Advanced Services & Technologies
Modern dental technology gives us the capacity to do so many things that weren’t even considered possible a few short years ago. Now, we can take x-rays completely digitally, make crowns in a single visit, and even perform a variety of procedures using only lasers. All of this helps us address an even wider array of dental issues faster while keeping our patients more comfortable. Below, you can learn more about some of the fantastic tools our team uses every day.
Does just the thought of going to the dentist make you feel a bit anxious? If so, you’re far from alone, and we know just how to help. Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” has been used for over 100 years to help slightly nervous dental patients relax in the chair. All you have to do is inhale the colorless, odorless gas through a small nasal mask, and within minutes, you’ll feel a deep calm come over you. It will stay on the entire visit, and once it is removed, the gas’ effects actually wear off almost instantly, enabling a person to quickly go back to their normal day.
X-rays have been an essential part of dental diagnostics for years, helping dentists find potentially hidden problems beneath the surfaces of the teeth. To make this tool even better, we’ve decided to only use digital x-rays. With them, we’re able to create images much faster compared to traditional, film-based x-rays, and they also expose our patients (and us!) to 90% LESS radiation. All in all, they let us take care of your teeth and give you peace of mind at the same time.
3D Cone Beam Scanner
When a normal x-ray just doesn’t give us enough information, we use the 3D cone beam scanner. This device is able to create a fully 3D x-ray image of the teeth, jaw, and other surrounding structures to help us gain an even deeper understanding of your dental health. We can also use this kind of image to help us plan more complicated procedures such as dental implant placement. With it, we can find the ideal places in your jaw to position the implants while avoiding sensitive nerves to ensure a successful and painless procedure.
Soft Tissue Laser
Dental lasers first came into being around the mid-90’s, and now, they enable us to perform a wide array of procedures while keeping the dental drill locked away. A soft tissue laser, in particular, is extremely useful for treating gum disease. With it, we can easily eliminate harmful bacteria along the gum line without affecting the surrounding healthy tissue. We can even use it to painlessly remove infected tissue and sterilize the area the same time, ensuring an easier experience both during and after the treatment.
Laser-Assisted Cavity Detection
With this tool, we’re able to catch tooth decay at its very earliest stage. It uses a highly-concentrated beam of light to scan the enamel and can detect the signs of thinning much smaller than can be found with a traditional exam. Using this information, we’ll be able to utilize conservative treatments to ensure a cavity doesn’t develop, making it easier for us to preserve more of your natural teeth over time.
CEREC® 1-Visit Crowns
With CEREC, we’re able to design, fabricate, and place a completely custom-made crown in just one visit. In the past, this process would require at least two visits to a dental office, a messy impression, and a week with an unreliable temporary crown. Thanks to CEREC, you come to see us, and in just an hour or so, you’ll walk out of our office with a completely restored tooth.