please feel free to call.
We trust you will call if any other questions arise. We are here to serve you.