Advanced Dental Technology
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.” 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.
Waterlase by Biolase:
Waterlase is an innovative product designed to replace traditional dental tools. It combines water and laser technology to perform common dental procedures, and in many cases effectively removes the necessity of drills or shots. As technology continues to evolve and improve, the dental industry has begun to make innovative changes to traditional options for treatment. Lasers are commonly being introduced as superior alternatives to traditional dental tools: and BIOLASE is at the forefront of making these steps to the future.
Here at First Dental, we pride ourselves in our technology as much as in our patient care. We are constantly striving to provide our patients with not only the best care, but the latest and most efficient technologies to ensure that their treatments are not outdated. It makes us a unique dental practice in Sugar Land, and gives our patients that additional reason to return.
Panoramic Digital X-Rays:
Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding a 35mm film up to the light. Digital X-rays results in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.
At our office in Sugar Land, we use a caries detection aid from Air Techniques: a non-invasive tool that eliminates errors in diagnosing or detecting tooth decay. It provides us with an alternative to the explorer, which has very low sensitivity for caries detection. Furthermore, explorers can actually cause tooth damage by breaking enamel rods when forced into a lesion.
Unlike other caries detection units, our technology provides a very clear visual of the caries and lets our patients better understand their treatment options.
Laser Caries Detector:
In addition to the Spectra, our office utilizes the DIAGNOdent pen for laser caries detection. Based on the favourable reproducibility of its values, the DIAGNOdent pen is an outstanding instrument for detecting the development of lesions in regular examinations. It is another safe, painless and revolutionary new way to detect and diagnose even tiny areas of decay.
If the DIAGNOdent reading does not call for immediate dental works, we advise our patients to maintain better dental care around a questionable tooth, and instruct the patient on how to monitor progress before their next exam.
Caries Detection Software:
To ensure the most accurate readings from our caries detection technology, we also employ the latest in reading software. We use the Logicon Digital Caries Detector here in our office, which has been clinically proven to help dentists find up to 20% more caries on permanent teeth.
This software assists us to visually analyze the dental x-rays of our patients and diagnose caries on tooth surfaces. It is supplemented by a database of submitted caries cases, to help us determine whether or not caries are present in x-ray images and whether tooth restoration will be required.
CEREC is a method used by thousands of dentists worldwide since 1987 not only to replace these fillings, but also to restore any tooth that is decayed, weakened, broken, etc. to its natural strength and beauty. Better yet, it’s done with all-ceramic materials that are tooth-colored in a single appointment!
Often, patients with amalgam fillings will exhibit amalgam breakdowns and damage to the tooth structure as recurrent decay creates stress fractures on the enamel. Unlike most laboratory-created crowns, CEREC® inlay restorations stabilize the integrity of the tooth. CEREC® materials ensure maximum bond strength and enhance appearance, resulting in your desired smile. CEREC® inlay restorations form a smooth, tooth-colored replacement of dental material lost to cavities. Using ultramodern CAD/CAM technology, CEREC® inlays mimic your tooth’s color and structure exactly.
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. Imrek 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. An Intraoral Camera 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!
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.
Air Abrasion Dentistry:
Air abrasion dentistry is a painless and quick alternative to drills, and allows us to gently remove plaque and tooth decay. During air abrasion, a fine stream of particles is aimed at the stained or decayed portion of the tooth, and uses pressure to clear away impurities on its surface. Air abrasion is a very safe dental solution.
Here at First Dental in Sugar Land, we use the KCP for our air abrasion dentistry. The KCP allows us to treat decay early while preserving as much healthy tooth material as possible. Teeth treated this way may be less likely to require crowns in the future. The procedure requires less heat and vibration than a dental drill, and can be used with little or no anesthesia. The KCP is also useful in other common procedures such as bonding, veneers, inlays and onlays.
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.
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.
Dr. Imrek 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. Imrek utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 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 imaging allows us to store patient images and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.