When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. Patel and staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
Many dentists use air-driven “hand-pieces” (the dental term for “drills”). While acceptable for many procedures, these “whiney sounding” air-powered hand pieces all have a degree of non-concentricity; they do not rotate perfectly smoothly.
For the most precise aspects of restorative procedures, we use electric hand-pieces. This results in extraordinarily precise interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration (dental crown, tooth veneer, or tooth filling). This will bring more comfort to you as well. With a more precise tool, there is less vibration and less noise.
iTero Digital Scanner
Say good-bye to the days of gagging on trays of gooey impression material while your dentist takes a dental impression. We have installed the innovative new iTero Intraoral Scanner that quickly and comfortably takes three-dimensional, full-color digital impressions of teeth, gums, oral structures, existing dentures, and implants in record time. This small handheld device is placed in a patient’s mouth to retrieve computer-accurate images (radiation-free photos) that can be viewed immediately—by both patient and doctor—on a screen in our office.
Thanks to cutting-edge technology, we are able to easily create dental impressions that can be used to design and produce effective surgical guides and restorations, track gingival changes, and create mockups. Digital impressions gathered by iTero are used for the same procedures as traditional dental impressions, including:
- Dental crowns and bridges
- Onlays and veneers
The ViziLite® Pro system provides your dentist with an additional and effective mechanism for identifying, evaluating, monitoring and marking abnormal lesions in the mouth that may be indicative of the dysplastic changes that are associated with the development of oral cancers. Since early detection and diagnosis of oral cancer can significantly improve the outcome of treatment, ViziLite is considered an important adjunct to periodic, conventional head and neck examinations.
A painless and fast oral cancer screening with the ViziLite Pro system may be combined with your regular checkup visit. Dr. Patel will simply pass the ViziLite Pro light over the tissues in your mouth. If there are any abnormal changes to the mucous membranes lining the mouth and throat, the area will appear in a different color from the surrounding healthy tissues. In the event that anything is detected, further diagnostic assessments will be recommended as needed.
Dr. Patel chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Dr. Patel utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better.
Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital X-rays results in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.
Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.
Dr. Patel utilizes Intraoral Camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An Intraoral Camera is a very small camera – in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An Intraoral Camera allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you!
Intraoral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.