Our office employs many types of new technology that benefit the patient by offering improved diagnosis and care.
Cone Beam Computed TomographyCone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) is an X-ray imaging technology that is faster and safer than a conventional CT scan (3D imaging). For our patients, this translates to a significant reduction in radiation dosage and a decrease in the time needed for scanning. The 3D imaging is used for more accurate diagnosis and treatment planning of extractions, particularly of third molars, implant placement, sinus augmentation procedures, TMJ evaluation, and detection of tooth fractures or pathology in the jaw bone.
In addition, the Planmeca ProMax CBCT machine takes extraoral bitewing radiographs, which allow for evaluation of cavities, bone loss, and infections in the posterior teeth. These bitewings are similar to digital x-rays, but do not require placement of a sensor in the patient’s mouth. This is ideal for our patients with a strong gag reflex or those who have difficulty with the digital radiograph intraoral sensor.
Measuring and annotation tools – such as nerve canal tracing – assist in safe and accurate treatment planning for our patients. As seen in the images below, we can clearly identify the path of the nerve canal in the lower jaw, or visualize the sinus cavity in the upper jaw, prior to any dental procedure. This will increase safety, predictability, and success of treatment.
Nobel BioCare CAD/CAM Dentistry
Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Milling (CAM) offer advanced treatment options with less waiting time for a restoration. Depending on the procedure(s) being performed, your dental restoration(s) may be able to be placed on the same day or next day instead of the usual wait of one to two weeks or more. Using a special scanner, the office can take a digital impression without using traditional trays, improving patient comfort. The restoration(s) is then designed using advanced computer 3D technology that can analyze the interaction of the new restoration with your other teeth. A new crown can be milled out of a solid piece of tooth-colored composite material providing strength that may surpass that of many crowns produced in a dental lab. Advancements in materials and technology have provided many options for great restorations that can both look great, provide superior strength compared to other restorations, and reduce the need for multiple visits to the office.
Dexis Platinum Sensor Digital X-rays
Digital x-rays reduce the amount of radiation needed as compared to film x-rays. The improved diagnostic capability of digital x-rays and the ability to view the x-rays on a computer screen allow the patient to better understand and follow treatment. Digital x-rays are instant, so there is no longer a need to develop the film. Digital x-rays save time and increase patient care. It’s also a very green technology. By eliminating film, developer and chemical waste, digital x-rays are better for both the patient and the environment!
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer affects thousands of Americans yearly. We use the latest technology to detect changes in oral tissue consistencies and/or lesions. The doctor performs head and neck exams as well as cancer screening during prophy appointments and cleanings. With early detection, cancer may be caught before it has time to spread, potentially saving lives.
Sony Noise Reducing Headphones
These ultra quiet headphones are for patient use during any dental procedure. Patients can listen to their favorite music, movie, or television show without having to hear all of the surrounding noise going on as the dental work is being performed.
Our office offers free Wi-Fi for our patients use while visiting our office.