Technology in general is advancing faster and faster with each passing year, and thankfully, this progress can be seen in dentistry as well! Dr. Volker is constantly doing research and training to integrate the latest proven instruments into our dental office so we can provide care that only becomes faster, more comfortable, and more precise as time goes by. One visit to the Dent-Care Dental will show you what true 21st-century dentistry looks and feels like, and we invite you to come experience it today.
Our intraoral scanner enables us to create extremely detailed dental impressions without having to use messy dental putty. In just a matter of minutes, we scan the mouth, and then software takes millions of data points to create a model of the teeth and bite on a nearby monitor. Not only is this approach faster and more comfortable than the old way, but it helps us improve the quality of our care as well.
With the Picasso soft tissue laser, we’re able to perform a wide variety of gum-centric procedures faster and more comfortably than ever before. This instrument utilizes a highly-concentrated beam of light we can use to remove harmful plaque and tartar from below the gum line while causing practically no bleeding or swelling. The procedure usually doesn’t require local anesthetic, and the recovery time is so short that it practically doesn’t exist.
X-rays are extremely important to our dental office because they allow us to examine the teeth and gums far beyond what can be done with the naked eye. They enable us to catch cavities, decay, and damage before there are obvious symptoms, and to make this instrument as effective as possible, we’ve gone fully digital. Compared to film X-rays, digital X-rays create higher-quality images, take much less time to do so, and they even emit 90% LESS radiation, which helps many of our patients breathe easy.
Instead of just poking and prodding your teeth to search for cavities, we now take a more sophisticated approach: DIAGNOdent. We use a special light that reveals even the slightest indication of enamel thinning or decay, helping us catch cavities much earlier compared to traditional methods. This allows us to intervene and treat a tooth before it causes any pain, and this also helps us preserve as much of a patient’s enamel as possible.
The teeth might seem smooth on the surface, but the truth is that the enamel is quite textured, creating very small, virtually invisible areas where plaque and decay can reside. To ensure that we don’t miss a thing during your appointments, we have a camera system that utilizes microscope lenses. With this increased magnification, we’re able to literally see EVERYTHING going on in a patient’s smile so we can spot problems before they become serious and ensure a restoration fits perfectly and looks spectacular.