Dental technology is constantly changing. We strive to stay ahead of the technology curve by providing you with the most up-to-date products and materials. New advancements allow us to provide you with better diagnostic tools, longer lasting restorations and more comfortable procedures.
Soft Tissue Diode Laser
The diode laser is a clinical tool that the doctors use to precisely prepare gingival (gum) tissue for impressions and to control adjacent tissue. It is usually used when tooth preparation extends beyond the gum tissue. Lasers are the most precise and least traumatic method of tissue contouring. The prepared site will heal with less post-operative pain than with any other technique and will not require sutures.
While dental technology has changed over the years, so has the formation of tooth decay. Fluoride use is now widespread, which has made the outer enamel surface stronger and more resistant. It has also made pit and fissure (biting surface) decay more difficult to detect. The traditional dental probe (pick) may be too large to detect the cavity. The DIAGNOdent system uses laser fluorescence to detect decay within the tooth. This allows decay to be detected earlier. This device is provided at no cost to our patients and allows for smaller restorations.
Digital X-rays have increased our detection of decay. They allow the doctor to change the contrast or enlarge the image to be viewed on a computer screen. This has allowed our office to decrease the amount of radiation to our patients and also to decrease the amount of chemicals we use. We now have two different digital x-ray systems, which allows for better patient comfort.
Ultrasonics use water and sound waves to break up plaque and tarter on the teeth. The small tip can reach below the gumline where hand scaling can be difficult and uncomfortable. This is also a more efficient way to remove heavy external staining. Ultrasonics provide our patients with tremendous benefits. It allows for a quicker, more painless and more effective dental cleaning.
Dental loupes are magnification devices that are embedded in the doctor’s and hygienist's glasses. This allows them to be more precise and to see details more closely.
Porcelain Dental Oven
Our in office, a porcelain oven allows us to modify the fit and shade of your porcelain restoration. There is usually no need to make another appointment while the dental laboratory modifies the restoration. The doctors can make adjustments while you wait.