TECHNOLOGY

Technology

Advanced Technology


Dr. Adkins makes every effort to ensure his patients get the best care using the latest technology. We invite you to learn more about the technology used at our practice. If you have further questions, please contact our office.

Precision Dentistry


Dentistry is considered to be micro-surgery. In order to ensure our patients get the most precise work, we use high-powered microscopes in order to clearly see what we are doing. These microscopes allow us to deliver a precise fit and finish that would be impossible with the naked eye. Furthermore, they shine the beam of light directly into the patient’s mouth (not their entire face) for optimal comfort.

In addition to these microscopes, we also use electric hand-pieces (drills) for our most precise restoration work. Many other dentists use air-driven hand-pieces for this type of work. Not only are these hand-pieces noisy, they also do not rotate perfectly smoothly. While this is acceptable for many kinds of dental work, only an electric hand-piece will produce the most precise results for many types of crowns, veneers, and fittings. Because of this, we use electric hand-pieces when appropriate.
Digital Imaging

Many patients are nervous about radiographs (X-rays). Because of this, Dr. Adkins is extremely cautious about when radiographs are used. We follow many guidelines to ensure that we can balance our patients’ hesitation to be exposed to radiation and our ability to diagnose and/or examine the following:
  • Cavities
  • Bone level/bone health
  • Roots & nerves of teeth
  • Lesions (cysts or tumors)
  • Trauma damage
We use digital imaging technology in our practice. This technology requires an exposure time that is 50% less than that of traditional radiography. It can also produce a clearer image that is viewed on a computer monitor, not a film held up to the light. Finally, digital imaging and digital X-rays allow us to more easily store your images and quickly transfer them to other specialists or your insurance company.
Laser Dentistry

Safe and effective for both children and adults, laser dentistry can be a great option for patients who are nervous when it comes to numbness, needles, and drilling. As one of dentistry’s latest advances, laser dentistry allows dentists to precisely target the area needing treatment (enamel, tooth decay, gum tissue, or whitening enhancers). By carefully calibrating the light wavelengths of the laser, Dr. Adkins can achieve precise results.

Laser dentistry is often more comfortable for patients. There is often no need for local anesthesia. There is also no heat or vibration, as there is with a dental drill. Finally, no suturing is needed for soft tissue (surgical) procedures, which helps patients heal faster.

Lastly, laser dentistry can diagnose cavities at a very early stage. Sometimes, it’s even possible to reverse cavity development at this stage using proper hygiene and fluoride treatment. Further treatment can thus be avoided.

Here are just a few of the areas where laser dentistry can assist patients:
  • Canker sore (aphthous ulcer) treatment
  • Curing (hardening) bonding materials
  • Diagnosis and removal of cavities
  • Gum corrections such as crown lengthening, gingivectomy, and more
  • Gum-related (periodontal) care
  • Pediatric procedures
  • Root canals and apicoectomies
  • Teeth whitening
  • Tongue-tie release (frenectomy) without anesthesia or sutures
Intraoral Camera

Our intraoral camera is designed to help you see and understand your diagnosis. Especially for younger patients who are used to interacting with screens, the image produced by the intraoral camera is easily understood.

The cameras we use are very small (often only a few millimeters long) but nonetheless produce clear and precise images of your mouth, teeth, and gums. We can easily see details we might miss during a typical mirror examination. Because of this, we can more quickly make a diagnosis and move onto treatment.

The intraoral camera also allows us to store images to provide a permanent record of your treatment. We can print these images out for you, other specialists, dental labs, and your insurance company. This allows us to more quickly share information and deliver the best possible treatment plan for you.
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