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Just announced in this month’s edition of Philadelphia Magazine, Pamela Doray, DMD has again been recognized by her peers in the local dental community. Dr. Doray has been voted as one of 2016 Top Dentists. We are proud to say she has received this honor for six years running, ever since Philly mag started publishing its list in 2010.

philadelphia pa top dentistPhiladelphia Magazine chooses their top dentist list by peer review. More than 5,200 votes were sent in this year, by over five hundred and thirty dentists. The submissions were reviewed by an advisory board made up of 10 dentists. This board was tasked with determining the top 20 dentists in each category based on both the number of votes received by their peers as well as the credentials of the nominees.

In similar news, Dr. Doray was also recognized by Suburban Life magazine as one of their Top Greater Philadelphia Area Dentists for 2016. As their article explains,

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” So said a man named Thich Nhat Hanh, a global spiritual leader and Zen master who knows a thing or two about happiness. His words certainly apply to the smiles in the Greater Philadelphia Area, which boasts some truly excellent dentists, orthodontists and oral surgeons, among other dental professionals. To find out who they are, we went right to the source—our readers. Over the course of several months, we asked readers to go to our website and vote for the area’s leading dental health professionals.
From relieving the pain of a toothache to providing a total mouth restoration, these men and women have devoted their careers to making patients’ pearly whites not a source of concern but—as Thich Nhat Hanh suggests—a source of joy.

Dr. Doray’s attention to detail, organization, communication and commitment to optimal treatment results sets her apart from other dentists. She spends a lot of time talking with patients about their goals, the treatment process and what kind of results they can expect. She is also ahead of the curve on the latest dental techniques and technologies which allow her to create the best esthetic and restorative outcomes for her patients.
At our practice Dr. Doray and our entire staff work hard every day to provide the best experience for our patients. We provide our patients with the best care, the best service and the best outcome possible. That is our goal every day and everyone here does their utmost to make that happen for each and every one of our patients. We are honored to be recognized for our efforts by our peers in the dental community and we will continue to strive to provide, and improve on, this level of quality for our patients.

If you are seeking top level dental care to create or maintain a healthy beautiful smile, contact our practice today at 215-772-3100 and schedule a consultation. We are currently accepting new patients.

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By now after decades of dental education, most people know sugar can wreak havoc on their teeth. Many people looking to decrease their sugar intake switch to diet soft drinks over high calorie sugary ones. But are they making a better decision for their teeth? The science tells us they’re not.

A recent study from the University of Melbourne’s Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre found sugar-free drinks can cause significant damage to tooth enamel too. Researchers found sugar-free drinks can soften enamel by 30 to 50 percent. The researchers tested 23 different kinds of beverages, including sodas and performance drinks, finding that drinks with acidic additives and low pH levels can damage the enamel regardless of whether they contain sugar or not.

Another study from the Appalachian College of Pharmacy in Oakwood Ca confirmed no correlation between the amount of sugar in a beverage and the amount of erosion. Instead a significant correlation was found between the amount of titratable acid and the percentage of tooth erosion. In fact, of the 19 varieties of sodas this group tested, four of the top five sodas with the highest erosion percentage were diet drinks.

“Many people are not aware that while reducing your sugar intake does reduce your risk of dental decay, the chemical mix of acids in some foods and drinks can cause the equally damaging condition of dental erosion,” professor Eric Reynolds, one of the study authors and the CEO of the Oral Health Cooperative Research Centre, said in a statement. Dental erosion happens when acid dissolves the hard tissues of the tooth, Reynolds explained. “In its early stages erosion strips away the surface layers of tooth enamel. If it progresses to an advanced stage it can expose the soft pulp inside the tooth,” he said.

acid erosion of teeth philadelphia paSodas aren’t the only thing that can cause you to lose tooth enamel:

