Advanced Dental Technology
Here at Riverview Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, we've made your dental health a priority since 1977. But if you haven't been to the dentist in a while, you'll be amazed at some recent advances in dental technology at our office.
Digital dental radiology is more than the mere storage of patient X-rays; it is a time saver. More importantly, it reduces a patient's, dentist's and assistant's exposure to X-rays while also helping to keep the environment safer.
Digital imaging takes about one-fourth to one-sixth the exposure time that a traditional dental X-ray machine does; therefore, the patient is subjected to less radiation during the exposure of a radiograph.
X-rays are a common procedure during a patient's initial visit and they are usually updated each year thereafter. In addition to pinpointing cavities, X-rays uncover cysts, abscesses, tumors, periodontal disease, and can be used to identify malformed or impacted teeth.
3D digital X-ray technology provides us with valuable information vital to the diagnosis and determination of the best course of treatment for our patients.
The images are useful in a variety of clinical situations ranging from general preventative care to implants, extractions, root treatments, and many others.
Among the benefits of 3D X-rays are:
Fewer and shorter appointments
Better outcomes due to the precision of the X-rays
The SOPRO intraoral camera is an amazing diagnostic tool for viewing different angles in the mouth that we would not have been able to just a few years ago.
The camera gives us the ability to view the entire mouth on a monitor so that we can get a closer look at any potential issues or problems that may arise.
Besides, the patient will have the ability to see for themselves first hand the same images we are seeing. These digital images are also excellent for gaining procedure acceptance from insurance companies.
Planmeca Crown Design
Planmeca E4D is an advanced dental technology that is utilized for the restoration of decayed, cracked, or chipped teeth. It can create full crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers. The machine crafts a restoration in a matter of minutes.
Planmeca restorations are made of compressed porcelain. It is for this reason that they are stronger than laboratory restorations, which are made from layered porcelain.
The most beneficial feature of receiving a Planmeca restoration is that it is often accomplished in one visit and there is no uncomfortable impression material to bite on or temporary to wear.
The procedure for placement of a Planmeca restoration is very simple. The first step is to remove all decay from the tooth. The doctor then shapes the tooth in preparation to take a digital picture. The tooth is then sprayed with a very fine powder.
This allows the digital camera to take an acceptable image using a scanning wand. Once this image is captured, the tooth will appear on a computer screen in 3D.
This will allow the doctor to design the restoration right in front of you. Once the design is completed, the Planmeca image is used to mill the restoration.
You can watch this process if you would like. When the restoration has been milled, the doctor will place the restoration. In some cases, the process will take just over an hour.
Diode Soft Tissue Laser
We are pleased to offer high-tech laser treatment using a diode laser, a state-of-the-art technology to our patients. Lasers have revolutionized the dental office.
Diode Laser provides us with the capability to:
Perform gum surgery without the need for needles, and without bleeding or stitches, allowing the patient to eat, drink, and talk right after surgery with no discomfort
Sterilize your restoration and gum tissue as it's healing
Identafi Cancer Screening
The Identafi® oral cancer screening system uses multi-spectral fluorescence and reflectance technology to enhance visualization of abnormalities such as oral cancer or premalignant dysplasia that may not be apparent to the naked eye.
When found early, oral cancer patients have a 90% survival rate.
Identafi® uses white, violet, and green-amber wavelengths of light to excite oral tissue in distinct and unique ways that provides the clinician with more visual information resulting in increased confidence for recommending follow-up care.
Identafi® small, compact size coupled with its angled examination mirror allows the dentist to easily inspect hard-to-reach areas, such as under the tongue, the hard and soft palate, and the back of the pharynx.