Planmeca PlanFit same day inlays, onlays, and crowns
We made a huge leap in digital dentistry in 2015 with the addition of our scanner, miller, and glazing oven. This technology means less impressions, less temporaries, and more same day dentistry. We have had several training sessions throughout the year to stay current and we continue to upload the newest versions of this exciting software. The process takes between 2 and 3 hours of chair time, most of which is spent behind-the-scenes, where we are custom designing, milling, staining, and glazing your beautiful new restorations. I especially like that it sets you up for an ideal bonding scenario which, to me, is the best way to insert your new restorations. Conventional cementing is okay, but uniting the tooth through controlled bonding, such as in a composite resin filling, is the pinnacle of great care. Please ask us if you are interested in learning more about whether these restorations would benefit you and your oral health.
Planmeca ProMax 3D Cone Beam CT Scanner
In September of 2016 we installed and trained on a 3D x-ray machine. We have incorporated it into our new patient examinations as an added screening tool for our patients. It s advanced diagnostic ability allows us to see more than conventional 2D x-rays. The best part of this machine is that on a low-power scanning style image, it is Ultra-Low Dose for radiation. It is essentially the same as the minimal amount that comes from our 2D images. You get more radiation at the beach than our x-rays. In its higher power mode, the machine can help us to detect issues on problem teeth that may be hidden from our view otherwise. It can lead to us finding an issue before it gets too large or serious, thereby allowing less invasive dentistry and saving more teeth for longer. In the future, it will give us guided-implant placement abilities. Stay tuned for when we start implementing our implants in 2017.
At Dynamic Dentistry, Dr. Reynolds and his staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care. Our practice uses high power microscopes to enhance the precision of patient care. In addition to allowing precise, close-up work, the microscope directs a beam of light directly on the teeth and oral structures. Dentistry is micro-surgery. The magnification and special light allows visualization and detection of oral disease that may go undetected by the naked eye. Many dentists use air-driven “hand-pieces” (the dental term for “drills”). While acceptable for many procedures, these “whiny 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 (crown, veneer, or filling). This will bring more comfort to you as well. With a more precise tool, there is less vibration, less trauma to the tooth, and less noise.
Dr. Reynolds 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. Reynolds 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.
Laser dentistry is one of dentistry’s latest advances. The laser delivers energy in the form of light. Depending on the intended result, this energy travels at different wavelengths and is absorbed by a “target.” Our diode laser can be used for soft tissue (surgical) procedures, eliminating the need for suturing and speeding up the healing process.
Areas of dental care that benefit from laser technology:
- Periodontal, or gum related, care
- Pediatric procedures
- Aphthous Ulcer treatment (canker sore)
- Cold sore therapy for Herpes Simplex virus
- Frenectomy (tongue-tie release) without anesthesia or sutures
- Crown lengthening, gingivectomy and other gum corrections
Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.
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. Reynolds 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! Intra oral 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.
Rotary Endodontics and Continuous Wave Obturation
Root canals bring much concern and anxiety to patients. In reality, it is just like a filling of the root of the tooth. Just like a normal cavity and filling, the diseased tooth is removed, leaving behind solid tooth and then a sealed filling is placed in the tooth. The latest technology used by endodontists are microscopes, rotary instrumentation, and warm vertical obturation. At Dynamic Dentistry, Dr. Reynolds uses industry standards for mechanical rotary root system cleansing and shaping, multiple chemical means of disinfecting the root system, and Sybron’s Endo Elements Obturation Unit to open, clean, and 3-dimensionally fill the roots of your teeth. This insures the highest level of success and the longest lasting root filling. Dr. Reynolds was trained by three endodontists while in his residency and in the Army. One of Dr. Reynolds’s role models is Dr. Stephen Buchanan, an endodontist on the circuit and creator of the Endo Elements Obturation Unit.
Kavo’s Prophy Flex
Ever notice you just had your teeth cleaned and there are still stains on your teeth? At Dynamic Dentistry we offer a treatment that allows removal of stains that “normal” cleanings will not remove. A gently propelled stream of bicarbonate and water from our prophy flex quickly and comfortably cleans what a Cavitron or hand instruments leave behind. If you have braces, oral hygiene and normal cleanings are challenging. With the prophy flex, your routine cleaning will be easier and more able to clean your teeth than a standard cleaning. Just ask us about those tenacious stains in your grooves and we will know just what to do!
One of our favorite newer technologies is the Sonicfill handpiece. It allows us to injection mold a tooth-colored composite resin material giving the utmost of marginal accuracy and decreasing the chance for voids drastically. The handpiece vibrates at a sonic frequency that causes the filling material to “slump” with activate, thus allowing it to adapt to your cavity. As soon as I step off the pedal, the material hardens somewhat and becomes sculptable and allows me to finesse it into place and smooth all margins. It is then simply cured like a normal tooth-colored filling. There is no better way to fill cavities than the sonicfill.