Services and Technologies
Devine Dentistry has provided personalized dental care for thousands of families. Our patients love coming to our office to experience the warm, individualized care we provide. We pride ourselves in offering a variety of services and using cutting-edge equipment and techniques.
We use state-of-the-art technologies in all of our procedures in order to provide our patients the best care possible. These new technologies allow us to detect dental concerns at early stages, treat your oral health needs with precision, and provide stunning and customized restorations.
Our premium dental software system maximizes your time and our office efficiency. When you visit our office, you can be confident you are receiving the finest and most advanced dental care available.
In our opinion, dentistry today sits on a three-legged stool: Restoration / Repair, Prevention and Appearance.
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SIX MONTH SMILES
Are you one of the millions of adults in need of adult braces who are unhappy, self-conscious or even embarrassed of your smile?
Many adults spend their entire lives covering their mouths when they laugh, smile or talk. They feel stuck because they do not want to wear adult metal braces for years or they are concerned that other corrective teeth straightening procedures could be too invasive or too expensive. We offer an effective, safe and affordable cosmetic braces solution that fits your lifestyle.
Six Month Smiles® is a revolutionary combination of proven orthodontic techniques, modern materials, and innovative thought. Six Month Smiles® utilizes specialized clear braces to gently straighten and align teeth in an average time of just six months.
Take the first step to improving your smile. Give us a call to set up your consultation.
Bonding is a conservative way to repair slightly-chipped, discolored or crooked teeth, often for cosmetic purposes. The process comprises placing a white filling on your tooth to improve its appearance. The filling "bonds" with your teeth, and because it comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades, it closely matches the appearance of your natural teeth.
Bonding can also be used in place of regular amalgam fillings. Many patients prefer bonded fillings, because the white color is much less noticeable than the silver of the amalgam fillings. Bonding fillings can be used on front and back teeth, depending on the location and extent of tooth decay.
Bonding is less expensive than other cosmetic treatments and can usually be completed in one visit to our office. However, bonding can stain and breaks more easily than other cosmetic treatments like porcelain veneers.
If your bonding does break or chip, please let us know. We can generally patch or repair bonding in one visit.
A bridge is an ideal method to fill the space created by missing teeth. A bridge is one or more artificial teeth that are cemented into place using the real teeth on either side for support--hence the name. Bridges are a perfect option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. A bridge replaces the missing tooth both functionally and cosmetically. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. Bridge materials include gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all-ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.
Crowns are used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged, or to replace missing teeth. A crown, also called a cap, is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. A crown not only strengthens the tooth, but it can also dramatically improve the tooth's appearance, shape and alignment.
Crowns may be used to...
- Replace a large filling when there is little tooth structure remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly-shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
SAME DAY CROWNS
Thanks to advances in dental technology, crowns no longer have to be a weeks-long process. CAD/CAM technology makes it possible to create and place a crown in one day.
CAD/CAM stands for computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing. This technology allows the dentist to use an intraoral scanner inside the mouth to take a digital scan of a tooth that has been prepared to receive a crown. Using special software, the data from the scan is used to generate a design (CAD) for a custom crown. This program will also generate a custom blueprint and guidelines to manufacture the new crown (CAM) with a milling machine. CAD/CAM enables us to create precise and custom crowns, veneers, inlays and onlays in one single visit.
Our office offers same-day dentistry using Plan Scan Dental System, an in-office machine, which allows us to fabricate your ceramic crown, onlay or veneer during your visit. With E4D, we can have you in and out in a single visit! For you, this means fewer injections, less drilling and less time out of your hectic schedule for dental care.
In contrast to conventional dentistry, which often takes two office visits to restore a single tooth, the E4D System enables us to scan the damaged tooth in your mouth, design the final restoration, send the information to our in-office milling station and create your restoration with precision in under an hour. The dentist then adjusts, characterizes with color or polishes your restoration to a final luster. Your permanent restoration is ready to be seated in your mouth in the same day or even within a single appointment. This eliminates the need to wear a temporary for weeks at a time and then come back for another appointment to get the final restorations.
