Digital Technology

The American College of Prosthodontics has made a commitment to changing the way digital technology influences dentistry. As Prosthodontist, we are the local leaders of the digital dentistry revolution and Drs. Merrick and Gragg use new innovations every day to give their patients a better experience, and better outcomes.

Digital Impressions

No More Goop!! Digital Impressions have replaced conventional final impression at Vermont Prosthodontics. We use the latest iTero Element Scanner to take a video image of your tooth. That image can be processed and milled as a model and your crown is fabricated. The image can remain a digital model, and the entire crown fabrication can be done in the digital world.

Computer Guided Implant Surgery

Using CBCT scans and restorative virtual treatment planning, along with specialized training, Dr. Gragg is able to provide guided implant placement for his patients.

Using a virtual 3-D model or a physical model, implant placements can be simulated to create the ideal patient treatment plan. These virtual plans allow Dr. Gragg to take multiple aspects of implant placement and restoration into consideration, resulting in optimal aesthetics, function and longevity for the patient’s final restoration. Working with a 3-D model also allows patients to better understand the planned procedures and visualize the end result.

Once planning is complete, specialized software can be used to create a surgical guide that will used during implant placement. This guide directs the exact location, angle and depth of the implant placement. The use of the guide increases the accuracy, efficiency and safety and predictability of the procedure.

Digital X-rays

Digital x-rays reduce the amount of radiation needed as compared to film x-rays.  The improved diagnostic capability of digital x-rays and the ability to view the x-rays on a computer screen allow the patient to better understand and follow treatment.  Digital x-rays are instant, there is no longer a need to develop the film.  Digital x-rays save time and increase patient care.  It’s also a very green technology.  By eliminating film, developer and chemical waste it is better for you and the environment!

Intra-oral Cameras

An intraoral camera combines the latest video technologies with dental care. Both the patient and dentist can see detailed images of the teeth and mouth in real time.  With an intraoral camera, Kirsten is able to help you better understand what is happening in your mouth and review the status of your oral health.