Modern dentistry is always developing ways to make your visits faster, convenient, more comfortable, and better for the environment. The latest advances allow for earlier, less-invasive treatment, which leads to faster healing times and greater precision for dental procedures. You will love the results!
We feature digital X-rays at our practice. With this technology, a digital image is taken of your smile with a sensor and downloaded to our computer, where it can be immediately accessed. We can also view your entire mouth in one image, including the upper and lower jaws, using panoramic digital X-rays. These methods result in 75% less radiation than traditional X-rays. There is no waiting time for images to develop and no more chemical waste to pollute the environment.
Dr. Skinner works closely with patients to create a bond of teamwork. One of the ways he brings this about is through the use of a high-tech tool called the intra-oral camera. This amazing device is a small video camera that displays a closeup picture of the inside of your mouth. Both you and the dentist can see what work needs to be done and which teeth are healthy. You then participate in each dental decision. You’ll love how this technology works!
The TRIOS™ digital impression system eliminates the uncomfortable challenge of tray-and-putty impressions for such things as clear aligners, crowns, or whitening trays. With the TRIOS, we take a highly precise digital impression that all but guarantees a perfect fit and a much faster dental visit!
Were you aware that 5 million teeth are knocked out yearly in the U.S. alone? Many sports can be dangerous without the proper protective gear. The one-size-fits-all mouthguards you might see in stores just don’t fit well. Wearing these, proper breathing can be difficult while engaging in sports. In contrast, custom-made sports mouthguards fit well and can be worn for any sport. The ADA recommends wearing custom mouthguards for the following sports: Acrobatics, basketball, boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, rugby, shotputting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, squash, surfing, volleyball, weightlifting, and wrestling.
We employ a Piezo Scaler™ to aid in the removal of plaque deposits and calculus (tartar) from your teeth, especially under the gumline and even in deep pockets, in cases of gum disease treatments. This hand tool uses high-frequency vibrations to enable us to remove deposits on your teeth faster than with regular scaling instruments. Your teeth have never felt so clean! As a bonus, most patients report less discomfort with the Piezo Scaler.
We are excited to offer 3-D cone beam CT digital imaging technology. Think of this as a three-dimensional X-ray that is much more accurate than regular X-rays, takes a lot less time and does all this with much-reduced radiation exposure. A big advantage of using ultra cone beam images when diagnosing patients and evaluating treatment options is the dentist’s ability to fully see the patient’s anatomy in 3-D, instead of the usual flat, two-dimensional images. This allows for much greater accuracy with all dental treatment, especially implant placement and any oral surgeries.
Dr. Skinner offers two
options for the prevention of migraine and tension headaches. The first is called “anterior deprogramming” and is done in our office,
using an oral device to retrain the TMJ muscles that have been causing your pain.
The other is the NTI™ device. This is an FDA-approved, drug-free treatment you use at night while you sleep. It works by relaxing the muscles under the scalp to prevent the majority of headaches. In clinical trials, 82% of migraine sufferers had headache relief, including a 77% reduction in migraine events. It’s painless, fast, and affordable. If you endure migraines or know someone who does, then ask us about these exciting treatment options.
If you or someone you know
find yourself falling asleep during the day, or snoring loudly or having interrupted breathing at night, it might be sleep apnea.
The standard treatment for sleep apnea has been the CPAP device. The patient is fitted with a machine that pumps a continuous air stream into the patient’s
nose or mouth while sleeping. However, many people find this machine uncomfortable and they discontinue the mask.
If you have sleep apnea and have difficulty with your CPAP, modern dentistry has new treatment options such as oral appliances. These appliances are compact acrylic devices that fit over the upper and lower teeth much like an orthodontic retainer or mouthguard. They gently realign your tongue and jaw to open the airway and allow more air flow to the lungs. They are easy to use, easy to clean, and convenient for travel. These have been successful for over 90% of the patients who use them and are a replacement for CPAP machines. If you snore or a physician has diagnosed you with sleep apnea, contact us today to learn more.
Sterilization is taken very seriously in our office. In addition to cleaning and sterilizing all instruments after every patient, single-use tools are employed where needed. Instruments are sterilized after each use with a special unit called an autoclave, which is regularly monitored by an independent lab to ensure 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 (515) 412-4200.