Why go to the dentist more than you have to? We can have the entire procedure done in a single visit!
Over the last few decades, there has been an explosion in Cosmetic/Esthetic dentistry. In practical terms, every procedure we do now in dentistry is done to match the color of the teeth. Even braces are being made to match! Enhancements to improve the appearance of teeth are becoming less invasive than ever before. From whitening, short-term orthodontic movement, bonding and minimal tooth removal, all our efforts at Devine Dentistry are geared toward the least invasive changes to give added confidence to our patients.
Ask about one of our many Cosmetic Options!
A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings take thirty to forty-five minutes. Cleanings should be performed every three to six months to prevent excessive toxins like plaque and tartar buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay.
Polishing completes the cleaning, making the surface of the teeth smooth and minimizing future plaque build-up. Depending on the extent and depth of toxic material around the tooth, more focused treatments are appropriate.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are two types of dentures available: partial dentures and complete dentures. Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain and complete dentures are used to replace all teeth. Dentures are made to resemble your natural teeth, so there should be no noticeable change to appearance. In fact, dentures may even improve a smile!
Complete Dentures – This restoration method is used to restore smile and mouth function if all teeth have been lost. The dentures are custom created and natural looking. They are fit in the patient's mouth to take the place of the original teeth. Complete dentures are generally removable and may require adjustments in order to create a proper fit with the gums and mouth.
Partial Dentures – A removable partial denture is used when one or more natural teeth still remain in the upper or lower jaw. Made of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, partials help restore better functionality to the mouth. As with complete dentures, it is possible to have more permanent option cemented into place.
Good oral hygiene is a must. The loss of a single tooth can have major impact on overall oral health and appearance. Although dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some occasions when a tooth needs to be extracted. A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:
- Severe decay
- Advanced gum disease
- Infection or abscess
- Orthodontic correction
- Malpositioned teeth
- Fractured teeth or roots
- Impacted teeth
The dentist may suggest an extraction after careful examination and treatment—usually taking x-rays to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone before extracting the tooth. Based on the degree of difficulty, a dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon.
A certain amount of pain and discomfort is to be expected following an extraction, but it can be minimized with pain killers and ice packs applied to the face for 15 minutes at a time. Discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks.
If you experience prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, call our office immediately.
Nothing can be more stressful than a dental emergency. Our team specializes in relieving your pain and putting your mind at ease, knowing that you are getting the very best care available. When an emergency strikes, we will be there for you.
Common Dental Emergencies include:
- severe toothache/ mouth pain
- swollen jaw
- lost or loose fillings
- sore gums
- root canal
- broken or cracked tooth/ teeth
- dental trauma
- object caught between teeth
A filling is a way to restore a tooth decayed tooth back to its normal shape and function. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, the dentist will first remove the decayed tooth material, then clean the affected area and fill the cleaned-out cavity with a filling material. This filling will help prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria might enter.
There are a variety of filling materials available including gold, silver, plastic and porcelain. We will work with you to determine which material is best for you, depending on the extent of repair, the location of the filling and the cost. Each of the filling materials is briefly explained below:
Gold fillings are custom-made in a laboratory and then cemented into place. While gold fillings are often the most expensive choice, many consider gold as the best filling material. Gold inlays are well-tolerated by gum tissues and may last more than 20 years.
Amalgam (silver) fillings are a more inexpensive choice and are also well-tolerated. However, due to their dark color, they are more noticeable than porcelain or composite restorations and are not recommended for fillings in very visible areas such as front teeth.
Composite (plastic) resin fillings are custom-made to the exact color of the patient's teeth, creating a more natural appearance. While these white fillings may be less noticeable than other materials, they usually only last between 3 and 10 years. They may not be ideal for larger fillings as they may chip or wear over time. They can also become stained from coffee, tea or tobacco.
Porcelain fillings, called inlays or onlays, are created in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the color of the tooth, they resist staining, and they cost about the same as gold fillings. A porcelain restoration generally covers most of the tooth, making the filling nearly undetectable.
