Our Technology

The extent to which technology is incorporated into a patient’s care conveys an important message about a dental practice. We are dedicated to staying informed on the latest developments in the field and using the most innovative technology available to give you the best dental experience possible.

Furthermore, access to technology improves your treatment from start to finish and touches on every aspect of your care, from evaluation to intervention.

The proper use of technology ensures your comfort and optimal treatment results. If you would like more information about the types of technology used in our practice, keep reading or contact our office and speak to one of our knowledgeable team members.

Use Of Technology In Screening And Evaluation

Beginning at your first appointment at our practice, new patients will benefit from our commitment to using modern technology in their care. The following tools help us to evaluate your case:

  • iTero digital impressions (no more “goop” in your mouth!)
  • Intraoral camera
  • Velscope® oral cancer early detection screening
  • Digital intraoral x-rays
  • DIAGNOdent and NIRI (near infrared) cavity detectors

These tools are useful for our Doctors as well as you. For example, digital x-rays can be easily manipulated to view the targeted area from multiple perspectives. They also expose the patient to less radiation than traditional x-rays.

Similarly, intraoral cameras give our Doctors enlarged digital images of areas that are hard to see clearly by means of visual inspection alone.

The use of technology to diagnose oral diseases can have tremendous advantages for your health. DIAGNOdent and NIRI can help to identify cavities in obscure areas so that they can be treated before they get too large and require an extensive restoration.

In the case of oral cancer screening, Velscope can actually save a patient’s life by diagnosing early stage malignancies before they have the chance to spread to surrounding tissues, when the prognosis is much poorer.

Use Of Technology In Treatment

The types of technology used in your treatment help us to maximize your comfort and obtain the best possible treatment outcomes. Here are just a few examples of the technology we may include in your treatment:

  • Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)
  • Waterlase iPlus
  • DentalVibe®

CBCT imaging can give our Doctors a unique three-dimensional image to use in treatment planning for more predictable results.

For patient comfort, dental lasers like Waterlase iPlus are highly effective in replacing scalpels in certain dental and surgical procedures while reducing discomfort and recovery time. You may not even need anesthetic when this instrument is being used.

For times when injections are needed, DentalVibe can use gentle vibrations to reduce any discomfort associated with a needle inserted into the soft oral tissues.

Our Practice’s Commitment To Adopting Innovative Technology

Our Doctors are dedicated to staying informed about the latest technological developments that enhance and improve dental care. Not only is this evident in the technology you will see around our office, but our Doctors also pursue continuing education opportunities that support these initiatives.

If you have any questions about the use of technology in the assessment or treatment of your case, please don’t hesitate to ask. We will be happy to educate you on the benefits of these tools and how they improve your care.

FAQs about Our Technology

Does dental technology make dental implants safer?

Yes! When planning for dental implant placement, our Doctors can use three-dimensional images produced by a cone beam CT in order to plan the placement procedure with greater accuracy and predictability. This reduces the likelihood that our Doctors will encounter any surprises after entering the surgical field and supports more precise dental implant placement in the ideal location.

What is a cone beam CT?

A cone beam CT (CBCT) is a unique piece of imaging equipment that creates a three-dimensional depiction of your facial structures. The CBCT accomplishes this by compiling a series of two-dimensional images into a 3-D representation. That 3-D image can be manipulated on the screen in order to view the structures from different perspectives. This technology is tremendously useful for planning complex treatments such as dental implant placement.

Are digital x-rays bad for you?

You may have concerns about getting dental x-rays on an annual basis due to exposure to radiation. However, it’s important to note that digital x-rays are actually safer than traditional x-ray imaging because the patient is exposed to lower levels of radiation. Furthermore, the images produced by digital x-rays are clearer and easier to interpret than conventional x-ray films. The digital files also can be transmitted easily to other providers in cases when specialist referrals are needed.

Are lasers in dentistry safe?

Lasers in dentistry are quite safe and effective when used properly, and they can actually help to reduce the patient’s risk of post-operative complications as well. Because lasers are less-invasive, less anesthetic is needed and patients usually heal more quickly after the procedure. Patients experience less swelling and bleeding, and the treatment often takes less time than it would if traditional surgical instruments were used. These are just some examples of the many benefits when lasers are used for dental procedures.