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Technology

Invisalign®

Invisalign® straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. It’s virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you’re straightening your teeth.

The Invisalign system combines advanced 3D computer graphics technology with the 100-year-old science of orthodontics. Invisalign aligners are designed to move your teeth in small steps to the desired final position prescribed by your orthodontist. Each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit your mouth at each stage of the treatment plan. Your first step is to visit our office to determine if Invisalign is right for you. After sending precise treatment instructions, Invisalign uses advanced computer technology to translate these instructions in a sequence of finely calibrated aligners – as few as 12 or as many as 48. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and only taken out to eat, brush and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will begin to move gradually, week by week, until the final alignment prescribed is attained. Then you’ll be smiling like you never have before!

If you want to learn more about Invisalign and how it works, please visit the Invisalign® Homepage.

To ensure the best possible results, only a dental professional who has been trained and certified by Align Technology can diagnose and treat using Invisalign. Invisalign is not intended for children and is not appropriate for every adult. To see if Invisalign can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted, contact us to make an appointment.

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CEREC

We are proud to provide CEREC 3-D Technology to our patients in need of restorations. The CEREC system has revolutionized the dental field by meeting the needs of our patients in a more convenient manner. Gone are the days where the patient must return for multiple visits to complete a restoration. CEREC Technology can design, fabricate and place a ceramic restoration in just one visit! Also with this new system, the need for temporaries or impressions has been eliminated.

Through the use of this new technology, we can save more of the healthy tooth structure in our patients while giving them beautiful, tooth-colored restorations that are metal-free and durable.

Contact us for more information on this high-tech system.

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Intraoral Cameras

The standard X-ray is essential in determining any dental problems you may have, but unfortunately, it may not reveal everything happening inside your mouth. We are proud to utilize an intraoral camera in our office.

An intraoral camera can project an image of your tooth onto a monitor, so you can see the problem in a magnified version and how we can correct the issue. It can also identify problems that may not be detected by the general means of examination, including cracks in your fillings or fractured teeth. Similar to the size and design of a dental mirror, an intraoral camera allows you to make better decisions regarding your treatment as you can see the same things we see.

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DIAGNOdent®

Did you know that half of cavities found in your teeth could go undetected by current diagnostic techniques? However, our office now offers a new diagnostic method that can more accurately define caries in teeth.

We offer a unique service that can detect caries at the earliest stage. The DIAGNOdent Laser Caries Detector is over 90 percent accurate in detecting even the smallest lesions that don’t even appear on X-rays! Early detection enables us to better preserve and protect your teeth.

The DIAGNOdent Laser Caries Detector boasts a high patient acceptance and satisfaction with its quick, simple and painless nature.

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Soft Tissue Laser

We use laser dentistry in our practice for soft tissue procedures. The lasers used are narrow beams of light energy that can penetrate the tissue, producing the ability to vaporize, remove or shape soft tissues such as the gums, cheeks and tongue.

Laser dentistry can be used to correct many problems, from uncovering partially erupted wisdom teeth to removing lip pulls in orthodontic patients. Lasers can also obtain small tissue samples in biopsy procedures to detect lesions or potential tumors in the mouth.

Using laser dentistry as opposed to other forms of surgery does have its advantages. Lasers can control the amount of bleeding during the treatment and can sometimes remove gum tissue without causing bleeding. In laser dentistry, there may also be less swelling and pain following the surgery as the laser can seal blood vessels and nerve endings.

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Digital X-Rays

We offer one of the latest technological advances in dentistry with digital radiography (X-rays). A wireless sensor is placed in the mouth, and a computer generates an image in 30 seconds as opposed to the general 4-6 minute wait time for images taken on dental film. These X-rays can also be enhanced on the computer and enlarged.

Not only are they friendly to the environment, they are much safer than traditional X-rays. Digital radiographs reduce radiation exposure by 90 percent!

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Casey Patient Education System

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Vizilite™

One American dies every hour from oral cancer. Because of this alarming statistic our office now offers a simple test for those at high risk. VIZILITE is a disposable light for identification of abnormal oral tissue.

Who is at risk for oral cancer?

  • People over 40 that use tobacco (smoking or smokeless)
  • People over 40 that frequently use alcohol
  • People who have previously had cancer
  • People who are immunocomprised
  • Males (men are twice as likely to have cancer than women)

Despite these risk factors, the ADA has reported that 25 percent of oral cancers occur in people who do not show any risk factors. Therefore, we believe that every patient should be tested for oral cancer at least once a year. When oral cancer is found at its earliest stages, treatment is 90 percent more successful. Yet more than 8,000 Americans die of orally-related cancer every year because they do not have regular oral cancer examinations or delay seeking treatment. Early identification and treatment is the key to preventing oral cancer.

You can reduce your risk of oral cancer by practicing the following:

  • Be familiar with the risks of oral cancer and if you are at risk
  • Inform us about your risk factors
  • Avoid tobacco and the excessive use of alcohol
  • Be familiar with the symptoms of oral cancer
  • Have an oral cancer screening at least once a year

What are common oral cancer signs and symptoms?

  • A persistent sore in the mouth that doesn’t heal after 10-14 days
  • A sore that bleeds easily
  • A white or red spot in the mouth
  • Inexplicable pain or soreness in the throat, mouth or lips
  • Numbness of any part of the mouth
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing or moving the tongue or jaw

If caught early, oral cancer is one of the most curable diseases. Our practice is proud to offer a simple visual test at our office called, ViziLite™, that helps detect oral cancer at its earliest stages. ViziLite™ allows us to be more thorough in our visual examination of the mouth by making abnormal areas clearer that were once harder to see.

The ViziLite™ test is quick and pain-free; taking only two minutes. After swishing a cleansing solution in your mouth for 60 seconds, our staff will perform a visual examination using the ViziLite™. This revolutionary technology enables us to recognize potential oral cancer areas early and treat them before they become more serious.

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