Blog Archives - Dr Chris Hart: Cosmetic Dentistry Melbourne

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September 28, 2017

On Monday our Dental Technician Katarina attended training with Mr Jurgen Seger, the Head of International Dental Education (ICDE Schaan, Ivoclar Vivadent) to refresh her skills in CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) – One of the fastest growing areas in Dentistry. With the recent changes and growth in digital Dentistry, it is important to attend regular training sessions to ensure we are up-to-date with the latest technology and treatments.

What is digital dentistry and CAD/CAM?

CAD/CAM is an acronym for computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing. Dental CAD/CAM technology allows the practitioner/dental technician to design restorations on a computer screen. The CAD/CAM computer displays a 3-D image of your prepared tooth or teeth obtained by digitally scanning the preparations using an intra-oral scanner. Alternatively, the 3-D images can be obtained by scanning a traditional model obtained from conventional impressions of the preparations.  As the materials and technology available for CAD/CAM dentistry have improved over the years, so too have the restorations that patients can receive. Today’s CAD/CAM restorations are better-fitting, more durable and more natural looking (multi-coloured and translucent, similar to natural teeth) than previously machined restorations.

Our digital workflow not only means more accurate planning and treatment, it also means high-tech materials and faster turnaround. Experience the digital revolution in dentistry. We are the only dental clinic with in-house industrial CAD/CAM capabilities and we are proud of it. We can generate parts for ANY IMPLANT system, including SAME DAY replacement teeth for All-on-4. We can deliver most implant teeth on the same day, including CNC-milled titanium bars for ultimate strength.



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July 10, 2017

Practice Management computer software for a dental clinic plays an important role to the day-to-day management and practice flow. It allows us to maintain our appointment book, create treatment plans, collate patient records and process payments. In our Practice, we use the Practice Management software ‘MacPractice’

Posted in Blog by Chris Hart
June 30, 2017

What is a Prosthodontist?

A Prosthodontist is a board-registered specialist who is skilled in the replacement of missing teeth (and associated tissues) and the restoration of natural teeth.

To become a board-registered specialist prosthodontist in Australia, after graduating as a qualified dentist, they must then undertake further full-time training in a University master’s degree programme. The programme takes a minimum of three years and involves further study in all areas of dentistry.

November 18, 2016

A case example of two porcelain crowns placed to improve aesthetics.

Image 1 –  The two upper central teeth have been previously heavily filled. The colour, shape and size is inconsistent with the other teeth and the interproximal gum is puffy due to the plaque retentive margins of the filling material.

November 16, 2016

A case example of a dental implant and customised porcelain implant crown to replace a single missing tooth.