Our practice uses high power microscopes to enhance the precision of patient care.
Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using 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.
In addition to allowing precise, close-up work, the microscope directs a beam of light directly on the teeth, minimizing glare for you.
Many dentists use air-driven “hand-pieces” (the dental term for “drills”). While acceptable for many procedures, these “whiney sounding” air-powered hand pieces all have a degree of non-concentricity; they do not rotate perfectly smoothly.
For the most precise aspects of restorative procedures, we use electric hand-pieces. This results in extraordinarily precise interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration (dental crown, tooth veneer, or tooth filling). This will bring more comfort to you as well. With a more precise tool, there is less vibration and less noise.
Fully Digital Dentistry
Drs. Dinulescu or Miller chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, 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. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Drs. Dinulescu and Miller utilize Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better.
Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital X-rays results in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.
Intraoral Scanner is done with one of the latest intraoral scanning technologies available and allows us to digitally produce and save 3D images of our patient’s teeth. Compared of traditional impressions that use gooey materials, this method is more convenient, less messy, and offers highly precision when fabricating dental crowns, bridge, veneers, inlays or onlays. Combined with our electronic tooth shade measurement & matching and computer milling technology (CAD/CAM), it allows us to offer the entire digital dentistry services available today to our patients.
CAD/CAM technology offers dental crowns, bridge, veneers, inlays or onlays that are designed and produced digitally, often time without any human hand touching the final restoration. This highly precise process is completed by our digital impression technology with our intraoral scanner and electronic shade measurement & matching – resulting in a final restoration (dental crown, bridge, veneer, inlay & onlay) that looks and feels almost like the natural tooth.
3D Dental Printing:
3D printing technology allows us to produce highly precise models of patient’s teeth, implant digital guides, occlusal guards / bite guards, orthodontic retainers and aligners, and many more. All these 3D printed products integrate with our latest digital technology of intraoral scanning, implant digital planning, orthodontic digital simulation, and many more. Surgical implant guides allow us to first simulate the actual implant procedure digitally, on a computer, in order to determine if an implant placement is possible, and if so, to find out the best implant size and placement for the most appropriate outcome. All this process is done before the actual surgery, and once we print the implant guide, we are able to replicate the computer simulation in the clinical setting, during the actual implant surgery.
Digital Tooth Shade Measurement:
The VITA Easyshade V digital spectrophotometer was developed for precise, fast and reliable shade determination of natural teeth and ceramic restorations.
- Precise and reproducible tooth shade determination in seconds, thanks to the latest measuring technology
- Objective and reliable measurements, due to the LED technology that is unaffected by ambient conditions
- Reliable and economical, thanks to precise tooth shade information in the VITA shade standards for reliable shade reproduction and reduced shade corrections
- Simple and intuitive, thanks to the easy-to-use touchscreen and software
- Efficient, digital communication for exchanging information about tooth shade and images between the dental practice and the laboratory
The DIAGNOdent is an extremely accurate, reliable and non-invasive method to aid in caries detection. The device has been successfully used by more than 20,000 dental professionals in the United States and is integrated into the curriculum by a growing number of dental schools.Easy detection of the “iceberg” syndrome: The DIAGNOdent uses laser fluorescence to aid in the detection of caries within the tooth structure. As the incident laser light is dispersed into the site, carious tooth structure will exhibit fluorescence, proportionate to the degree of caries, resulting in elevated scale readings on the display. Clean healthy tooth structure exhibits little or no fluorescence and will result in very low scale readings on the display.
Simple diagnosis: Children and adolescents in particular have fissure caries in nearly 80% of all cases which can be detected more easily with DIAGOdent. 90 % of caries are within the interproximal area – they will be detected with the diagnostic devices DIAGNOdent. Simple early detection: Fissure caries, proximal caries and calculus, are detected in good time, resulting in fewer subsequent interventions.
Oral Cancer Screening:
The cancer screening is done with the Velscope VX system. Please find a short description with photos here: https://apteryx.com/velscope/
For patients who do not look forward to needles, drilling, or numbness, Laser Dentistry may be the right choice.
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.” In dentistry, these targets can be enamel, decay, gum tissue, or whitening enhancers. Each one absorbs a different wavelength of light while reflecting others. Laser dentistry can be used for both tooth and soft tissue related procedures. Oftentimes no local anesthesia is required. Unlike with the dental drill, with laser dentistry there is no heat or vibration, making the procedure quite comfortable for most patients. 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.
Areas of dental care that benefit from laser technology:
- Cavity diagnosis and removal
- Curing, or hardening, bonding materials
- Whitening teeth
- Periodontal, or gum related, care
- Pediatric procedures
- Apthous Ulcer treatment (canker sore)
- Frenectomy (tongue-tie release) without anesthesia or sutures
- Root canals and apicoectomies
- Crown lengthening, gingivectomy and other gum corrections
Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults. For more information on Laser Dentistry click here.
Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.
Drs. Dinulescu and Miller utilize Intraoral Camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An Intraoral Camera is a very small camera – in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An Intraoral Camera 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. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you!
Intraoral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.