Services and Technologies
Rose Dental Center LLC has provided personalized dental care for thousands of families thanks to the professionalism, experience, and education of our dental specialists in Easton PA. Our patients love coming to our office to experience the warm, individualized care we provide. We pride ourselves in offering a variety of services, using cutting-edge equipment and techniques.
We use state-of-the-art technology in all of our procedures in order to provide our patients with the best care possible. This new technology allows us to detect dental concerns at early stages, treat your oral health needs with precision, and provide stunning and customized restorations.
Our premium dental software system maximizes your time and our office's efficiency. When you visit our office, you can be confident you are receiving the finest and most advanced dental care available.
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INLAYS AND ONLAYS
When an existing tooth has damage or concerns that are too large for a filling but too small to require a full dental crown, a dentist may suggest the placement of a partial crown. These are also known as inlays and onlays. Inlays and onlays can be placed in the smile to prevent further damage to the tooth structure, restore the shape of the tooth, or strengthen it. Inlays are placed when the cusps of the teeth are not damaged and it can be bonded into the tooth’s structure. Onlays are placed over a tooth.
During the procedure for the placement of inlays and onlays, the area of the tooth that is decayed is removed. Impressions are completed and the final molds are sent to a dental laboratory for the fabrication of the new restoration. Inlays and onlays can be made from composite resin, porcelain, or gold and take up to three weeks to make. Patients may enjoy a temporary restoration until their new one is ready for placement. At the final appointment, the dentist will bond the inlay or onlay onto the tooth with special dental cement. The restoration appears natural and blends in seamlessly.
Patients who are interested in making over their smile without the expensive, long-term dental procedures often required are typically interested in a product called the Snap-On Smile. The Snap-On Smile works exactly as expected. A set of new “teeth” are fabricated in a way that they are placed over the existing teeth. A brand new, beautiful smile is available to you in just a few painless, fast visits to our dental practice.
Patients with cracked, chipped, stained, or missing teeth are wonderful candidates for the Snap-On Smile solution. On the very first visit to our dental facility, our team will work with you to pick the style and shade of your new smile. Impressions are made of your current smile so the restoration can fit properly over the top. This restoration is fabricated with durable, light resin materials for a durable yet thin set of teeth. In less than three weeks, your new restoration will be available at the dental office, and your next visit is when the dentist fits the Snap-On Smile apparatus over your current teeth to show you your brand new smile! The entire process is fast, painless, and affordable, and eliminates whitening chemicals, extractions, and drilling.
The transformation with Snap-On Smiles will impress your family and friends. You can eat, drink, smile, and talk with your Snap-On Smile restoration. Caring for the restoration is easier than ever. Our office provides a cleaning solution at the final appointment that can be used to clean the restoration. The Snap-On Smile oral appliance should be removed for brushing the natural teeth, participating in sporting events, or while sleeping. Patients who care for their Snap-On Smile will enjoy their restoration for up to five years! If you are interested in the Snap-On Smile restoration or would like to speak with our team during a scheduled consultation appointment, give us a call. You are just two quick dental visits away from obtaining the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted!
Dental bonding is a method of repairing discolored, chipped, or crooked teeth in a conservative manner. During the placement of dental bonding, a white filling is used on the tooth to enhance the appearance. The filling holds to the tooth, and because of the tooth-colored shades available, it matches the natural teeth for a seamless look.
Dental bonding is also used instead of traditional silver amalgam dental fillings. Patients often prefer bonded fillings because they are much less noticeable than the dark silver of traditional alternative. Fillings completed with composite resin bonding can be used on all locations of a tooth, depending on where the dental decay is located.
Bonding has positives and negatives. It is less expensive than alternative cosmetic dental treatments and is often performed in just one visit to the office. Unfortunately, it stains easily and may break easier than alternatives such as porcelain veneers. This should be taken into consideration when deciding if they are right for you. Bonding that does break or chip can be repaired or patched at our practice during a single office visit.
CROWNS AND BRIDGES
Restorations such as crowns and bridges are used to replace or restore missing or damaged teeth.
