To make Art of the Smile the best practice it can be, Dr. Craig Kohler is constantly seeking out and employing new cosmetic dentistry technology at his Wilmette dental office. A perfect example is the Invisalign® system, which completely changes the way teeth are straightened. Other cosmetic dentistry procedures at our Wilmette practice have been improved with the introduction of new tools and systems to improve fundamental practices. Examples are computer-regulated anesthetics, radiosurgery, microaesthetic dentistry, and the Tekscan system for bite therapy.
Dr. Kohler has always been at the forefront of modern cosmetic dentistry. Keeping his Wilmette clinic equipped with the latest technology is a natural complement to his continuing efforts to remain one of the best trained and most experienced dentists in the Chicago area.
Dr. Kohler is pleased to provide Invisalign® at our Wilmette practice for our North Shore and Winnetka patients. This teeth straightening system, which has only been available for about five years, is so simple compared to traditional metal braces that it’s difficult to believe it took so long to think of it.
Instead of brackets and wires, the Invisalign® patients of our Wilmette practice wear a set of soft, clear plastic aligners, which slip over the teeth and gently guide them into proper alignment. The new technology that makes this possible is the material from which the aligners are fashioned. The soft plastic is clear enough to be barely visible to the casual observer, flexible enough not to cause irritation, and strong enough to effectively shift the teeth.
There is also exciting new technology at work in the fabrication of Invisalign® appliances for our North Shore and Winnetka patients. Detailed digital photography interpreted by a computer helps Dr. Kohler produce just the proper amount of adjustment for each set of aligners. Every two or three weeks, a new set is created to continue the progress toward straighter teeth and a healthier looking smile.
If you’ve been wishing for straight teeth but can’t bear the thought of wearing traditional braces, contact our cosmetic dentistry practice in Wilmette today for more information about Invisalign®.
A nearly pain-free dental visit to cosmetic dentist Dr. Craig Kohler begins with computer-regulated anesthetic. Instead of the traditional syringe, this new system uses an injection device that looks and feels more like a pen. It has a short needle and a tube through which the anesthetic passes from a computer-regulated low speed electric pump. Dr. Kohler is able to insert the needle more easily and precisely than with a syringe and doesn’t have to push a plunger with his thumb, so the needle doesn’t move once it’s in position. The result is an injection as close to painless as is currently possible.
One of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures at our Wilmette practice is reshaping of the gum line. It is frequently performed in conjunction with the placement of porcelain veneers. The latest technology for this procedure is radiosurgery. Instead of a metal scalpel, this technique uses high-frequency radio waves to remove gum tissue that has overgrown the top of the tooth. The incision is bloodless, nearly painless, and micro-smooth. It’s much faster than using a scalpel and the healing time is much shorter.
Dr. Kohler is among less than one percent of the nation’s general dentists who practice microaesthetic dentistry, the use of a microscope connected to a 24-inch video monitor to guide his drilling of cavities. It is an expensive system that requires extensive training, but it allows the doctor a view of his work magnified up to 24 times. Because of this, he is able to remove only the decay and none of the undamaged portion of a tooth. The result is a stronger tooth. The patient can also watch the procedure, if desired, and the doctor can create a videotape of the procedure.
Dr. Kohler also has a standard intraoral camera system available to give the patient an overall view of the mouth, as an aid in explaining treatment options.
Until recently, the only tools available to dentists to analyze bite problems were articulation paper, waxes, pressure indicator pastes, or simple pneumatic bite pressure gauges, all of which left a lot of the diagnosis process to intuition.
That’s why Dr. Kohler uses the computerized Tekscan T-Scan®, the most accurate system available. The T-Scan® detects simultaneous contact, bite timing, and force, for a more precise diagnosis of your bite misalignment. The patient bites down on a sensor plate that fits in the mouth and sends digital measurements to a computer. This data helps Dr. Kohler to determine how severe your malocclusion is and how best to correct it.
To enjoy the best that modern dental technology has to offer, contact our cosmetic dentistry practice in Wilmette today.
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Craig S. Kohler, DDS, MBA, MAGD
1159 Wilmette Avenue
Wilmette, IL 60091 • MAP
(Downtown, btwn Lake Ave.
and Central Ave.)