Advanced Dental Technology for Mt. Holly Patients
One way the Mt. Holly Family Dentistry team ensures our ability to offer the highest quality dental care is by utilizing advanced technologies that improve patient comfort, effectiveness of treatment, and safe time overall. Our dentists have invested hours in training each year to ensure they are at the forefront of dental innovation, and can effectively incorporate the latest dentistry techniques and technologies into our practice. Contact our team to find out more about our dental technologies or schedule an appointment in our state-of-the-art Mt. Holly, NY dentistry practice today.
It’s the part of the appointment most people dread. I see it in their eyes. They are not shy about telling me exactly how they feel about it. I’m talking about “the shot”. Everybody hates it.
We dental professionals know how you feel. After all, we’re patients too. We do everything we can think of to make it more comfortable. We use the best equipment, topical gel to pre-anesthetize the area to be injected, and we use the most effective, fastest acting, anesthetic.
We have recently incorporated a new tool that actually delivers an almost completely painless injection. It’s called the STA, which stands for single tooth anesthesia. It was formerly called The Wand. It is a computerized device that delivers the anesthetic at a very slow rate making it almost imperceptible.
The other advantage (and this might actually be the biggest advantage) is that it can numb a single tooth and nothing else - not the lip, not the tongue. That means no slurring speech or drooping face for hours after the appointment, and no biting lips by mistake (a big deal for young kids).
This is just one of the many ways we demonstrate our focus on making your appointment as pleasant as possible.
All Digital X-rays
Beginning in 2005, we have incorporated digital x-rays in place of the traditional film x-rays. The benefits are many. The images are available almost immediately and are displayed on a large, high resolution monitor (the days of looking at a tiny film are over). Copies of x-rays are readily available, which makes back-up security easy. Copies can be sent electronically to your periodontist or oral surgeon if necessary. The biggest benefit, however, is reduced patient exposure. The radiation, which was already very low, is now only a fraction of film x-rays.
Lasers are one of the hottest topics in dentistry today. We’ve been using lasers since 2001. The laser we have can be used in a wide range of procedures. It is very gentle to the oral tissues. When we use the laser, we normally do not need to use local anesthesia (Novocaine). That means no ‘shot’!
It can be used instead of the ‘drill’ for preparing teeth for fillings. It can be used to reshape gum tissue or to trim away overgrown gums. It can be used to prepare a better surface for bonding. One of the more interesting applications is to treat canker sores- those annoying, painful ulcers that pop up from time to time in the mouth. A 1-2 minute application of the laser and the pain is gone.
This is an elegantly simple and effective tool. Think of it as a mini-sand blaster. A gentle stream of air mixed with a fine particle abrasive. It’s perfect to use to clean the grooves in molars before sealants are placed, as well as small cavities before fillings. There is no need for anesthesia when using air abrasion.
Our first intra-oral camera required a cart to move it around (the necessary equipment needed to make it work was so large). Today, our cameras are the size of a cigar and simply plug into our computer. We use them all the time to show our patients what we see. It actually enables us to see some things better. An image displayed on a 32” monitor is a pretty nice way to examine teeth. Our hygienists and doctors use them in all the treatment rooms.
DIAGNOdent Laser-Assisted Cavity Detection
This diagnostic tool is actually a laser. It finds cavities that are just starting below the surface. One problem dentists have always struggled with is the inability to detect a very small cavity in the chewing surface of the back teeth. Until it’s large enough to be seen visually, or to leave a soft spot on a tooth, we just couldn’t tell it was there. This little device shines the laser light into the tooth, measures the reflected light, and gives us a reading to indicate the presence or absence of a cavity. It’s amazingly accurate. Finding cavities when they’re small means we can use the laser or air abrasion and it’s quick and easy.