Technology & Patient Safety
To ensure that each patient receives the very best in every dental procedure, modern advancements in technology are continually being added to our dental practice. Our dentists are regularly receiving additional training, helping them to stay current with the swift progression provided by modern technology.
Continual improvements are being made to our practice, providing patients with confidence in knowing that they are receiving the best possible care for their conditions.
Rest assured that you will be treated with the very best current dental techniques and modern safety procedures, ensuring that you receive the highest quality care at every visit and with every dental procedure.
Our doctors have received extensive training in non-surgical and surgical dental procedures using the most cutting-edge technologies available for your safety and your comfort. Please click on the topics below to learn more about each one.
3D ConeBeam Imaging
3D ConeBeam Imaging is an amazing new technology that creates nearly unlimited views of the face, neck and teeth, for more comprehensive treatment planning. This new technology is extremely useful for dental implants, TMJ, orthodontics and more.
It’s fast, simple and completely painless – dental patients just sit in a chair for a single 10-second scan. And, from that scan, the doctors can instantly see computer-generated views of the bones of the face, the teeth, and other details from any angle, in 3D and in color!
The 3D ConeBeam Imaging scans are different from ordinary dental x-rays. Typical dental x-rays just focus on your teeth, and for each x-ray picture, you need one exposure. It would take many exposures to even begin to compare to a single 3D ConeBeam scan. This new technology provides more complete visual information to study your case from every angle.
Whether you’re just beginning dental treatment or evaluating the results, 3D ConeBeam images give your doctors more of the high quality, detailed visual information they want for diagnosis and planning the next steps for you. Thorough information is a vital key to improved patient care. And for you, it could mean more confidence and satisfaction in your treatment.
Request an exam and 3D ConeBeam Image with us today!
For years our office has utilized digital x-rays to image our patients. This cutting-edge technology saves time and reduces your exposure to dental radiation by nearly 90% over traditional x-rays. Here at Advanced Family Dental & Orthodontics, your safety is our greatest concern. Learn more about the digital x-rays we offer…
About Computer Digital Radiography (CDR)
Digital radiography is a type of x-ray imaging where digital sensors are used instead of customary film. Instead of film, a digital image capture instrument is used to record the image. It then is available as a digital file that can be interpreted and saved as part of the patient’s medical record. There are many advantages to using digital radiography versus traditional. One of the biggest advantages is that less radiation is used to produce an image than conventional x-rays. They are also much faster, appearing in the monitor after only a minute or so.
Teeth can often be whitened by several new techniques of “bleaching” available today. The most common method used is the “in-office” method where a strong bleaching agent is placed over the isolated teeth and a special light is used to assist the bleaching material in lightening your teeth. This method is generally more controlled and probably better for people who have tetracycline stains or streaks on their teeth. The “home” techniques involve making trays which fit into the mouth and these are then filled with bleaching materials. When worn for a few hours day, noticeable results are seen generally within a few days to a couple weeks.
Results vary from individual to individual and we will be happy to help you decide which method works best for you. Some of the factors involved include the intensity of the stains, whether or not you have fillings or crowns on your front teeth as well as what may have caused the stains.
Many patients are frightened by needles, drilling, and/or numbness. For those patients, Laser Dentistry may be the perfect solution.
Laser technology is one of dentistry’s latest and most intriguing advances. Dental lasers deliver energy in the form of light. Depending on the preferred end result, this light energy travels at varying wavelengths and is absorbed by a “target.” In dentistry, these specific “targets” may be tooth decay, tooth enamel, gum tissue or whitening enhancers.
Laser dentistry can be used for both tooth-related and soft tissue-related dental procedures. The best part is that, often times, no local anesthetic is required, which is a big relief for patients with a fear of needles. As opposed to dentistry done with a typical dental drill, laser dentistry produces no heat or unsettling vibration, which makes the procedure that much more comfortable for a majority of patients. What’s more, with soft tissue procedures (surgical procedures) laser dentistry eliminates the need for suturing (stitches), and the healing process typically happens much more quickly.
Want to learn more about laser dentistry and the comfort it provides? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to discuss it with you!
The Intraoral Camera is a revolutionary diagnostic dental tool allowing us to more identify potential problems within the mouth early on. The tiny intraoral camera can be inserted into a patient’s mouth, taking pictures of the teeth and displaying the images on a computer screen. Using the intraoral camera saves time and makes problems easily visible to both the patient and the doctor. Patients can view the areas we will be working on, making procedures more understandable. The accompanying software also provides clear and accurate data so that the best treatment options can be selected. To learn more about the intraoral camera, please contact our office today.
