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Providing Montclair with the Most Advanced Dental Services for More than 70 Years

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Introducing Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique

Dr. Ferguson has recently completed extensive training in the Pinhole Surgical Technique, breakthrough treatment for gum recession. Dr. Ferguson is certified in using the innovative method and is excited to introduce this option to his patients.

Gum recession, or loss of gum tissue along the gumline exposing the tooth root, is a common dental problem caused by several factors including periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), hormonal changes, or aggressive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth. Additionally, many patients have a genetic predisposition to recession or the cause of recession is unknown.

While Dr. Ferguson has decades of experience in periodontal tissue grafting and surgical methods, the traditional procedures used in treating recession were invasive requiring difficult and long recovery periods for patients. Dr. Ferguson is excited to introduce the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique, an innovative new procedure for treating recession, as an option for Ferguson Dental patients.

What is the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST)?

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST is incision and suture free.

Unique tools and techniques are used to perform the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. Dr. Ferguson has completed comprehensive training in the Pinhole Surgical Technique and is fully certified in using the innovative method.

How does the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique differ from traditional gum grafting?

Traditional gum recession treatments involve the use of donor tissue or soft tissue grafts in order to rebuild the gumline. This soft tissue would be sutured in place and would join with existing gum tissue as it healed.

While this traditional grafting treatment is effective, comparable results with better patient experience can be achieved through the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique.

How is Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique performed?

During the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique, a needle is used to make a small hole in the patient’s existing gum tissue. Through this pinhole, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue. These tools help expand and slide the gumline to cover the exposed root structure.

There are no grafts, no sutures, and no incisions needed with the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique. It simply involves the adjustment of the existing tissue.

What are the benefits of Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique?

The benefits of the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique are many:
• Less discomfort for the patient after treatment
• Faster recovery for the patient than traditional grafting
• No need for uncomfortable sutures
• No need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools
• No need to take donor tissue from the patient’s palate
• Excellent, natural-looking, long-lasting results

The new Omnicam, a 3D Color Scanner, has arrived in the office!

A new Omnicam scanner arrived in the office last week, and Dr. Ferguson could not be more thrilled to be the first practice in the area to offer this option to his patients. Ferguson Dental has used CEREC technology to create same day restorations for the last 10 years, but this recent upgrade in imaging technology improves and expands the possibilities for our patients. The new scanner creates exceptional 3D color digital scans and eliminates the need for powder based scans or messy impressions. The technology also allows Dr. Ferguson to create digital models and deliver customized porcelain restorations using the CEREC in-office milling machine in around 90 minutes. If you're interested, ask him about it... he would love to tell you all about this amazing new technology!

To learn more about he Omnicam scanner, click the link below.

Are you too busy for two visits?

Turns Out You Have Better Things to do with Your Time

Technology today is changing our everyday lives. Many people, however, aren’t aware that technology also is impacting dentistry in new and exciting ways. Cutting-edge innovations in dental instruments are requiring less time in the dental chair, causing less discomfort and creating satisfying results. One breakthrough instrument, called CEREC, allows Dr. Ferguson to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings, saving patients time and inconvenience.

What is CEREC? 

CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CERamic REConstruction. Translated, it means that a dentist can economically restore damaged teeth in a single appointment using a high-quality ceramic material that matches the natural color of other teeth. 

How does the instrument work? 

CEREC uses CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology, incorporating a camera, computer and milling machine in one instrument. Dr. Ferguson uses a special camera to take an accurate picture of the damaged tooth. This optical impression is transferred and displayed on a color computer screen, where Dr. Ferguson uses CAD technology to design the restoration. Then CAM takes over and automatically creates the restoration while the patient waits. Finally, Dr. Ferguson bonds the new restoration to the surface of the old tooth. The whole process takes about one hour. 

What does this innovation mean for you? 

A tooth-colored restoration means no more silver fillings discoloring smiles. The filling is natural-looking, compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant. For many restorations, it is no longer need to create temporaries or take impressions and send them to a lab. Because of this, the traditional second visit can be eliminated. CEREC has two decades of clinical research and documentation to support the technology, and Dr. Ferguson has been successfully using Cerec technology to restore teeth for over a decade. The restorations have been proven precise, safe and effective. 

How can I find out if this is an option for me? 
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ferguson.  We will be happy to answer your questions on this exciting technology. 

Learn more about this technology by clicking the link below to view an informational video.

Laser Zoom Whitening at Ferguson Dental

Treat yourself to a whiter, brighter smile at Ferguson Dental Associates. Laser whitening costs less than you think and can be done in just an hour or so at the office. And at Ferguson Dental, Zoom Tooth Whitening includes lifetime touch up materials that are included with your routine office hygiene appointments. Want to learn more? Call us today at 973-744-3181!

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