Advanced Dental Technology
When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. Blanco and staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care. Our practice uses high power microscopes to enhance the precision of patient care. Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using microscope that is similar to the one an ophthalmologist uses enables us to create dental restorations with incredibly precise fit and finish. You just can’t fulfill that level of care with the naked eye. In addition to allowing precise, close-up work, the microscope directs a beam of light directly on the teeth, minimizing glare for you. Many dentists use air-driven “hand-pieces” (the dental term for “drills”). While acceptable for many procedures, these “whiny sounding” air-powered hand pieces all have a degree of non-concentricity; they do not rotate perfectly smoothly.
For the most precise aspects of restorative procedures, we use electric hand-pieces. This results in extraordinarily precise interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration (dental crown, tooth veneer, or tooth filling). This will bring more comfort to you as well. With a more precise tool, there is less vibration and less noise.
CS 3600 Intraoral Scanner
Many patients are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.
Magnolia Dental employs a new high-speed intraoral scanner that delivers high-definition, full color 2D and 3D images. Within seconds, these images produce an extremely accurate HD 3D digital model. What does that mean for Dr. Blanco’s patients? Faster appointments and a more comfortable impression process that doesn’t involve goop! Plus easier-to-understand treatment plans.
“The CS 3600 enables us to create a very precise HD 3D digital impression in vivid color,” said Dr. Blanco, Magnolia Dental, Summerfield “We are able to scan the whole mouth remarkably fast and in a way that is more comfortable for patients than traditional methods. We can quickly check the images we’ve obtained, and if a particular area isn’t clear, we can easily go back and scan that area to fill in the missing information. It has revolutionized the process of producing an impression in our office.”
The small, handheld device is very easy to maneuver in a patient’s mouth, making even hard-to-reach areas very accessible. And the resulting HD 3D digital model—generated very quickly by the scanner software—makes it easy for patients to grasp the direction and goals of the treatment plan.
“But what patients will likely appreciate most of all is the absence of putty—commonly called ‘goop’—in the impression process,” said Dr. Blanco, Magnolia Dental, Summerfield “With the traditional method, the silicone putty that we used didn’t always achieve a good impression and could sometimes cause patients to gag. We would then have to start the process over with a new tray of putty. The CS 3600 eliminates all of that.”
Not only is the overall experience of getting an impression more comfortable, but less prep time and fewer do-overs mean less time in the chair and shorter appointments for Dr. Blanco’s patients.
Highlights and benefits of the CS 3600 include:
- High-resolution images – Dr. Blanco can see patients’ teeth with unprecedented detail.
- Faster appointments – with no need to prep teeth to capture a scan and fast scanner software, the patients of Dr. Blanco will spend less time in the chair.
- Improved comfort and satisfaction – without the potentially problematic “goop,” patients will be more comfortable during the process of making an impression; their HD 3D digital model will help them quickly understand the direction and goals of the treatment process.
Dr. Blanco chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Dr. Blanco utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better.
Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital X-rays results in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.
For patients who do not look forward to needles, drilling, or numbness, Laser Dentistry may be the right choice. Laser dentistry is one of dentistry’s latest advances. The laser delivers energy in the form of light. Depending on the intended result, this energy travels at different wavelengths and is absorbed by a “target.” In dentistry, these targets can be enamel, decay, gum tissue, or whitening enhancers. Each one absorbs a different wavelength of light while reflecting others. Laser dentistry can be used for both tooth and soft tissue related procedures. Oftentimes no local anesthesia is required. Unlike with the dental drill, with laser dentistry there is no heat or vibration, making the procedure quite comfortable for most patients. For soft tissue (surgical) procedures it eliminates the need for suturing and healing is much faster.
Lasers can be used to diagnose cavities. They can find hidden decay in teeth in early stages, and in some cases the decay can be reversed through hygiene and fluoride treatment and may never need filling.
Areas of dental care that benefit from laser technology:
- Cavity diagnosis and removal
- Curing, or hardening, bonding materials
- Whitening teeth
- Periodontal, or gum related, care
- Pediatric procedures
- Apthous Ulcer treatment (canker sore)
- Frenectomy (tongue-tie release) without anesthesia or sutures
- Root canals and apicoectomies
- Crown lengthening, gingivectomy and other gum corrections
Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.