With respect to dental implants, there is a wealth of technology to improve outcomes, make procedures faster and safer, and to provide more options for patients. Due to the number of implant procedures Dr. Goldberg performs, he has invested heavily in many of these items. This is another thing that separates him from other dental offices and doctors who offer dental implants. In fact, he teaches other doctors about some of these items!
CBCT (Cone Beam CT) / 3-D imaging:
Most patients know that when you go to the dentist, we need to take dental films (x-rays). These are two-dimensional images of teeth and bone. CBCT / 3-D imaging take these films to another level: instead of seeing just the height and width of bone, we can now see the third dimension: depth. This is critical in implant dentistry for patient safety and to plan a person’s care properly. It rapidly is becoming the standard of care.
CBCT is critical for complex implant care. In fact, without it many procedures will take much longer, which is stressful for patients and leads to more risk of infection. It also decreases implant failure risk, and allows patients to heal faster.
Again, due to the number of implant procedures Dr. Goldberg performs, he has a 3-D scanner right in his office. This way patients do not have to go to another location to have the service performed. The fees for these services are also reduced since he performs it right on site.
Implant Planning Software:
Rarely do implant dentists place implants anymore without using software to plan their patient’s treatment. By using the programs, we can determine the size of implant(s) needed, the angles they need to be placed with, and what the final outcome will look like. The more complex the case, the more critical this becomes. In fact, we can oftentimes have the temporary teeth fabricated right from the software!
Once again, Dr. Goldberg utilizes his software on a daily basis. During your initial free consultation, you might even get to see it firsthand!
CAD / CAM:
You might be familiar with this term, but if you’re not, here’s a summary. By utilizing the 3-D scan and the implant planning software mentioned above, a laboratory can use computers and robots to mill your implant restorations with uncanny precision. The outcome is a well fitting and highly esthetic restoration that will hopefully serve you well for years to come!
PRF stands for Platelet Rich Fibrin. This is a product used during surgery to help you heal faster, to decrease bruising and swelling, and to increase success rates of surgery. In a nutshell, we draw your blood, spin it down in a centrifuge, and place it back into the surgical site. Again, this isn’t a service performed in all offices, but the benefits are great for you, and Dr. Goldberg will perform this when indicated.
RFA (Resonance Frequency Analysis):
RFA is a measurement of implant stability. This is not a tool used to improve the quality of the implant service performed, but rather a measurement used over the implant’s life to help determine if the bone is becoming more or less dense around an implant. If an implant is starting to fail, it might not be extremely obvious during a clinical or radiographic exam, but the RFA value might help to clarify the situation. Once again, Dr. Goldberg performs this service.
Piezoelectric Surgical Instruments:
This is another instrument that you will probably never see, but it is a surgical tool that Dr. Goldberg uses to help your implant procedures move along with a better degree of safety and higher degree of success.