  • Acidic food/drink- even otherwise healthy foods like oranges and lemons can be high in acid
  • Over aggressive brushing- be sure to use soft bristle brushes and brush in gentle circular manner. Replace brushes once they become splayed.
  • Bulimia Nervosa- frequent vomiting exposes teeth to stomach acids.
  • Reflux/GERD- acidic juices in the stomach come into contact with the mouth and, over time, break down your teeth.
  • Plaque- plaque’s stickiness keeps the acids against your teeth’s surface where it has more of an opportunity to break down the tooth enamel.
  • Bite issues- grinding or clenching can cause teeth to wear or fracture

Not so fun fact: People who grind their teeth and eat an acidic diet are even more vulnerable to erosion. An acidic diet plus teeth grinding can accelerate tooth wear 7-10 times.

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Can’t give up your soft drinks? Remember these tips to reduce acid erosion caused by them:

  • Don’t sip throughout the day. It’s better to drink it in one sitting so your saliva has more chance to wash away the acid
  • Drink with meals
  • Drink through a straw
  • Don’t swish
  • Drink water afterwards
  • Don’t brush immediately after consuming acidic foods or drink. Wait at least 30 minutes to allow your mouth to produce enough saliva to neutralize the acidity and allow the enamel to harden.

The good news: If caught early products like Pronamel or MI paste can re-mineralize teeth if the process has just begun, but once the enamel is lost it is gone forever.
Regular dental visits are important to maintain your dental health. Contact our office at 215-772-3100 to schedule an appointment today.

12 Reasons Invisalign isn’t just about a prettier smile

The benefits of orthodontic treatment aren’t just about having a better looking smile. Even if cosmetics aren’t your main concern, there are many reasons to consider straightening your teeth that go beyond cosmetic issues. Benefits of having straighter teeth can affect the health and function of your mouth as well as your entire body.

Straighter teeth can lead to:

  • Healthier Gums
    Studies have shown that straighter teeth are generally healthier teeth. With straighter teeth the chances of having plaque retention, tooth decay, and periodontal (gum) disease can be reduced. Also, properly aligned teeth can help gums “fit” tighter around them, which may lead to better periodontal health. And since periodontal disease can have an impact on many other systemic diseases, maintaining good periodontal health is good for your whole body.
  • Easier homecare
    Straighter teeth are easier for you to keep clean at home. Properly positioned teeth are easier to brush and easier to floss. This means that between your regular visits to the dentist your homecare is more effective when you have straighter teeth.
  • Easier cleanings
    Straight teeth are easier for the hygienist to clean. Crowded or crooked teeth provide additional nooks and crannies for plaque to linger. Misaligned teeth might even block access to removing all of the debris. Your hygienist needs to work even harder to clean your teeth when they aren’t straight.
  • Improved chewing and digestion
    Poorly aligned teeth can reduce your ability to chew properly or make certain foods more difficult to eat. Many of these more challenging foods are healthy, and avoiding them can cause you to limit your diet to softer, often less-nutritious foods, such as ice cream and canned soup. Straighter teeth and a better ability to chew let you eat crunchy foods, such as apples and carrots; stringy foods, such as asparagus and chicken; and chewy foods, such as raisins.
  • Improved speech
    Teeth are key to speech and proper articulation. Misaligned teeth can make it extremely difficult to correctly pronounce certain words. It can cause significant lisps, whistling or a slurring of words which can be distracting and even damaging to your social and professional relationships.
  • Less risk of damaged teeth
    Normal chewing produces over 150 pounds of force on your molars. If this force is unequally distributed teeth can fracture, wear down and may eventually loosen. Orthodontic treatment of misaligned teeth can prevent tooth damage and tooth loss. Properly aligned teeth are less stressful on the supporting bone and jaw joints also.
  • Better restorative outcomes
    If you begin with a compromise, you end up with a compromise. Veneers or crowns created on misaligned teeth may compromise the underlying tooth structure, are more likely to have a less than ideal appearance, are more likely to chip, fracture or fall off, and are less pleasing in the overall smile.
  • Longer lasting dentistry
    Teeth that are properly aligned distribute bite forces more evenly along the entire arch therefore bridges, crowns, veneers and other dental restorations have a longer life expectancy.

