As part of our dedication to continuing education, we’ve made time to learn about the latest dental technology and have incorporated it into our practice whenever we’ve seen an opportunity to improve the quality of our services. From more accurate diagnoses to more comfortable treatments, Sweet Smiles Family Dentistry & Orthodontics offers a truly modern dental experience. Are you curious about the difference that our technology makes? Read on to learn about how the advanced instruments listed below are incorporated into your care.
Our Mouthwatch® intraoral cameras make it easy to take detailed pictures of your mouth from various angles. This aids us in diagnosing cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues. However, one of the most valuable benefits of intraoral cameras is improved communication. Instead of simply describing the problem to you, we can show you exactly what we see so that you fully understand what we’re talking about while we go over your options for treatment.
There’s more to your oral health than just what you see when you look in the mirror. Dental X-rays serve an extremely important role in fully assessing the damage your smile has suffered as well as planning more extensive treatments. Our Planmeca® digital X-rays expose patients to far less radiation than traditional X-ray technology, and it allows us to review the results right away instead of having to take it back to a separate dark room.
With iTero®, we can take three-dimensional scans of your mouth and use them to design crowns and other restorations. This method of taking impressions is designed for comfort and accuracy. You don’t need to hold messy dental putty in your mouth for extended amounts of time; you simply sit still while the scans are performed. The precision of the scanner lowers the risk that impressions will have to be retaken in the future.
Lasers have become an indispensable part of dentistry. They allow us to perform periodontal treatment and other procedures while minimizing bleeding and causing the least amount of discomfort possible. Our office uses EZLase® lasers for a wide variety of soft tissue procedures and to remove harmful bacteria from the mouth. The treatment is so gentle that most patients may not need anything more than a topical anesthetic in order to enjoy a pain-free dental experience.
Much of the time, you won’t even realize that cavities have started to form in your mouth until they either are found during a regular checkup or begin to cause painful symptoms. With our Diagnodent® cavity detection system, we can quickly find decay wherever it lies within your mouth. It’s especially useful for finding decay in pit and fissure areas where cavities are often hard to see. With this technology, it’s much easier for us to detect dental problems as early as possible.
Even the smallest signs of decay and gum disease can be carefully examined with one of our amplified microscopes. In addition to the magnification they provide, modern dental microscopes have built-in light sources that enhance visibility significantly, allowing us to take an extremely close look at your teeth and gums. Not only is this a boon to diagnosing all kinds of dental problems, but it also aids in the preparation and placement of dental restorations.
A 3D printer has a number of applications in the context of dentistry and orthodontics. From appliance models to surgical guides to bracket templates, we can easily create the items we need to provide high quality treatments. For example, a 3D-printed surgical guide allows us to perform advanced procedures with optimal accuracy, thus reducing surgery time and reducing the amount of discomfort that our patients experience. Feel free to ask about the various other ways our 3D printer assists us.