It's estimated that more than half of U.S. adults have gingivitis. Gingivitis, in some cases, can lead to periodontitis (gum disease) and host of other health problems.
Gum disease can cause bleeding, swelling, bad breath, pain, receding gums and tooth loss. But it doesn't always stop there. You oral health is the beginning point for your whole body's health and wellness. It is imperative that we stop problems before they even start!
Gum disease causes a buildup of bacteria in deep pockets between the teeth and gums. That bacteria can transfer to your bloodstream when gums bleed, putting you at a much higher risk to develop the following health problems:
- Respiratory Disease
- Heart Disease
- Pre-Term Births
Periodontal treatment typically involves containing the infection through deep cleaning like scaling and root planing, clearing buildup at the root of the teeth. The dentist may also suggest specific toothpastes and mouth rinses. We may also prescribe antibiotics to fight infections. Surgery is required for the most severe cases.
We examine you for gum health at every 6-month check-up. If you have been experiencing any symptoms like bad breath, bleeding or tender gums, please let us know. We will decide what is the best form of treatment to restore your gums to optimum health.
A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth for reasons like injury or periodontal disease. To begin the implant process, a metal post is surgically positioned into the jaw. This post will act as a permanent "root" for the implanted tooth. Once it is in place, the surrounding bone and tissue needs time to heal.
Implant placement requires special training, as it is a surgical procedure. Our team is highly- trained in implant placement to meet your dental needs. Implants require healthy gums and adequate bone. A patient must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits, as these are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.
Please set up a consultation for this comprehensive procedure.
A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth for reasons like injury or periodontal disease. After a metal post is placed, the restoration is completed with a replacement crown. While implants are typically more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, they provide superior benefits. Implants are stronger than natural teeth and generally last 10-20 years. They are also a more favorable approach than bridgework, because they do not depend on neighboring teeth for support.
Implants require healthy gums and adequate bone. A patient must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits, as these are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.
Please let us know if you have any questions about the procedures involved in dental implants.
Invisalign is an attractive alternative to traditional metal braces. It is a series of clear, custom-fit removable mouth trays that apply a controlled amount of force to your teeth to slowly straighten them. The system provides the same beautiful results as traditional braces, but they are virtually invisible. Because Invisalign trays are removable, they can be taken out while eating, drinking, brushing and flossing.
The Invisalign system begins in the dentist or orthodontist's office with taking molds to design a your trays. Patients switch trays every two weeks to gradually shift the teeth. The system requires a visit to the office every six weeks so that treatment can be monitored. Once treatment is complete, a patient will likely be given a retainer to maintain the smile.
The cost of Invisalign varies according to the complexity of the case. Insurance policies generally cover Invisalign to the same extent that they cover traditional braces.
Contact us for an Invisalign consultation.
A variety of forms of dental sedation are used to help patients who suffer from dental anxiety or phobia. There are multiple levels of sedation to ease every level of anxiety, and IV sedation is the perfect option for patients who might otherwise avoid the dentist. IV sedation is commonly referred to as "sleep dentistry--" it will be as if you fell asleep, and you won't remember the procedure. A specific set of drugs are administered via IV for the duration of the procedure or procedures, and you will be carefully monitored to ensure your safety. Often reserved for oral surgery, IV sedation is also available to those with intense dental anxiety and phobia. It makes dentistry easy.
If you feel that IV sedation is the best option for you, set up a consultation today! We are happy to answer any of your questions.
Custom-designed mouth guards and night guards are made of flexible plastic and molded to fit the shape of your teeth. Mouth guards are recommended to protect the jaw, tongue, cheek lining and teeth during physical activity and sports such as boxing, football, basketball or other activities where your mouth might get hit. If you are active in athletics, let us know. We can make an impression of your teeth to create a custom-fit product for your specific needs.
NITROUS OXIDE SEDATION
Nitrous oxide sedation, also known as "laughing gas," is commonly used to make treatment more comfortable. The nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask and produces a state of relaxation. Local anesthetic will be administered in conjunction with nitrous oxide to eliminate pain. Nitrous oxide is designed to make procedures easier for nervous patients and has been effective for many years.