And to round out our list here are some non-cosmetic benefits of Invisalign over traditional braces:

  • They are removable
    You can brush and floss normally, which can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
  • You can still eat what you want
    Because the aligners are removable you don’t have to worry about what you eat. With traditional braces certain foods are problematic. Corn on the cob or apples, for example, can hurt your teeth or damage your traditional braces. With Invisalign you can eat normally.

  • There’s no metal to irritate your mouth
    Traditional metal braces can cause temporary gum inflammation. They can also be a concern for patients with sensitivities to nickel and other metals. With Invisalign there’s no metal. Also, with Invisalign there’s never a risk of a broken wire poking your cheek.
  • Cleanings are quicker and easier than with traditional orthodontics
    With traditional braces, your hygienist must work around wires and brackets. With Invisalign, just remove your aligners and the hygienist can clean your teeth normally.

Bonus: Better appearance during treatment
Ok, we admit this one is a bit about cosmetics, so we didn’t include it in our count. But many adults don’t consider doing orthodontic treatment because they don’t want to be seen with a “metal mouth.” Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible so most people won’t even know you are having treatment.

All things considered, even if a more cosmetic smile is not your main concern you may still want to consider orthodontic treatment with Invisalign if your teeth are crowded, crooked or are too widely spaced. Contact our office at 215-772-3100 and schedule a consultation today.

Coffee drinkers, or at least those wearing braces, may have cause to celebrate. That cup of coffee may wake you up in the morning, but it also may be shifting your teeth faster. One dentist joked, “We may see espresso bars popping up in orthodontist’s offices in the future.” While that might be jumping the gun a bit, the results of the study are interesting.

Researchers at Sichuan University, Peking University, and Sun yat-sen University in China recently published a study which found that a daily intake of caffeine enhanced orthodontic tooth movement (OTM) in rats through increasing the development of a type of bone cell that breaks down bone tissue. This function is natural and is critical in the maintenance, repair, and remodeling of bones.

The science

speeding tooth movement in orthodontics philadelphia paTooth movement is all about the connection, the periodontal ligament (“peri” – around, “odont” – tooth). The ligament consists of a group of fibers made of a protein called collagen. These fibers are what anchor and suspend the teeth in the bone. On the other side of the ligament, the fibers insert into bone. The total ligament is like a hammock, allowing teeth some movement in their sockets, and through which they are able to respond to the stresses of biting (force).

Orthodontic tooth movement (OTM) works by moving a solid object (tooth) through a solid medium (bone). Light, constant force is applied to the tooth and that force is in turn transmitted down to the ligament which attaches the tooth to the bone. On the side of the tooth in the direction where the tooth is being moved, the periodontal membrane is squeezed, resulting in compression of the periodontal fibers within the membrane. The bone surface contacting the periodontal membrane begins to resorb due to the activation of cells called osteoclasts.

Meanwhile on the surface of the root from which the tooth moves, the periodontal membrane becomes stretched. This activates cells called osteoblasts. These cells regenerate new bone in the area where the tooth was once located. That is why teeth may be slightly loose during orthodontic treatment. Once the movement has stopped, the ligaments are no longer stretched or squeezed and the bone regenerates and fills in around the periodontal ligament, causing the tooth to be more secure in the bone.

The study

Researchers in China were testing the idea that by drinking coffee daily the OTM process can be sped up. Caffeine has been shown, in previous research, to affect bone metabolism. Caffeine can break the calcium balance in bone tissue and directly inhibit the development of osteoblasts, or cells that secretes the matrix for bone formation. This leads to temporary decreased bone mineral density and as the researchers of this study have shown, in rats at least, that caffeine induces faster orthodontic tooth movement and consequently can shorten the duration in which patients have to wear braces
The study tracked tooth movement in 30 rats. Half were given 25 mg/kg of body weight of caffeine per day while the other half, the control group, was given plain water. After 3 weeks tooth movement was measured in both groups. The results showed that the rats given caffeine had significantly larger tooth movement than those in the control group.

