Our doctors use advanced dental technology to provide accurate diagnosis and effective, comfortable treatment. Below is some of the high-tech equipment they use.
Cone beam CT scanner for accurate diagnosis
Cone beam 3D CT scanners are used to obtain accurate, 360° images of the hard and soft tissues of your entire mouth and skull. Our doctors use cone beam 3D CT scans for diagnosis and treatment planning of dental implants and orthodontics treatment, and—in some cases—for assessing if bone loss will interfere with the placement of a crown or bridge.
We use digital X-rays to get an accurate view of your teeth and mouth. Digital X-ray machines emit 90% less radiation than traditional X-ray machines and the resulting images are immediately available.
Panoramic X-rays are X-rays that capture your entire mouth in one detailed image. This gives our doctors a good overview of the condition of your teeth and mouth, and helps with treatment planning for certain procedures.
Ultrasonic scalers are used during teeth cleanings to remove hardened deposits of plaque and bacteria from the surfaces of your teeth (a process known as “scaling”). Ultrasonic scalers have a special tip that vibrates at ultrasonic frequencies, breaking up these deposits and making it easier to remove them. The vibrating action also creates a shockwave that destroys the cell membranes of the bacteria in the plaque, effectively killing them.
Air abrasion technology
Our air abrasion device works like a mini-sandblaster. It propels microscopic abrasion particles using a stream of compressed air. Our doctors use this instrument during restorative procedures for the removal of small areas of decay. Air abrasion is gentler on your teeth as it generates almost no heat. It also greatly reduces the need for anesthesia.
Rotary instruments for efficient root canal treatment
A root canal is the hollow space in your tooth that goes all the way down to the tip of the root and contains the nerve cells and other living tissues that keep your tooth alive. These tissues can sometimes become infected and then need to be removed. During root canal treatment, our doctors use special, electrically powered rotary instruments to remove these tissues more efficiently, making the procedure faster and more comfortable than with the use of traditional instruments.
DIAGNOdent® caries detection device
Our DIAGNOdent caries detection device uses a laser to detect early stages of tooth decay. DIAGNOdent detects tooth decay before it can be seen visually or on X-rays, allowing for early, less invasive treatment.
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