When you seek care at our office, you are assured that the doctors and staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
Our practice uses high power microscopes and other magnification LED lighting during all treatment to enhance the precision of patient care.
Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using a microscope that is similar to the one an ophthalmologist uses 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.
Dr. Kriete, Dr. Mundth and Dr. Crystal carefully choose which and when radiographs are taken, generally following the guidelines recommended by the American Dental Association, the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American College of Radiology. Radiographs allow us to see many things we cannot see with our direct vision. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone levels, 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. Radiation exposure for the digital dental radiographs is extremely minimal compared with conventional dental x-rays. The doctors utilize the most current Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. Digital imaging can also help us to better compare and enhance diagnostic information. Many times this will enable us to see any abnormalities better.
Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor. Of special importance it results in approximately 1/3 the radiation exposure compared to conventional X-rays. 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.” Each one absorbs a different wavelength of light while reflecting others. Oftentimes no local anesthesia is required. 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.
Many claims have been made over the years regarding the benefits of laser use. Many of these claims have not been substantiated and are no longer in common accepted use. The doctors do employ laser for certain situations. In some cases you may be referred to a specialists as needed. There are many different types of lasers and in some cases you may be referred to a specialist as needed.
The doctors utilize intraoral camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An intraoral camera is a very small camera – 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 and we better appreciate the need for recommended treatment.
Intraoral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments and to help enhance your dental insurance reimbursement in many cases.
Recent technology has made it possible to record all the necessary information for crown fabrication with digital technology. This is essentially a digital camera which captures images from all sides of the tooth and gums. This is available for use with most types of crowns. It has the advantage of avoiding the taste and messy nature of the older techniques and can shorten the time needed for crown fabrication.