Clarion Dental Care Uses 3D Printing & Imaging to Make Going to the Dentist Safer and Easier
CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Advancements in 3D printing and scanning technology are revolutionizing the dental industry, and Clarion Dental Care, located at 22808 Rt 68 in Clarion, is bringing this technology to the Clarion area.
(Pictured: Dr. Jeremy Jewell with 3D printing equipment at Clarion Dental Care)
“I am happy to invest in technology that makes going to the dentist easier and safer for my patients,” commented Dr. Jeremy Jewell DMD of Clarion Dental Care.
With in-office cone beam imaging technology at Clarion Dental Care, Dr. Jewell can diagnose and treatment plan from far more in-depth and detailed images than traditional X-rays can provide.
“When I combine the 3D cone beam X-ray images with my 3D scanning technology, it’s a total game-changer, continued Dr. Jeremy Jewell.
“Dentistry is simply safer and less invasive.
“We can pre-plan for any extraction or surgery with such an elevated level of visualization and accuracy. Sometimes I wonder how we were managing prior.”
A 3D scan is a simply captured, non-invasive image of a patient’s teeth that replicates into a 3D digital image that can be viewed and manipulated on a computer screen. This 3D scan and digital replication of a patient’s teeth nearly eliminates the need to take “gooey, uncomfortable” dental impressions and cast models from stone.
“The traditional dental impression and clay models leave a lot of room for slight variations or issues to occur throughout the process (of taking traditional dental impressions and pouring up a clay model),” Jewell added.
“With digital impressions, we go straight from taking a simple picture to a fully manipulatable computerized image, minimizing the risk of error and improving accuracy.”
Once a dentist has captured a digital impression of a patient’s teeth, the dentist can work to plan treatment options for patients in advance of their appointment.
“In many cases, I can show patients exactly what their smile will look like before we even begin work. In the past, we would have to do this manually on stone models, and it was time-consuming.”
“Being able to design a smile perfectly to the patient’s desires and sharing the outcome with the patient prior to any work is just so comforting.”
While digital scans and advanced imaging are a starting point, another technological advantage at Clarion Dental Care is in-house 3D printing of everything from actual dentures to clear brace aligners.
While many offices offer clear aligners, Clarion Dental Care 3D prints them right on site in their Clarion office. The clear brace aligners are printed from FDA approved material and safe for wear.
“We are able to become the manufacturer of quality clear braces. This gives us the unique advantage of being able to quality control the entire process from the initial appointment through planning and even the manufacturing of braces,” Jewell said.
“We call our clear braces ‘C3 Clear Aligners’, as they are “Completely Crafted in Clarion.'”
At Clarion Dental Care, the clear aligner process and tooth movement are closely monitored.
“If we notice that teeth are not shifting as initially planned, we can digitally manipulate the file and print new aligners right in the office to quickly correct the issue.”
Another advantage of creating their own aligners is a faster return time.
Dr. Jewell noted that with other aligner companies, after sending away impressions or 3D scans to their lab, the return time can be weeks, while in his office, he can have aligners ready in a matter of days.
Clarion Dental Care can also 3D print surgical guides for implant placement, night guards and mouth guards, among other items right in-house.
“This is something not a lot of places are doing yet,” Dr. Jewell said. “There are so many things we can do with this. Really, the sky is the limit.”
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