What messages through your smile are you sending or would like to send to the world about who you are? New technological advances in dentistry can now allow you to have “Tomorrow’s Dentistry …… today.” Our focus on Better Life Dentistry can help you achieve goals of good health in appearance and function, as well as help you live a better life. Excellent dentistry allows you to live your best life.
Digital Radiography uses up to 85% less radiation than conventional film x-rays; and their images are instantaneous available. We have found that using digital radiography not only saves time, but being able to view the image on a high resolution computer monitor allows our patients to have a better understanding of their current oral health status. All images can be enhanced for improved diagnosis and they are stored electronically facilitating seamless communication to specialists, insurance companies, or other dental colleagues.
The DIAGNOdent pen is a hand-held laser that provides the additional tool in decay diagnostics when indicated . Sub-surface decay can be difficult to detect using an explorer. Due to floridation, decay has gone "underground". While helping to improve the oral health of many Americans, fluoridation has resulted in harder tooth enamel. Small cavities that once began on the tooth's surface have now migrated below the surface.
To aid in better diagnostics and documentation, we use both digital SLR cameras with special close-up lenses and wireless cameras that go directly inside your mouth. We use these images to magnify specific teeth or areas of concern. The biggest advantage is that we can show you, with great detail, exactly what's going on in your mouth. This lets you make better, more-informed decisions about your treatment options. We consider an accompanying photograph along with an x-ray is vital to good diagnosis and treatment.
Delivering precision dentistry requires visual accuracy. Magnifying loupes provide a tremendous improvement in visual acuity over the naked eye. The operating field is considerably enlarged.
Dr. Lumpkin and Periodontal therapists/hygienists use special telescopic lenses frequently with small halogen headlights to improve visual acuity.
Quality patient care is our highest priority, and using magnification is one more step we take to provide our patients with excellent dental care.
Isolite Dryfield Illuminator helps us improve our dentistry and our patients safety and comfort. Instead of straining to keep the mouth open, the patient’s mouth is comfortably held open with a soft bite block, so the patient experiences less jaw fatigue. Instead of having to ask for suction during the procedure, the patient’s oral cavity is continuously freed of excess fluids. In addition, the Isolite provides an added measure of safety by protecting the patient’s tongue cheek and throat throughout the dental procedure. This also helps to keep old mercury based metals, chipped filling materials and decay that is being removed from being ingested.
During a CEREC dental restoration, your teeth will be examined to determine what treatment will best provide you with the results you need. If CEREC restoration is recommended, your tooth will be prepared for the restoration and a 3 dimensional optical scan of your tooth will be taken. This high-resolution optical scan will be used to create a ceramic restoration that perfectly fits your tooth and matches the rest of your teeth.
In about 15 minutes, the CEREC milling machine will sculpt your ceramic restoration from a block of dental porcelain. Once the restoration has been tested for proper fit and so that it does not hinder with your bite, it is permanently bonded to your tooth. The finished result is a ceramic restoration that looks and feels just like the rest of your teeth.
Surgical technique and technology using high frequency radio-waves. Compared to the dental laser, leaders in surgical innovation throughout the world in all surgical disciplines—arthrosurgery, ophthalmology, facial plastic surgery, dermatology, pediatric neurosurgery, endoscopic spine surgery, otolaryngology, gynecology, proctology, and dentistry—are using this technology to achieve comfortable and excellent surgical outcomes.