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Dental Care: Under the Microscope

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Dental Care: Under the Microscope

The introduction of microscopes has revolutionized dental care. A microscope is the best visualization tool available in modern medicine. This advanced machine allows Dr. Kivel to work under a magnified scope of up to 20x that of normal vision.

The benefits of dental procedures completed with a microscope include:

Magnified Image: With the simple turn of a dial, microscopes offer a deeper and wider field of view than traditional dental loupes.

Conservative Treatment: Increased magnification allows better precision and access into small, narrow openings without unnecessary removal of tooth structure.

Illumination: Typically, when magnification is used, the light is spread out and an image field would appear darker. Mounted to our microscope is an integrated, through-the-lens, fiber optic light. This light source completely eliminates shadows because it incorporates a coaxial (line of sight) light path.

Ergonomics: With a microscope, it is no longer necessary for dentists to contort and bend their bodies to obtain proper visualization, enabling more comfortable operation for longer periods of time. This efficiency also means more treatment can be provided in fewer visits for the patient.

Imaging: With an added camera (even a cell phone camera!), a scope can fulfill the purpose of an intra-oral camera mid-treatment. With a scope, there’s no stopping in the middle of the procedure to get a wand, find the area, focus, and capture the image. It’s there already!

How Much Extra Does it Cost?

We charge no additional cost to perform treatment using a dental microscope. A microscope is simply the best modality for accurate visualization and diagnostics and we believe this is essential to providing the best care possible for our patients.
 

A Different Kind of Dental Experience

Overall, microscopes give Dr. Kivel increased precision and a higher level of confidence that all decay has been removed. Most importantly, however, the microscope enables us to better diagnose problems early, and in turn, communicate these issues to patients so that they are better informed in making decisions related to their care.  

Please let us know if you have any questions about dental microscopes or are interested in becoming a patient of our Ashland dental office and experiencing the difference yourself! 

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Dr. Kivel's CEREC Doctors Mentorship

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Dr. Kivel's CEREC Doctors Mentorship

You may have heard us bragging around the office about Dr. Kivel being a CEREC "Mentor". We wanted to share with you what that means for Dr. Kivel and for our patients. 

First of all, if you don't already know about CEREC, it stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, which means that dentists can now design dental restorations chairside (in their own office). This method of using CAD/CAM technology in the dental setting was first developed by W. Mörmann and M. Brandestini at the University of Zurich in 1980. CEREC makes it possible to produce and deliver ceramic restorations in a single appointment. No more two-visit dental procedures! Unlike other materials such as amalgam or gold, ceramic is more biocompatible and boasts tooth-like aesthetic qualities. Additionally, digital impressions are more comfortable for patients than traditional gooey impressions. 

Dr. Kivel at CEREC Course in Scottsdale, AZ

Dr. Kivel at CEREC Course in Scottsdale, AZ

Shortly after the introduction of CEREC to the American dental market, there was a clear need for advanced training so dentists could use the technology in their offices. Dr. Sameer Puri founded www.cerecdoctors.com and is the director of CAD/CAM at the Spear Center in Scottsdale, AZ. This is where Dr. Kivel participates as a Mentor for other dentists around the country learning how to use CEREC.

To serve as a Mentor is to act as a leader in the CEREC community. Dr. Kivel regularly audits workshops and courses to interacts and engage with new CEREC users. He is also involved in Beta testing new versions of the CEREC software and other related products. Mentors truly give back to the community - by acting as a resource for other dentists and by helping to develop this revolutionary advancement in the dental field. We're so proud to call Dr. Kivel our very own CEREC Mentor and the only one in Ashland! 

If you have any questions about this technology, you can check out our CEREC FAQ Page or Contact us

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