Our newest advanced technology in the office, the Epic Diode Laser, allows us to treat many oral conditions painlessly, with ease, speed, and safety. Cold sores and oral ulcers can be treated when they first appear and will disappear within a few days. Sensitive teeth with root exposure can be treated quickly and pain free. The Laser may also be used for many minor surgical procedures, often without anesthesia, for greater comfort, less bleeding, faster healing and better results. We are also using the Laser as an adjunct to treating gum problems. Ask us about advanced laser technology today.
Digital Imaging and iTero Scanner
Many patients are now familiar with digital technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computer monitors are now in every treatment room and digital imaging allows us to store and save images for a permanent record of treatment. These images can be printed or electronically transferred for you, other specialists, our dental labs, or insurance companies.
Our new iTero Digital Scanner can map your whole mouth in seconds with a handheld wand that glides over the surface of your teeth. As the Scanner moves, the computer captures a digital impression of the mouth. We can now send “digital” impressions to labs to create your restorations, design your Invisalign case, create printed models, and store this information in an eco-friendly manner. The TimeLapse system allows us to compare changes of tooth wear, tooth movement, gum tissue changes and root exposure and bite changes over time and treat accordingly.
Dr. Hirschfield Louik and Dr. Chory utilize a small intraoral camera which allows her to view clear enlarged images of your mouth, teeth, and gums, projected onto a monitor. You will be able to see details that often are missed while looking into your own mirror at home and better understand your treatment needs.
Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal, and because images are viewed on a large computer monitor and can be adjusted for better precision, digital x-rays result in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you on average. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. Radiograghs enable us to see what we cannot see with our own eyes, such as cavities between teeth or under restorations, determine bone levels, examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, or assess damage from trauma.
Extraoral Digital Radiographs (Planmeca Promax)
Our newest advanced technology includes the ability to take extraoral (outside the mouth) radiographs. Patients love this as they no longer have to place a sensor inside their mouth for an image. Like our intraoral digital radiograph technology, images are seen on a computer screen within seconds of the exposure allowing for rapid diagnosis. This cutting edge technology can enhance, magnify, or change the contrast of the image for improved accuracy. The open view positioning is reassuring and comfortable for all patients of all ages. Exposure time is greatly reduced while obtaining a larger image area of the teeth and surrounding jaws with fewer images.
Drs. Hirschfield Louik and Chory are very judicious about which and when radiographs are taken. For those patients concerned about the environment, digital technology no longer utilizes the environmentally harmful developing chemicals of traditional film technology,
New technology now helps us detect dental decay that may have previously gone undected. The Diagnodent finds decay before it is visible on x-rays or before it can be detected with a dental explorer to help Drs. Hirschfield Louik or Chory find cavities below the tooth surface. The Diagnodent utilizes a laser technology that scans your teeth with harmless pulses of light. When decay is present, the laser light changes wavelength and sensors translate this to a digital and audible read-out. Generally, the higher the number and louder the sound, the larger the cavity. Finding cavities in its earliest stage prevents more extensive damage, and your restorations will be smaller, less costly, and you will preserve more of your own natural tooth.
Piezo Ultrasonic Scaler & Irrigator
As part of our advanced technology practice we are pleased to offer comfort and thoroughness in our dental cleanings with the Pro-Select piezo ultrasonic scaler. The scaler quickly and typically painlessly pushes tarter and bacterial deposits off tooth surfaces above and below the gum. The instrument is also an irrigator allowing the dentist or hygienist to bathe the teeth either with anti-bacterial solution or topical fluoride to disinfect and desensitize the teeth. Many patients appreciate the minimal vibration and light touch of the instrument and the wonderfully clean feeling it produces. As health care providers we appreciate the ability to remove heavy and diseased deposits with a sweep of the hand.
The scaler quickly and typically painlessly pushes tarter and bacterial deposits off tooth surfaces above and below the gum.