A dental crown, a restoration oftentimes referred to as a dental “cap,” is a restoration that is made to cover a damaged tooth entirely. It can improve the strength, appearance, alignment, and shape of a tooth. They are used in many situations, including the protection of a weakened tooth due to fractures or root canal therapy, the placement of a dental bridge, coverage for a dental implant to act as a false tooth, replacing a filling when the area of decay is too large, and covering a tooth that is poorly-shaped or discolored.
Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth. The bridge is made of artificial teeth called pontics that are fused with a dental crown on each side. A bridge is bonded in place using the adjacent teeth for support—hence the reference to “bridging the gap.” This option is great for filling a space left behind by a missing tooth. It provides cosmetic enhancement as well as improved functionality after tooth loss. Creating bridges is an exact science and an art. Our practice utilizes several materials based on the needs of the patient to create a bridge which may include porcelain bonded to metal alloy, gold alloys, or ceramics. The one that is right for you will depend on your specific desires for aesthetics, strength, wear, and cost.
Professional cleanings at the dental office are often completed by a dental hygienist. Most cleanings are performed in less than 30 minutes. They should be done every six months to reduce the buildup of excessive plaque and tartar. Plaque left on the gums and teeth can result in periodontal disease and tooth decay. Most dental cleanings including root planing, scaling, and polishing of the teeth for exceptional results.
Scaling and root planing is the process by which a dentist removes tartar and plaque from the surfaces of the teeth. This is typically done by hand, though many modern advances such as the development of electric scalers make this process easier and more efficient. Sophisticated tools such as the electric scaler can be used alongside manual scaling methods for optimum results. Once the cleaning is completed, polishing makes the surfaces of the teeth smooth and more resistant to future plaque build-up.
Dentures are removable replacements that can be used for lost teeth and the surrounding gum tissues. There are two types available including partial dentures and complete dentures. Patients who have natural teeth remaining and need to replace one or more within the arch may benefit from partial dentures, while those who need to replace all of their teeth are better suited for complete dentures. Dentures are fabricated to match the remaining teeth and to resemble the natural teeth so not only do they integrate well with the existing smile, but they can even create a better one!
Complete Dentures – Complete dentures are used to replace all the teeth if they have been lost or extracted. They are custom-made to look like the patient’s natural smile and are positioned in place where the previous teeth once were. Complete dentures are made to be removable for easy cleaning and care, though they may require regular adjustments to fit properly within the mouth.
Partial Dentures – A partial denture is removable and is best for patients with teeth still intact within the lower or upper jaw. These replacement teeth are attached to a plastic base made to match the gum tissue color and uses existing teeth for support. A fixed partial denture is another option for these types of patients, where an oral restoration is made yet cemented in place using the surrounding teeth for support and stability. Dentures help restore functionality and beauty within the smile.
Dentists encourage patients to maintain good oral hygiene habits for a variety of reasons. Poor oral health can result in significant impacts in one’s oral health and wellness. The loss of a single tooth can be detrimental to the smile. Dentists encourage patients to take good care of their smile with brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits for cleanings and examinations. However, there are times when dentists may still need to extract a tooth from the smile. Here are some common situations that can occur that require the permanent removal of a natural tooth:
- Malpositioned tooth
- Impacted teeth
- Infections and abscesses
- Orthodontic corrections
- Advanced periodontitis
- Severe tooth decay
- Fractured roots or teeth
There are times when dentists may advise the removal of a natural tooth following a careful and thorough examination. X-rays are often used to evaluate the smile and determine the shape and position of the natural tooth along with the surrounding bone before performing an extraction. Depending on the degree of difficulty to extract a tooth, sometimes patients may be referred to an oral surgeon for the procedure.
There is pain and discomfort that is expected after a simple or surgical extraction, but pain killers and ice packs used throughout the day can minimize these concerns. Most patients will experience a lessening of discomfort days after their procedure.
If you are dealing with bleeding, swelling, severe pain, or a fever and believe it is resulting from an oral health concern, contact our office immediately for an evaluation.
