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 instruments. In addition to being really cool, dental technology allows us to provide a more comfortable and safer patient experience. It also helps with accurate diagnostics for more conservative procedures. Here are a few of the gadgets you’ll find around our dental office.
Don’t like the sound and vibration of the dentist’s buffer? We’re not too fond of it, either! Instead, Dr. Hackbarth uses air abrasion, which 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!
With DIAGNOdent, we can find and treat the earliest signs of cavities, even in the most hidden nooks and crannies of your mouth. This pen-sized gadget uses fluorescent laser technology to locate any demineralized area of a tooth, helping us tackle cavities before they have a chance to cause permanent damage to your smile.
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 diagnoses so 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 diagnoses and more conservative treatment. We also take before and after photos, so you 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.
One of the most exciting things about digital radiography is 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!
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 promotes fast reattachment of gums to teeth. Laser dentistry can also be performed to take biopsies, graft soft tissue, and treat cold sores.
Our cone beam CT scanner is an advanced, unique digital imaging device that creates a 3D, panoramic blueprint of your mouth and facial structure. The process only takes about 30 seconds, and it allows us to see your dentition, nerves, sinuses, and the density of your jawbone. This device comes in handy while we’re mapping-out dental implant surgeries and orthodontic treatments, allowing us to make them more effective than ever and provide you with long-lasting results.
Our intraoral scanner is a small, handheld device that we use to create a highly-detailed bite impression in a matter of minutes. Unlike with physical impressions, a patient doesn’t have to spend minutes biting into a mold filled with dental putty, and we never have to waste time with retakes. Digital impressions give us much more information so we can fully tailor someone’s treatment to deliver the perfect result.
“TENS” is actually an acronym that stands for “transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation,” and while that might be a mouthful, the way the device works is very simple. It helps provide immediate relief from TMD-related pain, and this is done by attaching a few electrodes to the jaw muscles and exposing them to a weak current. This lowers inflammation, increases blood flow to the area, and reduces swelling and tenderness to help a patient feel much better right away.
We will perform a thorough oral cancer screening every time you come to see us because early detection and treatment are proven to be the best ways to handle the disease. To ensure we don’t miss anything, we’ll use the iDentafi® light, which causes potentially cancerous tissues that would otherwise be hidden from the naked eye to stand out. This helps us find problem spots even better, allowing for a patient to get the care they need even faster.
Each time you take a bite and chew, a lot is happening. In your jaw, many nerves and muscles are firing, and determining exactly how they are firing can often be the key to diagnosing and treating a patient dealing with TMD. This allows us to measure every aspect of the bite with extreme accuracy so we can pinpoint the root cause of someone’s pain and figure out the most direct way to address it.
The alignment of your bite influences much more than the appearance of your smile. It directly affects the TMJ, so if the teeth do not come together properly, this can lead to chronic pain and stiffness in the jaw and head. The Tekscan enables us to scan the bite and see exactly how the teeth are touching when the mouth is closed, which can reveal high-pressure spots and imbalances. By correcting them, we can make any unpleasant symptoms go and stay away for good.