Our world is full of technological marvels. Two decades ago, no one thought we’d be able to pull up websites on our phones or order groceries online. While not every technological change is good, we are still able to do much more than ever before.
In dentistry, this means we have many new technologies we can use. At our Los Angeles, CA dental office, we stay on top of new advances in dental care. After all, if you want modern treatments, you need modern technologies.
Here are some of the state-of-the-art tools we have for you.
- VELscope: Some people think dentists only work on teeth, but we can do much more than that. We have a cutting-edge piece of technology called VELscope. This system uses a special light. Normal, healthy tissue in your mouth will glow green. Any abnormal spots will be dark instead. These spots could be normal tissue, but they could also be oral cancer. Early detection is the key to beating cancer, so VELscope can literally be a life-saver.
- DIAGNOdent: In the past, the only ways to detect cavities was to either see it with your own eyes or in a X-ray. That meant you had to wait until the cavity became larger before even knowing you had it, much less repair it. Thanks to our state-of-the-art DIAGNOdent system, we can spot cavities while they are still too small to normally see. This system uses a low-powered laser that reflects back when it goes over a cavity. By catching tooth decay when it’s still small with DIAGNOdent, we save you time and money.
- Ezlase dental cleaning laser: Cleaning your teeth and gums is one of the most common things we do at our Los Angeles, CA dental office. Only dentists have the specialized training and tools needed to get your teeth professionally clean. We have a modern approach to dental cleanings. Our ezlase dental laser is a simple, effective, and painless way to help get rid of harmful bacteria. The laser uses a special wavelength that only targets bacteria and diseased gum tissue, so it’s perfectly safe to use on your teeth and gums.
- Dental Wand: Getting local anesthesia is sometimes invaluable. If you have to get a filling or dental crown, anesthesia can turn a bad experience into a good one. It can even help you get treatments that you would be too anxious to get without pain relief. For some people, it’s the local anesthesia that’s the problem because of the needle used to deliver it. A dental wand can deliver anesthesia you need but without discomfort. It numbs the part of your gums before it delivers anything. A computer connected to the wand measures the density of your gums, which it uses to know when you have enough anesthesia. The wand itself looks just like a pen. How intimidating is a pen?
- Digital X-rays: Dentists have been using X-rays for a long time. It’s a great way to look inside your teeth, gums, and jawbone. It helps our dentists spot cavities, gum disease, infections, and more. X-rays use radiation, so in the past, dentists had to be very careful. Lead-lined aprons were given because a lot of radiation was required to get the image to appear on those plates. Thankfully, technology has improved this process. We now use fully digital X-rays with our Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) scanner. This provide a highly detailed image that’s more accurate than the old way. It also uses much less radiation. Yes, you get better results more safely.
- Autoclave sterilization: When it comes to dentistry, you assume that all of the tools going in your mouth are clean and sterile. That’s because infections can be spread by instruments that aren’t clean enough. At our Los Angeles, CA dental office, we take cleanliness and sterilization very seriously. We have a machine called an autoclave. Our instruments go inside, and It uses very high temperatures (up to 270 F) and steam to make sure those tools are 100% clean and disinfected. This way, you know you are being treated safely.
That’s just the tools we have at our disposal. You can also get modern treatments. This includes composite resin fillings to repair tooth decay, All-on-4 implants to replace a full arch of teeth, Invisalign “invisible braces”, and more. If you’re ready to see what modern dentistry can do for your smile, call us at 310-208-4084 or fill out this easy questionnaire for your next appointment.