Dental Initials That Can Benefit Your Smile

Initials seem to be popular these days.  From LOL to ILY, they are ways to write thing shorter and faster, if not always more clearly. If you have seen some dental initials floating around, you may wonder just what they mean. If you have questions during checkups and cleanings, our Lake Orion, MI dental team is always happy to clarify and explain. For those between appointments, we offer some insight into dental abbreviations you may see in use, and how they can help protect, restore and improve your smile.

ADA Means…

This one is pretty easy. The American Dental Association (ADA) is a professional organization of dentists, that examines dental products on the market, and subjects them to rigorous testing to make sure they are safe, and that they perform as promised in their advertising. You should look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on any dental product, from toothpaste and mouthwash, to electric toothbrush models and more.

CAD/CAM Means…

Computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) is a system that lets a trained operator both design a highly sophisticated and lifelike replacement tooth, and instruct equipment how to make it, all within the same location. Using advanced digital imaging, images of your jaw and teeth can be converted into digital files that can then be read by CAD/CAM technology.

CEREC Means…

Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics equipment allows our experienced and talented dental team to convert the CAD/CAM images into a functional crown to restore or replace a damaged tooth. CEREC mills the replacement tooth from a block of ceramic that has been specially selected to match the color and reflectivity of nearby by natural teeth. With the CEREC technology, your tooth can be prepared and fitted with a permanent crown in a single office visit.

Learn More Smile Benefits By Meeting With Us

You don’t need to the the ABCs of every dental abbreviation. But do know that you and your family’s A+ smile health is our primary concern! Schedule a dental checkup with us soon to learn more. To schedule a visit for in Lake Orion, MI, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry today at 248-693-6213.