Category Archives: Dental Technology

Spreading the Word about Dental Technology and Minimally Invasive Dental Implants

~ Dr. Howard Fraiman

With cutting-edge office technology and a team of dual-trained dental specialists, Amsterdam Dental Group is leading the charge in Minimally Invasive Dental Implants – or what we cordially refer to as MIDI.

I’ve been drawn to technology for as long as I can remember. Before dental school, I received a Bio-Dental degree from Rennsselaer Polytechnic Institute, an engineering school, so the advent of computer technology in dentistry has been a return to “my roots” – so the speak. To patients, it’s revolutionary.

Today, computers and technology in dentistry allow us to make digital impressions of the mouth instead of using the traditional method of using a tray filled sticky soft material in the mouth. These digital impressions not only don’t taste funny, they provide for greater accuracy and superior patient comfort. Computer technology also enables us to use CAD/CAM design, creating incredibly strong, esthetic crowns and restorations.  

One of the biggest advances has been the use of technology in relation to minimally invasive dental implant surgery. MIDI maximizes patient comfort and results in the most accurate dental implants possible. Over the past several months, Amsterdam Dental Group has continued to improve and add to our existing technology to ensure unparalleled dentistry to our patients.

Beyond the dental chair, I’ve taken this commitment to MIDI and have been sharing information on the current technology to several dental study groups throughout the Delaware Valley, ultimately reaching other dentists and subsequently their patients. It is my belief … If a person needs a dental implant, with today’s technology and MIDI, that’s the way to go.

Dr. Cross Takes a Closer Look at Smile Design in the Mobile Cloud Era

Today, new technology provides the control to design a perfect smile from the comfort of home or at our dental office.

Plato might have said it best when he noted, “Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.” The problem is that what I see, what you see and what the dental ceramicist sees, may be entirely different. At Amsterdam Dental Group, we are committed to designing and fabricating restorations that meet or exceed our patients’ aesthetic and functional requirements. You are the “beholder.”

For those of you who know me, it comes as no surprise how much I love photographing teeth.Why? Part of the reason is it allows me to see things closer and in more detail. It also helps communicate colors and shapes to the lab technician who is fabricating the restorations. With the recent release of the iPad Pro and a host of touch screen drawing applications (i.e. Paper 53, Skitch and Adobe Draw), we are now able to take these photographs to a whole new level in real time.These technological tools improve our ability to communicate with you as well as our master ceramicists whether they are within our on-site dental lab in Philadelphia, across the country or around the world. It is truly revolutionary.

The results of the six veneers below are indeed nothing short of amazing, yet are only a simple reflection of what was designed.


Here’s a screen shot of design planning in action from a recent aesthetic consultation appointment. With a couple good photographs and an iPad, we are able to instantly discuss patients’ concerns about teeth that are too long, short or wide. We can address color, shape, missing gum tissue and even repositioning with orthodontics.


If you’re planning on making any changes to your smile, today’s smile design is simply a matter of making the correct plan for you. – Dr. C