Technology is changing faster than ever these days, and thankfully, that progress can be seen in dentistry as well. We continually make sure our office is filled with the latest tools, and every day they allow us to treat our patients more efficiently, precisely, and effectively. Dr. Patrick Carroll, Dr. Deborah Shoemaker, and our entire team regularly receive training to become more skilled with these tools, and the end result is always a happier, healthier patient.
X-rays have been an essential part of dentistry for years because they allow our team to find and diagnose problems that may be hidden below the surface of your teeth. We only use digital x-rays in our office because they are MUCH better than traditional film-based ones. Firstly, they can create high-resolution images much faster (which we can instantly show you on a chairside monitor), they don’t require harsh chemicals to be processed, and they also emit 90% less radiation. This is great news for us as well as our patients, because remember, we’re around this equipment all day!
This small, camera tipped wand allows us to take detailed pictures of your mouth and display them on a chairside monitor. This is a great tool for detecting even the smallest signs of dental issues, but it also allows our patients to finally see what their dentist is talking about. By actually seeing their teeth and gums, you’ll be more informed, and therefore you’ll be able to make more confident decisions about potential treatments. This kind of transparency is often a great way to help calm our nervous patients as well.
Our soft tissue laser allows us to treat gum disease faster and easier than ever before. This highly-concentrated beam of light can almost instantly clear away plaque and bacteria from the gums without harming the surrounding tissue. This means you’ll barely feel any pain during the procedure and you’ll have a much shorter recovery time as well. Plus, since it cauterizes as it goes, we won’t even need to use stitches afterward.
Our digital cavity detection system allows us to catch tooth decay at its earliest stages. It uses a beam of light to determine the exact thickness of your enamel, and it can detect even the slightest bit of wear. Thanks to this machine, we’ll be able to treat your teeth BEFORE they get a cavity, which will save you time, money, AND discomfort in the treatment chair. With this tool, we don’t just solve problems, we can actually stop them before they even start.