The significance

Anyone who’s ever worn braces will tell you the benefits of spending less time in them. Scientists have been investigating ways of speeding up the process for decades with only limited success. Daily coffee consumption may be a promising approach to enhance orthodontic tooth movement with limited side effects. The effects on bone density and calcium balance are temporary and reversible. The results of this study are promising; however, human studies are still required. Coffee bars in your orthodontist’s office are not on the horizon yet.

Dr. Doray is a Philadelphia area Preferred Provider of Invisalign, or invisible braces. Invisalign uses a series of custom fit, clear plastic aligners to help you easily and comfortably straighten your teeth. Because they are removable, you’ll enjoy the freedom of being able to eat and drink (your coffee!!) comfortably. You will also be able to floss and brush your teeth according to your normal routine to keep teeth and gums healthy. And speaking of speeding up tooth movement, Dr. Doray also offers the latest AcceleDent technology which has been proven to accelerate tooth movement in humans, shortening your treatment time with Invisalign. Our patients love speeding up their ortho treatment with AcceleDent.

Contact our office at 215-772-3100 to find out if Invisalign is an option for you to get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

Perio charting: What do all those numbers mean?

Recently a patient asked, “When I have a periodontal examination at during a cleaning, what do all those numbers mean? What do you do with them?” Good questions which we thought we’d answer here.
As our dental patient, you are regularly screened for oral cancer, bite problems and periodontal disease at routine dental visits. But once every few years we do a more comprehensive periodontal charting (CPC). If you’re a long time patient you’re probably familiar with the routine: the hygienist calls in another staff member and together they record all kinds of numbers for every tooth in your mouth. Maybe you’ve wondered yourself, what does it all mean?

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Periodontal disease, like many diseases, may not be obvious without testing. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar levels must be measured in order to be evaluated. Similarly the measurements we take during a CPC are one of the ways we test for signs of periodontal disease. A CPC serves several purposes in helping Dr. Doray monitor and assess your overall dental health.

An important part of your periodontal health is the depth of the pockets around each tooth. Since the top of the gum doesn’t attach directly to a tooth there is a space or a pocket between the gum and the tooth. Pocket depths of 1-3 millimeters are normal. Deeper pocketing especially with bleeding is a sign of disease and may indicate additional treatment is needed.

But in addition to pocket depths and bleeding we are measuring other factors including tooth mobility, gum recession and the level of attached gingiva. All of these indicators are entered into the computer and Dr. Doray carefully reviews the current and prior examination results to see if your periodontal health is improving, maintaining or getting worse.

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This information, in conjunction with a review of your most recent x-rays, gives Dr. Doray a more accurate assessment of your bone levels. Often with periodontal disease small changes happen over time. If identified early, periodontal disease is more easily managed and the prognosis for your teeth is much better.

Because Dr. Doray is so thorough in her care she is able to comprehensively evaluate your oral health and provide treatment recommendations tailored to your mouth in order for you to maintain or achieve a healthy and functional smile.

Contact our office at 215-772-3100 or schedule an appointment online by visiting our website.

Thirty-five million American adults are without all of their teeth. Ninety percent wear dentures. The adverse effects of wearing dentures are many including:

  • Deterioration of the jaw bone
  • Impaired speech
  • Premature aging in the face
  • Difficulty eating
  • Poor nutrition (due to difficulty eating)
  • Negative self esteem

Most denture wearers don’t consider dental implants because they think treatment will be prohibitively expensive, time consuming and require complicated bone grafting procedures. This is not always the case.

