It seems like everybody is going high-tech these days. And we think that is good. After all, we live in the 21st century.
However, what is very important, and sometimes difficult to achieve, is to find a point of balance where high-tech meets common sense. Nobody would decide to buy a Rolls Royce only to go food shopping.
The plain truth is that the expense of acquiring and utilizing any piece of equipment, low- or high-tech, invariably impacts operational costs and is always, no matter where you go, passed on to you the patient.
That is why we take great care when selecting the equipment to buy and install in our practice. At all times, our primary concern is to use the technology that best benefits diagnosis, treatment, and comfort of the patient.
Dental radiographs, commonly referred to as x-ray films, or informally as x-rays, are pictures of the teeth, bones, and surrounding soft tissues taken to screen for and help identify problems with the teeth, mouth, and jaw. X-ray pictures can show cavities, cancerous or benign masses, hidden dental structures (such as wisdom teeth), and bone loss that cannot be seen during a visual examination. Dental x-rays may also be done as follow-up after dental treatments.
Digital x-ray technology simply replaces the film with a digital sensor. Digital technology offers many advantages over traditional, film-based x-rays:
Less radiation -- Digital x-rays use up to 90 percent less radiation than film x-rays.
Shorter appointments -- With traditional dental x-rays, you have to wait while films are being developed. With digital radiography, the sensor projects picture onto a computer screen right before your eyes.
Higher quality images -- Digital x-rays can be enlarged or magnified for a better visual of the tooth structure. Brightness, contrast and color can also be adjusted, allowing for easier and more accurate diagnosis. If a hard copy is needed, digital images can be easily printed out.
Environmentally friendly -- Digital x-rays are better for the environment! With digital radiography, no chemicals are used to develop the film.
An intraoral camera is basically a video camera that takes still pictures. With an intraoral camera, the doctor can see cracks in your teeth, fillings that are breaking down, cavities, and well as tartar or calculus, gingivitis, and many other problems that may be going on in your mouth. Having such a clear picture of the situation lets you make an informed decision about the best treatment for you.
The intraoral camera also helps the doctor become aware of problems early on, so she can get them fixed right away and prevent more serious and more expensive work on your teeth in the future.
The intraoral camera is painless and requires no radiation at all, so it can be used as many times as necessary and without any potentially harmful effects. If a hard copy is needed, images can be easily printed out.
The Rotary Endodontics Instrument is a computerized electric handpiece used to perform the procedure called root canal therapy. The Rotary Endodontics Instrument allows for faster and better cleaning and shaping of the canals. Although use of Rotary Endodontics Instrument makes the treatment much more pleasant for patients, not every case is suitable for this technique. Some roots require to be treated by the traditional, manual method.
Zoom! in-office tooth whitening procedure involves the use of a Zoom! lamp, which speeds up the bleaching process by activating the hydrogen peroxide whitening active agent. In result, the hydrogen peroxide is broken down and oxygen spreads throughout the dentin and enamel to whiten the discolored areas. The process takes little over an hour.
"Fear and anxiety often inhibit patients from seeking dental care. Audiovisual (A/V) distraction techniques have been shown to reduce patient anxiety during dental procedures." - American Dental Association
We want you to be as comfortable and relaxed as possible. The use of Video Glasses to achieve this is particularly effective. The HMD (Head Mounted Display) Video Glasses are feather-light, easy to hook up and give you a virtual, Giant-Sized, theater screen equivalent to a 50 inch picture. The deep, rich, stereo sound provided by the disposable, adjustable headphones allows you to tune out the scary whine of a drill.