Many people, for a variety of reasons clench or grind their teeth at night. This results in worn and cracked teeth, broken fillings, muscle pain and potential jaw joint problems. For our patients, we create custom made acrylic splints in office. These splints serve many functions. First, the device is made to protect the teeth and existing dental work from further damage. The splint also aligns the bite in its most balanced position. With careful adjustments, the guard can take pressure off the jaw joints and muscles of the jaw, face and neck that can alleviate pain and soreness.
OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA
Are you drowsy during the day with no explanation? Do you snore loudly or wake up breathless in the middle of the night? If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be one of the 12 million Americans who are affected by obstructive sleep apnea.
What is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?
OSA is a condition in which oral structures, tongue, soft palate, uvula and other structures in the throat block the airway either partially or fully during sleep. Breathing stops periodically during sleep, as often as 20 or 30 times an hour. Each time one stops breathing, the resulting lack of oxygen alerts your brain, which temporarily wakes you up to restart proper breathing.
Since the time spent awake is so brief, most people with sleep apnea don’t remember it. Many believe they are getting a good night’s sleep, when in fact they are not. The constant wake-sleep, wake-sleep cycle prevents those with sleep apnea from achieving deep sleep, resulting in a constant drowsy feeling during the day.
What are the signs of sleep apnea?
- Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
- Loud snoring at night
- Waking up at night short of breath
- Snorting or choking sounds during the night (indicating a restart of breathing)
- Headaches in the morning
- Falling asleep unintentionally during the day
- Extreme drowsiness throughout the day
How is OSA treated?
We work with sleep physicians to help our patients get a proper diagnosis.
Treatments for sleep apnea depend on the severity of each individual case and the type of apnea. Basic treatment can be behavioral – for instance, patients are advised to lose weight, stop smoking or sleep on their sides instead of on their backs. Beyond that, CPAP devices can be employed by the sleep physicians using forced air to keep the airway opened. For certain patients, at the direction of a sleep physician, devices can be custom made by our laboratory. These devices gently direct the jaw forward thus opening the airway. Oral appliance, as they are called, are useful in people with mild to moderate OSA and for those patients unable to tolerate CPAP therapy. Oral appliances are also very effective in treating a diagnosis of snoring in the absence of apnea.
What should I do if I suspect someone in my family suffers from obstructive sleep apnea?
Contact our practice, and we can refer you to a sleep apnea specialist. The specialist may recommend a “sleep study” to diagnose the precise extent of the problem and can prescribe appropriate treatment. Depending on the patient’s situation, treatment may involve an oral device we can custom-design for you.
Oral sedation is an excellent option for patients who suffer from dental anxiety. It is simply taken in pill or liquid form and ingested at a set time before treatment. The drug produces a calming effect to make the visit to our office a much less stressful experience. Oral sedation is simple, safe and has very few side effects.
Ask us about our sedation options.
ORAL HYGIENE CARE
Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being.
Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop. In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. These include:
- Brush thoroughly twice a day and floss daily
- Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks between meals
- Use dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste
- Rinse with a fluoride mouth rinse
- Make sure that your children under 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in a non-fluoridated area.
SHORT TERM ADULT ORTHODONTICS
We now have the ability to straighten crooked, crowded misaligned teeth quickly using two proven methods to improve the appearance of adult’s teeth in a short amount of time. These techniques are using clear braces or clear tooth aligners.
Clear braces: Six Month Smiles
We have the ability to correct rather involved tooth crowded, rotated or misaligned teeth in 4-9 months using the 6 month smile system. The system employs clear brackets, bands and tooth colored wires to correct more advanced cases with more efficiency. The brackets and bands are practically invisible at a normal speaking distance and are HIGHLY effective in correcting esthetic issues. This system is not useful for correcting bite issues or skeletal problems but does a fantastic job aligning teeth for maximum comfort, ease of flossing and brushing the straightened teeth and giving the patient a confident smile they can show off.
