At Smile Makers Dental Center, we consistently pursue innovation, largely through acquiring state-of-the-art technology. A significant factor in establishing comfort for our patients during their treatment, our usage of cutting-edge technology allows our team to show you first-hand your dental needs and have you take part in the treatment-planning process. Here are some of the latest, advanced dental technologies that our patients experience at Smile Makers Dental Center.
Time is important for everyone. With digital X-rays, pictures are ready to view in less than one second after acquiring the image. They can be viewed on a computer monitor within seconds of taking the image and can be enhanced to assist in making a precise diagnosis, unlike film.
The X-rays are stored in your digital file and can be brought up and viewed instantly at a later date. Think of it as time-lapse photography – you can see change over time. Changes such as tooth movement, bone loss or growth, and even subtle nuances of change in a restoration, filling or root canal can be quickly and easily recognized using this technique.
At Smile Makers Dental Center, we use state-of-the-art Schick sensors with both the Nomad (cordless and handheld) and Gendex Digital X-ray Units to acquire digital X-rays. Not only do digital X-rays expose patients and staff to up to 90% less radiation than traditional film X-rays, they are also better for the environment because they don’t require developing.
Many improvements to the delivery of X-ray radiation have been made over the years. With panoramic X-rays, a two-dimensional X-ray is taken to assess your dental health, planning for implants, orthodontic treatment and the removal of wisdom teeth. It is worth noting that while a panoramic X-ray shows more surface area of the teeth and surrounding bone structure, it is also used to detect other physical abnormalities that can pose a significant concern to one’s health. For example, tumors and cysts frequently show up on such X-rays, as do the sinuses and nerve canals.
Cephalometric (Ceph) X-ray is an X-ray similar to a panoramic X-ray, in that it has the capability of capturing a full view of your skull and neck. A difference is that it is captured using a side-to-side sweeping motion instead of the full 360-degree non-stop motion used in panoramic X-rays. We find them invaluable in our orthodontic work so we can evaluate the growth and development, movement of the teeth and jaw positioning over the course of several years. It is particularly useful in understanding the complexities of overbites and underbites because the position or underdevelopment of the jaw plays a significant role with these concerns.
Remember the mess and the taste of the goop when you used to go to the dentist and get impressions? Not at Smile Makers Dental Center! We’ve invested in the iTero Intraoral Scanner to eliminate that uncomfortable feeling. By using the iTero (leader in 3D digital dentistry), traditional dental impressions are replaced with highly accurate digital images.
Digital impressions allow our team to see outstanding visualizations of 3D models all while making sure we have captured all the necessary information before it is sent to the lab for processing; thus, delivering speed and reliability to our patients. Additionally, the iTero works great for our Invisalign patients as it allows patients to see an outcome simulation during the consultation appointment.
Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a cutting-edge technology providing a quicker full scan of the head than traditional two-dimensional imaging. This provides our experienced dentists a better visualization of the hard and soft tissues from several perspectives. This allows for a more efficient diagnostic analysis including TMD assessments, dental implants, surgical planning, endodontic treatment, orthodontics, and even sleep apnea. In addition to the advantages of traditional CT scans, cone beam imaging releases up to 90% less radiation than traditional X-ray machines. This technology increases our patients’ comfort which is important to Smile Makers Dental Center.
Educating our patients is a vital role we play in achieving oral health. Visual aids are essential to allow the information to be accessible to our patients. Intraoral photos are photos that are taken of our patients’ teeth, gums and oral tissue. These photos may be of a single tooth, a group of teeth, or any area of your mouth.
During your preventive appointments, our hygienists will routinely take you on an intraoral tour of your mouth before and after your professional cleaning. Intraoral images should be taken at least once a year, demonstrating updates with visible changes in the tooth or tissues. The initial or baseline photos can be compared to the tooth changes and be used to educate our patients on why treatment is necessary as well as allow our patients to see the processes of treatment.
The treatment of oral cancer often produces major changes in speech, chewing, swallowing and oral health, which in addition to the disease per se, affects the social life and self-esteem of the affected person. Unlike other areas of dentistry, where new methods allow early diagnosis of many diseases, the oral examination has not changed much in the last decades. However, there are new aids in finding abnormalities not visible to the naked eye.
At Smile Makers Dental Center, we’ve invested in the VELscope, which is a non-evasive oral cancer-screening device. We believe prevention is the best approach and want to ensure that our patients have healthy oral care.
In order to provide faster, less painful services to our patients, we have invested in soft tissue dental lasers. We can create whiter smiles faster and provide pain relief faster including pain associated with temporomandibular disorders. All in all, this helps our goal of providing treatment with less trauma, increased healing, and faster patient recovery.
Have yellow or discolored teeth as a result of drinking coffee, tea, cola and red wine or from smoking? The aging process also can stain and darken your teeth. Want a white smile in less than an hour? Then Zoom! Whitening might be for you.
The complete procedure involves a whitening gel which works together with the Zoom light to penetrate the teeth and break up the stains and discoloration. The gel remains in place for 15 minutes while the light is activated. During this time, you can relax, watch TV or listen to music. The gel is applied for three to four 15-minute sessions of light activation. Immediately afterward, a sensitivity-reducing fluoride paste-gel is applied to the teeth. You will be given a Zoom home-use touch-up kit that includes custom-fitted whitening trays and some tips to maintain your new white smile.
At Smile Makers Dental Center, we understand the importance of dental photography. Not only to help document before and after treatment but also to help in diagnosing dental treatment needs. Our team uses top-quality dental cameras such as the Shofu and Canon, designed exclusively for dentistry to photograph both orthodontic and cosmetic cases for case presentation and to provide detailed information to dental labs.