Modern dentistry is constantly working on ways to make your visits faster, easier, more comfortable, and better for the world around us. We seek the latest advances so we can offer earlier, less-invasive treatment, which in turn can mean faster healing times and greater precision for dental procedures. And the results can be outstanding!
We are proud to make available cone beam CT digital imaging technology at our practice. This is like a three-dimensional X-ray except that it is far more accurate than traditional X-rays. The images take less time and incur much less radiation exposure. A great advantage of cone beam images for diagnoses and evaluation of treatment options is the dentist’s ability to clearly see the patient’s anatomy in 3-D, instead of flat, two-dimensional images. This leads to much greater accuracy for all dental treatment, especially implant placement and oral surgery.
The TRIOS™ 3Shape intra-oral scanner allows us to take 3-D impressions for a whole list of dental needs, including crowns and bridges, inlays and onlays, veneers, and even mouthguards. Our patients really appreciate that this scanner replaces the putty tray. If you’ve ever endured that awful stuff that can cause gagging and discomfort, you’ll love this scanner! Dr. Arrue takes a digital impression of the area to be treated. The impression goes right into the computer so he can design your new smile. Then the files can be sent directly to the lab that creates the crown, veneer, etc. The accuracy is unparalleled, all but guaranteeing a perfect fit and an easy application. You spend less time at the dentist’s office and more time enjoying your new smile!
Digital X-rays are now available at our practice. Instead of using the old film-based X-rays, we take images of your teeth with a digital sensor that downloads directly into our computer, where they are immediately available. We can also view your entire mouth – including the upper and lower jaws – in one shot with panoramic digital X-rays. These methods mean 75% less radiation than conventional X-rays as well as no more chemical waste that pollutes the environment.
Dr. Arrue works hand-in-hand with patients to achieve a teamwork bond. One of the ways he does this is through the use of a tool called the intra-oral camera. This miniature video camera displays a closeup picture of the inside of your mouth with amazing clarity. When you see for yourself where work needs to be done and which teeth look great, you become a participant in each dental decision. You’ll love how this works!
Did you know that in the United States, 5 million teeth are knocked out each year? Many sports can be dangerous, which means the proper protection is important. You can find one-size-fits-all mouthguards in stores, but they usually don’t fit very well and they interfere with proper breathing during sports. We can provide custom-made sports mouthguards that will fit well, protect well, and can be worn for any sport. The American Dental Association recommends wearing custom mouthguards for a long list of athletic activities. Ask us about them today!
Don’t you hate when a dentist finds a cavity that needs a large filling? It makes you wonder why the filling is so large if the cavity wasn’t there at your visit six months ago. The reality is that the cavity was probably there but wasn’t big enough to show on X-rays or be visible to the dentist yet. The laser scanner is a special instrument that can find cavities years earlier. That allows the small cavity to be removed and repaired with an invisible bonded filling. Often patients who’ve complained of tooth sensitivity or mild to severe pain have had X-rays and examination that couldn’t pinpoint the source. The laser scanner can detect previously undetected decay and, once identified, allow us to remove the discomfort and leave you with a healthy smile.
One American dies every hour from oral cancer. The fact is, this mortality rate has hardly changed for over 40 years. But the good news is that early detection means a 90% cure rate. This is so important! We are committed to helping ensure your complete oral health. That’s why we provide oral cancer screenings during your exam. This screening could literally save your life!
We take sterilization very seriously in our office, beyond standard specifications. First, of course, we clean and sterilize all instruments after every use. Where needed, we employ single-use tools. Instruments are sterilized in a special unit called an autoclave, which is regularly monitored by an independent lab to make sure it operates to the highest level of safety and cleanliness. Your health is too important to us to take even the slightest risk.
Nothing beats an easier, more comfortable dental visit. If you have questions about the latest dental technology, give us a call today at (770) 760-0036.