Dental fillings are a great method of restoring a tooth after decay has occurred. It brings back the tooth to its natural shape and function. A tooth that requires filling will be first treated by a dentist. The dentist removes the decayed area of the tooth before cleaning it and filling it with a quality filling material. The filling prevents further tooth decay by sealing off spaces and cracks where bacteria could enter into the tooth’s structure.
There are many materials used for fillings which include silver, gold, porcelain, and even plastic. Our team will work with you to determine the most appropriate material for you based on where the filling is required, the extent of the tooth repair, and the estimated cost of treatment. The following fillings are available at our practice and are briefly explained:
- Gold fillings have been used for decades in replacing missing tooth structure. They are made in a laboratory to custom-fit into the area needed and are bonded in place during a dental visit. Many feel as though gold is the best material for fillings. White gold is also available though more expensive than traditional gold. Patients with gold inlays find them to be well-tolerated by the gum tissues and can expect them to last two decades or longer.
- Amalgam (silver) fillings are an inexpensive option and are also well-received. Unfortunately, their dark color makes them extremely noticeable when compared to composite resin bonding and porcelain. They are not usually recommended for fillings that are placed in visible areas such as the anterior teeth.
- Composite (plastic) resins is another option for fillings. These are custom-made to match the color of the natural tooth for a more natural look. These white fillings are much less noticeable than others though they only last up to ten years. They can be stained by tea, coffee, and tobacco, which may require replacement, and they are not the best solution for large fillings where they could wear or chip over time.
- Porcelain fillings are fabricated in a dental laboratory and then bonded to the tooth structure. They can also be matched in color as composite resin fillings are. However, they are stain resistant and can last longer than the alternative. These fillings cover more of the tooth structure to make them practically undetectable and they often cost the same as traditional gold fillings.
When a dentist speaks about halitosis, they are using the more sophisticated, medical term for “bad breath.” Depending on what causes the bad breath, it can happen occasionally or become a more chronic condition. Most cases of halitosis are caused by bacteria in the mouth. The mouth is warm and moist, which creates the perfect condition for bacteria to develop. 80% of cases of halitosis are caused by something in the oral cavity.
Bad breath that is caused by the presence of bacteria in the mouth can be treated easily with the assistance of a dental professional. The first step is brushing the teeth after every meal. This includes brushing the gums and the tongue. Flossing between the teeth can remove particles of food, and mouthwash can be used to give your mouth a fresh, minty smell. Maintaining regular visits at the dental office for cleanings and examinations can also help maintain a healthy smile free from bacteria.
Types of occasional halitosis such as “morning mouth” are typical and considered a fairly normal issue that is not related to health concerns. However, if you are experiencing chronic bad breath, it may a sign of serious issues.
Bad breath may be caused by the following:
- Poor oral hygiene habits
- Decay in the mouth caused by food particles left behind
- Salivary gland problems that result in dry mouth
- Periodontal disease and other infections inside of the mouth
- Respiratory tract infections such as the throat, sinus, or lungs
- Systemic illnesses including liver disease, diabetes, kidney disease, acid-reflux, lung disease, and sinus conditions
When treating halitosis, a dentist will start by performing a physical evaluation of the mouth to determine the cause of the problem. Patients who are experiencing bad breath due to systemic issues may be referred to their family physician. A periodontist may be needed for patients who have severe cases of periodontal disease that requires special treatment.
If you are struggling with swollen, painful gum tissues that bleed and are experiencing bad breath in conjunction with these problems, it may be time to make an appointment at our office for a prompt examination.
PERIODONTAL (GUM) TREATMENTS
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for one's teeth. All structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium include: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these may be a sign of a problem. With proper gum treatments, however, it may be possible to return gum tissue to a healthy state. If you're having a problem, come in and see us so we may treat it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to have it treated at the first sign of a problem.
Restoring the smile with dental implants is the ideal option for patients who are seeking tooth restoration of one or more teeth in the smile. This may be due to periodontal disease or an injury to the smile. The implant process begins with a metal post that is surgically placed in the jaw. The bone that surrounds the implant requires time to heal, and after this has occurred, a crown is placed over the abutment of the implant. Though dental implants are costlier than other methods of replacement such as bridges and dentures, they are a superior solution. They are stronger than natural teeth and last for decades with proper care. They are a more favorable solution to bridges as they do not depend on the surrounding teeth for support.
