Dental Technology

We are dedicated to staying on the cutting edge of dentistry, and we have incorporated the latest technological advancements and equipment in our office. Currently some of these include:

Digital X-Rays

We offer one of the latest technological advances in dentistry with digital radiography, also known as digital X-rays. A wireless sensor is placed in the mouth, and a computer generates an image in 3 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.

Not only are they friendly to the environment, they are much safer than traditional X-rays. Digital radiographs reduce a patient’s radiation exposure by 90 percent!

Digital Panoramic Machine

We use a digital panoramic machine to capture anatomically correct ‘panoramic’ images of your teeth allowing us to better determine the best treatment course for each patient. Panoramic x-rays allow us to capture a single, complete detailed image of your teeth, jaws, jaw joints and nasal area. It enables us to detect certain problems like bone anomalies, impacted teeth, oral cancer, infections and fractures.

Not only does the digital panoramic machine allow us to capture an image of the entire oral cavity, it eliminates shadows and allows us to magnify areas for better viewing.

Intraoral Cameras

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.

Treatment Magnification Loops

Treatment magnification loops are used in dental microscopes to magnify the smallest detail. This provides not only increased information, but precise treatment as well.

Soft Tissue Laser Technology

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 vaporize, 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 in orthodontic patients. 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.

Sterilization Center

In our office, your safety is our top concern. Before and after every appointment, all treatment surfaces are cleaned and disinfected. Each member of our staff uses new disposable masks and gloves for each patient. Instruments are brought to our dedicated sterilization area, where they are rinsed thoroughly and heat-sterilized at temperatures of 400-425 degrees. Our sterilization equipment is monitored and inspected regularly for maximum protection.

In-house Laboratory

Our in-office laboratory expedites the process of making adjustments and allows us to serve you in a more efficient manner. Our lab can adjust or change appliances for a variety of dental procedures. These appliances include dentures, crowns, bridges and other prosthetics.

  
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