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Technology

If it’s been a little while since you last visited a dental office, you may be surprised to see all the ways we now use state-of-the-art technology to improve your experience with us.

Our goal at PhD Dental is to ensure that we pay attention to every detail of your visits with us so you can have a pleasant, stress-free experience. We have a team of friendly professionals who will welcome you warmly and care for your family in the same way we want our own families to be cared for.

Technology helps us educate and inform, streamlines your appointments, and improves your comfort. We look forward to welcoming you to our dental practice in person, but until then, please take a look at the technology we currently offer.

Digital X-Rays

When one of our dentists examines your mouth, they see only part of the picture. That is because many dental problems start in places we can't see, like deep inside teeth or under the gums. We can't treat what we can't see, so we use dental x-rays that let us view these areas in great detail and allow us to diagnose problems before they grow and become complicated and costly to treat.

We care about your oral health, but we also care about your overall well-being. For this reason, we choose to use digital x-rays at PhD Dental that expose you to about 70 percent less radiation than older film x-rays. 

Digital x-rays are also valuable because we can share them with you and you can see what we see. It's one thing to have a dentist tell you what's happening with your teeth and quite another for you to see it for yourself! When you do, you can immediately understand why we need to treat you and how it will benefit your oral health.

We store your x-rays safely on our secure in-house network so we can access them easily for reference or send to your insurance company as needed. 

Latest Dental Implant Technology

Our advanced dental implant treatment includes:

  • Periodontists who can handle the entire implant placement process on-site
  • High-quality, durable implant restorations like crowns, bridges, or dentures
  • Advanced procedures like bone grafting, sinus lifts, and ridge augmentations

If you would like to schedule a consultation to learn more about state-of-the-art implant dentistry, please call one of our locations to arrange an appointment.

Digital Sensors

The last time you had a dental x-ray, do you remember having to bite down on a plastic clip and holding it tightly between your teeth? It was uncomfortable and difficult to keep still while the assistant took the x-ray. Sometimes, the process would need to be repeated to get a clear image.

At PhD Dental, we have a better way. Instead of a plastic clip, we use digital sensors that capture images of your teeth. Digital sensors are flat, so they fit comfortably in your mouth.  The rounded edges won't poke into sensitive tissue in your cheeks, and they make it much easier for us to get a clear image the first time.

Digital Panoramic X-Rays

In some cases, we need a single x-ray that shows your entire mouth in one image, so at PhD Dental, we have invested in a panoramic x-ray unit. A panoramic x-ray shows us all your teeth and their supporting structures, which is invaluable when planning procedures like braces, dentures, extractions, and implants.

Panoramic x-rays are extra-oral, which means we take them outside your mouth. This is very helpful for children and adults who can’t tolerate intraoral (inside the mouth) x-rays. 

Intraoral Cameras

Have you ever sat through a dental exam and been frustrated because you have no clue what your dentist sees? We think you deserve to be informed about anything related to your oral health, and state-of-the-art intraoral cameras allow us to share what we see with you.

An intraoral camera is a digital device that lights up and takes images of the inside of your mouth. As your dentist directs the small camera over your teeth, the images are displayed on your chairside monitor. Now you can see what we see, which makes it much easier for you to understand precisely what the problem is and why we need to treat it.

We save the images in your patient record so we can refer to them in the future or easily send them to your insurance company as needed.

Rotary Endodontics

We understand that nobody likes to think about having a root canal, even though it is not the scary procedure everyone seems to think it is! Even so, at PhD Dental, we’ve found a way to make your root canal treatment more comfortable and efficient than ever before.

When your tooth is infected, we need to remove the infection. In the past, dentists used manual instruments that did the job, but today we use state-of-the-art rotary endodontics. This technology speeds your treatment and enables our dentists to do a much more thorough job of getting rid of the infection, which results in more positive long-term outcomes. 

Nitrous Oxide

Many people don't look forward to dental visits, and the team at PhD Dental understands that anxiety is usually the reason. But taking care of your oral health is critical, so we want your appointments to be as comfortable as possible.

That is why we are pleased to offer nitrous oxide sedation for our anxious patients. Nitrous oxide is an odorless gas that you inhale through a small, comfortable nasal mask. As you breathe in the nitrous, you will notice the soothing effects that allow you to let go and relax. You won't go to sleep, but the sights and sounds around you will seem very far away, and you will be able to talk to your team during treatment.

As soon as we stop the flow of nitrous, you will feel refreshed and alert and ready to go on with your day. Nitrous oxide has helped many of our patients get the necessary care they need, and it’s so safe that we can even use it for children who have trouble relaxing.

TVs in Treatment Rooms

Experience shows us that distraction with TVs is effective in helping our patients relax during treatment. At PhD Dental you and your children can choose your favorite shows to watch while our team works to improve your oral health.

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