By Meredith Knight
Ross Miller admits he’s a bit of a geek when it comes to new dental technology. In fact, it’s the constantly advancing nature of dentistry that keeps his job fresh and challenging, even after 30 years. Dr. Miller recently added two new dental technologies that are making life better for his patients.
CEREC’s new PrimeScan uses computer-aided design (CAD) technology and software to design to create permanent dental restorations such as crowns, veneers, implants, bridges, onlays, et cetera. The technology includes a handheld intraoral camera, computer, and milling instrument. In the past, making single tooth restorations required multiple visits and those dreaded gooey dental molds. But CEREC PrimeScan uses digital imaging to form restorations in only one visit with technology that’s much more precise.
“I got the chance to use one and was floored by the accuracy,” Dr. Miller said. “Crowns often require some fine adjustments before they are cemented into place, but PrimeScan creates such detailed and accurate 3D digital images of the patient’s mouth that the crown went precisely into place, as if it were the natural tooth. I was just as amazed when I seated my first partial. It just clicked right in and the patient was ready to go home. Even compared to previous 3D dental scanners, the PrimeScan is faster and more accurate.”
Advanced Cancer Screening
There are 34,000 new cases of oral cancer and throat cancer in the United States each year. Dr. Miller also invested in an OralID scanner that helps him detect oral cancer when it’s in its earliest, most treatable stage. “OralID is a quick, noninvasive device that uses Fluorescence Visualization Technology to detect early changes in oral tissues under a special hand-held light,” Dr. Miller said. “We’re incorporating it into our standard oral exam in addition to visual and manual screening. OralID’s fluorescence technology gives us the most precise oral cancer screening without the need for rinses, dyes, or invasive instruments.”
Dr. Miller also uses the FDA-approved Fotona Lightwalker laser which allows him to work on hard tissue, such as a tooth, for fillings without the need for anesthesia. “It’s very precise and actually sterilizes the cavity prep area as I work,” he said. “It also increases the bond strength of the filling.”
Dr. Miller is enjoying the latest phase of his home life. “My son just finished his second year in the USMC and has deployed to the Mediterranean. That should be a great adventure for him. Our oldest daughter has started working in the real world after graduating from UNT, and our next oldest girl is a sophomore at Arkansas. Another son has just started at OU, and our youngest daughter is playing select volleyball as a junior at Plano High. They’re a busy bunch.” When he’s not at the office Dr. Miller stays busy with home-improvement projects, plays ice hockey in the Allen adult leagues, and supports local nonprofits including Special Olympics.