Philadelphia cosmetic and implant dentist, Dr. Pamela Doray offers All-On-4®, a procedure that can replace all of a person’s missing teeth (on one arch) with four or more dental implants. This is a special technique for placing and restoring dental implants that saves both time and money. Dr. Doray collaborates with implant surgeons teaches other dentists this technique for their own practices.

What is All-On-4®?

All-On-4®, sometimes called “Teeth in a Day”, is the name for a dental implant procedure that maximizes the use of available bone and allows for the immediate restoration of missing teeth. As few as four dental implants will be placed to support a hybrid bridge or overdenture. Dr. Doray and her surgical team will secure the restorations to the implants on the same visit as the surgery so you never have to go without your smile.

Is All-On-4 New®?

While relatively new in the United States, All-On-4® is a tried and true dental treatment that has been successfully used throughout Europe for more than a decade.

How Does It Work?

Careful planning is key to the success of the All-On-4® procedure. The first step is to make a consultation with Dr. Doray to evaluate your condition and discuss the treatment options. In conjunction with the implant surgeon, three-dimensional scans and intraoral imaging will be done to diagnose your condition and start the treatment planning.

As few as four dental implants will be strategically placed at optimal inclinations to maximize support. By placing the dental implants at an angle, we can avoid areas that previously required bone grafting. Eliminating the need for bone grafting saves months in healing and thousands of dollars in treatment cost.

Schedule a Consultation for All-On-4®

Dr. Pamela Doray is one of the leading restorative and cosmetic dentists in Philadelphia and lectures to dentists from around the world on cosmetic, restorative and implant dentistry treatments.

If you have lost or will be losing some or all of your teeth, contact us for a consultation. We will carefully review your condition and outline the various treatment options available to you. We offer several payment options to make affording your dental implant procedure easy and stress-free.

Call 215-395-6076 or request a consultation online.

Clinically Proven to Move Teeth Up to 50% Faster

AcceleDent is an easy-to-use, hands-free device that compliments your Invisalign treatment to speed up results. Simply insert the mouthpiece, which fits around your existing orthodontics appliances and turn on the activator for 20 minutes every day.

Invisalign orthodontic treatment works by moving your teeth in a specific direction through a series of clear aligners. AcceleDent uses exclusive SoftPulse Technology to generate small vibrations or micropulses that enhance the movements directed by your aligners encouraging faster more efficient tooth movement.

How Much Faster?

A patient who has 25 Invisalign aligners would expect treatment to last about a year (50 to 62 weeks). With AcceleDent, there is the potential to decrease that treatment time by half. On average, patients who use AcceleDent are able to reduce treatment time by 38 to 50%.

Benefits of AcceleDent

Faster treatment isn’t the only reason to choose AcceleDent. Clinical trials also show:

  • Improved fit of aligners
  • Improved tracking results which means more accurate tooth movement
  • Less discomfort with fit of new aligners
  • Less sensitivity during orthodontic treatment

See It In Action

Find Out If AcceleDent is Right for You

If you’re interested in finding out how you can get a straighter smile in a fraction of the time, contact our Philadelphia dental office. Dr. Doray will help you decide if Invisalign is right for you and how AcceleDent might help speed up your results. Call 215-772-3100 or request an appointment online.

Philadelphia dentist Pamela Doray, DMD attended the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s (AACD) 31st Annual Scientific Session, in San Francisco earlier this month. Dr. Doray is the only AACD Accredited Member dentist in Philadelphia and has recently completed a four year term on the AACD Board of Directors.

The AACD is the world’s largest international dental organization dedicated to advancing excellence in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry through responsible esthetics.

The conference featured more than 48 hands-on workshops, 85 lectures, and 100 speakers. Roughly 2,000 dental professionals attended the event, which is geared toward dentists, lab technicians, hygienists, and dental team members to help them refine their skills, learn the latest techniques, and share ideas.