Computer Controlled Injections – The WAND™
THE WAND ™ is a computer-controlled dental injection. Some patients cringe at the thought of a needle! Most injections are not painful because of the needle, but rather the surge of anesthetic into your tissue. With THE WAND ™, the flow rate of the local anesthetic is controlled by a computer. This means that the injection is guaranteed to be slow and steady and therefore comfortable.
In order to maintain beautiful and healthy teeth, early detection is key. The DIAGNOdent laser system is a modern tool which assists in the early diagnosis of cavities. Your dentist can give you a significantly more precise assessment with the use of this high-tech laser system. This tool will allow us to find hidden cavities that typically would go unobserved.
When anesthesia is required, why use a needle? The only FDA approved, needle-free anesthetic is Oraqix. Pain management has changed! It is sets as a gel, so it stays in place for efficient absorption on the treatment area. It works quickly! Its effects are felt in only 30 seconds. Patients are back to normal sensitivity in about 20 minutes, so they can go about their lives quickly.
To learn more, please visit the Oraqix website.
ViziLite™ is the leading oral cancer screening system. It was designed to help oral healthcare professionals identify abnormalities that may be hard to see during a regular visual assessment.
For more information, please visit www.vizilite.com.
The VELscope system helps your dental professional to visualize any abnormalities in the tissues of your mouth, lips and upper throat. An examination allows your dentist to improve their evaluation of your overall oral health.
For patient information, please visit their website.
A cavitron is a modern dental tool that cleans your teeth using high-frequency sound waves. This ultrasonic cleaner has proven to be tremendously successful in eliminating tartar. The cavitron ultrasonic cleaner has a blunt tip, which uses oscillating sound waves to gently pulsate the tartar away, instead of traditional bulky, metal hand scalers. This is a safe and efficient alternative to conventional cleaning techniques.
Your dental hygienist will use a Prophy-Jet to clean your teeth. The Prophy-Jet combines water and baking soda to gently remove stains and debris from your teeth.
Laser Periodontal Therapy
The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure™ (LANAP™) is an innovative, bio compatible periodontal therapy designed for the effective treatment of gum disease through regeneration, rather than resection, making it well aligned with the goal of bio-compatible periodontal therapy to eliminate infection without eliminating tooth structure.
With Laser Periodontal Therapy, a tiny laser fiber is inserted between the tooth and the gum, and the infection is cleared away without any cutting or stitching of the gums. The tooth roots are then thoroughly cleaned of tartar and plaque, and the laser is used again with a different setting to create a stable, firm blood clot to seal the pocket. LANAP targets and eliminates only diseased tissue and conserves healthy root structures and gum tissue, reflecting bio compatible periodontal therapeutic principles. Furthermore, because LANAP assists with the formation of a fibrin clot between the tooth and gum to initiate attachment, the procedure allows the patient’s own immune system to assist in the healing process.
The LANAP Laser Periodontal Therapy Advantage
LANAP provides a number of benefits over traditional surgery, including reduced post-operative pain, fewer sessions, and a quicker, easier recovery time. Unlike conventional scalpel/suture flap surgery, LANAP is fast, usually requiring just one to two sessions each lasting two to three hours, and patients can often return to their regular daily activities immediately following the procedure.
If you are in need of gum disease treatment and would like to learn more about LANAP Laser Periodontal Therapy, contact us today. One of our friendly dental team members will be happy to discuss the procedure and the options that best fit your personal needs.
Equipment & Instrument Sterilization
Everyone benefits from rigorous infection control: you, your dentist, and the dental team. The cornerstone of a good, safe dental practice is trust. You should feel confident in the care you receive at your dentist’s office. That’s why we want you to know everything about our daily procedures and policies. Our doctors and our entire dental team follow procedures recommended by several federal agencies, including: the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These measures include:
- Use of disinfectant hand soap
- Use of gloves and face masks
- Chemical disinfection of counter tops and surfaces
- Sterilization of all equipment before every use
- Use of disposable materials
Our office heat sterilizes all reusable equipment, including dental hand-pieces. We use an autoclave, a device which kills bacteria and viruses by steam, heat, and pressure. Additionally, we help our patients with their effectiveness in their at-home cleaning.
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A Little About Us
Advanced Family Dental & Orthodontics, PC & Affiliates is a full service general dentistry practice with specialty care in the areas of orthodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, Invisalign and more.