Advanced Dental Technology
We choose carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs. Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. We utilize Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better. Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital X-rays result in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.
For soft tissue (surgical) procedures, Laser Dentistry eliminates the need for suturing and healing is much faster. Lasers can be used to diagnose cavities, perform gum related care, and perform ulcer treatment among other things. They can find hidden decay in teeth in early stages, and in some cases the decay can be reversed through hygiene and fluoride treatment and may never need filling.
Areas of dental care that benefit from laser technology:
- Cavity Diagnosis
- Perio or Gum Related Care
- Apthous Ulcer Treatment (canker sore)
- Pediatric dentistry procedures
- Frenectomy (tongue-tie release) without anesthesia or sutures
- Crown lengthening, gingivectomy and other gum corrections
Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.
Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing. We utilize intraoral camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An intraoral camera is a very small camera, in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An intraoral camera allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you! Intraoral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.
Digital Scanning (E4D Technology -CAD/CAM)
Spring Lake dental Group has invested in digital scanning a digital scanner allows us to capture patient information digitally for use in creating prosthetic restorations( i.e.crowns, bridges, and implant attachments). Where we used to take mouth impressions and send them through the mail system to a dental laboratory, we now have the ability to either send them digitally through the Internet or to use the digital information to mill them out in-house utilizing our own milling technology. This saves a tremendous amount of time and gives your doctor one more tool to deliver a beautiful restoration that will make both you and your pocketbook smile. Your time in temporary crowns is markedly reduced and even gives us the capability to restore a tooth on a next day basis, if required. You will marvel at the technology which gives you a ringside seat in watching your doctor create a beautiful restoration which will have you saying, “I can’t believe that it’s a crown!”. The materials methods we are using are constantly improving. We, at Spring Lake Dental Group, are continuously working to provide you with exceptional results at a reasonable cost.
Spring Lake Dental Group has invested in computed tomography technology! Our in-office CT scanner gives us the ability to see our patients in three dimensions. Traditional digital radiography allowed us to diagnose more accurately at lower total dose radiation, but its limitation was that its projection was only in two dimensions. With Computed Tomography, we now can see both hard and soft tissue in a third dimension which means treatment planning goes to a whole new level. The software that drives this technology gives your doctor the ability to better diagnose, treat and restore while removing the guesswork that could possibly drive up the cost of your treatment unnecessarily. By knowing bone thickness and depth as well as important anatomical structures that need to be appreciated, positive outcomes are optimized and unnecessary procedures are minimized. At Spring Lake Dental Group, your doctor wants to give you the healthy smile you crave, and with this dynamic new technology, more patients can benefit from state of the art technology.