Our Technology

Hard Tissue Laser Dentistry

The Waterlase MD Turbo is a state of the art dental laser which allows us to prepare teeth for many cavity preparations. This eliminates the dreaded sound of the drill, and in many cases eliminates the need for anesthesia! We are tremendously excited about adding this technology to our practice.

Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry

As a laser dentist, Dr. Cranham employs state-of-the-art technology. He uses lasers to treat advanced cases of gum disease that traditionally required painful, invasive therapy. The Waterlase MD is a state of the art dental laser that provides a conservative treatment that gently disinfects and eradicates diseased tissue to stop destruction and let gums heal. Laser dentistry is fast, efficient, and safe. Bleeding is minimal, recovery time is quicker, and in many cases there’s no need for stitches.

Digital Imaging/Photography

We’ll take pictures of your smile during your exam and following treatment to document your amazing transformation. If you want a glimpse of your new smile prior to beginning treatment, we’ll use our digital imaging software to create a high-resolution picture that shows the proposed effects of specific therapies. These images are valuable educational and treatment planning tools.

E4D: Crowns in an Hour

Chairside CAD CAM (Computerized Assisted Design) Dentistry is revolutionizing how we practice. We are proud to be the first practice in the Mid-Atlantic Region to utilize the The E4D solution. What is Cad Cam Dentistry? It essentially allows us to do Crowns, inlays and onlays in our office, without a dental laboratory in about an hour.

Cone Beam Computerized Tomography

Sirona Galileoes (CBCT) – Dr. John C. Cranham is one of the few dentists in the Mid-Atlantic region to utilize state-of-the-art cone beam computerized tomography in his practice. Cone beam computerized tomography, or CBCT, is a digital, three-dimensional x-ray that allows Dr. Cranham to look at all surfaces of your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). CBCT is a critical step in the assessment of a patient’s oral health, particularly in regard to the diagnosis of TMJ disorder.

Sirona Galileos – Dr. Cranham uses the Sirona Galileos technology in his dental office. Sirona is a leader in advanced dental technology and software. Their CBCT is one of the most sophisticated and sensitive models of its kind.
With Sirona Galileos, patients receive the lowest possible radiation does while obtaining the best possible images for their dental health review and planning. Using integrated software, images taken from the Sirona Galileos CBCT are instantly transmitted to a computer to allow for Dr. Cranham to more effectively communicate his findings with the patient.

How Is CBCT Used? – Cone Beam Computerized Tomography is used to identify and treat a wide range of dental problems. CBCT is a central diagnostic tool to aid in comprehensive treatment planning.

CBCT for Dental Implants – Dr. Cranham uses the Sirona Galileo in the treatment planning of dental implants. He is able to get an extremely clear picture of a patient’s bone structure and nerve canal location for optimal placement of the dental implant.

CBCT for TMJ Treatment – With the CBCT, Dr. Cranham is able to obtain an incredible, 3-D view of all surfaces on the tempormandibular joints. With this image, he is able to pin point TMJ pain and assess the overall health and stability of the joint, muscles, bone and other tissues. Accurate diagnosis is the most important step to creating a successful TMJ treatment.

CBCT for General Dentistry – All patients benefit from CBCT. With this advanced technology, Dr. Cranham can identify hidden problems and underlying causes for dental health issues. Regular dental x-rays allow Dr. Cranham to identify changes in the occlusion, bone or other support structures and look for signs of oral cancer.

Computerized Bite Analysis

Proper bite alignment is crucial to a comfortable, long lasting, healthy smile. Dr. Cranham uses a high-tech product called TekScan to perform computerized bite analysis.

TekScan is a computer-based system that evaluates how you teeth fit together by measuring the force and timing of tooth contacts. This technology lets Dr. Cranham efficiently and effectively diagnose and treat improper alignment and is especially useful in TMJ therapy and bite correction.

The traditional method for analyzing a patient’s bite were highly ineffective. Dentists either had to rely on their own visual assessment or the results of patient biting down on special paper. The articulating paper only showed the end results of occlusal contact, unable to record which teeth made contact first or record the relative strength of impact.

