Digital x-rays are a more streamlined way of taking dental radiographs. Like traditional x-rays, digital versions provide an in-depth view of the structures of the mouth, helping dentists detect complications and develop effective modes of treatment. Digital x-rays are capable of revealing hidden caries, bone erosion, and even tooth decay hiding beneath restorations.
Requiring less radiation and no film to process, digital x-rays have become the standard for oral imaging. These systems produce instant digital images that can easily be enhanced and enlarged for a more accurate diagnosis. Dental x-rays make for a better and more efficient patient experience. Office visits are faster, patients are exposed to less radiation, and radiographs can be sent to a specialist for review in a fraction of the time necessary for traditional film x-rays.
An intraoral camera looks a bit like a toothbrush and allows us to show you a live video feed of the inside of your mouth. We use intraoral cameras to aid us in the detection and education of oral health warning signs. There is incredible value in being able to point at a place in your mouth rather than having to explain to you the areas we are concerned about. Just one more tool to aid your dentist in a thorough and accurate assessment of your dental condition!
CEREC stands for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics” and is a computer-aided design and manufacturing system for dentists. CEREC combines a camera, computer, and milling instrument into one machine allowing tooth restorations to be created in the dentist’s office, all within a single visit. Hundreds of studies show that the CEREC system is a safer and more effective way to restore your teeth than traditional methods.
The CEREC system helps you fix damaged or unsightly teeth. Whether you’re looking for a more radiant smile or your teeth are decaying and need to be repaired, CEREC can help. Traditionally, restorations like Crowns, Veneers, and Onlays are fabricated at a dental lab before reaching your dentist. This can often take weeks and slows down the overall treatment time. With the advanced computer-aided technology utilizes by CEREC, these restorations can be completed in-house, in just a few minutes.
Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT)
Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) allows patients to receive a non-invasive, spa-like experience when coming in for a dental hygiene appointment. With the help of AirFlow technology, GBT can help remove biofilm, a sticky, transparent film of bacteria often built up near the gum line). Not only can this help prevent the development of gum disease, but can also strengthen your enamel to reduce the changes of tooth decay.
GBT is minimally invasive, effective, and completely pain-free. We recommend asking our staff about this new technology – it works wonders on patients with gum disease, braces, crowns, bridges, veneers, and even dental implants!
3D Printing is a method of creating 3-dimensional objects by using a computer to create the design. This is typically done with a digital file that acts as a blueprint for an object, a 3D printer, and the material that the finished item will be made of. Materials may include plastic, powders, resins, and metals. Layer by layer, the special printer uses the directions from the digital file to stack and fuse material to a custom object. 3D printing is changing oral health care in dental offices all over the world. Not only does the technology save time and money for both dentists and patients, but it also creates products that can be custom-printed based on specific needs. Some of these products include clear aligners, digital implantology, and digital dentures.
Perioscopy (Non-Surgical Treatment for Gum Disease)
Perioscopy is a non-surgical procedure that utilizes a miniature camera with advanced lighting and magnification to visualize and treat areas below the gum line. This allows our dentists to check and address tooth abnormalities such as decay, enamel projections, or fractures that may have occurred beneath the gum line.
A miniature camera is attached to a tiny probe and then gently placed below the gum line. The images are immediately displayed on a chair-side video screen for the clinician and you to see. The dental endoscope provides up to 48 times magnification, disclosing minute details under the gums that may have been previously missed. Due to the intricate nature of the procedure, a Perioscopy appointment may take around 2 hours, depending upon the condition and location of the teeth being cared for.
Holistic dentistry is a form of complementary and alternative medicine that has grown in popularity in recent years. Our dentists can help offer a wide array of natural remedies and products such as toothpaste and mouthwash to address your concerns in a timely manner.