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Modern Technologies

Technology is a driving force at our practice.

We understand that by keeping up-to-date with the latest dental technology, we not only provide better treatments, but we show our dedication to our profession and our patients. Our technologies allow us to be more precise, provide a more comfortable experience and deliver higher quality results. Our advanced technologies also mean comprehensive care for you.

3D Cone Beam

Dental implants are the most cutting-edge therapy available for the replacement of missing teeth.

In order to provide the highest quality of implant placement results, we use a CBCT Scan — a cutting-edge alternative to the traditional CT scan and an incredible improvement on the traditional x-ray.

This machine takes 3-D and digital panoramic images of your mouth, allowing us to monitoring growth and diagnosing problems, as well as capture a thorough view the entire mouth from every angle. With the CBCT Scanner, implant therapy is more predictable and more precise than ever before.

CEREC

CEREC is an acronym for CEramic REConstruction, using CAD/CAM technology. Fancy words for one - visit, all - porcelain crowns, veneers, inlays and onlays used to beautifully rebuild teeth.

After shaping the tooth I use a blue light camera to image the tooth and those teeth above or below the tooth. Using a powerful 3D capable computer a restoration is designed and then milled from a clock of porcelain in six to ten minutes. After polishing the porcelain is bonded to the tooth using a composite resin material. The result is a beautiful restoration with strength like a normal tooth.

Crowns may be used to:

  • Replace a large filling when there is little tooth structure remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored or poorly-shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

DIAGNOdent

While dentists are trained to detect cavities in a variety of ways, poking and prodding--even x-rays--don't catch everything.

Diagnosing cavities in the back of the mouth using traditional methods is difficult; studies even show that 50% of cavities are left undetected in these areas. However, today's technologies enable the location of these cavities to put a stop to further decay. Better accuracy for better treatment plans--it's devices like these that help us detect and treat cavities before they become a real problem.

Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry is an important advancement in dental technology, treating a wide range of dental and cosmetic problems from cavities to gum disease. Hard tissue lasers are used to repair cavities, remove old fillings and prepare teeth for bonding. Soft tissue lasers are used on gum tissue. They are an alternative to the common hand-held scalpel, drills, or other tools. Lasers can even be used for teeth whitening.

Laser dentistry works by directing an invisible energy beam on problem areas and allowing for efficient treatment of decayed teeth, enamel and gums. The biggest benefit of laser dentistry, by far, is that it can reduce pain and minimize use of anesthetic. Dental procedures can become much more comfortable for you! Dental lasers have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are safe for both adults and children.

If you ever have any questions about the equipment we use at our office to enhance the quality of your experience, don't hesitate to ask.

Panoramic X-ray

A panoramic x-ray provides a very broad view of teeth, upper and lower jaws, sinuses, jaw joints and nasal areas.

A Panoramic X-ray is not designed to find cavities, but rather it reveals impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, fractures, infections, cysts and/or tumors. A Panoramic X-ray provides information that other dental x-rays cannot show. Based upon this information, we can assist you in securing the proper dental care.

Digital X-rays

Digital radiography provides a detailed view of your individual tooth.

Digital x-rays use a digital image capture device in place of traditional film which sends an image immediately to a computer. The result is a highly-detailed image of your tooth/teeth. We can enhance the image's contrast and resolution. This image allows us to more easily diagnose dental problems and determine the very best treatment for each case. We can also transmit this image to other dentists and dental specialists, saving you time and money.

Electronic Claims

Summit Dental utilizes electronic claims processing.

This means we submit a dental claim electronically to an insurance company with the click of a button. We can submit information more efficiently and with fewer errors. You benefit from the faster turn-around time on claims and pre-authorizations.

We are happy to submit your dental claims to your insurance company on your behalf. Please let us know if you have any questions about the e-claim process.

Orthodontic Treatments

As a specialist in orthodontics, our team has the training, skills and experience to proudly deliver high-quality results that last.

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Intraoral Camera

We use a pen-sized camera to zoom in on and photograph cracked teeth, spots on your gums and other dental images. The full-color images are sent to a computer screen in the operatory which allow you to easily see what is going on in your mouth. You are also able to see the before, during and after photos of your treatment process. These photographs give you a chairside view of your mouth so you see and understand what is going on.

Paperless Charting

Paperless charting means more efficiency and more accuracy.

We use computer software to record your x-rays and patient charting electronically. This allows us to standardize our charting methods, view up-to-date information and keep records accurately. Additionally, we cut back on our paper use. When needed, this method also allows us to more easily share information with other healthcare providers.

Patient Education

You deserve to be in the loop when it comes to your dental care.

There are a variety of computer programs available to help patients better understand conditions, procedures and treatment options. Our office invests in patient education software because we want you to feel confident in every dental decision you make. This investment helps us clearly communicate—and it helps you learn more.

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