Advanced Dental Technology
Pure Smiles, Scottsdale AZ
When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. Jones and his staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care. The following lists a few of our treatments:
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CBCT imaging system
Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) allows us to obtain a highly accurate three dimensional image of the anatomy in a single scan. Our office utilizes this remarkable technology offering virtually limitless views of the lower skull, jaw joints, neck, and teeth. This type of CT scanner uses a special type of technology to generate 3-D images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths and bone in the craniofacial region. This Image provides more accurate diagnoses and allow precise treatment planning.
Cerec® same-day restorations
We are capable of milling crowns in one visit. With the use of an intra-oral camera, we are able to scan the mouth and avoid the need for gooey impressions, also eliminating the need to wear temporary crowns. CEREC provides us with the ultimate in digital dentistry technology. Not only does it allow same-day dental restorations, it also improves orthodontic treatment and planning, and complete the integration with dental implants when combined with the CBCT image.
The medical community — especially in Europe — has been using ozone for decades to speed up wound-healing and to treat a variety of diseases. Most of the original research was carried out in the U.S. and Europe in the early 1900s. The ozone molecule is the most powerful agent that we can use on microorganisms. It is deadly to bacteria, viruses, and fungi, yet the more highly evolved human cells are not damaged by ozone in lower concentrations. Ozone’s pioneering use in dentistry naturally followed.
- Periodontal disease: Ozone can be used as an aid to periodontal disease by using ozonated water flushed below the gum line and/or ozone gas infiltrated into the gum tissue and supporting tissues. during routine cleanings if requested.
- Decay: Ozone can be used to kill decay-causing bacteria. Since ozone is a gas, it can permeate into areas below the gum line, into the grooves of teeth and over the smooth surfaces of the teeth and will kill bacteria on contact. It is utilized prior to placing a filling or seating a crown.
- Sensitivity: Because ozone can harden compromised tooth structure, flooding a sensitive area or tooth with ozone gas can effectively eliminate sensitivity.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and Platelet-Rich Fibrinogen (PRF) is a new approach to tissue regeneration and it is becoming a valuable adjunct to promote healing in many procedures in dental and oral surgery, especially in aging patients. PRP derives from the centrifugation of the patient’s own blood and it contains growth factors that influence wound healing, thereby playing an important role in tissue repairing mechanisms. The use of PRP in surgical practice promote beneficial outcomes, reducing bleeding and enhancing soft tissue healing and bone regeneration.
Once properly diagnosed by a 3-D cone beam image, treatment for a cavitation starts by surgically removing any dead bone, tissue and other debris. Additional treatment includes the use of ozone as well as other natural products. Once applied, these methods help to create a clean and sterile environment that promotes healing at the site, and ultimately throughout the body.
Dentistry is at a micro level. Using sophisticated magnification loupes that is similar to the one an ophthalmologist uses enables us to create dental restorations with incredibly precise fit and finish. You just can’t fulfill that level of care with the naked eye.
Many dentists use air-driven “hand-pieces” (the dental term for “drills”). While acceptable for many procedures, these “whiney sounding” air-powered hand pieces all have a degree of non-concentricity; they do not rotate perfectly smoothly. For the most precise aspects of restorative procedures, we use electric hand-pieces. This results in extraordinarily precise interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration (dental crown, tooth veneer, or tooth filling). It also spins at a slower rate than air-driven drills resulting in less heat, vibration, and trauma to the tooth. This will bring more comfort to you after the procedure.
Digital Imaging = Less radiation
Dr. Jones chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Dr. Jones utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better.
Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital X-rays results in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.
Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.
Dr. Jones utilizes Intraoral Camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An Intraoral Camera is a very small camera – in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An Intraoral Camera allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you!
Intraoral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your insurance companies.