When you maintain good oral health you take pleasure every day in your ability to eat food and communicate effectively. If any of these functions are compromised or cause discomfort for you, we can help. With advances in dental technology, it is no difficult task to correct anything.
Our dental technology includes a wide array of services such as CAD/CAM dentistry, Periotest, Micro Dentistry, and much more. At Timothy H. Kindt, DDS we have many experienced dentists and dental technicians who can restore or improve your periodontal health, oral appearance, and your ability to chew or communicate.
The days of waiting weeks for a new dental crown are over. CAD-CAM technology allows us to provide patients with same-day personalized dental appliances, such as dental crowns, dental veneers, inlays and even abutments for dental implants. An acronym for computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing, CAD-CAM, has been used for many decades in the manufacturing industry to create precision parts and tools and has been increasingly incorporated into dental practices for the last 20 years.
With CAD-CAM, the computer uses data from an optical scanner or traditional dental imprints to create a 3D custom image of your tooth or teeth. We then use those images, along with the CAD software, to design the final restoration. Depending on the complexity of the case, the process may take only a few minutes, but may require more than a half-hour of design time. Once designed, the appliance is milled from a single block of ceramic milling material, then customized with stains and glazes to create a more natural look. Finally, it is fired and polished before it is installed in the patient’s mouth that same day.
Digital Panoramic X-Ray
Traditional x-rays are often uncomfortable; a piece of plastic is placed in your mouth while the technician takes picture after picture on the x-ray machine. In contrast, a panoramic dental x-ray provides a single image of the entire mouth, including the teeth, upper and lower jaw, temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the nasal area and sinuses. This flat representation of a curved structure makes it easier for us to analyze the mouth as a whole, and more comfortable for you as well.
3D Cone Beam
The dental cone beam, like the panoramic X-ray technology, is also a type of x-ray technology. However, this type of technology is used when it might not be possible to accurately assess a patient’s teeth with traditional x-ray technology. They are the cornerstone of planning dental procedures such as dental implants.
Guided Dental Implant Technology
Guided dental implants primarily revolve around the use of computers to best treat and implement a patient’s dental implant needs. Often paired with CAD-CAM technologies, guided dental implant technology produces a 3D scan of the patient’s mouth and then uses cutting edge technology to drill the implants. The procedure is considerably faster than traditional dental implants, and it also tends to involve minimal swelling and bleeding.
Though it may look like an oversized pen, intraoral cameras are one of our most important dental tools. With a high-resolution camera, LED lighting and a head that swivels to look into the deepest cracks and crannies of your teeth, intraoral cameras give us the most detailed picture of your mouth, teeth and gums. And since the images from the camera are displayed real-time on a screen while we work, we can point out any issues we see and discuss them with you right then. We can even print or email these photographs for insurance or personal use.
Lasers act as a cutting instrument, vaporizing the tissue it comes into contact with. They can be used for gum disease, tooth decay, lesion removal, biopsies, and even tooth whitening. They cause less pain and anxiety for most patients, minimize bleeding and even preserve healthy teeth.
We also use lasers in many other vital applications to minimize your discomfort and the length of the treatment. Lasers are useful not only on soft tissue, but also for eradicating tooth decay and whitening your enamel. Using lasers makes it possible for us to protect your healthy teeth when removing a cavity. And all without anesthesia!
Also called Minimally Invasive Dentistry, microdentistry is a highly precise technique used to perform clinical and cosmetic dentistry procedures. Utilizing a microscope and cavity-detecting lasers, we are able to identify and treat problems such as tooth decay and plaque buildup before they cause significant harm. If decay is caught early enough, it can be treated with small, minimally invasive fillings that don’t weaken the tooth, or even just fluoride and changes in diet and hygiene.
The Periotest is a small, handheld device used to measure the stability of dental implants. It can detect early implant failure and is a critical tool for attaching tooth prosthetics. A periotest is one of our most reliable tools when performing dental implant treatments. This handheld device helps measure and monitor the implant at all stages of the operation, from initial stability testing to the completed prosthetic. By taking precise measurements, we can ensure that the implant won’t destabilize over time and cause inflammation.
Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a valuable tool to promote healing from oral surgery, especially in aging patients. Derived from a patient’s own blood, the serum contains growth factors that stimulate wound healing and has been shown to reduce bleeding, enhance soft tissue healing, and improve bone regeneration. It is used in bone grafts for implants, bone repair, and fistula repair.
Soft Tissue Laser
Soft Tissue Lasers, also called Dental Diode Lasers, are a unique tool for cutting and sculpting oral soft tissue such as the gums, cheek, and lips. Capable of creating precise incisions while eliminating bleeding, these tools can help reduce healing time for patients.
Soft tissue laser treatment is performed at varying wavelengths and intensities, making them a far superior form of surgery. It is an excellent alternative to electrosurgery since it produces little to no heat.
If you or someone you love is in need of advanced dental care utilizing cutting edge technology, Timothy H. Kindt, DDS is here to help. Call (480) 939-5818 to find out more, or book an appointment today!