Advanced Technology

When you choose Beacon Dental for your family’s oral health care, you are choosing dentistry like no other. Our team members are committed to continuous growth and improvement, meaning that as dental care evolves and changes, so do we! This allows us to better serve our patients with the latest techniques, tools, and technology. 

Read below to learn more about our technology and how it may impact your next visit with us! 

Digital X-rays

Digital x-rays are the safer, faster, and more accurate advancement from traditional x-rays. The method produces rapid imaging while generating up to 90% less radiation than traditional imaging systems. Additionally, digital x-rays are able to organize and share information with ease, making them a valuable asset to monitoring patients’ oral health progress and keeping records of changes.

Intraoral Cameras

Intraoral cameras are tiny devices that make a big impact on your dental visit! Gone are the days of biting into messy clay in order to make a tooth impression; instead, we invite you to experience the convenience and comfort of our lightweight, handheld imaging device. 

The camera is small, about the size of a pen, making it easy to access even the most hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. The device is able to capture videos and images of every tooth surface and in-depth details of the gum tissue. This may be utilized to spot cavities, inflamed gums, damaged fillings, or tartar buildup. The device can also produce a 3-dimensional image of the entire tooth arch.

CEREC

Our practice uses CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic), a machine that aids in making fast and accurate restorations. By utilizing computer-aided design/manufacturing systems, we are able to produce crowns for patients on the same day they need them. 

  • To start the process, a digital impression of the mouth is created. 
  • Following this, the image is uploaded into a computer program that allows our dentist to design your dental crown to blend seamlessly into the rest of your smile. 
  • Upon completion of the design, we upload it to our milling machine where we manufacture the crown out of a composite material block. 
  • Within the same day, the new crown will be placed! 

Waterlase

A Waterlase laser is an incredible tool when used in dentistry. Lasers make it possible to perform procedures such as gum contouring, decay removal, bone reshaping, and gum disease treatment quickly and virtually pain-free. 

By using a laser, dentists are enabled with enhanced precision, allowing them to save more natural bone or gum tissue whenever appropriate. The tool is also able to cauterize wounds as it operates; this advances healing time and makes the procedural and postoperative experience much more comfortable for patients.

Cone Beam CT Scanner

By using a cone beam CT scanner, our dentists are able to generate a 3-dimensional image of your oral anatomy; this includes all of your teeth, tooth roots, and jawbone. 

This machine serves a variety of different functions but is most commonly used in our office for restorative procedures using dental implants. Because the machine generates images of the jawbone, we are able to see if bone density is lacking. Depending on your situation, we can schedule you for a bone grafting procedure to ensure implants will bond to the bone properly.

In addition, CBCT scans are useful for detecting abnormalities in the bone, soft tissues, or nerve connections.

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