Auto Appointment Reminders
Society has made so many advances in communication in recent years—why not utilize that for appointment reminders? As dental offices go digital, reminders can go beyond the written cards or personal phone calls that are prone to human error. Systems are becoming computerized and automated, providing patients timely reminders through email and sometimes text messaging too.
Ask our staff at the front desk about the options we provide so that we can set up a reminder system that is most convenient for you.
Cavity Detection Technology
While dentists are trained to detect cavities in a variety of ways, poking and prodding–even x-rays–don’t catch everything.
Diagnosing cavities in the back of the mouth using traditional methods is difficult; studies even show that 50% of cavities are left undetected in these areas. However, today’s technologies enable the location of these cavities to put a stop to further decay.
DIAGNOdent is one of the more popular technologies, utilizing lasers for detection. Others utilize LED fluorescence, or function as a special attachment to intraoral cameras for a closer look. All of these are completely safe, and they enhance the dentist’s ability to find cavities (also called caries). Better accuracy for better treatment plans–it’s devices like these that help us detect and treat cavities before they become a real problem.
Feel free to ask us about the technologies we use for diagnosis.
Digital radiography uses an estimated 40-90 percent less radiation than conventional film x-rays. Digital x-rays use a digital image capture device in place of traditional film, sending an image immediately to a computer. The result is a highly-detailed image of the mouth, and its contrast and resolution can be enhanced to more easily diagnose dental problems and determine the very best treatment for each case.
This means more safety and better accuracy for you.
Many offices utilize electronic claims processing. This means that rather than being sent through the mail, a dental claim is sent electronically to an insurance company with the click of a button. We can submit information more efficiently and with fewer errors. This benefits patients because the turn-around time on claims is faster, and fewer claims are returned or denied.
We are happy to submit your dental claims to your insurance company on your behalf. Please let us know if you have any questions about the e-claim process.
Intraoral cameras, cameras about the size of a pen, help dentists see the condition of teeth and gums more clearly. This advanced technology allows us to zoom in on small diseased areas, cracks, chips and worn metal fillings to provide a more detailed view. The full-color images are sent to a computer screen, making it easy to see and diagnose dental problems much earlier than with traditional dental technology. Patients are also able to watch the whole process because the images are displayed on screens in treatment rooms.
Laser dentistry is an important advancement in dental technology, treating a wide range of dental and cosmetic problems from cavities to gum disease. Hard tissue lasers are used to repair cavities, remove old fillings and prepare teeth for bonding. Soft tissue lasers are used on gum tissue. They are an alternative to the common hand-held scalpel, drills, or other tools. Lasers can even be used for teeth whitening.
Laser dentistry works by directing an invisible energy beam on problem areas and allowing for efficient treatment of decayed teeth, enamel and gums. The biggest benefit of laser dentistry, by far, is that it can reduce pain and minimize use of anesthetic. Dental procedures can become much more comfortable for you! Dental lasers have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are safe for both adults and children.
If you ever have any questions about the equipment we use at our office to enhance the quality of your experience, don’t hesitate to ask.
To ensure that you receive the best, most high-quality treatment around, we’ve invested in the the Fotona laser. Fotona is a multi-use laser that treats a range of conditions from lip rejuvenation to skin tightening to snoring. Each use of the laser has a different name. We use the following Fotona lasers:
- NightLase — snoring and sleep apnea treatment
- LipLase — lip enhancement
- SmoothLase — facial rejuvenation
- TwinLight — periodontal, endodontic and peri-implantitis treatment
Benefits of Fotona lasers include:
- Fast regeneration/healing
- Reduced inflammation
- Highly effective treatment
- No antibiotics needed
- High success rates
- No need to refer patients out to other specialists
- Safe and patient-friendly treatment
Our 3D printer is a modern technology that allows us to print dentures, temporary crown and bridges, implant surgical guides, and custom clear aligners. This significantly speeds up the treatment process by cutting out a lot of steps, allowing you to receive treatment faster and spend less time in the treatment chair.
Paperless charting means more efficiency and more accuracy. An office that has “gone digital” records x-rays and charting with the aid of the computer and keeps all patients’ dental records electronically. Additionally, it cuts back on paper use.
With traditional paper charting, information can be lost in translation from doctor to hygienist to assistant. Even handwriting differences and coding make the charts look different. The computer eliminates this problem by standardizing charting methods, making it easy to understand dental charts, view up-to-date information and keep records accurately. When needed, this method also allows dental offices to more easily share information with other healthcare providers.
If you have any questions regarding your records with us, please let us know.
Patient Education Software
You deserve to be in the loop when it comes to your dental care. There are a variety of computer programs available to help patients better understand conditions, procedures and treatment options. Our office invests in patient education software because we want you to feel confident in every dental decision you make. This investment helps us clearly communicate–and it helps you learn more.
Popular programs include GURU and DentalMaster, among many others. If you have any questions about the program we use, we’re happy to point you to the website. If you have any further questions about your oral health and procedures, don’t hesitate to ask us.
A panoramic x-ray provides a very broad view of teeth, jaws, sinuses, jaw joints and nasal areas. They are not designed to find cavities like other x-rays. Rather, they reveal problems such as impacted teeth, bone abnormalities and fractures, infections, cysts or tumors. Because of this, they are a staple technology in any oral or maxillofacial practice. Panoramic x-rays provide an accurate and trusted diagnosis so that the most viable treatment plans can be executed.
Cone Beam CT Scan Technology
When you come in for a visit, we aim to provide the best, most accurate and most thorough diagnosis possible — and with recent breakthroughs in leading technology, we can.
One of our newest technologies, the CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography), is a cutting-edge alternative to the traditional CT scan and an incredible improvement on the traditional x-ray. This machine takes 3D and digital panoramic images of your mouth, allowing us to monitor growth and diagnose problems, as well as view your entire mouth from every angle — in less than 20 seconds!
Previously, we were limited to a two-dimensional view and low-resolution x-rays, which made it harder to detect problems. The CBCT has changed that, making your diagnosis more precise and more accurate than ever before.
A dentist performs most procedures while wearing a pair of funny-looking glasses called surgical telescopes. These powerful glasses have magnifiers on them, allowing the dentist to see fine details that would go unnoticed to the naked eye. This helps with accurate and efficient diagnosis and treatment.
The Wand – Single Tooth Anesthesia
Imagine injections becoming virtually pain-free. The Wand is a computer-regulated anesthetic device that is more comfortable than traditional alternative sedation options. The computer regulates the flow of the anesthetic, giving us much more control to numb specific areas or a single tooth rather than the full region. The regulation of flow also reduces inflammation at the delivery site, providing a more comfortable overall experience.