High-Tech Care at Beaumont Family Dentistry

All three offices are complete digital. We have CT scan capabilities, 3D scanning, we have digital x-rays, digital Panorex. We provide CEREC, which is same day crowns, and all three offices have the CEREC machine there. All three offices could mill a crown, same day. We have laser therapy here, and the laser is phenomenal for taking care of soft tissue issues, like we can do biopsies with the laser. The post operative discomfort is minimal when we use a laser. We place implants here, in all three offices. We do Invisalign, Fastbraces is the up and coming braces technology that’s out there that we can put braces on a patient, it’s very efficient, it’s very quick and it’s a lot less expensive because the teeth are moving all at once.

Compared to conventional braces, which we also do, Fastbraces is probably half as long which is very attractive to teenagers as well as we do have a lot of adults in Fastbraces. Everything is digital so everything you see, the patient sees an x-ray instantaneously which is really pretty cool for them. We have intraoral cameras, so when we can take a picture of a tooth with an old filling in it, they can actually see that tooth blown up and they then understand this is going on, I need to get that filling fixed or I need a crown on that tooth. It’s more, again, the education process that we provide with the patients, they’re part of their diagnosis, they’re part of the team that they know what they need because they’re given enough tools to see why this is happening and what needs to be done to fix it.

Dental care is greatly enhanced with the latest developments in dental technology. Modern technology can give better and faster results, greater comfort, and more accuracy in treatment planning.

At Beaumont Family Dentistry, we keep an eye out for technology that will provide the greatest benefit to our patients. We employ technologies such as CT scanners, CEREC same-day crowns, rotary endodontic technology, digital X-rays, intraoral cameras, ultrasonic cleaning, T-scan bite analysis, DIAGNOdent, and VELscope. Read on to learn more about some of these technologies.

Ultrasonic Cleaning

Plaque and calculus (hardened plaque) is traditionally removed by hand scaling them from the root and crown of the tooth. We use ultrasonic scalers to break down plaque and calculus.

Ultrasonic scalers vibrate at a frequency that breaks down bacterial cell membranes and removes both plaque and calculus. Ultrasonic scaling is generally more comfortable and efficient than hand scaling. Other advantages include decreased treatment time, better preservation of the tooth enamel, and less post-scaling sensitivity.

T-Scan III Computerized Bite Analysis

Technology is quickly changing. We’ve got cone beam at our office. We have, obviously, the CEREC software at all three offices. We do digital x-rays. At this particular office, just about everything is digital. We hardly take impressions unless they’re digital impressions. I think that’s just where everything is going. I don’t think there will be anything paper. I don’t think there will be any sort of impressions down the road. I think the standard of care is going to change as technology adapts and we want to stay ahead of that rather than have to try and catch up to that.

With the T-Scan analysis system, we have the ability to evaluate the balance of your bite and view it on a computer screen. The patient bites down on the sensor while the computer analyzes and displays timing and force data in full-color 3-D or 2-D graphics.

Your bite plays a very important part in the health of your teeth and jaw. A poor bite can cause teeth to be worn away as well as jaw problems and jaw pain. Using the T-Scan, we take into account the state of your bite and what needs to be done to balance it in any dental treatment.

Laser Dentistry

For many procedures, we use a soft-tissue laser for better efficiency, faster healing times, less discomfort, and higher quality of work. LightScalpel-Dental-LaserA soft-tissue laser allows for precision accuracy, greatly reducing post-operative discomfort, and significantly speeding up healing.

We use the laser in deep cleaning to kill bacteria, which promotes lasting gum disease treatment. It can also be used in root canal procedures and to remove fever blister or cold sores.

Digital Imaging

We have all kinds of technology in this office. Our biggest thing right now that people are focusing on is our Cerec machine. That is our ability to make a crown in-house for a patient. Many times, given the right circumstances, a patient is numb, we get the tooth prepared, and then before they leave we’re actually able to make their crown so there’s no followup appointments. Usually, it’s put back on before the numbing wears off. That is a huge thing that people are really, really wanting. No one wants to come in for more and more appointments. It doesn’t always happen, but that’s what we are trying to strive for.

Some of the other things that we can do is we have the ability to take a CT scan of just the head, and so that shows us a whole new world. When we were looking at everything on flat paper, it doesn’t tell you nearly as much as a 3D image will. We have learned a lot from that technology, and those two actually work together. Our CT scan, as well as the Cerec machine, work together a lot of times in conjunction with implant placement. There’s a lot of things that are coming together, and at such a rapid rate that it’s hard to keep up.

Laser dentistry is another thing that has just taken off. It has really decreased the amount of post-op pain for patients, and we try to implement as much as we can with that. It’s also very nice that we can do things, a lot of times, you couldn’t do before without stitches and now you don’t have to have stitches. Anything with stitches is uncomfortable. We try to implement as much as we can.

Images can be viewed and used on a computer through electronically transferring digital images from digital X-rays or an intraoral camera. This technological development allows us to enlarge or enhance images for diagnosis, assessment, measuring, and comparison.

DIAGNOdent

Using the DIAGNOdent laser, we can detect early tooth decay. The DIAGNOdent is a pen-like probe that sends a safe, painless laser beam into the tooth and checks its health. An alarm will signal if a tooth shows signs of decay. With DIAGNOdent we can catch tooth decay in its earliest stages and handle the small cavity in a minimally invasive way. The DIAGNOdent is especially useful in detecting decay in children.

CEREC

I’m actually a trainer and a mentor for Cerec. I train here around Kentucky for both the software that does the crowns, as well as the software that does the ortho. It leads to better restorations, and you’ve got to be a little bit more mindful of your preps and just how you handle teeth, because then you’re seeing it on a computer screen blown up 100 times. It’s not just a little tooth anymore. Because it’s better for patients, it just makes it something that I want to help other people learn on.

We use the CEREC system to take digital impressions of your mouth and teeth for the creation of same-day crowns. This 3D technology creates more accurate images and eliminates the need for wax impressions.

VELscope

The VELscope is the most powerful tool available for assisting in the discovery of oral abnormalities. Using the VELscope, a wide variety of oral abnormalities, including oral cancer, can be discovered—often before they’re visible to the unassisted eye.

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