We don’t approach dental technology as being good in and of itself. Technology is only valuable if it provides our patients with a better experience, better results, or other tangible benefits. We carefully evaluate technologies before deciding to adopt them. Here’s how some of the technologies we have adopted can help our patients.
We have been using digital x-rays since 1995, and we are happy with how well they work and how they help us provide optimal care for our patients. Digital x-rays use up to 90% less radiation than traditional dental films, so they’re safer, but they are also faster. We can take the images, then put them up on the screen so that you can see the x-rays yourself without having to strain to read the smile bitewing films as in the past. This can help you make informed decisions about your dental care.
NewTom VGI Cone Beam Imaging
This system for taking 3D x-rays allows us to precisely image any of the structures in your head that may be related to your dental problems. This includes the supporting bone for a potential dental implant procedure and the jaw joint to determine the degree of damage related to TMJ. This cone beam system is better than traditional CT scanners because it gives more precise information without the need to have a computer fill in gaps between scans. The machine is also more comfortable because it’s completely open–you don’t have to go inside a tube. The radiation dose is also much lower than for traditional CT scans.
We are happy to offer a natural approach to relaxing at the dentist. Whether you have dental anxiety, need a long treatment, have a strong gag reflex, or just want to have a more pleasant experience at the dentist, NuCalm can help. NuCalm sidesteps your body’s natural anxiety response to help you feel relaxed and comfortable at the dental office. Instead of feeling tense and worn out after a dental experience, you may feel rejuvenated and peaceful.
This tool provides us objective, scientific information about the condition of your jaw joint. It is actually composed of three tools: electrosonograph, electromyograph, and computer jaw tracking. The electrosonograph is a tool for picking up sounds in your jaw joint, recording and measuring the type of sound and its volume so we can determine what’s happening in the joint. The electromyograph measures the tension in your muscles, allowing us to find the optimal resting position for your jaw. Computerized jaw tracking shows us whether your jaw moves smoothly or if it deviates from an optimal path. It can identify sudden, irregular movements as well as deviations to the side.
Anutra is a method for neutralizing anesthesia injections. Most anesthesia is actually acidic, which is part of the reason why it stings when injected. The acid also slows down its action. Neutralizing anesthesia reduces discomfort and speeds its activity so you get numb faster.
CEREC is a CAD/CAM system that allows us to design and manufacture tooth crowns, inlays, onlays, and other ceramic restorations in our office. This means we don’t have to send your restoration to the dental lab, and you don’t have to wear a temporary crown or make a second appointment for fitting your restoration. The restorations CEREC makes are as attractive as lab restorations, and they’re just as strong.
Perio Protect is a new way to treat gum disease. Using custom-fitted trays to deliver prescription gum disease medication, this new treatment approach can combat bacteria living deep in pockets around your teeth. This can help reverse the course of gum disease, providing dramatic results without need for gum surgery.
In an effort to provide a comfortable and pleasant dental experience, we have invested in a new anesthetic delivery system called the Comfort Control Syringe. Now anesthesia can be delivered continuously during dental treatments via a single injection site. You don’t have to fear numbness subsiding during treatment, and you also won’t need to worry about multiple injections. A disposable cartridge sheath ensures a safe and sterile experience for each patient, every time.
A trained professional cannot administer medication as accurately as the Comfort Control Syringe’s computerized system. We simply predetermine the amount of anesthetic you’ll require, and then let the system control the rate of delivery. This gives us the freedom to concentrate on your procedure while monitoring the rate and timing of each anesthesia dose on a digital readout.
LASER is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, a complicated string of words that basically means a single wavelength beam of highly concentrated light energy.
Lasers have transformed medical surgery by offering minimally-invasive alternatives to traditional scalpel incisions and sutured closures. The laser’s intense, narrow wavelength has precise, predictable, and powerful reactions when it contacts hard or soft tissues of the body. Laser light is extremely efficient, producing very little heat as it acts on its target. This makes it ideal for oral surgery, since it seldom affects tissues other than those it targets. The laser provides precise control over the depth and extent of cutting, while simultaneously minimizing bleeding and sterilizing the treatment area.
However, a laser can also cure (harden) dental materials, scan teeth to detect decay, vaporize decay and prep teeth for fillings, and activate whitening gel to brighten smiles. Currently, dental applications include gum disease treatments, gum re-contouring, root canal cleaning, decay detection and elimination, bonding material curing and strengthening, incision cauterizing and tissue fusion, lesion reparation, biopsies, and super-fast teeth whitening procedures.
