Digital X-rays: Digital x-rays are becoming the standard of care in dental offices today. They allow us to view your x-rays very quickly and then have them displayed on computer monitors so that we can magnify them and alter their contrast for better diagnosis. We use phosphor plates for our digital x-rays because we have found them to be more comfortable for patients than sensors. The phosphor plates are thinner, flexible and have no cords attached to them. They are more like traditional films as opposed to bulky sensors.
Dental handpieces (Drills):
We use modern electric handpieces. Electric handpieces are more precise and are very quiet compared to air driven handpieces. The high volume evacuator is actually louder than our electric handpieces. The difference in the low level of sound versus noise makes for a more pleasant dental experience. Electric hand pieces eliminate the vibration and chatter which is transferred to teeth by air driven handpieces, because electric hand pieces operate at a constant torque. Tooth preparation is smoother and more precise.
Caries (Cavity) Detection:
We advocate the use of modern cavity detection devices to aid in diagnosing early stage cavities. The device that we have utilizes laser fluorescence to help diagnose early dental decay. This allows us to perform more minimally invasive treatment. We would rather find cavities when they are small instead of watching them become larger. We also utilize magnification, better illumination and intraoral cameras to diagnose decay. In the past dentists always relied on x-rays and a dental explorer to diagnose decay. Dental explorers are a subjective method of determining decay. Teeth having pits and fissures that “stick” with an explorer are not necessarily carious. Dental offices that rely on dental explorers and x-rays alone without cavity detection devices are outdated.
We use intraoral cameras so that you can visualize what we see when we examine your teeth.
Oral Cancer screening:
We promote the use of the Velscope VX in addition to the standard oral cancer screening. The standard oral cancer screening involves looking and feeling for bumps, masses, growths, white patches or recurring sore areas. Unfortunately, by the time oral cancer is visualized with the unaided eye, the cancerous cells are typically advanced in its cellular changes, and the prognosis for treating it is worse. Seventy percent of oral cancer cases are diagnosed in its late stage. Among newly diagnosed patients, only half will survive 5 years. Early detection of cellular changes has reported to increase survival to 80-90%.The Velscope VX Is a small handheld device which emits a blue light that causes tissue in the oral cavity to auto fluoresce. Tissues with abnormal cellular changes appear dark (nonfluorescing), while normal tissue fluoresces green.
Biolase iLase Soft Tissue Laser:
We use a diode laser to excise tissue, perform frenectomies, and to trough tissue around teeth having crowns made, so that your crown fits better. There is no bleeding, because it does not cut tissue, it vaporizes it. Very cool.