Dr. Hand has always been a pioneer in introducing new and advanced dental technologies to New Bern.
Take a look at a few examples of the dental technology we use in our office.
We are the only office in the New Bern area to have the Planscan E4D system, which is the latest and most sophisticated device for single-visit metal-free ceramic restorations. In one visit, crowns, veneers, and some bridges are fabricated by a sophisticated computer-managed machine that mills the crown from a solid block of ceramic material using CAD/CAM technology - Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing. The tooth is shaped by Dr. Hand, laser scanned, and then the restoration is designed on a computer and milled from a solid block of tooth colored ceramic. Many of our patients enjoy observing the entire process. The restoration is then fitted to the tooth and permanently bonded in place. A single crown typically requires a total time of approximately 1.5 - 3 hours to completion, but you are only needed for about half that time. There is no temporary crown to break or come out, and no second visit. Metal-free ceramic crowns look like natural teeth and have no dark line at the edges.
Digital X-rays use a lower amount of radiation than traditional X-rays, and they produce images of your teeth instantly. They also produce higher quality images that can be copied or shared, allowing us to efficiently share your vital information with other dental specialists.
Dental implants are the most advanced and natural tooth replacement system ever devised. Due to technological advances, most patients who are missing one or more teeth are now good candidates for dental implants. There are often a number of options available regarding implants. We will review your options so that you can make an informed decision.
For denture wearers, as few as two dental implants can make a tremendous difference in comfort and stability by providing retention and stabilization. Usually it is possible to work with an existing denture. The best source of information on dental implants is the non-profit organization Institute for Dental Implant Awareness.
We frequently team with the Carolina Implant Center for complex or difficult implant placement, especially when teeth have been missing for a while and supporting bone has been lost. Dr. Thomas is one of the most skilled dental implantologists in the country.