Dr. Shelby Smith
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Technology

We are proud to offer modern dental technology and techniques to our patients so you can enjoy the most comfortable, efficient, and effective dentistry possible;

Feel free to read on to learn more about the technology we use in our practice.

     

Digital X-Rays

Modern digital dental x-rays benefit patients in a number of ways: 

  • Digital x-rays expose patients to considerably less radiation than conventional film x-rays. (Fun Fact: If you eat 15 bananas it is equal to the radiation you receive from having 2 dental X-rays)
  • Digital x-rays require almost no time for development, reducing time spent waiting in the dental chair
  • Digital x-rays allow for incredibly precise and accurate images for timely diagnoses
  • Digital x-rays are securely stored in your digital file and can be securely sent to your insurance company or specialists, when necessary

Because no chemicals are needed for developing and no space is needed for film storage, digital x-rays are better for the environment

   

Laser Dentistry

Dental lasers allow us to provide incredibly precise treatment with greater comfort, faster healing times, and less risk of bleeding than conventional surgical procedures. Lasers are particularly effective in the treatment of gum overgrowth or tags as they are able to target the excess tissue while preserving healthy, surrounding gum tissue.

The Gemini 810 + 980 diode laser is cleared by the FDA for 30 different soft-tissue surgical procedures as well as the treatment of aphthous ulcers and herpetic lesions.

The following is a list of some of the FDA-cleared procedures we are able to perform with use of diode soft tissue lasers:

  • Excisional and incisional biopsies
  • Exposure of unerupted teeth
  • Frenectomy
  • Frenotomy
  • Gingivectomy
  • Gingivoplasty
  • Gingival incision and excision
  • Hemostasis and coagulation
  • Abscess incision and drainage
  • Laser soft tissue curettage
  • Operculectomy
  • Oral papillectomies
  • Pulpotomy
  • Reduction of gingival hypertrophy
  • Soft tissue crown lengthening
  • Sulcular debridement (removal of diseased, infected, inflamed, and necrosed soft tissue in the periodontal pocket to improve clinical indices including gingival index, gingival bleeding index, probe depth, attachment loss, and tooth mobility)
  • Treatment of canker sores, herpetic, and aphthous ulcers of the oral mucosa
  • Vestibuloplasty

Intraoral Cameras

What if you could see exactly what your dentist sees? You'd probably find it simpler to make informed decisions about your oral health! 

Intraoral cameras allow you to do precisely that. Using a small digital camera embedded in a wand, the dentist can move it around your mouth and transmit the images instantly to a chairside monitor. This allows you to clearly see everything the dentist describes, including damage to the teeth and sores in the mouth. It allows us to create and keep a clear history of improvement or decline of the patient’s oral health over time for both dental and medical purposes.

Trios 3D Intraoral Scanner

3D intraoral scans are used for fabrication of orthodontic study models,  customized archwires, and customized fixed appliances, as well as indirect bonding trays. In addition, digital technology is used for diagnostic setups, fabricating aligners and removable orthodontic appliances, and diagnostic procedures in both orthodontic and orthodontic/orthognathic surgical combined treatment.A

A key advantage of digital technology is that it eliminates or minimizes the need to send impressions or poured models to the laboratory via mail or courier. Once the STL file is uploaded, it can be transferred to the lab with a click for model or appliance fabrication. Replacement of a retainer is an easy task (provided there has not been significant tooth movement), as the digital file is stored either locally, in the cloud, or at the lab for simple retrieval.

 
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