Advanced Technology

CEREC™

CEREC Milling Machine

If you've ever had a traditional crown placed, you dealt with multiple visits, having a temporary put in, and maybe fitting problems. Those days are over! Dr. Rectenwald now uses CEREC™ technology to make your crowns, inlays, and onlays right here in the office, in around an hour. CEREC is a computer-driven milling machine that makes very precise, wonderfully fitting crowns.

While convenience and esthetics are great, they aren't the only great thing about CEREC restorations. Functionality is just as important, and because these restorations reduce cracking, it means you're less likely to need a root canal in the future. Not to mention, the custom precision means they bond to your tooth with a high level of strength. Our office is one of the first to use CEREC for your restorations, and you're worth it!

Soprolife™ Dentistry

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SOPROLIFE enhances Dr. Recktenwald's vision during your dental examination. With SOPROLIFE, Dr. Recktenwald is able to more accuracy in identify, and determine the location and evaluate areas of decay with an image magnification of 30 to 100 times. Visual alerts are shown by variations of auto fluorescence linked to a magnified vision of the amelodentinal architecture.

"See the invisible"
SOPROLIFE provides better detection of decays than other available devices. It also detects proximal lesions, unlike other devices, thanks to its ergonomic design.

"Time-saving diagnosis"
With the use of the Soprolife technology, the speed of diagnosis and planning of your treatment is greatly increased, saving you time in our office.

"Less X-ray exposure for our patients"
With the fluorescence imagery of SOPROLIFE, Christiana Dental Center, our patients are exposed to even less digital radiology in the detection of the decay of hard tissues.

Digital X-Rays

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Digital radiography (digital x-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental x-rays. This technique uses a 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 hygienist to detect problems more easily. Digital x-rays reduce radiation exposure 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.

Dental x-rays are essential preventative and diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.

Dental X-Rays May Reveal:
• Abscesses or cysts.
• Bone loss.
• Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
• Decay between the teeth.
• Developmental abnormalities.
• Poor tooth root positions.
• Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.

Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!

Are Dental X-Rays Safe?
We are all exposed to natural radiation in the environment. Digital x-rays produce a significantly lower level of radiation compared to traditional dental x-rays. Also, since the digital image is captured electronically, there is no need to develop the x-rays, thus eliminating the disposal of harmful waste and chemicals into the environment. Even though digital x-rays are considered very safe, dentists still take necessary precautions to limit the patient's exposure to radiation. These precautions include only taking those x-rays that are necessary, and using lead apron shields to protect the body.

How often should dental x-rays be taken? The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient's individual dental health needs. The dentist and hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based upon the review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and risk of dental disease.

Either a full mouth series or panorex is recommended for new patients and is usually good for three to five years. Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at check-up visits and are recommended from every six to eighteen months, depending on prior history.

Six Month Smiles

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Six Month Smiles can give you a beautiful smile, quickly and comfortably. If your teeth have gaps, or are crowded and overlapped, most cases can be completed in six months or less. This is done by gently moving the teeth that are visible in your smile to the desired position. Not only can this be accomplished in a short time, it's also much more comfortable than traditional braces. And you can hardly see them because clear or tooth-colored bands are used. So you can say goodbye to the "tin grin" and have gorgeous, straight teeth in months instead of years! Not everyone is a candidate for Six Month Smiles, so call today for a complimentary consultation. Visit www.6monthsmiles.com for more information

Laser Dentistry

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Overview Laser dentistry is a precise and effective way to perform many dental procedures. The potential for laser dentistry to improve dental procedures rests in your dentist's ability to control power output and the duration of exposure on the tissue (whether gum or tooth structure), allowing for treatment of a highly specific area of focus without damaging surrounding tissues.

If you consider yourself somewhat of an anxious dental patient and are seeking extreme safety and comfort, you should consider laser dentistry. Laser dentistry is a new technique that can improve the precision of your treatment while minimizing pain and recovery time.

As the uses for dental lasers expand, we will continue to be among those innovative dental offices using this technology to provide patients with precision treatment that may minimize pain and recovery time.

Benefits of Laser Dentistry:
Here are some of the major benefits associated with laser dentistry:

• Many laser dentistry procedures do not require anesthesia.
• Laser dentistry minimizes bleeding because the high-energy light beam aids in the clotting (coagulation) of exposed blood vessels, thus inhibiting blood loss.
• Bacterial infections are minimized because the high-energy beam sterilizes the area being worked on.
• Damage to surrounding tissue is minimized.
• Wounds heal faster and tissues can be regenerated more quickly.
• Procedures performed using soft tissue dental lasers may not require sutures (stitches).

Application of Laser Dentistry:
The application of lasers in dentistry opens the door for dentists to perform a wide variety of dental procedures they otherwise may not be capable of performing. Dentists using lasers in dentistry have become adept at incorporating the state-of-the-art precision technology into a number of common and not-so-common procedures.

Hard Tissue (Tooth) Laser Dentistry Procedures:
• Dental Fillings/Tooth Preparation—Hard tissue dental lasers may eliminate the need for a local anesthetic injection and the traditional turbine dental drill. Lasers used in dental filling procedures are capable of killing bacteria located in a cavity, potentially leading to improved long term tooth restorations. However, dental lasers are not appropriate for the replacement of amalgam fillings, onlays or crowns.
• Tooth Sensitivity—Dental lasers may be used to seal tubules (located on the root of the tooth) that are responsible for hot and cold tooth sensitivity.

Soft Tissue (Gum) Laser Dentistry Procedures:
• Crown Lengthening—Dental lasers can reshape gum tissue (soft tissue laser) and bone (hard tissue laser) to expose healthier tooth structure. Referred to as crown lengthening, such reshaping provides a stronger foundation for the placement of restorations.
• Muscle Attachment—A laser frenectomy is an ideal treatment option for children who are tongue-tied. A laser frenectomy may also help to eliminate speech impediments.

Other Laser Dentistry Applications:
• Benign Tumors—Dental lasers may be used for the painless and suture-free removal of benign tumors from the gums, palate, sides of cheeks and lips.
• Cold Sores—Low intensity dental lasers reduce pain associated with cold sores and minimize healing time.
Lasers represent an innovative and more precise technology for specific hard and soft tissue applications. Our office incorporates lasers into dental procedures, and we are confident that you will feel more comfortable and less anxious during your treatments.