Patient comfort and clinical efficiency in dentistry are constantly improving, especially with recent technological advances. We stay on top of innovative dental tools and treatments to bring patients the best dentistry has to offer. The Waterlase soft and hard tissue laser combines laser energy (focused, concentrated light) and a stream of water to perform dental procedures and eliminate the need for dental drilling and anesthesia in many instances.
The Waterlase can remove decay and prepare teeth for fillings, and it can also perform root canals, bone grafting, re-contouring (reshaping) of “gummy” smiles, and many general soft tissue procedures – and the benefits are bountiful. The Waterlase does not emit heat and vibration like conventional drills, and this makes treatment so comfortable that often, anesthesia injections are not necessary. It also provides pinpoint accuracy, effectively performing procedures without damaging surrounding tissues. The Waterlase has proven effective for many soft-tissue procedures, such as periodontal therapy, crown lengthening, and soft tissue biopsies. Patients can expect minimal, if any, recovery time afterwards because laser therapy causes less trauma, bleeding, and swelling than traditional surgery.
Air abrasion is a relatively new decay removal and tooth preparation tool that we often use in place of the traditional dental drill. This innovative system allows us to conserve more of the patient’s natural tooth structure and reduce the risk of enamel micro-fracturing. Because the equipment does not produce vibration or heat, patients require little or no anesthetic. Air abrasion is quieter, faster, and more comfortable than traditional drilling.
So how does it work? Air abrasion applies the principle of kinetic energy to bombard the tooth area with a high-pressure stream of tiny aluminum oxide particles. As the particles bounce off the tooth’s surface, they blast away decayed tissue and prepare the tooth for a filling. The process requires only a minute or so per tooth. Air abrasion is a popular choice for children, as well as adults.
Glimpse your future!
When you decide to correct or enhance your smile, it’s often difficult to determine ahead of time exactly what kind of results to expect. After all, a smile is a pretty personal thing, and changing your smile can feel like changing your identity. That’s where cosmetic digital imaging comes into play. Digital imaging is computer software that allows us to take your digital photograph and manipulate it to reflect the procedures you’re considering. The result is a photo that shows you what your smile would look like after treatment. Whether you’re considering teeth whitening, straightening, bonding, veneers, or a complete smile makeover, digital imaging technology lets you see into your future.
The process is quite simple. Once your dentist has completed your oral exam and discussed your smile goals, a treatment plan will be created. Various digital photos of your current smile will be taken and change factors will be keyed into the computer. The computer will immediately generate one or more graphic images that accurately demonstrate how the changes will affect the appearance of your mouth, as well as your overall facial appearance. It’s a fun process, and it can instigate excitement similar to when a sonogram reveals the gender of a new baby. Plus, you can take a photo of the new you home to share with family or friends.
Kinetisense is a motion capture technology designed to analyze the health and function of the human musculoskeletal system. We use this technology in support of TMJ diagnosis and treatment.
Kinetisense lets us take a detailed image of your body both in motion and in static postures. This helps demonstrate how the impact of TMJ radiates out from your jaw, impacting your neck, back, arms, and legs. We’ll be able to show you how the imbalance in your jaw leads to imbalance throughout the body. And we’ll show you how treatment can stabilize your core and lead to more efficient motion and more comfortable rest.
People seldom have a clear idea of the actual status of their dental health. Even with lights and mirrors, a patient can’t see what the dentist can – that is, until now.
We use intraoral cameras, so when you visit the dentist, you can sit comfortably back in the chair and get ready for the show. The dentist or hygienist will insert a pen-sized, camera-tipped wand into your mouth. Covered with a disposable plastic sheath for contamination prevention, the wand simply takes a video of the inside of your mouth and transmits the images via cable to a computing unit. The computing unit enlarges the full-color images and sends them to a TV screen that you can comfortably view from the dental chair. Aha! There it is – your mouth on the screen. The dentist can point out problem areas and explain his recommendations for treatment, so you’ll become an informed partner in your dental care instead of a clueless bystander.
Seeing your dental problems may seem overwhelming at first, but consider the experience the first step toward a healthier, fresher smile. The camera may reveal the early stages of potentially serious problems, allowing you the opportunity to prevent small problems before they escalate. This is especially helpful with gum disease and conditions that cause damage without causing pain. The camera’s honest survey can also show you how your regular home hygiene routine is paying off. The dental hygienist or dentist can recommend ways to improve your homecare based on their findings.
If you have questions about our state-of-the-art tools, call us today. An informed patient makes wise decisions, so we’ll do all we can to provide you the information you need and the care you deserve. Call us today at (614) 848-5001 to schedule an appointment with our Columbus, Ohio dentist. You can also email us.