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Technology

To help us maintain your good oral health or diagnose and treat dental disease, we use only the latest technology. Some of the technology we are using includes:

Digital X-Rays:

Reduce your radiation exposure by up to 80%. Digital x-rays also allow us to enlarge or magnify your x-rays, change the brightness or contrast, and put them on a flatscreen tv in the treatment room for you to see what we are seeing. When you are looking at the digital x-rays along with the hygienist or dentist, it can help you to understand any problems we see and allows us to explain treatment options so you are more involved in your care. Digital x-rays also allow us to electronically transfer images to specialists, should the need arise.

Diagnodent Cavity Detecting Laser:

It can be difficult to detect early cavities, especially ones that are deep in the grooves on the biting surfaces of the back teeth. Sometimes it can be difficult to decipher between stains and cavities. Conventional detection methods typically involved the use of an explorer (a sharp instrument) to poke the teeth. The diagnodent allows us to detect early cavities without poking the teeth.

Ultrasonic Teeth Cleaning:

For patients with heavy calculus build up or patients who do not like their teeth scraped with instruments during cleanings, they can choose to have their teeth cleaned ultrasonically. The tip of the ultrasonic is held against the tooth, and with very fine vibrations and a water lavage, the calculus loosens and is rinsed away.

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3-D Digital Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)

This advanced imaging technology allows us to image patients in 3-dimensions which is extremely helpful for implant dentistry. This allows us to precisely treatment plan the placement of dental implants to avoid injury to nerves, sinuses or other vital structures that cannot be seen with 2-dimensional digital dental imaging. It also allows us to visualize oral pathology (tumors and lesions), cracked roots, root abscesses, third molars (wisdom teeth), impacted canines (teeth that are “stuck” in the bone and can’t erupt), and sinus pathology. The digital scanner’s 2-D feature is also very important and allows us to take routine dental X-rays without having to place a sensor in the patient’s mouth. This is extremely helpful for gaggers and young children who cannot tolerate an intra-oral sensor. This is as high-tech as dental gets!

Intraoral Camera:

“A picture is worth a thousand words”. This tiny camera magnifies what the dentist is seeing by up to 150x. The dentist can take pictures of your teeth to show you what they are seeing. The pictures can then be viewed by you and the doctor together in the treatment room . This is very helpful to document oral lesions or to take pictures of teeth with cracks, for cavity detection or other problems you may not be able to see or feel.

Sealants:

Our office advocates the placement of sealants primarily for the permanent 1st and 2nd molars around the age of 6 for the 1st molars and age 12 for the 2nd molars. Sealants will occasionally be recommended for baby teeth, permanent premolars, or 3rd molars (wisdom teeth) if the patient has a very high cavity risk or other special circumstance. Placement of sealants typically only requires a 15-30 minute appointment with the doctor.

We are continually monitoring and updating our technology to bring the most contemporary dentistry to you and your family so you can receive the best care possible.

Fluoride Varnish:

5% Sodium Fluoride and Tricalcium Phosphate that delivers both Fluoride and Calcium to the teeth over an extended period of time. Our office uses a white fluoride varnish that is painted on the teeth in a matter of seconds. The varnish hardens on the teeth as soon as it contacts saliva and allows a high concentration of fluoride to be in contact with the tooth enamel for an extended period of time (typically 1 to 7 days).

This is a much longer exposure compared to other high-dose topical fluorides such as gels or foams, which is typically 10 to 15 minutes. (Skold-Larsson, Modeer, Twetman, 2000: ten Cate, Featherstone, 1991). Patients no longer need to sit with a fluoride tray in their mouth (which can be difficult for young children) and best of all, patients can eat and drink right after the fluoride treatment. The only special instructions are to avoid brushing for 4 hours after the application.