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Meet Galileos: Our 3D Imaging System

Meet Galileos

Our dental offices proudly serve both the communities of Gilbert and Phoenix Arizona with the lasted in dental technology. We no longer need to use pain-killers or anesthetics with our electronic imaging system, Galileos. And, when combined with our in-office Cerec system, the Galileos 3D imaging reduces the time and cost of dental work for you, your friends, and your family.

How does Galileos safely scan your mouth?

Galileos takes its 3D image by using a low level, x-ray radiation probe to produce hundreds of images of computed topography sections of the mouth and jaw in one scan. Additionally, the advanced Galileos Comfort Plus 3D CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) probe can also take thousands of 3D images. Next, the images are assembled into a personalized, single, detailed, three-dimensional image of your teeth, gums, bones, nerve paths, muscles and so on. Additionally, the Galileos scanning takes only 14 seconds and is painless, non-intrusive, and safe. In fact, the radiation level is so low that the radiation is far less than that of a traditional X-ray machine.

Finally, the digital 3D imaging file is turned into a CAD/CAM (computer aided design/computer aided manufacturing) file that can be analyzed for an extremely accurate diagnosis of your dental issue. The image file can also be used to create customized dental work ranging from veneers to dental implants to dentures. And, this procedure only takes about an hour or so to complete.

How dental offices treat your teeth in the same day

Now, that your Galileos CAD/CAM dental file is made, the dentist can use that file to design a customized version of your new tooth or teeth. The dental office has a tooth making system that converts the Galileso image into your new teeth in about an hour or so. The tooth making dental system is called CEREC which means Ceramic Reconstruction.

The CEREC dental system includes a milling machine which can used different materials to make your teeth. The CEREC system can use dental blocks consisting of ceramics such as Zirconia and more. For example, ceramic blocks from the Vita Corporation are designed to withstand abrasion and have a survival rate of 95% after 10 years. They include:

  • Empress blocks
  • Vita blocks
  • Vita enamic blocks

Although Zirconia blocks are more expensive, they are 5 times more durable than other ceramics and are also less brittle. They last between 10 to 15 years and are easily milled in-house in a dental office within a day. However, they may require a veneer since they are not as translucent as natural teeth. A few examples of Zirconia blocks are:

  • Cerec Zirconia blocks
  • Cerec Zirconia meso blocks
  • Cerec Incoris Zl meso blocks

Your dentist uses these blocks to mill your custom teeth for inlays, onlays, restorations, crowns and so on within their dental office. Next, the new teeth are placed in a sintering furnace to bake for 15 minutes for crowns and 25 minutes for bridges or so. Finally, the new, custom teeth are implanted into your mouth that same day. So, again the entire procedure takes about an hours or so from the Galileos 3D imaging to new custom designed and implanted teeth.

Does dental insurance cover 3D imaging?

As for most dental insurance claims, it depends is the most common answer. For example, HealthPartners, requires a pre-authorization for cone beam computed topography (CBCT) 3D imaging for medically related medical services. Similarly, every major medical insurance company has specific criteria for when and if they will pay for CBCT scans. As a result, you have to inquire from your dental insurer what those criteria are.

So, should you need expert and fast dental work in the Gilbert and Phoenix, Arizona area, you can contact your dental office and inquire about Galileo 3D imaging. This latest technology will save you time in restoring your teeth to their original shape. And, many of the implants can last ten years or longer. You can also search online for Galileos 3D imaging to find your closest dental office and set an appointment.

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