We love technology and our practice is equipped with latest and most advanced state of the art dental technology available so that we can consistently provide our patients with beautiful and healthy smiles with little to no discomfort. Dentistry is evolving at a very fast pace and we make sure we stay abreast of new technologies so when we ﬁnd that piece of equipment that will help us ﬁnd a better treatment option for our patients we readily incorporate that technology. We now have Digital Dentistry, Laser Technology, Cone Beam CT Scans, 3D Printing, Implant Technology, Orthodontic Treatment without braces and more that have completely changed the way dentistry is practiced.
Cone Beam CT scan is basically an X-ray computed tomography that will allow us to see a structure in 3 dimensions diﬀerent from a regular X-ray which is in two dimension and the overlapping of structures may hide a current pathology. It has becoming a standard of care in dentistry and is highly valuable because it let us go beyond tooth structure for a more comprehensive exam. Also this allows us to design surgical stents for implant placement or perform surgeries in a more precise manner like retrieving impacted teeth on orthodontic procedures, also ﬁnding bone pathologies in the mandible or maxilla that can not be found in regular small x-rays, sinus problems, TMJ conditions, calciﬁcations etc. and we can make timely referrals for proper treatment.
Also this allows us to design surgical stents for implant placement or perform surgeries in a more precise manner like retrieving impacted teeth on orthodontic procedures, also ﬁnding bone pathologies in the mandible or maxilla that can not be found in regular small x-rays, sinus problems, TMJ conditions, calciﬁcations etc. and we can make timely referrals for proper treatment.
CAD/CAM Dentistry (computer aided design-computer aided manufacturing) is a ﬁeld of dentistry that allows the design of restorations, prostheses, orthodontic and occlusal appliances in the oﬃce or laboratory. Once you are trained it just simpliﬁes dentistry for the doctor and the patient, reduces patient anxiety, cut the number of appointments and we can deliver a very precise ﬁtting restoration. It is convenient for the patient not to cancel work for multiple appointments, cuts waste and resources in half and the uses are increasing in more and more ﬁelds in dentistry.
A small camera captures multiple images or a video of the target area. The image comes up right away on a screen where you can design the desired restoration, surgical stent, prostheses, or simply the image is stored as study model for future reference. Once the intended design is completed it is transferred for milling.
The ﬁnal result after milling is trimmed, ﬁtted and polished for patient comfort. 99% of the cases crowns ﬁt perfect. In orthodontics this models are reference to design the clear aligners and they are much more precise than when using traditional impressions or molds. In diagnostics we can compare models between years to check on bruxism, gum disease, healing after accidents, any tissue change that may indicate trauma.
Platelet Rich Plasma in dentistry is an advancement that allows us to utilize tissue healing and the incorporation of Laser Technology in dentistry.
This is we what we call holistic approach. Dentistry is no longer about repair and replace. Now we want to regrow and renew. There are various ways to accomplish this including artiﬁcial grafting and medications or the patients own factors and laser therapy.
PRF or Platelet-rich Fibrin is the second generation of PRP, where own patients plasma is obtained and prepared to form a ﬁbrin matrix rich with platelets and leukocytes used to accelerate healing of soft and hard tissue. Is used in several dental surgical situations like third molars extractions to reduce swelling and healing time and pain, reconstructive procedures like bone grafting to stabilize the tissue and improve results, in implant dentistry to increase the success of the oseointegration in periodontics to treat areas of periodontal disease that won’t improve with scaling and root planning alone, to create membranes that will be scaﬀolding on gum healing and also in endodontics, almost every situation that requires tissue regeneration and no’s in combination with laser dentistry, preservation above elimination is becoming again a priority.
Laser Dentistry utilizes a light energy beam produced by stimulated emission of photons. Lasers have been in the medical ﬁeld for more than 50 years and is the only treatment available that has no documented side eﬀects. Depending on the type on laser and settings we can do diﬀerent treatments. in dentistry is an advancement that allows us to utilize tissue healing and the incorporation of Laser Technology in dentistry.
Lasers allow us to provide ﬁllings without the need of an anesthetic or even a drill. We are able to use lasers to disinfect root canals more eﬃciently, we can control bleeding, reduce inﬂammation, reduce healing time is surgery, we can treat periodontal disease, remove tissue growths, improve salivation, improve TMJ discomfort, remove hair, regrow hair, it has aesthetic applications and hundreds of more applications.
Lasers in dentistry are very underused and misunderstood. We are trying to introduce this technology to our patients and educate them on the beneﬁts. Laser does not mean high costs, it means more options and better experience.