Are used for minor tooth crowding and rotation. The system known as Simpli-5 uses removable trays to gradually move teeth back in place. The treatment typically takes longer but is an effective treatment in select cases.
Thankfully dentistry has evolved into a force for prevention of oral disease. Many of the factors leading to restoration and repair can either be prevented or made less invasive. Early intervention and maintenance, as with anything, is vital. Our goal at Devine Dentistry is to not only to identify and repair but also to anticipate and prevent future occurrence.
Prevention takes many forms. Our practice invests in and incorporates the latest technology, all of which is focused on the early detection of gum disease, tooth decay, oral cancer and bite issues. We are also versed in sleep breathing disorders. The purest form of prevention is to anticipate and protect against any future problem. Another form of prevention is to prevent the existing disease state form progressing.
Root canal treatment, also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy, is used to save an infected or damaged tooth and avoid having to remove it. A root canal becomes necessary when a neglected cavity reaches all the way to the pulp at the center of the tooth, causing the pulp to become infected. Regular cleanings and checkups detect and prevent problems early on.
Trauma can also cause deep damage to the nerve of a tooth. Once this occurs, the pulp becomes infected, and it begins to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is called an abscess). By the time the pulp is infected it must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. It can even weaken the entire immune system, making it very dangerous and painful.
Symptoms of infected pulp may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain with biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, there are no symptoms, and you are unaware of any problem until a checkup.
A root canal is performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth. The only other treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) is filled to prevent any further infection. Crowns are usually recommended to cover and restore a tooth after root canal therapy.
Dentistry is an industry that historically focused on restoration and repair of broken or decayed teeth, infected gums and diseased bone tissue surrounding the teeth. Let’s face it: teeth, gums and supporting bone are subjected to significant challenges. Our jaw muscles are capable of subjecting our teeth to up to 200 pounds per square inch (PSI) of pressure. Our mouths are home to billions of acid-producing bacteria capable of destroying enamel, the hardest structure in the body. These toxins also infect the gums and bone that hold our teeth in place. We don’t do ourselves any favors by chewing ice, biting wrappers, eating and drinking sugars, clenching, grinding, etc.
Ask us about our wide variety of dental restoration options!
Sealants are a common preventive treatment in dentistry. Some teeth have deep grooves or pits that accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn’t brush, but because the grooves are too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. When plaque accumulates, it can lead to cavities and other types of tooth decay. To apply sealants, a plastic material is brushed onto the tooth, filling these narrow grooves and preventing the cavity-causing buildup. Sealants make healthy teeth possible and save both time and money for you and your family.
SLEEP APNEA TREATMENT
Problems with sleep can quickly and negatively impact overall well-being. High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, brain damage, depression, erectile dysfunction, diabetes, weight gain and more—all of these can be caused by sleep apnea and snoring. Solve your sleeping struggles at the dentist's office? It's definitely possible.
Oral sleep appliance therapy can be a very effective treatment option for patients suffering from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. These custom-fit appliances shift the lower jaw forward and open the bite and airway.
Following are some common symptoms of sleep breathing disorders:
- Daytime drowsiness or fatigue
- Loud, recurring snoring
- Choking or gasping for air in your sleep
- A man with neck size greater than 17 inches
- A woman with neck size greater than 16 inches
- Stop breathing while asleep
- Unexplained weight gain/trouble losing weight
- High blood pressure
- Acid reflux
- History of stroke or heart attack
- Fall asleep during the day when activity is low
- Family history of sleep apnea
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, come into our office for a consultation. We will review the severity of your condition and discuss dental sleep treatment. It is always best to have had a sleep study conducted to determine the severity of your problem. However, this may not be necessary in treatment for simple snoring.
Sometimes teeth are not the culprit in a less than ideal esthetic appearance. Gummy smiles or unevenness of the gum tissue is to blame. On occasion, the smile is affected because of an overabundance of bone under the gum. These issues can be resolved either with a dental laser or conventional tissue re-contouring with little post op discomfort.
