Technology - Goochland Dentistry

Technology and advancements in healthcare go hand-in-hand which greatly improves lives, without much doubt. Dr. Murchie and his skilled team at Goochland Dentistry utilize advanced dental technology to enhance your treatment which will hopefully provide you with a better experience at his office. There no longer needs to be an association of pain and discomfort with dental treatment. Now, more than ever, dental care can be a positive experience for patients because of technological advancements.

iTero® Scanner

The iTero® scanner is digital equipment that Dr. Murchie uses so he can see a clear and detailed image of your mouth, and it can also provide an “impression-like,” 3-D image, without the hassle of taking a goopy mold of your teeth. As a result, the image can be electronically sent to a lab where dental restorations like crowns and veneers are made to fit your mouth. Invisalign® clear aligners can also be made from the images taken with the iTero® scanner.

The iTero® scanner captures images of your mouth from a small, hand-held wand Dr. Murchie moves around your mouth. The wand can capture thousands of frames per second and pieces them together to form a 3-D image of your mouth. Now, this scanner is smaller than originally designed and better able to reach difficult molar teeth. The patient is more comfortable while these images are being captured and those with a strong gag reflex are less likely to do so because the wand is quite small. The image the wand captures is projected onto a monitor in real-time which allows Dr. Murchie the ability to make adjustments to the quality of the image. This technology saves a lot of time for everyone.

Digital and analog technology at Goochland Dentistry - Dr. Peter R. Murchie

Digital and analog technology at Goochland Dentistry
How does digital and analog technology come together in dentistry? Watch this mini clip as Dr. Peter Murchie explains.

This is Dr. Murchie from Goochland Dentistry. This is what happens if we’re building a smile; we use a combination of analog and digital techniques.

This device here is called an articulator. So we’ve got a model and what we’re able to do is we’re able to mimic how someone’s jaw moves; we can open and close.

We use this to communicate with our lab to make the final bridges, restorations, or implants. Thank you so much. Have a good day.

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Digital X-rays

Another innovative technology that we use is our digital X-ray machine. Like the iTero® scanner, digital X-rays are transforming the way that we can look at your teeth. Digital X-rays are more efficient and safer for you than traditional X-rays because they require significantly less radiation.

Like traditional X-ray imaging, a digital X-ray, also known as digital radiography, takes a photo of your mouth. However, it uses digital sensors instead of traditional photographic film, so the image can be seen almost instantaneously on a monitor. The sensors are carefully connected to a computer and then placed in your mouth. Once exposed, the sensor produces or displays the image of your teeth onto a screen. The images are clear and detailed and can be stored electronically for easy access and referral.

The clarity of detail provided by a digital X-ray is incredibly helpful to Dr. Murchie and his patients. Small cavities, bone loss, and jaw abnormalities can be seen earlier in their development than with traditional imaging. As a result, treatment can begin sooner when it’s less invasive and costly.

Cone Beam CT (CBCT) scanning technology at Goochland Dentistry - Dr. Peter R. Murchie

Cone Beam CT (CBCT) scanning technology at Goochland Dentistry
Have you ever wondered how a Cone Beam CT scan is done in a dentistry? Watch this video to see the complete process of a CBCT scan at Goochland Dentistry.

This is a Cone Beam CT (CBCT) scan. We use this to prepare for dental implant placement, identify nerves and sinuses, and identify the position of the teeth in the skull.

We can use different views of the skull and see how the three different views relate to one another.

Today we are going to take a Cone Beam scan with Denise here.

I am going to take your hands, and you are going to hold underneath here like that. And you are going to bring your feet in front of that line.

I will bring this down a little while you remove your mask for me. Then you are going to bite down into this little screw in here.

I’m going to make sure everything’s lined up, and the assessments are going to get ready.

Here we are constructing the image we just got from the Cone Beam scan.

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The Panorex is another kind of digital X-ray Goochland Dentistry uses to help us diagnose and treat our patients promptly and with more accuracy. Dr. Murchie has invested in this technology to provide him and his team the most advanced equipment and to give his patients the best opportunity for effective, efficient, and long-term dental care.

How does the Panorex benefit you?

Dr. Murchie will use the Panorex equipment for a comprehensive assessment of your entire oral health. Because the Panorex provides a full view of the upper and lower jaws, teeth, temporomandibular joints (TMJs) and sinuses, Dr. Murchie can see the whole picture, so to speak. With the full view of your mouth, he can see the impact of any abnormalities which he may not have been able to see with a standard X-ray. For example, the Panorex will show tumors or cysts, extra teeth, impacted teeth, and several other conditions that when treated for, can alleviate the need for other treatments.

Sometimes, seeing is believing and the Panorex digital X-ray machine offers a full view of patients’ oral health.

