Advanced Technology means Advanced Dentistry
At Dr. Paul’s, we are committed to keeping our office up-to-date with the latest in dental technologies, allowing us to continue providing the most advanced treatments possible. Dr. Paul and the rest of our team are consistently engaged in ongoing education and training to ensure we remain at the forefront of our fields. A wide array of seminars, lectures, conventions, and certification courses keep our entire staff informed about the latest developments in procedures, techniques, and technology – all aimed at passing along the benefits of these latest findings to our patients.
Some of the advanced equipment we have recently integrated into our practice includes:
Diagnostic radiographs (x-rays) are essential to regular dental examinations. Within seconds, an enlarged image of your teeth and jaw can be viewed on a monitor, providing a clear picture of your mouth and the state of your oral health. Digital x-rays allow for the accurate diagnosis of hidden decay, impacted or extra teeth, cysts, tumors, abscesses, tartar buildup, and/or bone loss from gum disease. Plus, they expose our patients to far less radiation when compared to traditional x-rays.
Nomad Pro 2
NOMAD has revolutionized the way intraoral X-rays are taken making the entire image acquisition process faster, more efficient, and more enjoyable to both dental professionals and patients. Reduces the number of retakes by minimizing unwanted patient’s movements, consistent X-ray exposure for great image quality, and the operator can stay with the patient during X-ray procedures.
We use a diode laser to assist with soft tissue procedures like frenectomies, gummy smiles, and more. The laser provides more comfort and faster healing time than the traditional method using a scalpel.
An extremely small camera allows our dentists to photograph the inside of our patients’ mouths, revealing the first signs of cavities, chipped or cracked teeth, gum disease, or receding gums. These images help our dentists work with our patients to develop a customized treatment plan that best addresses their oral health and cosmetic concerns.
VELscope® Oral Screening
The VELscope® examination literally takes only two or three minutes. It is a painless and noninvasive procedure that saves many lives every single year.
Here is a brief overview of what a VELscope® examination is like:
Initially, the dentist will perform a regular visual examination of the whole lower face. This includes the glands, tongue, cheeks and palate as well as the teeth. Next the dentist provides special eyewear to protect the integrity of the retinas. The lights in the room are dimmed to allow a clear view of the oral cavity.
The small VELscope® projects blue light inside the mouth. Lesions and other indicators of oral cancer are easily noticeable because they appear much darker under the specialized light.
If symptoms are noted, the dentist may send the patient out for a biopsy to determine whether or not this is oral cancer. The results of the biopsy dictate the best course of action from there. Otherwise, another oral cancer screening is performed in one year’s time.
If you have any questions or concerns about oral cancer screening or the VELscope® system, please contact our office.