We are proud to announce the addition of the amazing Periolase MVP-7 to our practice. The first in our area!
Laser Periodontal Therapy™ is a laser based technique for the treatment of periodontal (gum) disease using the Millennium Dental Technologies, Inc., PerioLase MVP-7® Laser. Laser Periodontal Therapy™ uses the FDA approved, patented Laser Assisted New Attachment procedure (LANAP). Fear of periodontal treatment vanishes when patients find out no scalpel or sutures will be used. Patient friendly laser treatment gets patients healthy again comfortably, without fear.
Over the years we have referred many patients to the periodontist (a specialist who treats gum/bone disease) for surgery, and most of them never followed through. They had heard of the discomfort involved with that type of surgery. The dramatically increased comfort for our patients made this new system attractive to our office. We do encourage patients to take care of the need now to reduce further damage to their gums, teeth and bone.
Our office is the first in the Longwood, Sweetwater, Altamonte Springs, Maitland, Winter Park, & Apopka areas to offer Laser Periodontal Therapy™ for the treatment of gingivitis and/or periodontitis. If you have been told you have moderate to severe periodontal disease – and especially if you have been referred to a specialist for surgery – we would like to encourage you to consider the more comfortable laser alternative. For more information on the procedure go to the Laser Periodontal Therapy™ page.
We also have the amazing Powerlase AT all-tissue laser!
In combination with an air/water spray, the Powerlase dental laser is able to replace the dreaded SHOT for routine dental care in many instances. (You can see some before and after photos in our Photo Gallery). Since there is no heat or vibration from the Powerlase, the need for anesthetic (THE SHOT) is eliminated in most cases! In addition, the Powerlase AT has some extra settings that our previous erbium laser (the Waterlase MD) lacked…the ability to shorten the laser pulse duration so short (50 microseconds) that your body is not able to feel anything. The best we could do with our old Waterlase MD was a pulse duration three times as long! The difference in comfort to the patient is significant. Pain free dentistry is here! Although the laser can’t remove metal restorations, sometimes we can use it to numb the tooth prior to removing old silver fillings with the drill. The Powerlase leaves a cleaner surface for bonding procedures than the drill does, and so bonded restorations last longer. We can also do a wide variety of surgeries on gum tissue as well as the bone. The Powerlase is great for treating fever blisters and canker sores, too! Immediately takes away the pain and they heal up in half the time.
The revolutionary CEREC AC is a technological wonder! We can make most porcelain crowns, onlays (a partial coverage crown), & inlays (a porcelain filling) in a single visit. These restorations are very durable and are extremely beautiful. This provides many benefits: You’re only numbed once, in some cases you won’t need an old fashioned gooey impression, you don’t have to wear a temporary, & you minimize time taken off from work. CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. You can see some before and after photos in our Photo Gallery.
Yes, our office is State of the Art, with intraoral video to let you see and understand your dental needs more clearly. Our LCD flat screen monitors are mounted on poles that swing around the side of the chair, allowing us to swivel or pivot the screen for easy viewing of your intra-oral images, digital x-rays, or other video sources such as cable TV, VCR, or DVD player. This makes viewing patient educational films a snap!
We are totally digital! Our state of the art Planmecca digital panoramic x-ray allows us to see your entire upper and lower jaws with amazing clarity! In most cases this machine allows us to get a full mouth series of films without taking multiple small films in the mouth, which is MUCH more comfortable! We are even able to sometimes detect hidden plaques clogging up the patient’s carotid arteries. In these rare instances, we can help the patient prevent serious consequences in a very non-invasive way.
Our DenOptix digital x-ray system reduces radiation exposure by up to 90%!
But the best part is that it’s wireless. The imaging plates for DenOptix look just like normal x-ray film, only they’re flexible, thinner, and therefore more comfortable. With DenOptix, I’m able to measure the length of a root canal, measure the precise angulations of a tooth that has drifted, and also look at the teeth in 3-D.
With both of these technologies we can:
- Submit your x-rays or intraoral video images electronically when filing your insurance claim.
- E-mail either type of image to you, a specialist, your insurance company, or whomever else you desire the images to be shared with.
- Print out a “hard copy” on paper.
- Put your images on a diskette to take with you if you’re moving out of state.
We don’t have a darkroom in our office. We don’t have to deal with hazardous chemicals associated with normal dental films. The exposed imaging plate is placed on the carousel shown above, and then placed into the DenOptix. Once the lid is closed, the carousel spins very rapidly, and a laser scans the image and digitizes it.
The GE Carescape V100 makes monitoring our patients during sedation very easy. It gently records your blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen levels periodically and provides a handy print out of the patient’s vital signs at the end of the appointment.
The Vita EasyShade makes difficult shade matching a snap!
Matching shades has always involved a high degree of subjectivity. Not everyone see colors the same. Some have more color acuity than others. Matching a single tooth to it’s neighboring teeth isn’t such a difficult task anymore! The VITA EasyShade is a simple-to-use point and click digital spectrophotometer that provides instant dental shade readouts regardless of the lighting conditions. The VITA EasyShade helps clinicians and technicians to achieve optimal matched shaded restorations.
The Sterilox keeps the water flowing through our water lines pure, and free of BIOFILMS!
You may have heard about the dangers of biofilms before. Basically, they are large colonies of bacteria that form a sticky glue-like matrix that shields and protects them from antibiotics and most sterilants. Over time, even when distilled water is used, they will form in the miles of plastic tubing found in all dental units. A small amount of Sterilox concentrate is all it takes to kill all of the bacteria that may be present, and prevent the formation of any biofilms in our water lines.
The Laser Scanner finds ultra-small cavities years earlier!
If you are like most of us, you’ve had the dentist find a cavity, place a rather large filling, and you’ve wondered why the filling is so large if the cavity wasn’t there just six months before. The answer is that the cavity was there six months before — it just wasn’t big enough to show on x-rays, and it wasn’t visible to the dentist yet. The greatest advance in dental diagnostics since the x-ray, the new Laser Scanner can now find cavities years earlier, when the ultra-small cavity can be removed very comfortably, and repaired with a small invisible bonded filling.