Our practice features state-of-the-art dental technology to help us provide you with the most efficient and painless treatment, and to save you the time and costs of extra office visits and referral visits. We regularly upgrade our technology, and we are committed to training our team so that we develop expertise in using all our devices effectively and safely. Here is just some of the technology that helps us give you the best in modern dental care.
Our 3D printer gives us the ability to create custom night guards, dentures, and partial dentures—all within our office. This allows you to receive your new device in as little time as possible and allows us to save digital files for the devices we make. If something happens to your device, we will already have your file and won’t need to start from scratch to make a new one.
CamX Spectra Caries Detection Aid
To help us identify occurrences of caries (cavities and tooth decay) that may be difficult to see—even with x-rays—because they are between teeth or in their beginning stages, we use the CamX Spectra Caries Detection Aid. This device uses fluorescence to detect early-stage caries, and its software generates color-coded images and a numerical indication of the depth of cavities and decay. Early detection results in less need for fillings.
Cold Laser Technology
Dental CBCT Unit
Our in-office technology also includes a dental CBCT (cone beam computer tomography) unit—a specialized x-ray unit that allows us to take 3D images of teeth, soft tissues, nerve paths, sinus cavities, and bone within the craniofacial region—so that we may provide you with the most successful cosmetic dentistry possible, and so that we can obtain comprehensive views of head and neck areas involved in the treatments we provide for snoring and sleep apnea, TMJ therapy, and functional orthodontics. The radiation level of the unit is extremely low—about 1000 times lower than that of a conventional medical CAT scanner. Our dental CBCT unit allows us to complete the imaging we need right in the office, and to streamline your dental treatments.
We use our CBCT unit for:
- 3D planning for functional orthodontics
- Airway imaging for snoring and sleep apnea patients
- Cavity-detecting x-rays for patients with sensitive gag reflexes (eliminates the need to place films in the mouth)
- Determining the precise location and position of wisdom teeth for streamlined extractions
- Evaluating dental sites for optimized implant placement
- Evaluation of the head, neck, mouth, and facial structures of patients with TMJ disorders
The iTero and Trios digital scanners replace traditional alginate impressions. As well as saving time, this is much more comfortable for our patients. The scanners safely and painlessly function almost as high-definition (HD) intraoral cameras that take thousands of HD images per second (though the result is not a video, but a lot of HD images). We use them within Invisalign treatment, for restorative and implant planning, to help us make night guards, and as an adjunct to X-rays. The scanners also help us monitor tooth wear and recession. From visit to visit, we can see—to a distance of within one-tenth of a millimeter—whether your teeth have moved, or if there have been changes in tooth recession.
Read more about our digital scanners in this blog post.
During certain procedures, we use our diode laser in place of a scalpel in order to reduce post-operative pain and discomfort.
We use this camera to take detailed photographs of patients’ teeth and mouths. This helps us with treatment planning and progress tracking.
When it comes to your dental health, the importance of prevention cannot be overstated. X-rays are an integral part of your dental records, yet they give only a certain kind of view of the inside of your mouth. We also use an intraoral camera to show us additional aspects of your teeth and mouth in more detail. This can reveal cavities beside fillings, cracked teeth, plaque deposits, and excessive wear. Discovering these types of problems in their early stages allows us to provide less invasive, more cost-effective treatment.
Our intraoral camera is about the same size as the mirror we use during your regular hygiene appointments. While the camera itself is almost unnoticeable, it is connected to a monitor, giving you the opportunity to see everything we see. It helps us keep you apprised of your dental health, so that you can make well-informed decisions regarding your treatment options.
We use the Fotona Lightwalker® laser in many types of treatments and therapies, including biopsies, fillings, soft tissue treatment, NightLase treatment for sleep apnea, relief of TMJ pain, and uncovering implants. The laser can be indispensable for safely and effectively increasing physical comfort for patients of all ages.
For pain relief, we may still use our cold laser specifically to help alleviate TMJ pain. Using K-Laser® modern pain relief technology, we can prioritize and help ensure your physical comfort before we perform any other treatment you might require. Our laser unit provides pain management and therapy that is safe, non-invasive, and painless.