In order to provide our patients with the best care, our office uses state-of-the-art technologies in all our procedures. These new technologies allow us to treat dental cases with extreme precision, detect dental concerns at early stages, and provide stunning and customized restorations. When you visit our office you can be confident that you are receiving the finest and most advanced work in dental care.
X-ray machines use a focused beam of x-ray particles that pass through tissue and bones which produce an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed. This provides the familiar black and white images doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems and disease. Without an x-ray of the whole tooth and supporting bone and gum tissues, there would be no way to detect an infection or pathology between or below teeth that requires attention.
In our office we use digital radiography which allows us to take x-rays using up to 90% less radiation than conventional film x-rays. Using this technology, we are able to take an x-ray of your mouth by using a small sensor which records the image of your teeth and sends it to a computer. The result is a highly detailed image of your mouth that we use to better diagnose dental concerns and determine the very best treatment for each case.Back to top
CEREC: one visit crowns
CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEramic REConstruction) is a dental restoration product that allows us to produce an indirect ceramic dental restoration using a variety of computer assisted technologies, including 3D photography and CAD/CAM. With CEREC, teeth can be restored in a single visit, rather than the multiple visits required with earlier techniques. Additionally, with the latest technology advancements, crowns, veneers, onlays, and inlays can be prepared using different types of ceramic material.
Technology: The cavity preparation is first photographed and stored as a 3D digital model and proprietary software is then used to approximate the restoration shape using biogeneric comparisons to surrounding teeth. Dr. Muramoto then refines that model using 3D CAD software. When the design phase is complete, the information is sent wirelessly to the milling unit which mills the actual restoration from a solid block of material using diamond burs. The restoration is bonded to the tooth using a resin cement which bonds to both the restoration as well as the tooth itself. It's fascinating to watch!
Technique: Dr Muramoto prepares the tooth being restored either as a crown, inlay, onlay or veneer. The tooth is is coated with a thin layer of blue powder, an anti-reflective contrast medium, then imaged by a 3D imaging camera and uploaded to the CEREC computer. Using the proprietary CEREC software in various modes, a restoration can be designed to restore the tooth to its appropriate form and function. This data is sent to a milling machine, with which the restoration can then be milled out of a solid ceramic or composite block. Milling time varies from as little as four minutes to as long as twenty depending on the complexity of the restoration and the version of the milling unit. Voila! A one visit crown! Back to top
Providing the absolute best service to our patients is of the highest importance to our office. To aid in achieving this goal, we use a new high-tech device called the DIAGNOdent. This small tool is a portable laser that allows us to detect cavities on the chewing surface of the back teeth that would have otherwise gone undetected by previous methods. Diagnosing cavities in the back of the mouth using traditional methods is difficult; studies have shown that 50% of cavities are left undetected in these areas. However, the new DIAGNOdent enables us to locate and treat these cavities, putting a stop to further decay. The laser is easy to use, completely painless, and will alert us with an audible signal if it detects a cavity. It will even calculate the approximate size of the cavity so we can plan a treatment tailored to each unique case. By using this device, you can rest assured that cavities will be accurately detected and treated in their infancy. back to top
Laser dentistry is the latest advancement in dental technology, treating a wide range of dental and cosmetic problems from cavities to gum disease. The lasers we use in laser dentistry at our practice are an alternative to the common hand-held scalpel, drills, or other tools. These lasers direct an invisible energy beam onto problem areas and allow us to efficiently treat decayed teeth, enamel, and gums. One of the main benefits of laser dentistry is the minimization of the pain most often associated with dental procedures, meaning more comfort to our beloved patients. Clinical studies show that approximately 96% of all patients require no anesthesia when lasers are being used during dental treatments. Dental lasers have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are safe for both adults and children.
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SOFT TISSUE LASER
Soft tissue lasers are used to safely remove soft tissue, such as excess gum tissue.The soft tissue laser has a variable intensity which can be set to a wavelength appropriate for the destruction of bacteria colonies in gum pockets, preventing infection and giving the tissue an environment where it can return to a healthy state. The soft tissue laser enables us to treat our patients with extreme accuracy and eliminates the need for most perio procedures requiring stitches. Back to top
Our office is a completely digital (paperless) dental office. This means all x-rays and charting are made and recorded with the aid of the computer. This technology allows us to maintain your dental records electronically, and cuts down on the unnecessary paperwork used with traditional paper charting. Traditional paper charting is difficult to keep standardized from doctor to hygienist to assistant. Even handwriting differences and abbreviations can make the charts look different. The computer eliminates this problem by using consistent charting methods that are accurate and precise, making it easier to read and update your chart. When necessary, this method also allows us to quickly and securely share information with your other health care providers. Back to top
AUTOMATED APPOINTMENT REMINDER
We use an appointment reminder system, and will call your home (or text/email, depending on your cantact method preference) two days prior to your scheduled appointment time to remind you of your appointment. If you are not home, a message will be left on your voicemail. Failure to notify our office of a cancellation may result in a charge. See our missed appointment policy for more information. Back to top
DIGITAL IMAGING SOFTWARE
We use digital imaging software in our office, which allows us to take a digital picture of you and use our imaging system to predict how a particular treatment or cosmetic procedure would change the appearance of your teeth. This software is beneficial for patients who are considering cosmetic procedures but are not sure if they’re ready for dramatic changes. Digital imaging also allows us to document your dental case and procedures very well.We take digital images of your mouth, using x-rays as well as normal camera images, to provide visual documentation of treatments performed, and treatments to be performed. Back to top
ELECTRONIC CLAIM PROCESSING
Our office utilizes electronic claims processing with participating insurance companies. This means that rather than sending your dental claim through the mail, it is sent electronically to your insurance company with the click of the button. By filing your claim electronically, information is submitted more efficiently and with fewer errors. This benefits our patients because the turn around time on claims is faster and fewer claims are returned or denied.We are happy to submit your dental claims to your insurance company on your behalf. Back to top
We use small cameras about the size of a pen, called intraoral cameras, giving an enlarged image of your teeth's surfaces which helps us to clearly see the condition of your teeth and gums. With this advanced technology we can zoom in on small diseased areas, cracks, chips and worn metal fillings with extreme precision. The full-color images taken with the intraoral camera are sent to a computer screen so we can clearly see and diagnose dental problems much earlier than with traditional dental technology. Because images are displayed on our screens, we are also able to show patients through the TVs in each room, giving you a better idea of what we are seeing and why we might want to proceed in a certain direction. Patient education is important to us, as it is key to a good relationship and understanding with you! Back to top
The dentist performs most of his dental procedures while wearing a pair of funny looking glasses called surgical telescopes. These powerful glasses have magnifiers on them, allowing the dentist to see fine details that would go unnoticed to the naked eye. Back to top