With the use of our high powered dental microscope we are able to see dental anomalies such as cracks and fractures which may not otherwise be seen. It also allows us to perform microdental procedures thus saving precious tooth structure. This allows us to follow our commitment towards conservative dentistry.
Our office uses the latest in digital x-ray technology. Digital x-rays offer a detailed image of your entire mouth and also offer up to 80% less radiation than traditional film x-rays.
X-rays play an invaluable role in the diagnosis of dental problems, as well as provide a clear picture for a dentist to accurately diagnose and provide the necessary treatment.
We place a small sensor in your mouth. The sensor is connected to a computer by a thin wire. Next, an x-ray beam is sent through your teeth and into the sensor, which records the image of your teeth and sends it to the computer. The sensor can then be repositioned to image other sections of your teeth.
The digital dental x-ray system is more sensitive than dental x-ray film systems, so your exposure to x-rays is cut by as much as 90 percent. The large and color-enhanced images let you see what your dentist sees, so it's easier for you to understand how your dentist will treat your teeth. Your dental checkups take less time, and it's fun to watch this system work! Most patients are amazed.
Endoscopy has enabled medicine to make great headway in disease diagnosis and therapeutic procedures by allowing visualization and the ability to repair injuries with minimally invasive surgical techniques. This video technology has continually advanced and has lead to the development of endoscopes of 2 mm and less which allows further access into smaller cavities and anatomical spaces of the body.
The i-CAT 3-D dental scan system is well in advance of any x-ray system. The i-CAT provides 3-D images of the teeth, jaw, sinuses and skull structure in 1/20th of a second with significantly less radiation than a medical CT scan.
The 3-D scans from the i-CAT provide anatomically accurate data and surgical predictability for:
- Implant placement
- TMJ analysis
- Airway assessments
- Orthognathic surgery
An intra-oral camera allows the patient and doctor to view the condition of the mouth at the same time. This technology helps the patient understand and consider all the treatment options available for their situation.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP), a by-product of blood (plasma), is rich in platelets. PRP permits the body to take advantage of the normal healing pathways at a greatly accelerated rate. During the healing process, the body rushes many cells and cell-types to the wound in order to initiate the healing process. One of those cell types is platelets. Platelets perform many functions, including formation of a blood clot and release of growth factors into the wound. These growth factors function is to assist the body in repairing itself by stimulating stem cells to regenerate new tissue. The more growth factors released into the wound, the faster the healing. PRP promotes healing in bone grafting for dental implants, onlay and inlay grafts, sinus lift procedures, ridge augmentation procedures, and closure of cleft, lip, palate defects, repair of bone defects creating by removal of teeth or small cysts, and the repair of fistulas between the sinus cavity and mouth. This is of great significance to the surgeon who places dental implants. By adding PRP your implant surgeon can now grow bone more predictably and faster than ever before.
Advantages of PRP
1. PRP is a by-product of the patient's own blood; therefore, disease transmission is not an issue.
2. PRP can be generated in the convenience of your doctor's office as a outpatient surgical procedure.
3. PRP promotes faster tissue regeneration.
4. Since PRP harvesting is done with only 55cc of blood in the doctor's office, the patient need not incur the expense of the harvesting procedure in hospital or at the blood bank.
Frequently Asked Questions PRP
Q: Is PRP safe?
A: Yes. During the outpatient surgical procedure a small amount of your own blood is drawn out via the IV. This blood is then placed in the PRP centrifuge machine and spun down. In less than 15 minutes, the PRP is formed and ready to use.
Q: Is PRP be used in all bone grafting cases?
A: Not necessarily, however, as with most cases the application of PRP to a graft will increase the final amount of bone present in addition to making the wound heal faster and more efficiently.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: The cost of a PRP application is approximately $600. Unfortunately most insurance plans do not cover PRP and the expensive is paid by the patient.
Snap-On Smile is an easy and painless way to achieve a beautiful smile. We are proud to say that our dental office can now provide you with a Snap-On Smile that is thin and strong with the look of natural teeth. You will be able to eat and drink with your Snap-On Smile just as you would with your natural teeth. They are very easy to care for and are available for upper and lower teeth. Snap-On Smile's special dental resin make the appliance very thin and extremely strong. It fits right over your own teeth for a beautiful, natural looking smile. The Snap-On Smile will completely obscure your stained or chipped teeth and create a natural bridge across gaps or missing teeth. Get your confidence back with a Snap-On Smile and be happy again.
Sonicare's unique, patented combination of high speed bristle motion with extra wide sweeping motion creates effective, yet gentle, dynamic fluid cleaning motion. You get excellent plaque removal, especially in hard-to-reach areas such as between and below the gum line. You can count on naturally whiter teeth and healthier gums.
Sonicare is excellent in battling gum disease, dry mouth, bad breath and tooth sensitivity. Its sweeping motion is very good in cleaning around dental restorations such as implants, crowns and veneers as well as cleaning braces.
The VELscope is an FDA approved device that aides in the early detection of oral cancer. This is a pain-free, non-invasive procedure where a safe blue light is emitted into the patient's mouth. The dentist is able to immediately view different fluorescence responses to help differentiate between normal and abnormal tissue.
Discovering soft tissue abnormalities is particularly important in the fight against oral cancer. Because the VELscope assists in early detection, cancer can be detected before it has time to spread, potentially saving lives through less invasive, more effective treatment.
We recommend yearly screenings for adults, especially denture wearers and smokers.