Modern dentistry is continually evolving to make your visits faster, easier, more comfortable, and better for the environment. These advances allow for earlier, less-invasive treatment, which leads to faster healing times and improved precision for dental procedures. The results can be outstanding!
With digital radiography, an image is taken of your mouth with a sensor and downloaded to our computer, where we can immediately access it. We can also take a look at your entire mouth in one image, including both the upper and lower jaws, using panoramic digital X-rays. These technologies result in 75% less radiation than traditional X-rays. There is also no more waiting for images to develop and no chemical waste polluting the environment.
About 5 million teeth are knocked out yearly in the United States. Many sports can lead to injury without proper protection. One-size-fits-all mouthguards from stores just don’t fit well. While wearing these, proper breathing can be difficult while engaging in sports. On the other hand, custom sports mouthguards fit nicely, protect well, and can be worn for practically any sport. The American Dental Association recommends wearing custom-made mouthguards for these sports: Acrobatics, basketball, boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, shotputting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, surfing, volleyball, weight lifting, and wrestling.
Dr. Patel works closely with her patients to create a bond of teamwork. One way she brings this about is with a high-tech tool called the intra-oral camera. This wonderful device is a tiny video camera that captures a closeup photo of the inside of your mouth. You’ll then be able to see for yourself any work that needs to be done and which teeth are doing well. This is how you participate in each dental decision. You’ll love this technology!
Sterilization is an issue we take very seriously. We clean and sterilize all instruments after every use, and single-use tools are employed as necessary. Instruments are sterilized with a special machine called an autoclave. The autoclave is regularly monitored by an independent lab to make sure the highest level of safety and cleanliness are maintained. Your health is too important for us to take even a slight risk.
Our practice uses a Piezo Scaler™ to aid in removing plaque and calculus (tartar) from your teeth, especially beneath the gum line and even deep pockets, for gum disease treatments. This hand tool makes use of high-frequency vibrations to allow the removal of deposits on your teeth faster than regular scaling instruments. You’ll think your teeth have never felt this clean! As an added bonus, most patients report more comfort with the Piezo Scaler.
Nothing beats an easier, more comfortable dental visit. If you have questions about the latest dental technology, give us a call today at (703) 444-5111.