To improve the quality of our dental services, we have added technological advances to aid in the delivery of these services. Listed below are some examples.
Wand STA-Single tooth anesthesia
Having your teeth numbed for a pain free restorative procedure is wonderful, but dealing with a numb lip, tongue and cheek for a couple of hours afterward is a bummer. A computerized anesthetic delivery system called the Wand STA allows us to anesthetize a single tooth for procedures lasting under an hour without getting your lip, tongue and cheek numb. For longer or multiple tooth procedures, we still recommend conventional anesthesia techniques which are also delivered using the Wand STA.
Digital Radiography (X-ray)
We currently use a digital intraoral x-ray system which captures images on a sensor, then transfers and stores the information on our computers. Advantages of digital x-rays over film are that they require significantly less radiation to capture the image. The image is viewed on a large computer screen instead of tiny plastic film. This increases our ability to diagnose problems that may not be readily visible on film. Patients can usually see for themselves where problems exist.
OralID Cancer Screening
OralID uses a proven, optically based technology called "fluorescence technology." OralID's fluorescence technology uses a blue light (435–460 nm) that allows a clinician to identify oral cancer, pre-cancer and other abnormal lesions at an earlier stage, resulting in earlier diagnosis and treatment.
Intraoral 3D Scanning
Restorations like inlays, onlays, crowns and bridges normally require taking impressions of your teeth using a rubbery material in trays. This allows the dental lab to replicate your teeth using stone models upon which the restoration is fabricated. Our 3D scanner takes a series of images from different angles and the software creates a 3 dimension replica of your teeth which is supposed to be more accurate than the traditional impression material. This image file is electronically transmitted to our dental lab which designs the restoration virtually on their computers and then uses a milling machine to create your custom restoration.
Soft Tissue Diode Laser
When the need arises for a minor surgical procedure on soft tissue, the Diode laser provides us with a quick and easy solution. The laser is able to cut and cauterize soft tissue at the same time, so there is no bleeding and patients report little to no discomfort. Restorative procedures can be completed more efficiently and without additional visits.