X-rays are an important part of your dental exam, because many problems with the teeth, roots, and jawbones cannot be seen without them. Digital X-rays use smooth sensors so there is no need for the sharp film that pokes your cheeks and gum like with traditional X-rays. Because digital X-ray images don’t require any chemical processing, they are available within seconds. Digital X-rays are safe, too. Some studies have shown that they emit up to 90% less radiation than conventional X-rays! If it’s been a while since your last checkup, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the comfort and speed of digital X-rays!
Intraoral Cameras for Patient Education
Digital photographs taken with our intraoral cameras give us a clearer view of areas that can be difficult to see in a standard visual exam. This unique technology allows us to perform advanced cavity detection using fluorescent light technology, helping us find possible problem area before they become painful. These high-resolution images are also a vital patient education tool, allowing Dr. Laura to show you exactly what she sees during your exam. Now you can take a more active role in your dental visit!
Air Abrasion for Dental Work
Air abrasion is a drill-less technique we use to remove tooth plaque and for other applications. During air abrasion, an instrument that works like a mini-sandblaster sprays a fine stream of particles made of silica, aluminum oxide, or baking soda toward the tooth’s surface removing plaque. The particles are then suctioned away through a thin tube.
Advantages of Air Abrasion
Compared with the traditional drilling method, the advantages of air abrasion include:
- Generates no heat, pressure, or vibration
- Reduces the need for anesthesia
- Leaves more of the healthy tooth tissue behind
- Leaves the working area relatively dry
- Reduces the risk of fracturing and chipping the tooth
- Allows for multiple sites to be treated during one visit
What Other Procedures Can Be Performed with Air Abrasion?
Air abrasion can also be used to:
- Prepare a tooth surface for bonding or sealants
- Remove superficial stains and tooth discolorations
Standards for Sterilization
Our sterilization room is visible to all of our patients, so that they can see for themselves that we go above and beyond to make sure their health and safety are a top priority. We divide our instrument processing area into four sections to ensure you are receiving the safest dental care possible. We also complete a third-party spore testing of all our sterilization equipment to verify that all sterilization equipment and instruments are working properly.
Our instrument processing areas are:
- Receiving, cleaning, and decontamination
- Prep and packaging