High quality imaging is critical for making accurate diagnoses and appropriate treatment plans. In addition to regular dental x-rays, we are able to take panoramic, 3D cone beam, and cephalometric images. All of our imaging is digital, which means much less radiation exposure for you when x-rays or other images are needed to provide your care.
Early Cavity Detection with CariVu
When tooth decay starts, the earlier we detect it, the easier – and less expensive! – it is to treat it. To do this, we use a device called CariVu. Using near-infrared light, it lets us see through the tooth to spot areas of developing decay – or to confirm that your teeth remain healthy and whole. CariVu is quick, accurate, and painless.
Oral Potential Meter 2
Sometimes, decay can return to previously restored teeth – decay that often goes undetected until a crown or filling is removed. By that point, it can be very advanced. But with the Oral Potential Meter 2, we can detect such decay while old metal fillings and crowns are still in place. This electronic testing can spare a tooth needless trauma.
If you have trouble with dental anxiety, we can provide sedation to make your procedures in our office more relaxed and comfortable. We offer both nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and non-IV oral conscious sedation. Because nitrous wears off quickly once it’s switched off, you’re able to drive yourself home after your appointment. With oral conscious sedation, you’ll need someone to do the driving for you, as the effects of the drugs linger for a considerable time.
Each molecule of oxygen you breathe is made up of two oxygen atoms. Add a third one, and that oxygen becomes ozone. This super-charged form is perfect for killing bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other harmful oral microbes. It can whiten smiles, prevent infection, and even help remineralize teeth. It can help wounds and surgical sites to heal. It’s also ideal for treating periodontal (gum) disease, since the gas easily flows into even the deepest of periodontal pockets, providing extra deep cleaning, giving the diseased tissues a chance to heal.
Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF)
The placement of PRF has become an invaluable part of the surgical process in our office. What is it? Simply a plug of tissue we generate from a small sample of your own blood. When we place that tissue over a surgical site, it helps speed up the healing process by stimulating bone and soft tissue growth. Patients also report much less post-op discomfort when PRF is used. And because it’s made from your own blood – not synthetic or animal-derived products – it’s 100% biocompatible.