iTero Digital Impressions in Comstock Park
We are proud to use the Cadent iTero Digital Impression System to take most impressions at our office. Patients enjoy this tray-less impression system and prefer it to the old impression trays. More than a decade of research went into this dental technology to maximize:
- Comfort — No goopy mess, unpleasant taste, or gagging. This system uses a compact hand-held wand, so there’s no pulling, stretching, or poking in your mouth.
- Efficiency — The scanning process will typically take ten minutes.
- Calm and Well-Being — You stay in control. The iTero scanning process can be stopped and started as many times as you need.
- Precision — The iTero creates a precise copy of the restoration site and a more accurate dental crown or bridge.
The increased accuracy of the digital impressions produces a better fitting crown, which allows us to seat the crown in approximately half the time it took with the previous impression method. Increased comfort, decreased time, that’s a real benefit for our patients.
Laser Dentistry And Digital X-Rays
If you’re going to receive the best care available in dentistry, you need to have the latest and best dental technology. Dr. Stewart and Dr. Hull are completely committed to using the best tools available to help you gain and maintain dental health at our Comstock Park office. We use digital x-rays, including panographic digital x-rays. In addition, we use dental laser technology for dental hygiene and periodontal health, take impressions digitally without the mess and discomfort of impression material and trays, and use the Velscope to screen for oral cancer.
VELscope is used by dentists and hygienists. It is a small handheld device that allows practitioners to give examinations that can detect a variety of oral health issues and diseases, even cancer and pre-cancer.
Many conditions are not visible under ordinary light, but are under the VELscope, which is used as a complementary tool to standard examinations. This is one of the best dental technology devices because it is clinically proven to detect oral disease, including oral cancer.
One of the problems with traditional x-rays is that they use a LOT of radiation. Digital x-rays use up to 90% less radiation and can still be more effective in detecting cavities.
How is this possible? Simply because with digital formats, the images can be quickly viewed on a monitor and highlighted, magnified, and contrasted. These advantages translate into earlier detection of cavities and less pain for a cosmetic dentistry patient who needs to have an issue corrected.
Dental Laser Technology
To improve our service to you, we have a patient-friendly diode dental laser available for our patients in the Grand Rapids area. A diode laser is also called a soft-tissue laser because it only works on soft tissue and can’t be used to cut tooth structure and bone. It provides patients with comfortable, preventive, conservative treatment options.
One option that we are particularly pleased about is laser-assisted bacteria reduction, which is a procedure designed to control anaerobic bacteria that accumulate between the teeth and under the gum line. This dental laser is an important tool in fighting gum disease. It can actually help regenerate and attach tissue to the teeth.
We also can use our dental laser to painlessly remove canker sores and cold sores.
Invisalign treatment is the clear way to straighten teeth. Invisalign® dental technology gradually moves your teeth through a series of custom-made, removable, nearly-invisible aligners.
Air Polishing Technology
Air polishing has long been an excellent alternative to traditional rubber cup techniques because it is not abrasive. Using air polishing means that we can thoroughly clean your teeth without harming exposed root surfaces.
In this modern-day, with so much excellent equipment and technology, air polishing is more viable and effective than ever. You can feel several benefits during an air polishing treatment, which:
- Can reach hard-to-clean spaces that toothbrushes, floss, and mouthwash can’t.
- Is thorough because it has better access to any pits and fissures in the enamel.
- Results in much less hypersensitivity.
- Is gentle on enamel, helping to keep it as intact as possible while removing stains.
- Is fast as it removes stains with less work and time than other methods.
- Is the most effective way to disrupt any existing biofilm on tooth surfaces.
Our office is excited to use this excellent piece of technology to enhance your dental care!
To experience laser dentistry or any of the other comfortable dental technology options we have, contact our Comstock Park office today at 616-784-2377! We look forward to hearing from you if you are in the Grand Rapids area, from Comstock Park to Rockford, MI!