Leaders in Dental Technology
Dr. Preston has been a leader in new dental technology, even working as one of the first dentists in the country to use Invisalign. That’s why in order to provide our patients with nothing but the best, our office uses state-of-the-art technologies in all our procedures. These new technologies allow us to treat dental cases with extreme precision, detect dental concerns at early stages, and provide stunning and customized restorations. When you visit our office you can be confident that you are receiving the finest and most advanced dental care.
We are proud to offer the following advanced technology services:
X-rays are a focused beam of x-ray particles passed through bone which produce an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed. This provides the familiar black and white images doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems and diseases. Our x-rays are taken with the latest digital technology requiring significantly less radiation and making images instantly available to us. Best of all, it’s green, with no harsh developing chemicals to dispose of! You’ll get to view your x-ray on a big screen TV.
How It Works:
In our office, we use digital radiography which allows us to take x-rays using up to 90% less radiation than conventional film x-rays. Using this technology, we are able to take an x-ray of your mouth by using a small sensor that records the image of your teeth and sends it to a computer. The result is a highly detailed image of your mouth that can easily be enhanced to better diagnose dental concerns and determine the very best treatment for each case.
CEREC 3D Mill Primescan
Gone are the days of trays with goop that makes us all gag. We use the latest digital impression scanner to scan in hyper-accurate imaging of your oral cavity that can be used for more accurate dentistry with less discomfort. With this technology, we can take a 3D impression within minutes, and create same-day prosthetic crown for your tooth. The CEREC Mill then produces the crown allowing us to provide faster, more accurate service. As Dr. Preston’s favorite procedure, this high-tech equipment allows us to restore damaged teeth conservatively with beautiful custom ceramic crowns or onlays in a single visit, usually in just over an hour. There is no impression and no temporary! This completely eliminates the need for multiple appointments over several weeks period. The process can create all-ceramic dental crowns, inlays, onlays or veneers using a variety of technologies including 3D imaging and computer-aided design and manufacturing known as CAD/CAM (see below). Using an intra-oral camera, a scan is taken of the tooth and the picture is loaded onto the computer.
How It Works:
Using CEREC CAD/CAM technology from Sirona, we are able to transform the image into a three-dimensional model and design your restoration in front of you on the computer. This valuable program then allows me to easily calculate the appropriate restoration shape and size, leaving a healthy tooth structure, and create a near-perfect restoration that fits like a puzzle piece. When the design is ready, a milling machine then creates the restoration using a high-speed diamond bur and calculated precision. The restoration is then bonded to the tooth, adjusted and polished. The result is a beautiful, custom-designed and produced restoration, made entirely to fit your mouth. CEREC crowns are metal-free and have been used for over 25 years. Today’s materials and bonding are incredibly strong and durable with beautiful results that can last a lifetime!
ORTHOPHOS XG System With 3D
The ORTHOPHOS XG 3D system by Sirona combines the ability to provide digital 2D panorex x-rays with the 3D capabilities of cone beam technology. This device takes a three-dimensional image of your oral cavity. It is critical for planning advanced implant cases and helps ensure the highest quality care. The 2D panorex images expose patients to the same radiation dose as a single small bitewing x-ray. This is one of the lowest radiation panorex models on the market! We can now do 3D scans of the jaw or of just several teeth to provide improved diagnostics and surgical planning. We can integrate the 3D x-ray model with our CEREC system for implant planning and the creation of custom surgical guides, which allow for precise implant placement. Utilizing both systems together increases safety and the likelihood of a great result!
Soft Tissue Diode Laser
Soft tissue lasers are used to safely remove soft tissue, such as excess gum tissue after braces are completed. The soft tissue laser can also be employed to aid in restoring caries below the gum without having to surgically lay a flap. We use the soft tissue laser to aid in restorative procedures, crowns and CEREC restorations as well as for surgical procedures like frenectomies and some biopsies. The soft tissue laser enables the dentist to treat our patients with extreme accuracy and eliminates the need for most stitches.
Solea Laser Dental Drill
The latest means of treating dental decay does not require an old fashion drill. Lasers are used for both hard and soft tissues and reduce discomfort and minimize bleeding and swelling for faster recovery and higher quality care. This tool allows us to provide you with little or no anesthesia during a filling. It also dramatically reduces aerosols (about 70% and more) and is extremely clean, vaporizing decay at 1200 degrees celsius.
Computerized Shade Matching
Our office uses computerized shade matching with VITA Easyshade to make restorations that perfectly match the color of your natural teeth. Old methods of shade matching can be inaccurate and inconsistent. Our shade matching system is a small hand-held device that captures tooth hue, value and chroma to create precise color matches. With this technology, you can be confident that your restorations will beautifully match your natural teeth.
High Volume HEPA Filters
We take our patient’s safety very seriously. Each treatment room is equipped with high-quality HEPA filters that change out the air in each room in minutes. This, along with our aggressive sterilization program and i-Wave-R filtration of our HVAC system ensures our patients that coming to our office is one of the safest and cleanest places they can be.