Technology

State-of-the-Art Technology

  We are constantly striving to provide our patients with the finest dental care available. Our investment in advanced technology means a long term investment in your future, because state-of-the-art technology invites informed decision making and enables patients to make wise choices concerning their oral health. Drs. Farmer and Hartman offer the latest dental technology for your benefit:

Intraoral Camera: This camera allows us to quickly and easily photograph the inside of your mouth. The photographic image can be projected onto a color monitor. Because this magnification allows you to see your mouth more clearly, you are better able to participate in your treatment.

X-rays: X-rays assist in the detection of cavities between the teeth that may not be visible in the mouth. Cavities that are just beginning can also be detected earlier on an X-ray so that your treatment becomes less invasive and costly. We use the latest digital and film technology available, which significantly reduces the radiation exposure necessary.

Panorex: The Panorex film provides Drs. Farmer and Hartman with a panoramic view of the oral cavity and provides information at a glance about existing fillings, supporting bone, sources of infection, tumors, cysts, calcifications, and decay as well a screening for the joints. The Panorex film shows more of the mouth and surrounding structures, but with less detail of individual teeth, than the small films.

Computers: Our computer system is designed to efficiently manage the most complex information in the dental industry. Our system handles treatment and payment options, appointment scheduling and health information. We make sure our computer system takes care of the technicalities so that you are provided with the most up to date information available.

Implants: We can restore all of the implant systems placed by our local oral surgeons, and are completely familiar with advantages, disadvantages, and requirements for each. Drs. Farmer and Hartman will be happy to evaluate your dental needs and determine if you are a candidate for dental implants.

Air Abrasion: Fine particles of a sand-like material are released under high pressure directly to a localized tooth surface. These forced air particles replace ‘drills’ to remove decay from the tooth surface, making some procedures less invasive, more comfortable, and faster for the patient than conventional treatment. Typically, no anesthesia is required for this procedure.

Magnification/intraoral lighting: For many of the procedures, the Dr. will elect to use magnifying telescopes with high intensity metal halide fiber optic lights. This allows him to see small objects in the mouth with much more clarity and allows an unparalleled level of precision which cannot be attained with the unaided eye.

Cosmetic Imaging: Through the use of digital photography and a computer software program, before and after images of a patient’s smile can be created which will enable us to show a patient what a treatment can look like so a completely informed decision can be made before treatment is even begun.

Nitrous Oxide: This gas, used for patient comfort, can be used during restorative or surgical procedures. The Doctor will be happy to discuss the indications for nitrous oxide at your request.

Radio frequency emission surgery: This device delivers a highly
concentrated radio wave stream that will remove or incise tissue and cauterize at the same time. This makes surgery virtually bloodless, and enables us to perform extremely precise incisions, which enhances the quality of our procedures.

Pulse Oximetry: A small, comfortable unit fits over the patient’s index finger that constantly monitors the patient’s pulse rate and percentage of oxygen saturation in the blood. It is used as a safety device when the patient has been administered a preoperative relaxation medication.

Local Anesthesia: This anesthesia is injected into the gum tissue at or near the area to be treated, producing a numbing effect that wears off after the procedure. Most dental patients find that the use of local anesthesia allows them to experience dental treatment more comfortably. The newest anesthetics work even better than anything we have had before.

Intraosseous Anesthesia: A new variation on local anesthesia, this technology enables a single tooth to be numbed with extreme effectiveness and without the lip or tongue sensation associated with conventional anesthesia.

Ultrasonic Scaler: This instrument uses high frequency sonic waves to help break up tartar buildup on teeth. For heavy buildups, most patients find this technology more comfortable than traditional hand scaling. Ask our hygienist which she would recommend for your situation.

Prophy Jet: This instrument uses a high powered stream of water and flavored particles to ‘power wash’ stains from teeth. It is usually used when traditional polishing with paste will not remove tough staining. Our hygiene professional will help you determine if you are a candidate.

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