Cone Beam CT
Our practice utilizes state-of-the-art, three-dimensional imaging by cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). This offers small surgical views or ‘slices’ of a field from the front, side and underside of patients CBCT scans assist in determining bone structure, tooth orientation, nerve and blood vessel canals and pathology. This information is utilized to arrive at more accurate diagnoses and planning treatment. With the addition of cone-beam CT technology to our office, our practice is committed to providing innovative, high-quality, patient care
The use of CBCT enables further detailed evaluation of teeth including the number of roots and canals, location of roots, thickness of surrounding bone, defects of bone or teeth, and proximity of teeth to important vital structures such as blood vessels, nerves and sinus cavities. In addition, CBCT scans are used to diagnose, plan treatment and even fabricate surgical guides to place dental implants. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
Sometimes it is necessary for us to remove areas of soft tissue in the mouth, whether it’s due to infection, to create access to perform other procedures, or for other functional and cosmetic purposes. Fortunately, many of the procedures do not require a scalpel to perform effectively.
The Diode laser has a range of applications, which includes:
- Tissue retraction and troughing- if we need to work on a tooth below the gum line
- Soft tissue crown lengthening-removing excess gum tissue to reveal more of the tooth
- Gingivectomy – removing gum tissue from around the teeth
- Gingivoplasty – re-shaping the gum tissue around your teeth
- Frenectomies – removing the folds of soft tissue under the tongue or between the two upper front teeth.
- Pocket disinfection – reduce or eliminate harmful bacteria found in deeper gum pockets that lead to bone loss and gum bleeding
- Cold Sore Treatment
- Implant Exposure
The laser is a portable surgical instrument that uses a specific energy wavelength that is proven to demonstrate a high affinity for soft tissue. Like a hot knife to butter, it essentially cuts through, and seals, soft tissue through vaporization in precise areas.
Minimally invasive interventions mean less trauma to surrounding tissue where the simultaneous act of cutting and coagulation results in less bleeding and decreased incidences of post-operative infection
Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. An intraoral camera is a very small camera – in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An intraoral camera allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you! Intraoral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.