State-Of-The-Art Technology and Greater Comfort
At Willowdaile Family Dentistry, we use the latest in dental technology to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care available. Everyone deserves a healthy smile and your dental health is our top priority. Our technologically advanced laser instruments allow us clean, treat and diagnose your teeth and gums. Not only does this provide us the benefit of early decay detection and more precise treatment, but also greater comfort for our patients during dental procedures. Most patients feel little to no discomfort during laser treatments.
The Diagnodent is an amazing tool that uses a laser to help us detect small areas of tooth decay. Nearly everyone has little grooves on the top or sides of your teeth. These grooves have stumped dentists for decades. In the past we had to diagnose tooth decay by sticking a sharp instrument into the grooves to see if it was ‘sticky’. The problem with this method was decay had to be wider than the instrument! Now we can detect decay when it is smaller than a needle point!
The Diagnodent measures the density of enamel using laser light. Using a ratio of reflected light, a numeric value is assigned to the groove. If that ratio reaches a certain threshold, we know it’s time to open the grooves and seal them. However, if it’s below that number we may be able to remineralize the enamel, and never have to fill it!
Most of the fillings detected early by the Diagnodent can be treated without a shot. Finding these cavities early, we help patients avoid deep fillings, root canals, crowns and even tooth extractions. In dentistry, prevention and early treatment are the key to maintaining a healthy smile for a lifetime.
Taking x-rays is much more comfortable and faster than it used to be thanks to digital x-ray technology. At Willowdaile Family Dentistry we use the Sirona digital x-ray system which provides 80 percent reduction in radiation. There is no need for film and processing chemicals which is better on the environment. Best of all, the image is produced in seconds with adjustable color contrast and are available in to be viewed by YOU on our tv. You can see what we see! Further, they can be easily e-mailed to a referring doctor or to another dental office if you relocate.
An intraoral camera is a small video camera about the size of a dental mirror. It allows us to zoom in with 25 times magnification and see details on your teeth that are invisible to the naked eye and undetectable on an x-ray. The images are displayed on a computer screen at the end of your dental chair allowing you to see what we see. You’ll be able to see problems such as worn or broken fillings, cracked teeth, plaque deposits, and cavities next to fillings. By getting a clear picture of what’s going on inside your mouth, you can make treatment decisions with confidence.
A Cavitron is a dental tool that uses high-frequency sound waves to clean teeth. The sound waves vibrate tartar off your teeth (both above and below the gumline). It kills the harmful bacteria that cause bone loss. Water then flushes away the bacteria and plaque that build up on your teeth.
Endodontics, more commonly known as root canal, is a procedure where the roots or nerves of the tooth are removed. This is often due to the fact that they are infected and the tooth is causing pain.
Rotary Endodontics is a way of performing the root canal utilizing a specific electrical handpiece. This tool often makes the process faster and allows the dentist to perform the process with greater ease which means a shorter appointment for you.
HDTV in treatment rooms:
Our clinical staff can use the television to educate you on dental procedures and help you understand your specific dental conditions. Viewing digital radiographs (x-rays), and viewing intra-oral photography is extremely effective on a 32-inch LCD screen as well, which enhances the diagnostic capability of our doctors. It is also handy to allow you to watch a movie of choice during treatment!
High-magnification “loupes” are glasses worn by the doctors in our practice. Magnification, in combination with high-intensity illumination, enables us to see in fine detail, and assists in catching things that others will miss using the naked eye. Loupes are also very effective for seeing cracked teeth, and orifices of canals, which allows us to be more precise, accurate, careful, and thorough while using the most delicate touch. Working with this advanced technology, we are able to provide precise treatment, which translates to longer lasting dental restorations and possibly less dental treatment in the future. Our patients appreciate that!
All our sterilizer machines are monitored for sterilization effectiveness with weekly tests. As a second check of sterilization effectiveness, all instruments are bagged with an indicator strip which tests for effective sterilization of each bag. Cleaned instruments are kept in closed cabinets after sterilization. We use sterile waters in our surgical setup. We make extensive use of plastic barriers at the dental chairs to aid in effective cleaning of the chairs. Our staff is immediately trained and biannually retrained in infection control as per the regulations of the State of North Carolina. Our practice is equipped with the most state-of-the-art sterilization. Uniquely, we employ a Sterilization Technician, whose sole job is to maintain the sterility of the operatories and instruments because safety is our number one priority.
CEREC stands for Chairside Economic Reconstruction of Esthetic Ceramics. CEREC is developed by Sirona® Dental Systems, and is an instrument for the fabrication of all ceramic dental restorations in one office visit. With CEREC at your dentist’s side, you can be in and out in a single visit with a permanent, all-ceramic crown or onlay! For you, the patient, this means fewer injections, less drilling, and less time out of your busy schedule for dental care.
Finest Dental Materials
A CEREC tooth restoration is convenient and healthy and natural looking. Many years ago, dentists had few options to repair decayed and damaged teeth other than amalgam or gold. With CEREC, we can use strong, tooth colored ceramic materials to restore your teeth to their natural strength, beauty, and function. These materials closely match the composition of natural tooth structure so they expand and contract at almost equal rates to normal tooth structure. So, your tooth does not crack, and functions properly for many years. Also, the materials are chemically bonded to your tooth, so your we can save as much healthy tooth tissue as possible while providing you with a dental restoration that strengthens a damaged tooth.
Worldwide, a CEREC restoration is placed every 20 seconds. With a history of 25 years, this instrument has helped dentists place over 6 million restorations. Using metal free materials that are the closest to your natural enamel, CEREC gives you the highest quality restorative care.
A revolutionary device, the Isolite System offers retraction, moisture control, and patient comfort with one instrument. Isolite’s soft, flexible mouthpiece that gently retracts and supports your jaw, provides protection for your cheeks and tongue during procedures, and acts as a barrier to prevent swallowing of dental materials. The aspirator keeps your mouth dry, eliminating the need for cotton rolls packed all around your mouth and the discomfort of saliva trickling down the throat. The Isolite System gives our patients a more relaxing dental experience, and that’s important to us.
Our patients have realized many benefits since we computerized and networked our treatment rooms. All intraoral and extraoral photography, patient records, written communication, and clinical information can be shared between the doctor and treatment areas instantly.
CAESY Patient Education System in all treatment rooms:
To help patients become better informed about dental treatments we use the CAESY patient education system. Using language that is easily understood, along with outstanding photographs and graphics, these programs allow us to display information about any dental subject using a computer monitor. We feel that this helps our patients become better informed about their dental treatment and the alternatives available to them.