Dental implants do require patients to have adequate bone and healthy gum tissues. Patients committed to maintaining excellent oral hygiene habits and continued visits to the dentist for cleanings and examinations will enjoy the long-term success that dental implants can provide.
A nonconventional way of straightening the teeth without brackets are wires is called Invisalign. This method involves a series of plastic, clear aligner trays that patients wear to move the teeth. The movement of natural teeth with aligners is not a new concept. However, using the Invisalign computer software, a series of trays can be fabricated with minute changes to make this a revolutionary treatment. Those with mild to moderate misalignment, crowding, and spacing are recommended for Invisalign. The benefits of Invisalign is that they are practically undetectable when worn, are comfortable to wear, and are easy to use and care for.
Conventional orthodontics are sometimes the right choice for patients. They are noticeable on the smile, but these strong metal alloys are now developed from the NASA space program. The strength of these brackets and wires allow them to be extremely small and more comfortable than their more traditional counterparts. The density of these braces provide faster results. When combined with high-tech materials, more conventional braces can achieve amazing results with fewer visits to the dental office.
For patients who are concerned about the aesthetic appearance of their braces, our practice may recommend ceramic braces or “clear” braces. These are much less noticeable since the brackets are translucent. They blend in with the smile to avoid the metallic appearance of conventional metal bracket and wire braces. They are fabricated in a way to avoid discoloration and staining over time. The orthodontist at our practice can recommend clear ceramic braces for patients who are appropriate candidates.
When patients need to cover imperfections on the outside of a tooth, they often turn to a common cosmetic dentistry procedure called porcelain veneers. At our practice, we provide traditional veneers as well as LUMINEERS® by DenMat. These special veneers are a painless solution for permanently beautiful smiles! These restorations are as thin as a contact lens and can be bonded onto a tooth without shaving and grinding. They help patients achieve a natural-looking, beautiful smile with minimal treatments. LUMINEERS® can also be placed over existing restorations without replacement, including bridges and crowns.
Our dental team has attended many advanced courses and training to provide LUMINEERS® to our patients. If you are interested in finding out if you are a viable candidate for these special veneers, contact our practice to schedule a consultation appointment. .
NIGHTGUARDS / MOUTHGUARDS
When patients need to protect their smile, they often turned to custom-designed night guards and mouth guards. Our practice offers oral appliances made from medical-grade flexible plastics which are molded to fit precisely over the dental arch. Patients who are participating in high impact physical sports and activities such as basketball, football, and boxing may want to utilize a mouth guard to protect their teeth, gum tissues, cheek lining, tongue, and jaw in the event of impact. Night guards are used for patients who experience bruxism, which is the clenching and grinding of the teeth during the night. These can protect natural tooth enamel as well as restorations in the smile such as porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and bridgework.
If you would like to find out if a dental guard is best for your specific needs, contact our practice today. We can evaluate your smile, take impressions of the teeth, and send the molds to a quality laboratory for the fabrication of your own custom-fit mouth guard or night guard.
ORAL HYGIENE TIPS
Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things a patient can do for their teeth and gums. It's ultimately up to the patient in between visits, but the dentist is here to help and offer tips. Healthy teeth enable patients to have a smile that is both attractive and functional, and good oral health is vitally important to overall well-being.
Daily preventive care in between regular dental visits can greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. Consider incorporating these habits:
- Brush thoroughly twice a day and floss daily
- Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks between meals
- Use dental products that contain fluoride, including fluoride toothpaste
- Rinse with a fluoride mouth rinse if your dentist advises you to
- Make sure that your children under 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in a non-fluoridated area
Feel free during your visit to our office to ask us any questions regarding your oral hygiene habits. We are here to help you.
