Modern dentistry is always developing new ways to make visits faster, easier, more comfortable, and better for the environment. The latest advances allow for earlier, less-invasive treatment, which means faster healing times and greater precision for dental procedures. You’ll love the difference this makes.
Introducing digital X-rays, available at our practice. Using this technology, an image is taken of your smile with a digital sensor and downloaded into our computer, where we can immediately access it. We can also view your entire mouth in one shot, including the upper and lower jaws, with the use of panoramic digital X-rays. These methods result in 75% less radiation than traditional X-rays. No more waiting for images to develop and no more chemical waste to pollute our environment.
Dr. Simpson and Dr. Salvatore work hand-in-hand with patients to develop a bond of teamwork. One of the ways they brings this about is through the use of a high-tech tool called the intra-oral camera. This amazing device is a tiny video camera that displays a closeup picture of the inside of your mouth. You are able to see for yourself what work needs to be completed and which teeth are healthy. You then become a participant in each dental decision.
Our practice offers an incredible technology that makes dental care much more comfortable. It’s called Isolite. It’s a suction device with a brilliant light that illuminates the oral cavity and eliminates any shadows. What does this mean to our patients? First, you’ll spend about a third less time in the chair! You won’t get that “drowning or gagging” feeling because saliva doesn’t accumulate. Debris isn’t swallowed because the mouth is continuously being “vacuumed,” and it’s being held open so you don’t get tired. The advanced illumination helps the doctor with improved accuracy.
Modern dentistry requires a dry field for optimum results. The Isolite keeps the teeth and gums dry and may eliminate the need for a bulky rubber dam.
Were you aware that 5 million teeth are knocked out each year in the U.S. alone? Many sports can be dangerous without good protection. A one-size-fits-all mouthguard found in stores doesn’t provide a good fit. Wearing these, proper breathing can be a struggle during sports. On the other hand, custom-made sports mouthguards fit well, protect well, and can be worn for most sports, nearly all of which the American Dental Association recommends wearing custom mouthguards for.
Ever have a dentist find a cavity, place a large filling, and wonder why the filling is so large if the cavity wasn’t there six months earlier? The cavity was there six months ago – it just wasn’t big enough to show on X-rays or be caught by your dentist. The laser scanner can locate cavities years earlier, when the small cavity can be easily repaired with a small invisible bonded filling. Sometimes patients complain of tooth sensitivity or mild to severe pain, yet X-rays and examination cannot find the problem. Patients are often given sensitivity toothpaste for this issue. Sometimes, dentists have to perform root canals to get the pain or sensitivity to stop when the source turned out to be undetectable decay. The laser scanner can detect previously undetected decay and, once identified, allow us to treat the discomfort and leave you with a healthy smile.
Nothing beats an easier, more comfortable dental visit. If you have questions about the latest dental technology, give us a call today at (602) 943-4220.