Dr. Doray attended a number of courses to continue to improve her cosmetic dentistry skill and meet continuing education requirements for her AACD Accreditation including:

  • Esthetic Temporary Restorations
  • High Level Esthetics with Zirconia Materials
  • Advanced Restorative Dentistry – an Adventure in Excellence
  • Complex Decision Making for Teeth & Implants in the
  • Aesthetic Zone
  • Art & Science of Tissue Reconstructions Around Implants

“This conference is like none other in dentistry,” said Dr. Doray. “Beyond the high level of clinical education offered, this is a unique opportunity to spend time with colleagues and gain exposure to the latest materials and techniques in cosmetic dentistry.”

Learn More About Dr. Doray’s Accreditation

About the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

The AACD is the world’s largest non-profit member organization dedicated to advancing excellence in comprehensive oral care that combines art and science to optimally improve dental health, esthetics, and function. Comprised of more than 6,300 cosmetic dental professionals in 70 countries worldwide, the AACD fulfills its mission by offering superior educational opportunities, promoting and supporting a respected Accreditation credential, serving as a user-friendly and inviting forum for the creative exchange of knowledge and ideas, and providing accurate and useful information to the public and the profession. Dr. Dory is one of only 400 dentists in the world accredited by the AACD.

Choosing to go through with cosmetic dentistry treatment can be a big decision. Many patients worry about what the end results will look like and whether or not they’ll be happy. Cosmetic dentistry requires an investment of time and money. Patients want to know that it will be “worth it” in the end.

In our office, we use digital imaging to make that decision a little bit easier.

SNAP Smile Simulation Software

snap_smile-simulationDr. Pamela Doray is one of the few cosmetic dentists in Philadelphia to use SNAP imaging – a digital software that allows us to simulate the results of a cosmetic dental procedure.

When you first visit our office, you will have a private consultation with the Dr. Doray to discuss your medical and dental health history and to talk about the concerns you have for your smile. Then you will have a examination to evaluate your periodontal and dental health and to gather other important information, including photos of your face and smile, digital x-rays (if needed) and intra-oral scans. We can also begin discussing potential treatment options.

Treatment Planning
After your visit, Dr. Doray will study the information we collected and begin to create a treatment plan. Often times, this includes a digital smile simulation. We use a sophisticated software called SNAP that can be used to simulate any treatment including teeth whitening, dental implants, porcelain veneers and tooth bonding. Dr. Doray can even use the SNAP software to show you what your smile might look like after orthodontic treatment.

Smile Simulation
Your second appointment will be a treatment conference. During this visit, you will meet with Dr. Doray, to review treatment options, your cosmetic goals cost, and treatment sequencing. It is during this appointment that Dr. Doray may present you with the smile simulation. This is a digital image that shows you the “before” and the simulated “after” of your cosmetic dental treatment. We can even print a photo for you to take it with you while you think about your treatment.

Once you’re confident in your treatment plan, we will start the smile makeover process!

Cosmetic Dentistry Before & After with SNAP Imaging

Explore the Possibility

SNAP Smile Simulation
This cosmetic dentistry before and after photo was generated using the SNAP imaging software. No changes were made to the actual teeth. Using sophisticated imaging software, the cosmetic dentist was able to simulate what the outcome of cosmetic dental treatment would be.

Lea’s Smile Makeover
In the three photos below, you can see the “before”, the “smile simulation” and the “after”. Lea came to Dr. Doray to improve her smile and whiten her teeth. Dr. Doray completed a cosmetic dental treatment plan that included teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. In addition, Dr. Doray replaced an old silver filling on a front tooth with a tooth colored (resin) filling.

Jessica’s Smile Makeover
Jessica came to Dr. Doray because of failed dental bonding that had left fractured edges on her upper teeth and space between front teeth. She also wanted whiter teeth and a fuller smile. Dr. Doray used SNAP smile simulation software to mimic the end result. Dr. Doray completed cosmetic dental treatment that included resin bonding and deep bleaching.

