At the Charlottesville dental office of Blue Ridge Family Dentistry, we use state-of-the-art dental equipment and technology to ensure your visits are as precise, smooth and gentle as possible. We use the latest GALILEOS 3D X-Ray imaging device by Sirona. This X-Ray allows Dr. Almzayyen and his team to see and assess problems that would often go un-diagnosed with standard 2D technology. Using this machine, Dr. Almzayyen can plan dental implants in 3 dimensions. This technology is a great asset in the use of CEREC one-visit dental crowns.
Using 3D X-rays for Dental Implants
3D X-Rays are far superior to standard 2D X-Ray imaging. As we mentioned above, the GALILEOS 3D X-Ray imaging can be used in the planning and implementation process of dental implants. The technology allows for extreme accuracy and meticulous treatment planning. Dr. Almzayyen is able to virtually plan out the implant process in 3 dimensions on the computer, before ever performing the procedure in the patient's mouth! This not only reduces the number of surprises that could be encountered during the surgical process but also eliminates the need for exploratory surgery.
3D X-Rays may not be necessary for all dental procedures and each patient will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
iTero Element® Scanner
Displays your entire smile on a screen in real-time, right in front of the patient chair, so you and your dentist can see every detail of your smile. This state-of-the-art intraoral scanner helps your dentist identify any oral health issues you may have (cracked, chipped, or crooked teeth, potential cavities, overbite/underbite, etc.), thoroughly explain these issues to you, and create a customized Invisalign treatment plan for you based on your specific needs.
iTero® 3D scans ensure that your aligners are the perfect fit for your smile and can be used throughout treatment to show your smile’s improvements and make sure that you are satisfied with your treatment every step of the way to getting your brand-new, beautiful smile. On the fence about whether Invisalign aligners are right for you? The Invisalign Outcome Simulator uses your 3D iTero scans to provide you with a “before and after” of your smile with and without Invisalign treatment so you can choose the right option for your unique smile.
Implant Stability with Osstell IDx
The Osstell IDx allows Dr. Almzayyen to check the stability of dental implants without jeopardizing the healing process. This accurate, consistent, non-invasive technology allows for a reduction in treatment time, improved outcomes and better communication between doctor and patient. Dental implants are life changing for patients and our team at Blue Ridge Family Dentistry wants to ensure your implant process goes as smoothly and accurately as possible.
Dr. Almzayyen uses CEREC technology to create high-quality porcelain dental crowns during a single visit to his Charlottesville dental office. CEREC uses CAD/CAM digital technology to design and mill custom crowns for immediate placement.
The process will begin with digital impressions that will be used to make a custom fit and color matched dental crown. These digital impressions allow for a high degree of accuracy and control over the entire process, resulting in a custom dental crown that will last for many years with proper dental care.
After the CEREC machine mills your ceramic crown, Dr. Almzayyen will permanently secure it to the tooth and make any necessary adjustments for a snug and comfortable fit. See our dental crowns page for more information.
No more having to stand in a dark room waiting for your X-ray film to develop. Blue Ridge Family Dentistry uses DEXIS digital X-ray which allows our X-ray to be sent to a computer where it can be immediately viewed. Digital X-rays have become far superior to traditional methods and are an exceptional tool in helping patients fully understand their treatment options.
Benefits of Digital X-Rays
- Less radiation
- No wait time on images
- Shorter appointmentsImages can be electronically sent (i.e. for second opinions)
- Images can be enhanced making it easier to identify the problem area