Providing excellent service to our patients is of the highest importance to our office. To aid in achieving this goal, we use a high-tech device called the DIAGNOdent. This small instrument is a portable laser that allows us to detect cavities on the chewing surface of the teeth that would have otherwise gone undetected by previous methods. Diagnosing cavities using traditional methods is difficult; studies show that 50% of cavities are left undetected in these areas. However, the new DIAGNOdent enables us to locate and treat these cavities. The laser is easy to use, harmless, and will alert us with an audible signal if it detects a cavity. With this device, cavities can be accurately detected and treated in their infancy.
X-rays are a focused beam of x-ray particles passed through bone which produce an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed. This provides the familiar black and white images doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems and disease. Without an x-ray of the whole tooth and supporting bone and gum tissues, there would be no way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.
In our office we use digital radiography, which allows us to take x-rays using less radiation than conventional film x-rays. Using this technology, we are able to take an x-ray of your teeth using a small sensor which records the image of your teeth and sends it to a computer. The result is a highly detailed image of your teeth that can easily be enhanced to better diagnose dental concerns and determine the very best treatment for each case.
We use small cameras about the size of a pen, called intraoral cameras, to help clearly see the condition of your teeth and gums. With this advanced technology we can zoom in on small diseased areas, cracks, chips and worn fillings with precision. The full-color images taken with the intraoral camera are sent to a computer screen so we can clearly see and diagnose dental problems much earlier than with traditional dental technology. By displaying the images on a screen, we are able to show patients the areas being examined so they gain a better understanding of the dental procedures as they are performed.
WaterLase uses a unique, powerful interaction of our patented YSGG laser wavelength and proprietary water/air spray that cuts, etches and shapes targeted tissues without contact, heat, vibration or pressure. So many procedures can be done painlessly with no anesthetic. WaterLase is also highly effective for gums, skin, and bone – more precisely and with less bleeding than a scalpel. The WaterLase can decrease time in the dental chair, since it’s likely that you’ll need an injection to fill your cavity – research shows that the majority of patients don’t. Anesthetic-free dentistry can allow your dentist to perform several procedures in a single appointment that used to require more than one visit.
With the Waterlase, Dr Fuller has the ability to perform procedures that once meant an additional trip to a periodontist, Endodontist or other specialist, saving you even more time. It’s safe for babies, children, teens, and adults. It’s especially appropriate during pregnancy, when it is best to avoid introducing any unnecessary medications into the body; for the elderly, who need to be aware of potential drug interactions; and for the immune compromised patient, who should be careful to avoid cross contamination.