Part of Mind Your Mouth’s unique approach to dental care is keeping up with the latest technology so that we can provide the most convenient and efficient care possible. From state-of-the-art scanners to painless dental lasers to versatile 3D printers, the technology we use has completely transformed our approach to dentistry. Discover a few of the instruments that you might end up seeing in action when you schedule an appointment at our dental office.
You’re probably already well aware that X-rays are an integral part of modern dental care, allowing dentists to examine the spaces between the teeth and the structures under the gum line in better detail than they could otherwise. The move to digital technology has greatly improved our ability to produce quality X-rays in less time, and it has significantly reduced the amount of radiation that you and our team members are exposed to during the process.
An intraoral camera is a small wand like device that we can use to examine your mouth from a variety of angles. The pictures taken are displayed on a monitor so that we can check them for signs of decay and gum disease that we might have missed otherwise. This also gives us a chance to give you a clear view of your own mouth so that you have a clear picture in your head about what is going on with your oral health and what needs to be done to fix it.
Cone Beam CT Scanner
Regular X-rays do not tell us the full story about your mouth. A cone beam CT scanner will give us far more detail about the nearby bone, nerve paths, and other structures. This instrument takes several pictures of your mouth from multiple angles and combines them into a comprehensive three-dimensional model. We can use this model in order to plan ahead for certain procedures and reduce the risk of complications that could arise during the treatment.
Designing beautiful, long-lasting crowns requires taking a high-quality scan of your mouth so that we can be sure that the final result is a perfect fit. CEREC® Primescan can quickly scan the inside of your mouth with high precision, allowing it to produce images with incredible accuracy. The better the images are, the easier it is to create a crown that fits perfectly the first time without the need to take an additional scan.
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Soft Tissue Laser
If you’re uncomfortable with having dental drills and other traditional metal instruments in your mouth, you can ask about how we can use laser dentistry to enhance certain procedures. Our soft tissue laser can painlessly remove infected or unnecessary gum tissue with more precision than regular instruments can, and it’s an excellent option for treating patients who suffer from dental phobias or anxiety. The energy from the laser cauterizes exposed blood vessels in order to reduce bleeding and accelerate the recovery process.
Why wait to receive a dental restoration from a separate lab when we can make what you need right here in our dental office? Our 3D printer allows us to both design and create quality crowns, bridges, mouthguards, dentures, and other appliances that can be used to protect or rebuild your smile. We’ll only use reliable, high quality materials to make these appliances so that you can be sure that the results will last for many years to come.
VELscope® Enhanced Oral Assessment System
Oral cancer is a fatal disease that is typically not diagnosed until the localized lesion has spread to the lymph nodes in the neck or metastasized to another part of the body, like the lung. Unfortunately, your treatment options and chances of a full recovery are reduced significantly at that point. The good news is that your dentist can help you catch it before it’s too late! Dr. Parét will use the VELscope to find abnormal tissue that might have gone unnoticed by the naked eye. It emits specific wavelengths of blue spectrum light into your mouth to stimulate natural tissue fluorescence which can be viewed directly through the VELscope.