Dentistry Goes High Tech With 3D Technology

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(Source: CBS4) A 3-D image taken during a dental exam.

(Source: CBS4) A 3-D image taken during a dental exam.

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Technology is making trips to the dentist quicker, more precise and less painful. Just ask Juan Rubio who had terrible pain from a cavity.

“I knew we were heading towards unbearable pain,” said Rubio who had to get a root canal and a crown for the damaged tooth.

However, the procedure was quick and bearable thanks to a 3D scanner.

“You stay with your mouth open and I take the camera in your mouth and start taking pictures,” explained Dr. Serge Papiernik.

All those pictures create a 3D image and within minutes a lab in California has the image and creates the perfect tooth replacement.

The 3D scan takes the place of that plastic tray filled with putty that took a mold of your mouth and teeth.

Dentists say this technology is much better.

“You have an exact replica of what’s in the mouth of the patient,” said Dr. Papiernik.

Having an exact replica means it’s incredibly precise and more comfortable.

Juan Rubio agreed. His crown was a perfect fit and he said it was quick and painless.

3D scanning is covered by insurance but there are only about ten of them in South Florida.

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