Dental Technology in Colorado Springs
The staff of Stetson Hills Dental pride themselves on using the latest in dental technology. Read on for the many different kinds of technology used at Stetson Hills Dental.
Dr. Gary Moore and the staff at Stetson Hills Dental are dedicated to keeping their patients healthy and happy! They accomplish these goals by having a friendly and helpful staff, a comfortable office environment, and dental professionals who are experts in what they do.
CEREC stands for “chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics.” CEREC is an easy and quick way for Dr. Moore to make restorations such as crowns, veneers, inlays, and onlays.
With CEREC, a digital picture is taken of the patient’s mouth. This image is sent to a milling machine, which will use the picture to create the restoration from a porcelain block. Crafting the restoration only takes 15 to 20 minutes, and when it is ready Dr. Moore can place the restoration on the tooth.
CEREC can help you have a beautiful and natural looking smile, in minutes instead of weeks!
Panoramic (Panorex) X-rays
The panoramic X-ray is sometimes referred to as a full mouth X-ray. It is a two-dimensional picture of all of a patient’s teeth and the surrounding bones. This picture is panoramic, meaning that it captures images of more than just a couple of teeth — it takes a picture of your both upper and lower jaws from one jaw joint (just in front of the ears) to the other.
Panorex X-rays can detect a wide variety of health issues, before the patient even knows they have a problem.
Digital X-rays are a great way for a dentist to get an accurate look inside a patient’s teeth, gums, and jawbone — and they are much better in many ways than the old, traditional dental X-ray methods.
Traditional dental X-rays used to mean extra time spent at the dentist’s office, waiting for the X-rays to be developed. And, although X-rays were completely safe, people wondered about how much radiation your body was absorbing from these X-rays.
Digital X-rays have 80% less radiation than traditional X-ray techniques, and not only allow Dr. Moore to see the results within seconds, but also enlarge and adjust the photo on the computer screen.
Dr. Moore and the staff at Stetson Hills Dental use rotary endodontics, the latest in root canal treatment technology. A root canal is needed when bacteria gets inside of the tooth and causes an infection.
Rotary endodontics is the use of electric-powered instruments instead of traditional, hand-held files for root canals. These instruments have a nickel titanium tip, which is flexible and extremely strong. This makes the procedure go a lot faster and cleans out the root canal space consistently, quickly, and very smoothly.
A handpiece is simply the tool that your dentist or hygienist uses to remove decay from your teeth. Older tools were air-driven. Newer electric handpieces are much stronger than air driven handpieces, this makes the process of removing decay much quicker.
An intraoral camera is a very tiny camera with a light attached to it. It is about the size of a dental mirror, so it fits easily into a patient’s mouth, and can be maneuvered around so that every detail can be captured.
The images that the camera takes are projected onto a monitor so that Dr. Moore can get a closer look at your teeth and gums and can catch any problems or potential problems.
Ultraviolet light for oral cancer screening
If you are a patient of Dr. Moore’s, you can get an oral cancer screening during your regular exam and cleaning that is quick and painless.
Dr. Moore will check for any symptoms of oral cancer, and he will perform a visual exam to look for any sores or discolored tissue. He will feel your neck, head, and oral cavity for any lumps or irregularities. Dr. Moore will also use a special ultraviolet light that detects potential cancer cells.
Plameca 3D Cone Beam Scanner
In only seconds, the Plameca 3D Cone Beam scanner produces a high resolution, 3D image of the nerves, sinuses, and bone structure of a patient’s face. This helps Dr. Moore customize a treatment plan for a particular patient’s problems that will minimize pain and speed healing time. And, because the image is available immediately, the diagnosis of the problem can be made more quickly so that treatment can begin.
The Plameca scanner can also help diagnose sleep apnea and jaw problems. It can help Dr. Moore determine the best way to place a dental implant and plan orthodontic treatment.
As you can see, Dr. Moore and the staff at Stetson Hills Dental have many tools available to help patients stay healthy! If you are having tooth pain, or if you just need a cleaning and exam, Dr. Moore can help! Call (719) 694-0400 to make an appointment today!