Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry commits to our patients to stay on the cutting edge in dental care. Our goal is to provide quality and efficient dentistry with comfort and compassion. When new technology appears, we evaluate and if it meets our standards, we add it to our practice. This is not only a resource commitment on our part; but also a commitment to be well trained in the technology utilization.
Some of the technology permits us to better diagnosis and understand your condition while some of the technology improves our treatment.
Select the links to learn more about the advanced technology available here at Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry. We use the best to provide you with the best.
A healthy mouth consists of more than just teeth free of cavities and gum tissue. The proper function of the jaws, joints, jaw muscles, and bite relationship is necessary. Advanced technology employed here at Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry provides our patients with superior and precise information for better diagnosis and treatment.
Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA)
Joint vibration analysis is based on simple principles of motion and friction. When smooth surfaces rub together, they create little friction and little vibration. If these surfaces become rough, then friction and vibration are created when these surfaces articulate.
Jaw joints have surfaces which rub together in function. Smooth, well lubricated surfaces in proper relationship produce little friction and little vibration. Surface changes, such as those caused by degeneration, tears, or displacements of the disk, generally produce friction and vibration. Different disorders can produce different vibration patterns, or “signatures”. Joint Vibration Analysis (or JVA) helps identify these patterns. JVA provides a fast, non-invasive, and repeatable measurement of the temporal-mandibular joint (TMJ) function to aid in diagnosis of TMJ health
Jaw Tracking (EGG)
Computerized Jaw Tracking (Electroganthography) provides objective information and 3-D tracking of mandibular movement. The device monitors speed, direction, and quantity movement of the jaw. Combined with Joint Vibration Analysis, it provides reliable data concerning the health of the temporal mandibular joints.
Electromyography (EMG) records the electrical activity of the jaw muscles by the use of surface electrodes. We learn much objective information concerning both the resting, the functioning, and the para-functional activity of the muscles. Muscle tonus in healthy muscle is different than muscle tonus of imbalanced, uncoordinated, and overworked unhealthy muscle. Measuring the electrical acitvity of the muscle can help determine the effetiveness of appliances and dental restorations. We can monitor the function of resting, chewing, and swallowing according to time, force, and coordination of the muscle groups.
The T-Scan, a computerized bite analysis instrument, allows us to be extremely concise in adjusting bite relations. Unlike the typical carbon-type bite checking paper which only shows where a contact is, the T-Scan identifies the contact through the computer on a real-time basis, showing the bite force intensity of each contact throughout the mouth in 0.1 second intervals. This allows us to adjust the bite with a degree of precision never before attainable.
The CEREC, a computerized milling system, will image, design, and mill durable and natural-looking ceramic restorations in one appointment in little over one hour! The advantages include:
Attractive tooth color
After the local anesthetic, the tooth is prepared by removing old filling material and decay. Then an optical image is recorded by a special TV camera that records the tooth's details in three dimension. The image appears on the screen and the restorations is designed. Then a solid block of dental porcelain ceramic is placed in the milling chamber and the restoration is milled. The ceramic restoration is then bonded to the tooth, the bite adjusted, and polished. The result is a ceramic restoration that is conservative (maintains more natural tooth structure), durable (same hardness as enamel), beautiful, and highly compatible with the body.
Cone Beam 3D Imaging
The cone Beam 3-D dental imaging system provides high- definition, in-office, three- dimensional, digital imaging with less radiation than traditional CT scans. This system provides complete views of all oral and facial structures, the giving the most thorough diagnostic information possible, which allows for more accurate treatment planning and more predictable treatment outcomes.
The procedure is easy to tolerate, similiar to a panoramic xray, with a scan time of less than 20 seconds. After a short rendering time, precise measurements and real 3-D visualization allows for evaluation of critical anatomy, especially important for implants. Impacted teeth, bone and jaw deformities, cysts, tumors, and other disease can be more accurately detected.
Our office uses exclusively digital radiography: the use of solid-state xray sensors to collect the image and then computer technology to visualize, analyse, and intrepret the information. The benefits include:
There are many types of lasers designed for different applications. We divide our lasers into two general types: cold and hot lasers. The cold lasers stimulate the body's tissue while the hot lasers will cut tissue. We utilize both types.
To many people, lasers mean high technology and progress. In dentistry, lasers provide better treatment with more comfort. A laser is a device that concentrates light of a specific wavelength into high quantity of energy. For the cold laser, the energy stimulate the cells to promote healing. In the case of the hot laser, the laser beam acts as a "light scalpel" (cutting soft tissues, pulverizing caries…) after absorption by the water of the human body tissues. Dental lasers are not too aggressive and over powerful like lasers seen in the movies. These lasers are actually calibrated, so they basically remove selective tissue in an ultra conservative way, leaving the patient feeling very comfortable after the procedure with superior clinical and predictable results.
The cold laser used by Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry is the MLS(Multi-Locked System) Laser. The laser has two different lasers of different frequencies that are synchronized together. Combining the two lasers together gives a greater effect than used separately. The MLS laser bio-stimulates the tissue. The laser reduces inflamation, encourges the reduction of swelling by increasing the circulation, and most important, there is a decrease in pain. The protocol usually takes several treatments over a period of time for full effect; however, most patients report significant relief after one application of the laser energy.
There are multiple uses for dental lasers: conservative dentistry (treatment of decay), periodontal (gum pocket reduction), soft tissue surgery (excision of benign lesions), implantology (exposure of implants covered by the gum) and cosmetic dentistry.