We are always looking for ways to increase dental treatment quality and accuracy for our patients. In 2011, our practice invested in soft tissue laser technology. The Picasso Laser is a "soft tissue laser" that further bolsters our current procedures and allows us to offer more procedures inhouse rather than refering them out. Many laser procedures are performed using only topical anesthestic!
Typical uses of a soft tissue laser include the following:
- Gingival treatment for increased crown impression clarity
- Gingival treatment for cavities that are partially hidden by the gums
- Evening of irregular gum line
- Exposure of unerupted teeth
- Reduction of gingival hypertrophy ("puffy" gums, often caused by medication or in association with orthodontic treatment)
- Incision and drainage of abscess
- And many more uses!
The Diagnodent Pen uses a small laser to see tooth decay within a tooth. This technology provides a fast and completely comfortable way to accurately diagnose tooth decay. We find it particularly useful for verifying tooth health before placing sealants.
The ShadeVision is a computer scanning device that takes a picture and determines the various shades of a tooth. This is most commonly used for crown, bridge and veneer treatment. The ShadeVision also allows us to email the photo to our lab if custom staining is required. Typically a dental lab works from the description written on a lab slip. Though this is sufficient for a majority of cases, some require more information for the lab to accurately match the restoration to the patient's other teeth.
The ScanX is a device that provides us with Digital X-rays. To you the patient, it will seem the same when having x-rays taken. However, the film does not require a dark room to develop and instead is quickly scanned through the ScanX to digitize the image. Digital x-rays require less radiation than conventional film, and give the doctors more options to view images. The developed images are the size of a computer screen and thus are great tools to help educate patients on aspects of oral health that would otherwise be difficult to explain.