When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. Michael and his staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
Our practice uses high power microscopes called “loupes” on our glasses to enhance the precision of patient care.
Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using microscope enables us to create dental restorations with incredibly precise fit and finish. You just can’t fulfill that level of care with the naked eye. Even our hygienists use loupes to perform your cleanings!
In addition to allowing precise, close-up work, Dr. Michael‘s loupes directs a beam of light directly on the teeth, minimizing glare for you.
Many dentists use air-driven “hand-pieces” (the dental term for “drills”). While acceptable for many procedures, these “whiney sounding” air-powered hand pieces all have a degree of non-concentricity; they do not rotate perfectly smoothly.
For the most precise aspects of restorative procedures, we use electric hand-pieces. This results in extraordinarily precise interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration (crown, veneer, or filling). This will bring more comfort to you as well. With a more precise tool, there is less vibration and less noise. However, we always encourage you to bring headphones in to listen to your music.
Dr. Michael chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs 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 radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Dr. Michael utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 to 90 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better.
Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor
Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
For patients who do not look forward to needles, drilling, or numbness, Laser Dentistry may be the right choice.
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.” We have both a soft tissue laser and a laser cavity detector. The laser cavity detector is called Diagnodent and can detect decay in the early stages to keep the “drilling and filling” to a minimum – many times not needing anesthetic. For soft tissue (surgical) procedures it eliminates the need for suturing and healing is much faster.
Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.
Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.
Dr. Michael utilizes Intraoral Camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An Intraoral Camera is a very small camera. It allows us to show you clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums.
Intra oral 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. If you ever want to see something – just ask. We will be happy to show you what we see.
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