Orthodontics is the art of using special appliances to straighten and align the teeth and bite. Braces are the most common orthodontic treatment. In this method, arch wires are threaded through brackets that are bonded to the surface of the teeth. The arch wires act as a track, and guide each tooth to its proper position. There are several types of orthodontic braces available, including the more traditional metal braces, ceramic "tooth colored" braces, as well as clear plastic braces.
A root canal, also known as root canal therapy and endodontic therapy, is a procedure that is done by a dental professional to salvage a damaged or infected tooth without the need for extraction. Root canal therapy becomes necessary when the dental pulp in the center of the tooth becomes infected from a neglected area of tooth decay. Prevention is key. This includes regular examinations, cleanings, and x-rays to catch a problem early on. Trauma to the tooth may also require a root canal due to the damage caused to the nerves. The dental pulp becomes infected and can form an abscesses which affects the surrounding bone of the jaw. An abscess cannot heal on its own and can weaken one’s immune system. Patients with an infected dental pulp may notice sensitivity to extreme temperatures, pain with pressure, swelling of the gums, and/or a strange taste in the mouth. Other times, patients may not experience any symptoms and the problem can only be found with an evaluation.
During root canal therapy, the dental pulp that is infected is removed and the canals of the tooth are disinfected. The canals are then filled to keep bacteria from entering into the tooth structure again in the future. Crowns are often fabricated to bond over the natural tooth to keep it strong and durable. The only other alternative to a root canal is the permanent extraction of the tooth along with replacement with bridges, dentures, or dental implants.
A common preventative treatment for patients who visit the dentist is that of sealants. Sealants are great for covering areas of the teeth that may be difficult to keep plaque-free. Teeth have pits and grooves that are extremely small yet can accumulate plaque easily. Even patients who brush after every meal may still have grooves that are much too narrow for a toothbrush bristle to reach. The accumulation of plaque can result in the formation of tooth decay and contribute to conditions such as periodontal disease. Sealants are applied painlessly during a dental appointment. This plastic material can fill narrow grooves and reduce the likelihood of plaque build-up in those hard-to-reach places.
Dental sedation is a technique that can be used when a patient suffers from dental anxiety or dental phobia. We are happy to offer a number of solutions for our patients to make their dental visit as comfortable as possible. Sedation dentistry techniques enable patients - who might otherwise avoid the dentist - to receive dental treatment necessary for a healthy smile.
Depending on the extent of the anxiety or phobia, varying degrees of dental sedation can be utilized as described below.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous Oxide sedation, also known as "laughing gas" is commonly used to make treatment more comfortable. This sedation is inhaled through a mask that allows you to breathe in the medication and induces a state of relaxation. Local anesthetic will be administered in conjunction with nitrous oxide to eliminate pain.
SLEEP APNEA TREATMENT
Problems with sleep can quickly and negatively impact overall well-being. High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, brain damage, depression, erectile dysfunction, diabetes, weight gain and more—all of these can be caused by sleep apnea and snoring. Solve your sleeping struggles at the dentist's office? It's definitely possible.
Oral sleep appliance therapy can be a very effective treatment option for patients suffering from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. These custom-fit appliances shift the lower jaw forward and open the bite and airway.
Following are some common symptoms of sleep breathing disorders:
- Daytime drowsiness or fatigue
- Loud, recurring snoring
- Choking or gasping for air in your sleep
- A man with neck size greater than 17 inches
- A woman with neck size greater than 16 inches
- Stop breathing while asleep
- Unexplained weight gain/trouble losing weight
- High blood pressure
- Acid reflux
- History of stroke or heart attack
- Fall asleep during the day when activity is low
- Family history of sleep apnea
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, come into our office for a consultation. We will review the severity of your condition and discuss dental sleep treatment. It is always best to have had a sleep study conducted to determine the severity of your problem. However, this may not be necessary in treatment for simple snoring.
The term TMJ is an acronym for “temporomandibular joint.” This is the joint that is used to open and close the jaw. TMD, or “temporomandibular disorder” refers to the dysfunction that can occur to the TMJ joint. Problems can occur in the TMJ due to misaligned teeth, excess muscle tension, or trauma. The bones are surrounded by five different muscles and cartilage which can result in a number of issues.
