There has been much advancement in dentistry over the past twenty years, and keeping abreast with the latest technology is one of Dr. Watts’ passions.
In addition to the care, skill, and knowledge needed to produce world-class dentistry, having the latest in technological tools and materials is a necessity. It is our commitment to provide the latest in technological advancements for our patients.
Here are some of our high-tech tools.
One of the newest technologies used in our office is the dental microscope. The use of dental microscopes in dentistry is becoming widely accepted, and several dental schools are now required to include training on the microscope as part of the curriculum.
Many of the finest restorative and cosmetic dentists in the world rely on the expanded field of vision offered by magnification. Dr. Watts uses an excellent instrument offered by Global Microscope.
The Global Microscope magnifies the Dr.’s vision with five different settings ranging from 3x to 20x. The instrument is especially helpful when delicately and conservatively preparing teeth for porcelain veneers and porcelain onlays.
Tooth defects such as decay and fractures are also more visible under the scope. Learn more about Global Microscopes at www.Globalsurgical.com.
Thanks to new technology we are able to take x-rays with up to 90% less radiation than from older conventional equipment. Dr. Allison Watts utilizes two advanced types of digital x-ray equipment, The Dexis Digital X-Ray Sensors and the Panoura 10SU digital panoramic X-ray machine. Pan Rad.
This generation of digital technology generates images that are superior to conventional x-ray film. Retrievability and portability is also greatly enhanced.
Environmentally safe, the digital x-rays require no developing solutions, fixers, cleansers, or x-ray mounts. For more information about digital x-rays, please contact our office.
One of our most important diagnostic tools is the digital camera. Having the ability to review digital images instantly and prior to treatment, allows Dr. Watts to co-discover areas of concern. This is especially important when considering cosmetic changes.
Our office uses the Canon Rebel Ti as our primary digital camera. The Rebel Ti has 6.5 megapixel image quality, meeting the demands of even the professional photographer.
The images are used for diagnosis, patient communication, treatment planning, treatment confirmation, shade matching, and lecture purposes. We have an extensive photo library, which contains hundreds of dental procedures taken using our digital camera, including all images presented on our website.
Visit Canon USA for more information.
Intraoral Video Camera
Another highly technical digital tool used by Dr. Watts and her hygiene department is the intraoral digital video camera.
The tiny device is a video camera that moves around inside the mouth and generates a tooth by tooth video exam. The images can be stored and later enlarged and printed.
As it is difficult to see inside your mouth, the intraoral camera provides a previously unseen magnified view. The pen-sized camera features a disposable cover to prevent contamination and is completely painless to use.
As the camera moves around the mouth it sends video images to a computer which is then displayed on a monitor. The images can then be viewed by both the doctor and patient.
Using the intraoral camera allows the patient to better understand their needs by seeing what the dentist sees, while having it explained. Since the intraoral camera generates images that are stored enlarged and analyzed, often dental problems can be caught in their early stages.
Once treatment options are discussed and agreed upon, our intraoral camera can be used to effectively track treatment progress. The digital images allow us to:
- Provide a higher standard of care for our patients
- Help detect cavities and fractured teeth
- Evaluate the condition of existing restorations under high magnification
- Provide documentation for insurance claims
- Properly inform and educate our patients
- Visually observe hard to see areas of the mouth
- Document and monitor dental problems
For more information about our high technology intraoral cameras visit www.sotaoptics.com
Diagnodent Cavity Detector
Our office utilizes the Diagnodent cavity detector. As more and more patients value healthy and attractive teeth, earlier cavity detection is essential. Even very small lesions are detected at the earliest stage, enabling our patients to preserve and protect valuable tooth substance.
Benefits of the Kavo Diagnodent:
- Provides a higher standard of care for our patients with early cavity detection.
- Permits use of minimally invasive treatments without unnecessary preparation.
- Allows the quantification of caries activity over time with a precise and reliable measurement.
- Allows the doctors and hygienists to detect suspicious areas needing further examination.
- Extremely accurate diagnostic aid. Proven to be over 90% accurate.
- Simple, fast, and painless examination.
- No unnecessary x-ray exposure.
For more information about Diagnodent view www.kavousa.com.
Colgate Visible White One Hour Whitening
This system does not use a whitening light, and has post-treatment gels that significantly reduce tooth sensitivity. For more information call our office or visit Colgate.
Cavitron Ultrasonic Scaler
A cavitron is a dental hygiene tool that uses high frequency sound waves to clean teeth. The Piezon Master 400 Cavitron used in Dr. Watts’ office is a state of the art instrument that has proven to be a very successful tool in removing tartar from both above and below the gumline.
Instead of scaling the teeth with bulky hand scalers, the cavitron ultrasonic cleaner uses oscillating sound waves to gently vibrate the tartar away from your teeth.
The cavitron unit is so gentle that it can even be used for deep cleaning and gum therapy without the need for anesthesia. Having your teeth cleaned with a cavitron is a safe effective and painless alternative to traditional cleaning methods. Some of the advantages of the cavitron include:
- Faster than traditional teeth cleaning methods
- A pleasant alternative to hand scaling
- Safe and effective method to clean teeth
For more information visit EMS/Piezon Master 400 Cavitron.
Vital Signs Monitor
When performing sedation dentistry, it is very important to continually monitor patient’s vital signs.
For your safety our office utilizes the Criticare Systems 506 N3 Series vital signs monitor.
Criticare Systems has been an established product and technological leader in vital signs monitoring since 1984.
For more information about this technology please visit CSI USA.