Jill Imagines the Possibility

Jill came to Dr. Doray wanting a smile makeover. She has a missing tooth and failed dental restorations. It was important to Jill that the final results be very natural looking. Dr. Doray used the SNAP software to simulate what Jill’s new smile could look like. We look forward to helping Jill get her smile back.

Cosmetic Dentistry Before & After
Photos above show Jill before treatment along side Smile Simulation image

Theresa Explores Cosmetic Dentistry Options

Theresa doesn’t like her small crooked teeth and wants a fuller, brighter smile. Using the SNAP software, Dr. Doray has simulated what the final results might look like. This treatment can be achieved through a variety of procedures including gum recontouring, Invisalign treatment, porcelain veneers and teeth whitening. Once her treatment is complete, we know Theresa won’t stop smiling.

Cosmetic Dentistry Before & After
Photos above show Theresa before treatment along side Smile Simulation image

How Can We Help Your Smile?

If you’ve been considering a smile makeover or wondering what your teeth would look like after cosmetic dentistry – a Digital Smile Simulation can give you the peace of mind you need. Call our Philadelphia dental office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pamela Doray.

Call us at 215.395.6076 or visit our website www.drdoray.com

In our Philadelphia dental office, we make it a priority to provide patients with the best treatment experience and finest results possible. One of the ways we achieve this goal is by incorporating the latest technology into our practice. Dr. Pamela Doray stays on the cutting edge of dental technology and serves on the Council for Innovative Dentistry for 3M-ESPE Company. 

“Cutting edge dental technology isn’t about having the newest toys.” says Dr. Doray, “It’s about choosing the tools that have proven performance. Whether the technology is less invasive, more comfortable, offers better diagnostics or delivers better, longer lasting results, the bottom line is that it needs to equate to a better experience for the patient.”

Dr. Doray was featured in the January issue of Dental Economics, explaining to other dentists how digital scanning technology can improve dental practice workflow along with patient experience.

She was the first dentists in Philadelphia to use digital scanning technology. Our first device was the 3M Lava Chairside Oral Scanner, which was called a digital dentistry breakthrough when it debuted in 2008. Today we use the latest 3M scanner, True Definition, which is proven to be the most accurate scanning device on the market. The True Definition wand is also the smallest of any other model for faster, easier and more comfortable scanning for the patient.

See the True Definition Scanner in Action

Benefits of Digital Impressions

One of the greatest benefits is the improved comfort and efficiency for the patient. Digital scanners often eliminate the need for uncomfortable impression trays. Before the digital scanning technology, patients would have to bite down on trays for a few minutes while the impression material hardened. Now, with the technology, Dr. Doray can take a 3D image in just seconds without making contact with the teeth.  The “digital impressions” are transferred instantly to a computer so that they can be reviewed. If something doesn’t look right, Dr. Doray can simply rescan the tooth or teeth in a matter of seconds.

As the dental industry has embraced technology, digital impressions have also improved efficiency and communication between the dentist and the dental laboratory. Instead of mailing impressions of a patient’s teeth to the lab, Dr. Doray can transmit them electronically through a secure connection. Rather than taking hours or days to arrive at the lab it takes minutes. 

The 3D scans also give the lab technician a more accurate view of the teeth, meaning better fitting restorations. 

Digital Scanning – More than Crowns & Bridges

The True Definition scanner has a wide range of applications. The digital impression technology is used in nearly all of our cosmetic and restorative dental cases such as dental crowns, bridgework and veneers. The scanner can also be used to take impressions for Invisalign aligners, orthodontic retainers and night guards. The fit of the dental restorations and dental appliances is proven to be better compared to traditional impression methods.

Future of Digital Dentistry

The future of digital scanning and other dental technology is very bright. We look forward to continuing to bring our patients the latest tools to improve their treatment experience. Be sure to visit our website www.drdoray.com to learn more about Dr. Doray and the cosmetic dentistry treatments we offer.

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