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint and is used to describe dysfunction or disorders related to the joint. "Temporo," refers to the temple area of the skull; "mandibular," refers to the lower jaw; and "joint" is essentially where the head and jaw meet. Problems in this joint may be caused by a trauma, misalignment of the teeth, or excess muscle tension. The two bones that meet at the jaw are buffered by cartilage and five different muscles, so TMJ can cause a variety of troubles.
Common TMJ symptoms:
- Trouble/soreness in opening and closing the mouth
- Clicking or popping of the jaw
- Pain in the jaw muscles
- Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face
Dental treatments for the condition can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, filling gaps between teeth, and more. There is no one solution that is right for all cases. Sometimes a plastic mouthpiece is used to prevent clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem. If TMJ is left untreated and reaches extremes, surgery may be required to repair the badly damaged joint.
Veneers are a cosmetic dental procedure in which a thin layer of porcelain or composite material is placed over the outside of the tooth. They are used to improve appearance and/or help fix tooth damage or serious discoloration. Preparation of the veneer usually, but not always, involves minimal tooth structure removal from the front of the tooth. The amount is normally 3-4 tenths of a millimeter. The veneer is then fabricated in house and custom-matched to existing or desired tooth color.
Teeth whitening is a popular procedure to make your teeth whiter and brighter, and therefore more attractive. Whitening can be used to whiten stained and discolored teeth or simply to enhance a dull smile. Either way, it’s a safe and relatively painless procedure for most patients.
Whitening can be done using professional strength toothpastes, strips, trays and/or certain in-office procedures. We offer a wide variety of options for you at our practice.
Ask about our whitening options!
WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTIONS
Wisdom teeth are the last molars, or "third molars" that develop on each side of the jaw. They usually emerge in the back of the mouth between the ages of 16-20.
Wisdom teeth are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned. Often, however, they cause problems and require removal. When the jaw isn't large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth may grow sideways, emerge only part way through the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.
A wisdom tooth extraction is a relatively routine procedure. The dentist will numb the area in the mouth with a local anesthesia so that the patient is asleep during the procedure.
After the tooth (or teeth) is removed, the patient is given gauze and bites down softly for a recommended amount of time to limit any bleeding. Some pain and swelling may occur, but it will usually go away after a few days. Please call our office if, after following post-op instructions, you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever.
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E4D ONE DAY CROWNS
The E4D system is a state-of-the-art digital scanner, virtual design center, and a milling unit capable of fabricating esthetic and strong porcelain restorations. This system provides us with the capability of delivering same day porcelain crowns, veneers, inlays and onlays to you using the latest in technology and clinically proven materials.
In contrast to conventional porcelain restorations, which often taken two full appointments to restore a single tooth, the E4D system enables us to scan your tooth, design the final restoration virtually, and mill your metal-free restoration with precision in just about an hour. This eliminates the need to wear a temporary for weeks and come back for another appointment.
AUTOMATED APPOINTMENT REMINDERS
Society has made so many advances in communication in recent years—why not utilize that for appointment reminders? As dental offices go digital, reminders can go beyond the written cards or personal phone calls that are prone to human error. Systems are becoming computerized and automated, providing patients timely reminders through email and sometimes text messaging too.
Ask our staff at the front desk about the options we provide so that we can set up a reminder system that is most convenient for you.
CAVITY DETECTION TECHNOLOGY
Historically, dentists are trained to detect cavities in a variety of ways, visual exam, x-rays and probing for sticky spots. These older techniques are good for spotting larger, advanced levels of decay. However, diagnosing cavities in the back of the mouth using traditional methods is difficult; studies even show that 50% of cavities are left undetected in these areas. Today’s technologies enable the locations of these cavities to put a stop to further decay. We utilize focused light energy for detections and LED fluorescence as a special attachment to intraoral cameras for a closer look. All of these are completely safe, and they enhance our ability to find cavities. Better accuracy for better treatment plans—it’s devices like these that help us detect and treat cavities before they become a bigger problem.
Feel free to ask us about the technologies we use for diagnosis.
