While our commitment to providing friendly, personalized service has never changed, the instruments we use certainly have here at St. Albans Dental. Thanks to modern dental technology, we’re able to take X-rays that emit practically no radiation, catch dental issues even earlier, and treat them in much less time. Our state-of-the-art approach is just another reason why local families choose our dental office again and again, and we hope you do too in the near future!
During your routine checkups, our team will use a device about the size of a pen to take close-up images of your teeth and gums. These will then be displayed on a monitor right next to your chair. This allows us to clearly see the entire oral cavity and spot the slightest sign of a problem so we can take care of it early. Plus, you’ll finally get to see your smile from your dentist’s perspective, ensuring you completely understand your dental health and treatment options.
Certain complicated procedures require us to gather more information about a patient’s dental anatomy than what a traditional 2D X-ray can tell us, and that’s when we like to use 3D cone beam imaging. This device basically takes a CAT scan of just a patient’s head, creating a highly-detailed X-ray model of their teeth, jaws, and other oral structures so we can put together extremely precise and personalized treatment plans (particularly for dental implant placement).
Digital X-rays are a huge leap forward from traditional film in almost every way you can imagine. They only take a few seconds to capture highly-detailed images we can show you on a screen right in the treatment room, and the entire process emits 90% less radiation compared to the old way. Also, these images can be easily and instantly stored, sent, and copied, making insurance claims and referrals as easy as possible for patients.
When treating advanced gum disease, dentists used to have to perform a minor surgery in which the gum tissue was pulled back so bacteria could be removed from the tooth roots. Now, our team can use dental lasers to quickly treat the infection without actually harming the gum tissue. The beam of light produced by this instrument instantly vaporizes bacteria upon contact, all while emitting practically no heat, sound, or vibration, making for a comfortable patient experience.
Many people who come to see us are nervous before they even walk in the door, and for those patients, nitrous oxide sedation can provide exactly what they need to enjoy calm and cool appointments every time. This odorless gas is inhaled through a small mask, and within moments, a patient will feel warmer, happier, and slightly numb from head to toe. And, patients don’t have to worry about any lasting drowsiness afterward, as the gas’s effects wear off almost as soon as the mask is removed.