State-of-the-art Dental Technology in Prescott
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At Prescott Dentistry we aim to provide holistic and preventative high-quality, minimally invasive dental care in a healing environment. We focus on providing compassionate service and implementing biomimetic principles that result in lifelong oral health. In order to provide the best dental care for you and your family, we employ the latest technology in holistic dentistry. Here are some of the state-of-the-art tools and techniques we incorporate at our Prescott dental practice:
1. Laser Dentistry/CO2 Laser
Using dental lasers, our clinicians at Prescott Dentistry are able to perform a number of minimally-invasive procedures that result in much less discomfort for you. The research on the use of lasers in dentistry dates back as early as the 1960s, but the first documented use of a laser in periodontal surgery was published in 1985.
Here are some of the benefits of laser surgical procedures when compared to the use of scalpels:
- Little to no bleeding
- Significantly less swelling and scarring postoperatively
- Sterilization of the surgical site
- Reduced rates of infection
- Less trauma
- Minimal postoperative pain
- Improved healing time
2. Digital X-rays
Prescott Dentistry employs only healthy digital radiographs which offer superior image quality for early diagnosis and significantly less radiation exposure when compared to conventional x-rays. This digital imaging allows our dentists to diagnose dental disease earlier and treat issues sooner, before they turn into a problem.
3. Air Abrasion
Air abrasion is a drill-less technique that uses compressed air and abrasive particles to remove early, small areas of tooth decay and to perform other procedures. During air abrasion, a fine stream of these abrasive particles is sprayed at the stained or decayed portion of the tooth. Small particles of decay on the tooth surface are removed through the abrasive sanding action.
Compared with the traditional drilling method, there are several benefits of air abrasion:
- Generates no heat, pressure, or vibration
- Sometimes reduces the need for anesthesia, particularly if the cavity is shallow
- Leaves more of the healthy tooth tissue behind
- Reduces the risk of fracturing and chipping of the tooth, which some dentists believe can affect the life span of the filling
- Less invasive
4. CEREC (Same-day) Crowns & Restorations
Using CEREC (CAD-CAM) technology allows us to deliver top-quality restorations using biocompatible ceramic materials in one visit. First, we remove the old damaged filling or decay. Then we shape the tooth to receive the new restoration. Instead of making molds of your teeth to create a properly-fitted filling or bridge, CEREC technology uses a camera to scan your tooth. Next, we will design your crown on the CEREC computer to get the precise shape needed. The camera sends the images directly to the milling machine, which sculpts the crown out of porcelain.
Other benefits of CEREC vs. traditional crowns are:
- No more messy impressions
- No need for uncomfortable temporary crowns
- Better fit—with CEREC restorations, we can make even the smallest adjustments right in the office, leaving you with an exact fit
- It is formed to look and feel exactly like your existing teeth
- It is made with quality, stain-resistant materials
5. Intraoral Cameras
Special digital cameras are used in our office are another method to diagnose dental conditions. The high-quality images produced by these mouth cameras are enlarged to increase our dentists’ ability to identify issues sooner—such as failing and leaking fillings, decay, and cracked or broken teeth. It also allows you, the patient, to see exactly what your dentist is seeing in your mouth.
Give us a Call!
As you can see, at Prescott Dentistry, we use the latest dental technology to ensure that you are receiving the highest level of minimally invasive, holistic dental care. To schedule an appointment with one of our experienced, compassionate dentists, call us at (928) 445-1660 or contact us online. We look forward to helping you attain a healthy, beautiful smile in a way that fits with your lifestyle and values.