At Bryan Hill, DDS, we offer a wide variety of dental technologies that help to make your visit more comfortable. From digital imaging to digital charting and specialized equipment to help with our cosmetic procedures, you can be confident that we are providing the best service possible.
Soft Tissue Laser
In dentistry, we use soft tissue lasers to cut through soft tissues with ease and minimal discomfort. In addition to this, using lasers in dentistry allows for faster healing since the lasers will cauterize the blood vessels on contact. We can use soft tissue lasers to cut through gums and make space for a dental implant or fillings, or reduce swelling and speed up healing after tooth extractions or procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Computer-aided design (CAD), also called computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), is a technology used to produce dental implants and other dental restorations. These machines produce more precise dental restorations and can also do so faster than traditional manufacturing. In fact, these restorations can be provided on the same day as your treatment procedure or extraction. Generally, these appointments will take between 40 minutes and two hours.
Digital radiography is something that an increasing number of medical professionals, especially dentists, are using in place of older, more traditional x-ray technology. Instead of having images of a patients’ oral cavity confined to the straight-on view, black-and-white version of conventional scanners, digital radiography immediately displays the images of the inside of the mouth in a much more detailed and clear visual. Some methods even operate in real-time, with the ability to rotate and capture 360 degrees of the area.
Intraoral scanners, like the iTerro element, use cameras that are useful for capturing sharp and clear images of the oral cavity. They look like small wands and usually come with wireless PC connectivity features. They are usually laden with LED lights, so no external lighting is needed. The patients also get to see the condition of their oral cavity as the dentist is examining them.
3D Cone Beam
3D cone beams, also known as cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT), are another option for getting digital images of your mouth. These machines rotate around the head, capturing various images which are then used to construct a full 3D image of the mouth, face, and neck. Like digital panoramic x-rays, this shows any issues with the bone structure or underlying abnormalities that would need to be treated prior to implant surgery.
Guided Dental Implant Tech
With these highly detailed images, our team can lay out a specific treatment plan using guided dental implant procedures. This treatment plan identifies an exact location for the dental implant prior to the surgery. This ensures that our dental professionals are more prepared than they would be with traditional dental implant surgery. Doing this allows us to address any potential problems and reduce the surgical risk for our patients. This process also involves a machine that acts as a surgical guide to ensure that the incision and implant are in precisely planned locations.
Micro dentistry is a smaller field of dentistry that involves performing as minimally invasive of a procedure as possible. This is especially useful for dental implant surgery so that we can ensure a quick recovery and patient comfort. There are various techniques that can be used for this, such as microscope-guided dental procedures and alternatives to various dental instruments.
For more information on our available dental technology, call Bryan Hill, DDS at (509) 505-6303 today.