GREAT CARE WITH CREAT COMFORT
IP&I Dental Clinic offers international patients quality care backed by cutting-edge technology
When Dr. Sung Ki Paik of IP&I Dental Clinic guides the CEREC Omnicam, a handhelp, intra-oral camera used to create digital dental impressions, over the sample dental mold he is using for the demonstration, Moments later, a 3-D color impression is rendered on the screen in a matter of seconds-and a few rapid Flashes of light. The resulting image is impressively detailed and accurate, down to every ridge, groove and minute idio-syncrasy of each tooth and its surrounding soft tissue
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This procedure is one of the common applications of CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) dentistry. Computerized dentistry such as this has become the new frontier of prosthodontics, valued for its unmatched performance in the two areas that matter most: speed and precision the reason why ti's not the new standard, however, is simple: few clinics can afford the costly machinery, and even fewer dental practitioners are able to dedicate the time to master the skills required to use them properly.
IP&I Dental Clinic, the leading CAD/CAM dental clinic in Seoul that's outfitted with the latest German-made CEREC (Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic)system, is the exception to the rule. More important than merely possessing cutting-edge technology, however, is the fact that Dr. Paik knows how to use it, having designed and fitted over 4,000 ceramic crowns over the past eight years.
The procedure, while simple in theory, is one that requires a degree of artistry to complement one's technical proficiency. After the 3-D digital impression is made and imported into the CEREC computer software, Dr. Paik designs the ceramic crowns with a mouse and a keyboard using the virtual model, with the whole proceess taking no more than 10 minutes. Once the design is milled into a shiny new crown and hardened in a special furnace in the next room, Dr. paik sits down with the newly made ceramic tooth, a tiny brush and a white tray that resembles a painter's palette to begin the staining process. "Natural teeth aren't uniformly colored," says Dr. Paik, "there are little discolorations here and there. That's why I stain the ceramic crowns-so that they have a natural look. It's just like painting a picture."
As opposed to conventional prostheses that are mass-produced by technicians in a laboratory, Dr. Paik's prostheses are created entirely by his own hand from start to finish. This customized care is something that he emphasizes in his work with patients, and with a PhD in dental ceramics, it is no surprise that he describes his individually constructed ceramic restorations as 'custom-made artwork created by a dentist."
And not only is Dr. Paik's ceramic "artwork" aesthetically pleasing, they have the added benefit of being biocompatible and can be preferred alternative to conventional metal-based crowns, especially for those with metal allergies. The bottom line, however, is that they save time-and lots of it
With CAD/CAM technology drastically reducing the time needed to create and install ceramic crowns, most restorations can be done in a single visit. With speedy service that heightens, rather than sacrifices, quality, it's not hard to see why international patients-particularly time-starved travelers on business trips - make up such a large portion of Dr. Paik's clientele at IP&I. "We get international patients from all over the world-around 40 or 50 countries,"" says Dr. Paik. "We especially get a lot of diplomatic personel and other VIP clients."
Located in central Seoul in the Somerset Hotel building, just minutes away from Anguk Station, IP&I offers the kind of convenience for international visitors that few other practices can match. For guests staying at the Somerset, quality dental care is available just outside their doorstep.