We use many of the latest advances in technology to make your treatment comfortable and minimally invasive. Read below and learn more about the technology we use to give you state-of-the-art dentistry.
Cone Beam 3D CT scanner
For dental implant treatment and other procedures requiring minute diagnostic detail, we take cone beam dental 3D CT scans. The scanner provides crisp 3D 360-degree views of your teeth, jaw and surrounding structures, and the images can be magnified for close inspection.
Digital Panoramic X-Rays
Panoramic digital X-rays create a comprehensive view of your entire mouth and clearly show your teeth, bone levels in your jaw and sinuses. They are a vital diagnostic tool for determining the state of your oral health, as they display parts of your anatomy that are not visible in limited X-rays.
Our digital X-ray machines emit minimal radiation and produce highly detailed images that are available in seconds. Digital X-ray images are clearer than conventional film X-rays and can be magnified for close inspection of tiny areas.
With our digital camera, we take external photos of your teeth, face and smile. The photos are used for diagnosis and as a tool in designing a cosmetic smile makeover.
3D Implant Treatment Planning Software
Our doctors can use the 3D CT scan images in special 3D software to precisely plan dental implant placement and any necessary bone grafting. The software allows them to map out the exact position, angle and depth of insertion of each implant to ensure it will have maximum support. This prevents the need for invasive exploratory surgery in most cases, and makes the placement minimally invasive.
When needed, our doctors will create a surgical guide to aid in the placement of dental implants. A surgical guide is a template that fits over the dental arch and marks exactly where and at what angle implants are to be placed. The guide assists them to make the procedure efficient, accurate and minimally invasive.
OralID™ Oral Cancer Screening Device
The OralID oral cancer screening device emits a safe fluorescent blue light that is shined into your mouth. The light will cause healthy tissues to appear green while unhealthy or abnormal tissues will appear dark. The doctor can then zero in on these darker areas to determine if there is evidence of cancerous or precancerous growths. The fluorescent light exposes unhealthy tissue that is not normally visible to the naked eye.
Soft Tissue Dental Laser
Dr. Schultheis uses an advanced soft-tissue dental laser for minimally invasive gum disease treatment and reshaping or removal of gum tissue. Because of the laser’s precision, none of the surrounding tissues are affected, there is little-to-no post-treatment swelling or discomfort and healing is rapid. The laser is a comfortable, safe and effective alternative to a scalpel.
CEREC® In-House Dental Restoration Milling System
With our in-office CEREC (CEramic REConstrution) CAD/CAM dental restoration milling system, we can take 3D digital impressions of your teeth and create high-quality, metal-free porcelain crowns, bridges and veneers—while you wait. This means we can place natural-looking, biocompatible and well-fitting dental restorations in one visit.
Digital Impression Scanner
We use an advanced digital impression scanner to create 3D models of your teeth that are used in the design and creation of your dental restorations. Scanned impressions are more accurate than conventional paste impressions and are cleaner and more comfortable for our patients.
We use ultrasonic scalers to gently remove accumulated bacterial plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) from your teeth. The scaler uses low-pressure, high-frequency vibrations to break up these deposits and simultaneously kill the disease-causing bacteria. Ultrasonic scalers clean more thoroughly than conventional hand instruments and can be adjusted for patient comfort.
Tooth Root Apex Locator for Root Canal Treatment
A tooth’s “apex” is the very tip of its root. The doctor uses an advanced measuring device, known as an apex locator, to determine the precise end of the root when giving root canal treatment. This makes it possible to perform the treatment without missing any infection in the tooth, or needlessly going too far.
T-Scan® Bite Analysis System
The T-Scan is a T-shaped, handheld digital device that accurately records a patient’s bite alignment and bite forces as the teeth come together. When a patient bites down on the sensor, the results are displayed in detail on a computer monitor. The scan readings allow Dr. Schultheis to determine a patient’s bite problems and program their treatments to include achieving optimum bite alignment. This is invaluable information for planning TMJ pain relief, orthodontic correction and other treatments.
Our ultrasound machine emits sound waves that stimulate blood flow and return circulation to sore and strained muscles. The machine also reduces pain and swelling. It is used as part of our TMJ pain treatment.
Cold Laser Therapy
Our cold laser painlessly promotes healing from chronic inflammation and pain caused by TMJ problems. The laser light works by stimulating cell growth and increased blood flow. This decreases pain, accelerates the healing of muscle and joint tissue and increases range of motion. It is called a cold laser because it uses non-thermal light waves.
Our microcurrent unit transmits a very light current into the head and neck tissues that relaxes tense muscles and relieves pain. This therapy is one of several key components of our treatment for TMJ disorders.
Drug-Free Relaxation System
For patients who need help with extreme nervousness during procedures and do not want drug-induced sedation, we provide a drug-free relaxation system that helps decrease anxiety and fear. To accomplish this, we put some small electrodes near your ears. These electrodes emit a tiny electric current which mimics the brainwaves that occur when you are “winding down”. This causes you to enter a deeply relaxed state. This form of non-narcotic sedation is known as Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES).
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