In our office, we use digital radiography which allows us to take x-rays using up to 70-90% less radiation than conventional film x-rays. Using this technology, we are able to take an x-ray in your mouth by using a small sensor, which records the image of your teeth and sends it to a computer. We also have a digital panoramic x-ray that gives us a highly detailed image of your mouth that can easily be enhanced to better diagnose dental concerns and determine the very best treatment for each case.
Many offices utilize electronic claims processing. This means that rather than being sent through the mail, a dental claim is sent electronically to an insurance company with the click of a button. We can submit information more efficiently and with fewer errors. This benefits patients because the turn-around time on claims is faster, and fewer claims are returned or denied.
We are happy to submit your dental claims to your insurance company on your behalf. Please let us know if you have any questions about the e-claim process.
Intraoral cameras, cameras about the size of a pen, help dentists see the condition of teeth and gums more clearly. This advanced technology allows us to zoom in on small diseased areas, cracks, chips and worn metal fillings to provide a more detailed view. The full-color images are sent to a computer screen, making it easy to see and diagnose dental problems much earlier than with traditional dental technology. Patients are also able to watch the whole process because the images are displayed on screens in treatment rooms.
Laser dentistry is an important advancement in dental technology, treating a wide range of dental and cosmetic problems from cavities to gum disease. Hard tissue lasers are used to repair cavities, remove old fillings and prepare teeth for bonding. Soft tissue lasers are used on gum tissue. They are an alternative to the common hand-held scalpel, drills, or other tools. Lasers can even be used for teeth whitening. Laser dentistry works by directing an invisible energy beam on problem areas and allowing for efficient treatment of decayed teeth, enamel and gums. The biggest benefit of laser dentistry, by far, is that it can reduce pain and minimize use of anesthetic. Dental procedures can become much more comfortable for you! Dental lasers have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are safe for both adults and children.
If you ever have any questions about the equipment we use at our office to enhance the quality of your experience, don't hesitate to ask.
Paperless charting means more efficiency and more accuracy. An office that has "gone digital" records x-rays and charting with the aid of the computer and keeps all patients' dental records electronically. Additionally, it cuts back on paper use. With traditional paper charting, information can be lost in translation from doctor to hygienist to assistant. Even handwriting differences and coding make the charts look different. The computer eliminates this problem by standardizing charting methods, making it easy to understand dental charts, view up-to-date information and keep records accurately. When needed, this method also allows dental offices to more easily share information with other healthcare providers.
If you have any questions in regards to your records with us, please let us know.
PATIENT EDUCATION SOFTWARE
You deserve to be in the loop when it comes to your dental care. There are a variety of computer programs available to help patients better understand conditions, procedures and treatment options. Our office invests in patient education software because we want you to feel confident in every dental decision you make. This investment helps us clearly communicate--and it helps you learn more.
Popular programs include GURU and DentalMaster, among many others. If you have any questions about the program we use, we're happy to point you to the website. If you have any further questions about your oral health and procedures, don't hesitate to ask us.
ONLINE PATIENT PORTAL/PAYMENTS
We give our patients the means to securely access personal information online. Our patients will have round-the-clock access to view upcoming appointments and account balances easily accessible on our website. Patients will even be able to make online payments and schedule appointments. New patients have the ability to complete patient questionnaires that can be easily imported directly into our software, so no need for printing out forms or having to do it in the office.
Thanks to advances in dental technology, crowns no longer have to be a weeks-long process. CAD/CAM technology makes it possible to create and place a crown in one day.
CAD/CAM stands for computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing. This technology allows the dentist to use an intraoral scanner inside the mouth to take a digital scan of a tooth that has been prepared to receive a crown. Using special software, the data from the scan is used to generate a design (CAD) for a custom crown. This program will also generate a custom blueprint and guidelines to manufacture the new crown (CAM) with a milling machine. CAD/CAM enables us to create precise and custom crowns, inlays and onlays in one single visit.
Dr. Devine and our hygienists perform most of our dental procedures while wearing a pair of funny looking glasses called surgical telescopes. These powerful glasses have magnifiers and LED lights on them, allowing them to see fine details that would go unnoticed to the naked eye.