Florida Probe Software
The Florida Probe software is a unique and helpful tool in helping you understand periodontal disease. It uses clear visual graphics and a “talking computer” to provide you with pictures of your periodontal health or disease (which can lead to bone loss). The Florida Probe includes a Patient Educational Component, along with Data Analysis and a Risk Assessment screening tool. The many features can assist you in understanding how to treat periodontal disease and how integral mouth health is to overall health.
NobelClinician is a computer software used in dental implant treatment. This software uses the data from a 3-D X-ray to create a virtual 3-D visualization of a patient’s bone anatomy. The ideal implant placement can be determined based on bone quantity and quality, critical anatomical structures and prosthetic needs. The software allows the implant surgeon to virtually diagnose and treatment plan the implant placement surgery. It is also a great communication tool to help educate our patients about the procedures involved with the dental implant work. This technology is a very significant player in our dental practice.
We use Schick digital radiography, which allows us to take x-rays faster and with less radiation. With Schick, the sensor is merely moved from tooth to tooth, and because the unit is so sensitive, the amount of x-ray radiation is up to 97% less than with conventional x-rays. Your x-rays can be seen on a computer monitor just moments after exposure – there’s no waiting for chemical development. The lack of chemicals also makes digital x-rays safer for the environment.
Digital x-ray technology enables more efficient diagnosis and treatment because it provides a large, easy to see image, and allows us to make adjustments and see detail in the x-ray images. The digital x-rays become part of your dental record, and can easily be emailed to specialists and insurance companies.
T-Scan provides dynamic biting surface measurement – revealing the level and timing of force on individual teeth and the occlusal stability of the overall bite. This technology allows us to place a crown, bridge, or denture in your mouth with a higher rate of success, and it is easier to make adjustments to the bite. The T-Scan is also a great visual aid that helps patients understand their occlusion, and the treatments that may be necessary to balance bite forces.
The DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection system is the most significant breakthrough in diagnostic tooth decay since the dental x-ray. With the widespread use of fluoride in both drinking water and toothpastes, it is much harder to detect tooth decay than ever before. This is because the fluoride hardens the enamel so that most decay starts in microscopic defects in the hard surface, and can readily spread into the softer surface beneath. The DIAGNOdent is a pen-like probe that sends a safe, painless laser beam into the tooth and checks its health. A number scale and an alarm will signal when there are signs of hidden decay. This technology allows us to discover decay at a very early stage, before significant damage is done to the tooth, helping us preserve more tooth structure when treatment is needed.
An intraoral camera is an indispensable diagnostic and educational tool. The tiny device is a pen-like digital camera that moves around inside the mouth and generates a digital image of the teeth and gums. The captured images are stored in the computer and displayed on the computer monitor. Since it is nearly impossible to see inside your own mouth, the images produced by the intraoral camera can show you problems such as broken teeth, plaque, decay, gum disease, and defective fillings. This technology allows us to better understand – together – the health of your mouth.
In our dental practice we use two types of lasers: The Diode Laser is for soft tissue adjustments and the Erbium Laser is for treating both the soft and hard tissue in the mouth. Lasers have been in use in the dental industry since the 1990s and are gaining greater traction every day with continuing advances in the field. Our lasers allow us to treat many types of patients more efficiently and with less pain.
Simplistically, lasers deliver energy in the form of light. From a dental perspective, we’re looking for the intended tissue to absorb this light and effect change. There are a number of photobiological effects this interaction can have that are useful in our office:
Photothermal: meaning the energy is transformed into heat. This process is beneficial for surgical incisions, hemostasis, biopsies, and removal of diseased tissue.
Photochemical: LASERs can stimulate chemical reactions, i.e. hardening a filling.
Non-surgical: LASER energy can produce an oxygen radical that is used to disinfect periodontal pockets and root canals. It can also stimulate tissue to promote wound healing, pain relief, collagen growth and general decrease of inflammation.
- Patients with irregular gingival levels: Are your front teeth different lengths? If so, it may actually be the current positioning of the gingiva at fault. Our laser can be used to quickly and easily remove this extra tissue and help create a beautiful smile.
- Patients with extra tissue: This may be the result of past trauma or due to the positioning of your teeth. We can use the laser to remove this extra tissue, making you more comfortable and helping you to keep your teeth clean.