When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. Amy and our staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
Along with air-driven hand-pieces, Dr. Amy also employs the use of electric hand-pieces when performing restorative procedures. There are many benefits with the use of electric hand-pieces. They produce less noise and is therefore more comforting to children and phobic patients. Electric hand-pieces also allow the ability to adjust the speed of the hand-piece for different procedures as well as the ability to perform more precise work. This results in extraordinarily precise interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration (crown, veneer, or filling).
Dr. Amy chooses carefully which and when radiographs (x-rays) are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. X-rays allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes; they enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. 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.
Dental x-rays are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Dr. Amy utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50% less when compared to traditional x-ray films and exposure to radiation is reduced by more than 50% as well. Digital imaging software allows Dr. Amy to adjust the contrast and coloration to better explain what is happening with her patients.
Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
Laser dentistry is one of dentistry’s latest advances. The laser delivers energy in the form of light. Depending on the intended result, this energy travels at different wavelengths and is absorbed by a “target.” In dentistry, these targets can be enamel, decay, gum tissue, or whitening enhancers. Each one absorbs a different wavelength of light while reflecting others. Laser dentistry can be used for both tooth and soft tissue related procedures. Oftentimes no local anesthesia is required. Unlike with the dental drill, with laser dentistry there is no heat or vibration, making the procedure quite comfortable for most patients. For soft tissue (surgical) procedures it eliminates the need for suturing and healing is much faster.
Lasers can be used to diagnose cavities. They can find hidden decay in teeth in early stages, and in some cases the decay can be reversed through hygiene and fluoride treatment and may never need filling.
Areas of dental care that benefit from laser technology:
- Cavity diagnosis and removal
- Curing, or hardening, bonding materials
- Whitening teeth
- Periodontal, or gum related, care
- Pediatric procedures
- Apthous Ulcer treatment (canker sore)
- Frenectomy (tongue-tie release) without anesthesia or sutures
- Root canals and apicoectomies
- Crown lengthening, gingivectomy and other gum corrections
Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.
Dr. Amy utilizes intraoral camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An intraoral camera is a very small camera–in some cases, just a few millimeters long–which 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.