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Elizabeth M. Attreed, DDS

General Family Dentistry

(540) 659-5161

Our Technology
 

Have you ever looked forward to a visit to the dentist? As a dentist, I'm always looking for new ways to improve the patient experience in my office. I rencently purchased a new state-of-the-art technology, which can eliminate an unpleasant procedure in dentistry.

Anyone who has ever had an impression taken at the dental office, with a tray of messy impression material in their mouth for several minutes, knows that it can be an uncomfortable experience. However, there is a new technology available that completely eliminates the need for this step. It's called the Lava Chairside Oral Scanner C.O.S. from 3M ESPE, and it works by taking a digital impression of a patient's mouth-no impression material necessary.

With this device, I can capture 3D video images by waving a small wand over my patients' teeth, which records their dental anatomy in precise detail and simultaneously displays it on a chairside monitor. This gives the patient a more comfortable and interactive experience. My patient and I can then review, rotate, enlarge and even use 3D glasses to view the impression on the touch screen monitor. The file is then sent to a dental lab, which uses it to create the patient's final resotration. Additionally, this all comes at no extra cost to the patient.

The dental iindustry is the first to benefit from this extraordinary breakthrough in digital imaging and my office is the first to offer this technology. The technology is made by 3M, the company that invented Post-it notes and Thinsulate insulation, so patients can rest assured that it is backed by proven and innovative science.

I would be pleased to show you this exciting new technology up close in my office. The process of recording the impression is quite interesting to watch and you will surely be interested in learning how your next visit to the dental office can be more comfortable.