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Soft Tissue Laser
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 referring them out. Many laser procedures are performed using only topical anesthetic! 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 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..
The Solea Laser by Convergent Dental is the most amazing advance in dentistry that we have experienced without question. It is transforming how we perform dentistry and most importantly transforming our patients' dental experience for the better. Pediatric dentistry has been the largest benefactor of the Solea Laser in our office. We see many children that have cavities in need of treatment. Since starting with the laser, we have prepped over 95% of the pediatric cavities comfortably without anesthetic!! What does this mean? This means NO SHOTS, NO NEEDLES and NO LINGERING NUMBNESS that often leads to children biting their tongue or lips. This percentage holds true for routine adult cavities as well!! This is why we say this is the most amazing advance in dentistry we have experienced! We will soon have additional information on our website about our Solea Lasers. For now, please click the following link to learn more. We look forward to seeing you soon! Thank You!!
Nomad X-Ray Unit
If you look around our office, you will notice that there are no large x-ray arms hanging from the wall in each operatory. They have been replaced by handheld NOMAD x-ray units. These are designed so that the staff can stay with the patient while the x-ray is taken. This is particularly helpful for apprehensive and pediatric patients. Less clutter and greater peace of mind!
Our Carestream Intraoral Scanners allow us to capture impressions for crowns, implants, whitening trays, bruxism guards, etc. with NO messy impression material! We simply scan your teeth and watch a high-resolution virtual model build on the screen. Not only does this eliminate the need for impression material for these procedures, but the scan can also be performed much faster. Less mess, more comfort and faster . . . a win, win, win!!