Here at Henrickson Dental we have a commitment to investing in and using only the safest and beneficial advanced dental technologies to benefit our patients. We feel a deep responsibility to ensure our patients of the Maplewood and St. Paul area have nothing but the most positive experience possible in our dental office. This means leveraging new and innovative techniques and treatment options to reduce discomfort, speed healing times, and provide more precise and higher quality treatments through proven technologies that allow us to perform procedures that are more effective, ensuring our patients have the best dentist experience they can. Here are just a few of the advanced technologies that we employ here at Henrickson Dental.
When it comes to finding cavities, the earlier the better. That’s why we use DIAGNOdent Cavity Detection technology to help locate and treat even the smallest cavities as they’re still forming or when they’re in hard-to-reach places that might lead to their being overlooked by traditional cavity detection methods.
Using a laser-based detection method, the hand-held DIAGNOdent probe provides over 90 percent accuracy in finding hidden and incipient cavities. The specific wavelength of light used by DIAGNOdent causes bacteria to fluoresce, even in cases of bacteria located beneath the surface of teeth and making it clear to your dentist when you may have a cavity forming that needs to be monitored. Able to detect these cavities well before traditional methods, DIAGNOdent can help to prevent tooth decay in a non-invasive way that will keep your smile intact for years to come.
It’s important for your dentist to get as clear and complete a view of your teeth as possible, which is why dental x-ray examination is common in many dental practices. While older technology involved intraoral radiography that required patients to have a film placed inside the mouth, panoramic x-rays can now be taken with digital technology that not only captures the entirety of the patient’s mouth at once but also doesn’t involve placing anything in the patient’s mouth.
Panoramic x-rays cover a much wider area than a traditional dental x-ray. This means that your doctor can obtain important information about not just your teeth itself but your maxillary sinuses, nasal area, and any irregularities in your gums or your bones. It’s a highly useful tool in planning treatment for implants, extractions, orthodontics, and both full and partial dentures. Additionally, panoramic x-rays are an excellent tool for revealing issues such as impacted teeth, oral cysts, oral cancer or tumors, sinusitis, advanced periodontal disease and TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder).
Henrickson Dental makes use of the CEREC® CAD-CAM system, a computer-aided imaging and fabrication system that helps us design and make precise custom-fit dental bridges, crowns, veneers, dentures, and other prosthetics used in restorative and cosmetic dentistry in a fraction of the time that is usually necessary. In traditional dentistry, placing bridges or crowns usually takes a minimum of two appointments as they need to be fabricated at a dental laboratory from an impression or mold made from a patient’s teeth, but with CEREC many of these objects can be made in as little as an hour. This means that a patient can be fitted with a dental crown, a bridge, or many other dental treatments in just one visit in many instances.
The superior craftsmanship of the replacement crowns and bridges made through the use of CEREC technology are often more durable and almost always better fitting than those made through the use of a dental laboratory. Combined with the minimal time commitment needed to fabricate them, this means that patients can benefit from a much quicker overall experience when it comes to cosmetic or restorative dentistry appointments.
If you’re wondering how the technology in our Maplewood office near St. Paul can advance your smile, contact us today at (651) 777-8900 or fill out our online form. One of our friendly staff will be happy to answer all your technology questions.