Common TMJ symptoms:
- Chronic headaches
- Pain in the jaw area
- Popping and clicking of the jaw while eating
- Soreness or trouble in opening and closing the mouth
- Soreness in the area or extending to other areas of the face
There are dental treatments that can be performed to help reduce problems related to the temporomandibular joint. Replacing missing teeth, using orthodontics to realign the dental arch, and adjusting the bite may be methods of addressing TMJ problems. However, there is no “one size fits all” solution for everyone. Some patients may benefit from the use of a plastic mouthpiece or mouth guard that can reduce grinding and clenching of the teeth. TMJ, left untreated, can reach the point where surgery is necessary to repair a jaw joint that has become severely damaged over time.
A cosmetic dental procedure often used to help reduce the appearance of tooth damage or improve aesthetics of the smile is that of porcelain veneers. This is a restoration that is made of composite or porcelain materials and is bonded over the front of a natural tooth. In most cases, veneers are only used on the teeth that are visible when patients are smiling, talking, or laughing. There are two ways of placing veneers including indirect and direct procedures.
The direct procedure is performed by placing composite resin on the outside area of the tooth. This particular method is also known as “dental bonding.”
The technique called indirect procedures utilize two appointments. The veneers themselves are fabricated at a dental laboratory so they require more time to complete. During the first appointment, the dentist will prepare the teeth be removing a thin portion of enamel. Impressions are made and sent out for fabrication, while a temporary covering is placed in the interim. Once the veneers are mailed back to the dental office from the laboratory, typically in two to three weeks, the dentist removes the temporaries and bonds the final veneers in place. These veneers are strong and aesthetically pleasing.
There are benefits to porcelain veneers. Veneers are better than crowns because they do not remove as much tooth material as is necessary for veneers. The procedure is relatively comfortable. Veneers are best for patients with little tooth structure or large fillings.
A popular procedure available at our practice for boosting the appearance of the smile is that of teeth whitening. Patients seeking a brighter, whiter smile can achieve it with professional-grade cosmetic treatments including our in-office power bleaching and at-home tray whitening. Both are comfortable and safe for patients who are interested in whitening stained and discolored teeth.
ZOOM! is the whitening process used in our practice for immediate results. The entire process can take approximately one hour and can be performed during a lunch break for many of our patients. Before starting, a protective gel is applied to the gums which keep the soft tissues from becoming damaged from the whitening ingredients. A gel is then applied to the surfaces of the teeth that is light-activated. Patients rest while a light or laser brings the active ingredients into action! Once the whitening procedure is completed, patients will leave the dental office with a take-home gel, custom whitening tray, and instructions to keep their smile looking bright and beautiful. With continued whitening at home, patients can enjoy the results of ZOOM! whitening for several years.
Another option that is less expensive and more convenient is that of our take-home tray whitening solution. The results of this treatment are more gradual. Patients visit the dental office for a series of impression which fabricate custom trays. These trays are typically completed within a day or two. Patients pick up their dental trays along with professional-grade whitening gel and instructions to follow to achieve their new, dazzling smile. Patients can whiten until they achieve the results they want, or continue to whiten regularly for maintenance.
If you are interested in learning more about professional-grade whitening treatments available, please contact our office for a consultation appointment.
Wisdom teeth are the last molars, or "third molars" that develop on each side of the jaw. They usually emerge in the back of the mouth between the ages of 16-20.
Wisdom teeth are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned. Often, however, they cause problems and require removal. When the jaw isn't large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth may grow sideways, emerge only part way through the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.
A wisdom tooth extraction is a relatively routine procedure. The dentist will numb the area in the mouth with a local anesthesia or use IV sedation so that the patient is asleep during the procedure.
After the tooth (or teeth) is removed, the patient is given gauze and bites down softly for a recommended amount of time to limit any bleeding. Some pain and swelling may occur, but it will usually go away after a few days.
Please call our office if, after following post-op instructions, you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever.
