Dental Technology

 

LASER DENTISTRY

We use laser dentistry in our practice for soft tissue procedures. The lasers used are narrow beams of light energy that can penetrate the tissue, producing the ability to remove or shape soft tissues such as the gums, cheeks and tongue.

Laser dentistry can be used to correct many problems from uncovering partially erupted wisdom teeth to removing lip pulls, and treating cold sores or canker sores. Lasers can also obtain small tissue samples in biopsy procedures to detect lesions or potential tumors in the mouth.

Using laser dentistry as opposed to other forms of surgery does have its advantages. Lasers can control the amount of bleeding during the treatment and can sometimes remove gum tissue without causing bleeding. In laser dentistry, there may also be less swelling and pain following the surgery as the laser can seal blood vessels and nerve endings.

DIAGNODENT

Did you know that half of the cavities found in your teeth could go undetected by current diagnostic techniques? However, our office now offers a new diagnostic method that can more accurately define caries in teeth.

We offer a unique service that can detect caries at the earliest stage. The DIAGNOdent Laser Caries Detector is over 90 percent accurate in detecting even the smallest lesions that don’t even appear on X-rays! Early detection enables us to better preserve and protect your teeth.

The DIAGNOdent Laser Caries Detector boasts a high patient acceptance and satisfaction with its quick, simple and painless nature.

DIGITAL X-RAYS

In order to provide our patients with the highest quality of dental services, we use dental radiographs, or X-rays, in our office. These radiographs provide us with invaluable information about your oral and dental health.

We offer one of the latest technological advances in dentistry with digital radiography, also known as digital X-rays. A sensor is placed in the mouth, and a computer generates an image in 30 seconds as opposed to the general 4-6 minute wait time for images taken on dental film. These X-rays can also be enhanced on the computer and enlarged.

Digital x-rays are safer than traditional x-rays, for you and the environment.  By using digital x-rays, we have eliminated all of the chemical waste and most of the hard waste associated with traditional radiography.   Additionally, digital radiographs reduce a patient’s radiation exposure by 90 percent!

INTRAORAL CAMERA

The standard X-ray is essential in determining any dental problems you may have, but unfortunately, it may not reveal everything happening inside your mouth. We are proud to utilize an intraoral camera in our office.

An intraoral camera can project an image of your tooth onto a monitor, so you can see the problem in a magnified version and how we can correct the issue. It can also identify problems that may not be detected by the general means of examination, including cracks in your fillings or fractured teeth. Similar to the size and design of a dental mirror, an intraoral camera allows you to make better decisions regarding your treatment as you can see the same things we see.

THE WAND

Many patients may get apprehensive when visiting the dentist, especially when an anesthetic is necessary to perform treatment. The sight of a needle or syringe can make the patient very uneasy, which is why we use a groundbreaking new technique called the WAND.

Oftentimes, the discomfort a patient feels comes from the flow of the anesthetic rather than the needle itself. The WAND makes the injection more comfortable for the patient as it emits a balanced flow of anesthetic through the tissue.

The comfort of our patients is important to us, so we are proud to offer this latest technology in our office.

ORAVERSE

We understand how annoying the after-effects of dental anesthetics can be, and we’re proud to offer our patients an anesthetic reversal procedure using OraVerse®! Oraverse is the one and only product available that can reverse the effects of local dental anesthetics two times faster than normal. In addition, Oraverse reduces drooling and enables patients to smile, speak and even drink sooner than without the anesthetic reversal agent. OraVerse allows patients to return to their normal daily life rather than canceling the rest of your day after visiting the dentist.

If desired, your dentist will administer Oraverse immediately following your procedure, allowing you to return to your normal daily activities faster, while still minimizing any discomfort associated with the dental procedure performed.

So, if it’s important for you to speak, drink and smile normally after a dental procedure, then OraVerse is right for you.