Published On: Wed, Jan 1st, 2014

Local Dentist Tops in Technology

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Dr. Roberto Sosa has put his money where his patients’ mouths are, with state-of-the-art technology that rivals most dental labs and surgeries in the U.S.  Adopting a soup-to-nuts approach, Dr. Sosa’s equipment covers everything from diagnostics to prosthetics, all under one roof.

The centerpiece is the Planmeca ProMax 3D Imaging system with the ProFace accessory, an all-in-one CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography) unit that includes 3D imaging, 3D photo, digital 2D panoramics and cephalometry.

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With a single 14-second scan, Planmeca ProMax creates a full 3D computer model of the patient’s head which can be stripped, layer by layer, to reveal the musculature, skull, jawbone, and teeth.

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3D models showing various layers of a patient’s cranium.

The model is accurate to one millionth of a meter, allowing the technician to create a cast of the patient’s dentition without the use of traditional plaster-like dental casts.  The 3D information is simply transferred to the lab’s 3D printer, which “prints” an accurate model of the patient’s teeth and gums in about 30 minutes.

 

Crowns and Bridges While You Wait

The standard procedure for crowns and bridges mostly involves waiting, sometimes for weeks, before the final fitting.  A temporary crown or bridge is fitted, while the lab works on the final product.  But with Dr. Sosa’s laser milling apparatus, a full crown can be milled in six minutes, to an accuracy of 25 microns (a micron is a millionth of a meter).  While the patient relaxes on the dental chair (also state-of-the-art), the lab technician creates the crown, then uses the “printed” model for fitting.  When the fit is perfect, the new crown or bridge is put into place in the patient’s mouth.  Just a few hours after walking in, the patient walks out with a brand new crown.

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Dr. Sosa (center front) and his crew

Dr. Sosa’s clinic is in Garcia Gineres, Calle 26 #218-B, x27y29.  He will be happy to answer any questions about his practice.  Tel.  925-5920.

By Nicholas Lavroff

 

Mexico Travel Care

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