The TekScan, or T-Scan, is a hand held device with a waver thin sensor. The patient simply bites down on the sensor and the digital software records both the timing and force of the bite. This information is sent to a computer to be analyzed and integrated into the diagnosis of bite problems.

TekScan For TMJ Treatment

Without an advanced technology like TekScan, diagnosing TMJ disorder can be very difficult. Dr. Cranham has completed extensive training and research in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders and the TekScan allows him to achieve even greater results.

Over 95% of TMJ related problems are due to an improper alignment of the teeth. TekScan is a critical tool in pinpointing where the problems are occurring.

TMJ Analysis

Dr. Cranham has invested in Bio-JVA technology to assess temporomandibular joint (TMJ) function. JVA stands for Joint Vibration Analysis. This high-tech, non-invasive system quickly and accurately evaluates the motion of TMJ joints.

When joint surfaces rub together, friction occurs. This friction causes vibration. Joints that operate smoothly cause little vibration. Conversely, a high vibration reading indicates compromised joint function. With Bio-JVA, Dr. Cranham can determine current function and customize a TMJ therapy plan to restore smooth joint motion and alleviate discomfort.

This state-of-the-art technology is quite simple to use. The patient slips on a comfortable device that looks like a pair of music headphones. In less than 10 seconds, Bio-JVA will record your joint friction and vibration, then display a computerized image that allows Dr. Cranham to determine appropriate treatment.

Digital X-Rays-Using Dexis Digital Diagnostic Imaging

Dr. Cranham uses digital radiography to obtain a crystal clear picture of internal and external dental structures. Digital images let Dr. Cranham see things not visible during an exam, such as cavities between teeth, bone health and level, and tooth nerves and roots. The images also aid in diagnoses of cysts or tumors and help Dr. Cranham better assess damage caused by trauma.

Digital X-rays are safer that traditional radiographs. They emit about 90% less radiation and require no harsh developing chemicals. In addition, the images are immediately available for viewing and can be electronically transmitted to insurance companies and specialists.

Precision Dentistry/Microscopic Dentistry

At our Chesapeake dental office, we use high-power Global microscopes to enhance the precision of patient care. Dentistry is micro-surgery. Dr. Cranham utilizes a microscope similar to the ones used by ophthalmologists to ensure precise fit and finish of dental restorations.

Many dentists use drills, but these noisy, air-powered handpieces often don’t rotate smoothly. Dr. Cranham uses electric handpieces for extraordinarily precise fit of crowns, veneers, and fillings. This type of equipment also produces less vibration, noise, and discomfort than traditional drills.

Interdisciplinary Dentistry

Resolution of extremely complex dental issues may require a team of professionals. If you require the care of one or more specialists, Dr. Cranham will combine his skill and expertise with that of others to ensure you receive the care you need for optimal oral health. He’ll oversee your treatment until the desired outcome is reached. Interdisciplinary dentistry requires that all parties work toward the same goals. We’ve assembled an outstanding team of doctors with exemplary knowledge and skill to deliver the personalized care you deserve.


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Upcoming Seminars

  • January 23-25, 2014
    Rocky Mountain Dental Meeting
    Denver, CO
  • January 29-31, 2013
    Dr. Bill Arnette Orthognathic Surgery Forum
  • February 6-8, 2014
    Seminar 1
  • February 13-15, 2014
    Seminar 2
    California
  • February 21, 2014
    Greater Orlando
    Orlando, Florida
  • February 23, 2014
    AACD
  • February 27 – March 1, 2014
    Seminar 2
  • March 6-8, 2014
    Pacific Dental Conference
  • March 14, 2014
    Columbia SC Study Club
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • March 20-23, 2014
    Dawson Alumni Meeting
  • March 28, 2014
    Greater Chesapeake Study Club
  • April 3-4, 2014
    New Orleans Dental Meeting
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • April 10-12, 2014
    Seminar 3
  • April 3-4, 2014
    Laredo TX Study Club
    Laredo, TX
  • May 3, 2014
    AACD
  • May 3-4, 2014
    Laredo TX Study Club
    Laredo, TX
  • May 8-10, 2014
    Seminar 1
    Denver, CO
  • May 16-17, 2014
    ICCD