As with any field, dental care has improved throughout history with the advent of new technology. In the 1800s teeth were pulled with an archaic instrument called a turnkey. The drill, so commonplace in today's dentist offices, was not developed until 1957. It was not until the 1990's laser technology was introduced into the dental world. Dental technology has come a long way since then.
By utilizing the state-of-the-art technologies available such as soft tissue lasers, CAD/CAM technology, digital panoramic x-ray, intraoral camera, laser treatment, micro dentistry, intraoral scanners, and even 3-D printers, our office can provide the best care for our patients. Feel free to contact us at Periodontal and Implant Surgeons of Houston to come in and schedule an office visit where we can use these technologies to best serve you.
Soft Tissue Laser
Soft tissue lasers are used for a wide variety of applications including sample retrieval for biopsy analysis, reshaping a patient's gums, destroying bacteria and infected tissue, removing sores, and odd tissue growths. One of the biggest benefits of using this technology is the promotion of quicker healing. No stitches are necessary because the laser cauterizes the tissue, decreasing infection rates.
Computer technology has infiltrated nearly every aspect of society. This is also the case with dentistry. This technology is computer-assisted design and manufacturing for appliances. They can be custom made to precisely fit the patient's mouth avoiding sores made by ill-fitting appliances that would rub the inside of the mouth raw.
The intra-oral camera helps our team quickly identify if patients have tooth decay or gum disease as well as missing sections of teeth that have been injured in a trauma. They can also be used to track the healing process following a procedure.
Digital Panoramic X-rays
A panoramic x-ray can provide a complete mouth image in a single file. This includes teeth, jaws, and other surrounding soft tissue. These are extremely helpful in providing the most accurate diagnoses and treatment options for a variety of dental health issues because the dentist gets a 180-degree view of the mouth.
Laser treatments, a minimally invasive treatment option, can remove tooth decay to prepare a tooth for a filling. It can also remove excess gum tissue and eliminate bacteria from around the base of the tooth.
As mentioned above, laser treatments are now very common in the dentistry field. They are used to perform numerous different procedures to get the most accurate results.
Micro dentistry involves magnification of the area in the mouth that needs treatment. By providing clearer images of the area, procedures can be more closely focused and thereby far less invasive. This is also helpful when using lasers in the procedure.
Guided Implant Placement using STL Printed Guides
Guided Implant Surgery at Periodontal and Implant Surgeons of Houston relies on the state-of-the-art technology available at our office. By taking a CBCT and an intraoral scan the implant surgery is planned using a computer. Our laboratory prints a surgical template to guide the implant placement. As compared to traditional dental implant surgery, guided implant surgery gives a more accurate result.
Let our expert team give a thorough examination using some of the latest advances in technology at Periodontal and Implant Surgeons of Houston. Our number is 346-245-5585. You can also stop by the office to make your appointment in person.