Technology & Dental Health Services
A panorex is a very impressive piece of imaging machinery in that it is capable of identifying many issues and structures that a normal x-ray is not. Initially you will sit in a chair with your chin on a small ledge. Once positioned in the machine, it will rotate around your entire head taking a full 360 degree view of the teeth, head, sinuses and bones.
The ability to view the full structure of your head as a whole is very informative to the dentist. It will allow us to see any potential problems and make sure that everything is functioning as it should be. The panorex is capable of viewing specific types of structural problems, infections or asymmetry among many others.
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A digital x-ray allows the dentist to take an image of the tooth or teeth and put it into an imaging program as part of our dental health services. Within this imaging program, there are a number of tools that will allow the dentist to take a very close look at the teeth and surrounding structures with amazing accuracy. As a benefit to the patient, the digital x-ray also provides nearly 80% less radiation than a standard x-ray. This is due to the fact that the digital version of the x-ray is much more sensitive to this radiation and has been specifically designed with the patient in mind.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer screenings are a very important part of the dental visit for the patient. With the advances in modern technology, we are now able to pinpoint the start of a potential problem much earlier in its evolution. The ability to do so is extremely important in being able to treat any issues prior to them becoming a major irreversible problem.
Certain lifestyle choices can have a great impact on the health of tissues and your overall health in the mouth. If you are a smoker or heavy drinker, make sure to get regular screenings when you visit the dentist.
The intraoral camera is an amazing diagnostic tool for viewing different angles in the mouth that we would not have been able to just a few years ago. The camera gives us the ability to view the entire mouth on a monitor so that we can get a closer look at any potential issues or problems that may arise. In addition, the patient will have the ability to see for themselves first-hand the same images we are seeing.
There are basically two types of handpieces, air-driven and electric. Electric handpieces are much stronger than air-driven due to the fact that a motor is spinning the bur as opposed to air. This allows the doctor to remove decay at a faster pace. This will cut down on the time it takes to complete a procedure.
Zoom is a bleaching process widely used throughout the country and around the world to lighten discoloration of enamel and dentin. Tooth discoloration may result from drinking coffee, tea, cola, and red wine; or from smoking. The complete Zoom procedure take less than one hour. The gel is applied for three 15-minute session of light activation, for a total treatment time of 45 minutes. After the whitening procedure, you will receive custom whitening trays and home-use instructions that will allow you to maintain your pearly whites!
Digital impressions represent cutting-edge technology that allows dentists to create a virtual computer generated replica of the hard and soft tissue in the mouth using lasers and other optical scanning devices. The digital technology captures clear and highly accurate impression data in mere minutes, without the need for traditional impression materials that some patients find inconvenient and messy. Benefits of digital impressions include less chair time and improved quality for better-fitting restorations.
Anesthetic Reversal (OraVerse)
OraVerse is a breakthrough that reverses unwanted lingering numbness after routine dental procedures where local anesthetic containing a vasoconstrictor was used. Clinical studies have shown that on average people who are given OraVerse not only return to normal sensation twice as fast, but can smile, speak, and drink normally sonner, and drooling is minimized.
An Isolite is isolation system that we use in most of our appointments. It provides retraction, safety shielding, and illumination. The Isolite system has a built-in bite block that allows the patient to comfortably rest their jaw, your tongue and cheeks are retracted and protected, and has a built in vacuum system to provide suction for the patient throughout the entire procedure. The Isolite comes in a variety of sizes, so we will fit you before your procedure to make sure we are using the perfect one for you!
Nitrous Oxide, known to many as laughing gas, is the most commonly used form of sedation in dentistry as part of our gentle family dentistry. It is administered by having the patient inhale the gas, which is carefully monitored by your doctor. You will fall into a euphoric state and feel completely relaxed. All feelings of fear and anxiety fade away, leaving you to sit back peacefully while your dental procedure is performed. In most cases all dental work can be completed in one visit while you are sedated.
Nitrous oxide sedation is very safe and effective. Once the procedure is over the nitrous oxide will wear off fairly quickly, and you will probably be able to drive yourself home and return to your daily activities.
You will need to have a preliminary visit with your dentist to make sure that you are an eligible candidate for nitrous sedation. If you have been worried about your next dental visit its time to stop! Ask us about sedation dentistry and schedule your appointment today.