Digital Smile Design App

Dr. Murchie, and the talented team at Goochland Dentistry, apply the Digital Smile Design method to many of our cosmetic dental makeover patients. Digital Smile Design takes advantage of technological devices to aid the treatment process and engage the patient. Part of this technology includes an App that can be used on iPads and iPhones. It makes extensive use of videos and computer simulations to show patients how their teeth and smile will look before, during, and after treatment is completed.

DSD app technology at Goochland Dentistry - Dr. Peter Murchie

DSD app technology at Goochland Dentistry - Dr. Peter Murchie
The DSD app technology helps plan smiles and make the necessary changes and adjustments with a smartphone. Watch the video to see Dr. Murchie work on a patient's smile.

Hey, this is Dr. Murchie at Goochland Dentistry. I want to show you something we use called the DSD app to help us plan smiles.

What I am doing here for this beautiful young lady is adjusting and seeing how we can make her smile look as good as she wants.

She’s got some spaces between her front teeth, and she would like to close the spacing. What I am doing is planning things out digitally using this app on our iPhone.

I can select right here the different types of teeth that are possible and available to her. I can make some modifications to how long and wide the teeth are.

I can see what would look good on this person’s face. The next step is I go through and plan everything out here.

Then I am marking her lip. The purpose of marking the lip is when we do the final photograph, and there’s some overlapping of the teeth on the lip.

So here’s where I check some other things, and I get the opportunity to adjust the color. If my patient wants to do really bright, white, or different colors, I can adjust and shift those ways.

This here shows you the before and after.

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Dr. Murchie leads the team at Goochland Dentistry to use technology to their and the patients’ benefit. The benefits to the patients make the investment worthwhile. We seek the best for you! Please contact us with any questions about how our office uses technology to provide the best care and treatment for our patients.

New 3D printer at Goochland Dentistry - Dr. Peter Murchie

New 3D printer at Goochland Dentistry - Dr. Peter Murchie
Goochland Dentistry uses the latest technology to serve its patients. In this video, Dr. Peter Murchie explains how they use 3D printing in different procedures. Watch the video to learn more.

This is Dr. Murchie, and I want to show you the beginning of one of our first 3D prints. We printed a night guard. It prints gradually over time, and this took about 45 minutes.

There’s a resin material down here that the print job comes out of. Then we have a curing process that we go through.

With this, we will be able to make night guards, models, dentures, surgical guides, and it is really exciting.

This is our new 3D printer washer. It washes the night guards or other devices that we create. It’s got an alcohol bath that scrubs, cleans, and gets it ready for the next step.

This is the night guard after it’s come off of the cleaner. This part right here is called a build plate. We’re going to be removing that, and this is what the night guard looks like.

The next step is the curing process. We put the night guard in this curing device and select the type of settings we will use.

Then it starts curing, in a couple of minutes, makes it really hard, and then we’re able to polish it.

Here we’ve got the curing light curing the processed, 3D printed night guard. It takes about 45 minutes to get that done.

It’s cured under both heat and light. It makes sure that everything is functioning, hard and durable.

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Design your smile with Invisalign software

Design your smile with Invisalign software

Dr. Mechi from Gland Dentistry explains how Invisalign works. They submit scanners and pictures to Invisalign, which uses a program called ClinCheck to simulate and examine the movement of teeth. Dr. Mechi demonstrates the process on a patient’s upper and lower jaw, showing how each tray moves the teeth about two tenths of a millimeter. The whole process usually involves 18 trays. The simulation reveals that certain teeth will rotate, while others will move up or down. Dr. Mechi thanks Dr. Murie Guch and Dentistry for their support.

How to Make a Denture Using Digital Design

How to Make a Denture Using Digital Design

The speaker discusses the process of making a digital denture. They send information to a laboratory where it is digitized and a plan is created for making the denture teeth. The speaker can view and manipulate the denture from different angles to make adjustments. Once everything is approved, the denture is milled by the laboratory.



Hi, my name is Amelia from Goochland Dentistry.. We actually 3D print many of our devices here, including night guards and temporary crowns. How it works is we actually design what we need on our software and we go ahead and send it to our Sprint Ray 3D printer.

So here’s the 3D printer going up and down, and we’re printing the model. You can see it moving. It prints  just a little bit layer by layer. And this will give you kind of an idea of how things go here.

So this is a quick example of a night guard that I recently 3D printed. We have our platform and then we have our night guard material here. So how it works is the platform actually dives into the material and it goes in layers, multiple layers, until it finally pours your night guard. So this is our night guard that we just printed with the Sprint Ray 3D printer. And the next step is we’re actually going to put it in our washer, and that uses water and alcohol to clean all of this excess material off like this. So this is our final night guard from Goochland Dentistry.. Come in and get yours today.