Before patients speak to us or visit our office and experience our care for themselves, they often worry they’ll feel judged and given a laundry list of things they need to do that includes a hefty price tag—on top of feeling poked and prodded. It’s easy to imagine the worst-case scenarios. We want you to know that approach does not align with our philosophy of care.
We love transforming smiles and improving oral health, and we have fun in the process. We value the time we spend with our dental family and our ability to make a positive difference by teaching the importance of oral health for overall wellness.
An important part of providing exceptional, comprehensive care is being committed to continuing our education and implementing technologies proven to deliver quality results.
If there is something we can do to make your appointments more comfortable and convenient and your results more satisfying, we want to learn all about it and put it to practice. You deserve to feel safe and confident that you’re making the right decisions for your oral health, and we want your outcomes to be long-lasting and effective. This goal can be achieved through the utilization of clear imaging technology that shows us what’s needed and where, materials that are discreet and durable, and products that simplify and strengthen your preventive maintenance.
When it comes to technology, dentistry isn’t very different from other fields that regularly introduce new gadgets aimed at simplifying routines and making life easier. Some have been revolutionary, like digital radiography and 3D imaging, but tried-and-true instruments like dental mirrors, probes, and saliva ejectors are still very purposeful today.
Our Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) Scanner is a favorite of ours and our patients. With 3D imaging, you don’t have to bite into a blob of alginate to create an impression. We can obtain a panoramic view of your head, neck, and jaw in under a minute, and use these scans to develop complex treatment plans. CBCT scanners also help us evaluate your sinuses and temporomandibular joint, which can aid in diagnosis sleep apnea and TMJ disorders.
We love digital radiography because it reduces the amount of radiation you and our team are exposed to. Digital x-rays can be taken while you sit reclined in the cushioned dental chair, and within minutes we’ll have clear images that show us the density of your jawbone and enamel, as well as which teeth have been restored in your past or are in need of restoration currently. We’ll go over the images with you to explain what we see.
Our intraoral cameras aren’t much larger than a pen, but the shots they take can be magnified up to 25 times! This magnification helps us identify what we might not be able to with our dental mirrors and eyes alone, and the ability to show you what we see is a powerful motivator if your oral hygiene routine could use improvement.
We buffer the pH of our lidocaine to reduce or eliminate injection discomfort before numbing kicks in. This small step makes a big difference. We want our patients to be as comfortable as possible while they get the care they need.
Our office carries Oral-B® and Sonicare toothbrushes, and WaterPik® water flossers. Choosing between manual and electric toothbrushes comes down to personal preference, though electric toothbrushes can do a lot of the work for you while you focus on moving the bristles from tooth to tooth. There are electric models that can even tell you when you’re brushing too hard, which can cause your gums to recede.
For those who hate to floss with string, the WaterPik has proven effective at removing food debris and plaque from between teeth and along your gumline. Your gums will thank you for treating them to a rinse, which takes just one minute each day with the water flosser!