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Texas City Dental Technology

We are excited about technology! Dr. Hackbarth and our team pour over trade journals and regularly attend seminars, conferences, and classes to learn about the latest and greatest dental tools. In addition to being really cool, dental technology allows us to provide a more comfortable and safe patient experience. It also helps with accurate diagnostics for more conservative procedures. Here are a few of the reasons we love technology…

Air Abrasion

Don’t like the sound and vibration of the dentist’s drill? We’re not too fond of it, either! Dr. Hackbarth prefers to use quiet, comfortable air abrasion instead of the traditional drill. Air abrasion involves air and tiny abrasive particles sprayed onto a tooth during preparation for a restoration. There’s no heat, vibration, or sound. In many cases, patients don’t even need anesthesia! Imagine that…no shot, no pain, and a tooth-colored filling. Now that’s innovative dentistry!


This laser doesn’t cut, it scans. With DIAGNOdent, we can find demineralized tooth enamel to prevent cavities from forming. This laser also detects tooth decay between teeth, where the doctor can’t see in a visual examination. No probing, no pain. Just simple and efficient.

Digital Photography

There is nothing like seeing it for yourself. Gone are the days of the dentist poking around in your mouth and then delivering the "bad" news. Dr. Hackbarth uses digital photography to aid in diagnosis. You can see for yourself what's going on in your mouth. Digital images give us a detailed look at your teeth and gums for accurate diagnosis and more conservative treatment. We also take before and after photos, so you and we can see the transformation of your smile. It’s just another way we show you value! The proof is always in the pudding – or, in this case, the pictures.

Digital X-ray

One of the most exciting things about digital radiography is the safety! Patients are exposed to about 80% less radiation with digital X-rays than with traditional X-rays. But the benefits don’t end there. Digital X-rays, like digital photography, provide our clinical team with detailed images for diagnosis and conservative treatment. The images are saved in digital files for quick access and transfer to insurance companies, specialists, etc. We predict that all health providers will go to digital X-rays in coming years, and we’re on the leading edge of that movement!

Soft-Tissue Laser

If you’re one of the 80% of American adults who suffer from gum disease, you’ll appreciate the convenience, precision, and comfort of soft-tissue laser therapy for gum treatment. Our hygienists and Dr. Hackbarth use the laser to debride gums – which involves removing bacteria from periodontal pockets. This procedure eliminates bacteria and promotes fast reattachment of gums to teeth. Laser dentistry can also be performed to take biopsies, graft soft tissue, and treat cold sores.


You’ll never avoid dental visits again once you experience NuCalm. Without drugs or IV's, Dr. Hackbarth can take your mind to the first level of sleep. NuCalm is an innovative procedure that promotes a rewarding and relaxing dental experience.

These four seemingly simple acts will reduce or completely knock out your stress during dental procedures. In addition, because of your intense relaxed state, your body will naturally accept treatment; your natural resistance will be dulled. NuCalm does not “put you under.” Throughout your procedure, you’ll remain responsive – yet still and relaxed.

After treatment, you can expect to feel refreshed and content because NuCalm will have helped you achieve cellular homeostasis in your brain; this releases body tension. You’ll experience no side effects, no down time or recovery period, and you won’t need supervision following treatment. You can return to your normal daily activities after your dental appointment.

Visit NuCalm online to read patient testimonials and learn more about this minimally invasive, highly effective relaxation procedure.

Neuromuscular Dentistry

While traditional dentistry is typically concerned with teeth and gums, neuromuscular dentistry focuses on an issue that’s further beneath the surface – the alignment of your jaw. Even slight imperfections in this department can result in severe discomfort and outright pain for patients; that’s why our team at Dental Cosmetic Center is here to help with this advanced approach. By correcting misalignments and adjusting the bite, stress can be eliminated and unpleasant symptoms can be erased.

An initial examination will allow our team to determine the cause of any dysfunction you’re experiencing, whether it’s caused by the jaw joints (TMJ), related muscles, or nearby teeth. Once we’ve diagnosed your condition, our team can make recommendations for treatment that will create the long-term improvements you need. Our plan of action may involve the use of a custom oral appliance, dental recontouring, or certain orthodontic and restorative procedures that will restore harmony to your overall smile and wellbeing.

CAD/CAM Dentistry

Teeth that have become significantly worn or damaged over time are often in need of extra support from a custom restoration. This solution provides new structure, new function, and new aesthetic quality for patients – however, the traditional, multi-appointment process for receiving them can be a bit slow. Thankfully, our accomplished team here in Texas City offers an improved alternative: Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing, also known as CAD/CAM. This advanced technology simplifies your restorative process down to a single appointment, allowing you to get back to smiling confidently faster than ever.

After the affected tooth or teeth have been prepared and impressions are taken, our state-of-the-art software gets to work, helping our doctors create excellent, natural-looking results for your new restoration. Once the design is complete, the information is sent to our in-office milling machine, which carves the finished product in a matter of minutes. After any last-minute adjustments, it’s time to place it within the mouth – that’s it! Patients never have to worry about tedious wait times or uncomfortable temporary restorations. 

Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™)

Gum recessions can occur for a number of reasons, including periodontal disease, overly aggressive brushing, or even just as part of the natural aging process. Instead of having to undergo invasive treatment to restore balance and wellness to your smile, patients at Dental Cosmetic Center can now receive the revolutionary Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique. This procedure is suture and incision-free, resulting in less discomfort for the patient, faster recovery time, and many more valuable benefits. View the video below to learn more!