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X-RAYS AND DIGITAL X-RAYS
X-rays are a focused beam of x-ray particles passed through bone producing an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed. This provides the familiar black and white images doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems and disease. Without an x-ray of the whole tooth and supporting bone and gum tissues, there would be no way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.
In our office we use digital radiography that allows us to take x-rays using up to 90% less radiation than conventional film x-rays. Using this technology, we are able to take an x-ray of your mouth by using a small sensor which records the image of your teeth and sends it to a computer. The result is a highly detailed image of your mouth that can easily be enhanced to better diagnose dental concerns and determine the very best treatment for each case.
Air abrasion is a drill-less and more gentle approach to remove decay from the teeth. An air abrasion unit is a small instrument that blasts a fine stream of air and particles onto the teeth to spray away decay. The small particles are made of silica, aluminum oxide or baking soda and aid in cleaning the tooth surface. Air abrasion allows for decay to quickly be removed while conserving healthy tooth structure. The particles and decay are then suctioned out of the mouth.
Air abrasion is gentle because it generates no heat, sound, pressure or vibration. In addition, it reduces the need for anesthesia, making it an ideal choice for children and those who experience dental anxiety.
Aqua abrasion is a new cutting and polishing systems that works in the same fashion as air abrasion. In addition to removing decay and preparing restorations, it can be used to effectively clean and polish the teeth through a fine stream of water that is sprayed onto the tooth surface. The aquabrasion system can replace the drill in many dental procedures and it quickly removes decay while conserving healthy tooth structure. Its gentle nature can eliminate the need for local anesthesia in many procedures.
We use digital imaging software in our office, which allows us to take a digital picture of you and use our imaging system to predict how a particular treatment or cosmetic procedure would change the appearance of your teeth. This software is beneficial for patients who are considering cosmetic procedures but are not sure if they're ready for dramatic changes. Digital imaging also allows us to document your dental case and procedures very well. We take digital images of your face, teeth and smile to provide us with a permanent dental record and to provide a visual documentation of treatment.
Dexis Imaging Software
Our office utilizes electronic claims processing. This means that rather than sending your dental claim through the mail, it is sent electronically to your insurance company with the click of the button. By filing your claim electronically, information is submitted more efficiently and with fewer errors. This benefits our patients because the turn around time on claims is faster and fewer claims are returned or denied. We are happy to submit your dental claims to your insurance company on your behalf.
The dentist performs most of his dental procedures while wearing a pair of funny looking glasses called surgical telescopes. These powerful glasses have magnifiers on them, allowing the dentist to see fine details that would go unnoticed to the naked eye.
We use small cameras about the size of a pen, called intraoral cameras, to help clearly see the condition of your teeth and gums.
With this advanced technology we can zoom in on small diseased areas, cracks, chips and worn metal fillings with extreme precision. The full-color images taken with the intraoral camera are sent to a computer screen so we can clearly see and diagnose dental problems much earlier than with traditional dental technology. Because images are displayed on our screens, patients will also be able to see areas being worked on and are able to gain a better understanding of dental procedures being performed.
Our office is a completely digital (paperless) dental office. This means all x-rays and charting are made and recorded with the aid of the computer. This technology allows us to maintain your dental records electronically, and cuts down the unnecessary paperwork used with traditional paper charting. Traditional paper charting is difficult to keep standardized from doctor to hygienist to assistant. Even handwriting differences and coding make the charts look different. The computer eliminates this problem by using consistent charting methods that are accurate and precise, making it easy to read your dental chart and see up-to-date information. Digital charting standardizes the charting process so it is clear, easy to understand, and enables us to provide on the most accurate and precise care to our patients. When needed, this method also allows us to quickly and securely share information with your other health care providers.
AUTOMATED APPOINTMENT REMINDERS
We use an automated appointment reminder system that will call your home two days prior to your scheduled appointment time to remind you of your appointment. Please listen to the message carefully and press "1" to confirm the appointment and "2" if you wish to cancel. If you do not respond to the message, our office staff will contact you to confirm your scheduled visit. If are not home, a message will be left on your voicemail. Failure to notify our office of a cancellation may result in a charge. See our missed appointment policy for more information.