We’re a small-town dental practice, and providing our patients with the personal touch is essential to us. But we think you’ll be surprised at how we combine old-fashioned hospitality with the latest in dental services and technology.
Technology has improved so many areas of our lives, and dentistry is one area that has really benefitted by it. Using updated dental technology, we can improve your comfort and streamline your visits, which means less time in the dental chair.
Please take a few moments to browse through some of the technology to see how we use it to improve your dental experience.
One of the most useful advances in dental technology is intraoral cameras. Intraoral cameras have changed the way we work with our patients and help them understand their oral health. Our dentists use a small, pen-sized handheld digital camera that lights up the inside of your mouth. As we move it over your teeth, you will see the images at the same time on your chairside monitor.
If we detect a problem, we can show you where and what it is and how the treatment will benefit you. Now instead of us telling you that you have a cavity, you can see the dark spot on your tooth and understand why you need to have it filled.
We can also save still images of what we see and add them to your patient history for future reference.
If we didn’t have dental x-rays, we wouldn’t know what’s happening inside your teeth where most dental problems begin. We wouldn’t know when to fill a cavity or even that you have a cavity.
Fortunately, dental x-rays give us a picture of what we can’t see during a visual dental exam. We use state-of-the-art digital x-rays at our Pen Argyl dental office because they produce highly detailed images. They also expose you to about 80 percent less radiation than x-rays taken with film.
Your safety is our main concern. But digital x-rays let us show you enlarged images of your teeth so our dentists can point out areas of concern. When you can see what the problem is and why you need treatment, it’s much easier to make decisions about your dental care.
We also save your digital x-rays in your patient record so we can refer to them in the future or send them to insurance companies and specialists.
Your comfort is important to us, and we’re always researching new ways to improve and streamline your dental visits. Digital dental impressions are a great example of a technology that does both.
When you think of dental impressions, you probably remember biting down on a big metal tray filled with cold, messy paste. Then the dentist would pry the tray away from your teeth and hope that the impression was accurate. If not, the process would be repeated.
With digital impressions, there’s no messy paste, no metal tray to bite down on, and no uncomfortable sensations. Taking digital impressions is as easy as passing a wand over your teeth, and the result is highly accurate results with no discomfort to you.
We use digital impressions to create restorations like crowns, bridges, and dentures, and to plan for orthodontic treatment with Invisalign clear braces.
Don’t like root canals? We understand, and we’ve invested in technology called rotary endodontics to improve your comfort and streamline your root canal procedure.
With rotary endodontics, long, drawn-out root canals can be a thing of the past. In the past, dentists use dental files to manually remove the infection inside your tooth. Instead, we use the electric handpiece to speed the process and eliminate the drilling and filing noise that triggers anxiety for many patients.
Today, most of the information we gather about your oral health can be stored digitally. Less paperwork makes our jobs easier, which gives us more time to devote our attention to you and your needs. Digital records also streamline your treatment because we can access your information quickly to send to insurance companies and specialists.