At Zappia & Fryer General Dentistry, our team is committed to staying at the cutting edge of dental technology.
We feel that by using the latest in dental technology we can provide our patients care that is of the highest quality in the most effective and comfortable way.
Some of our dental technologies include:
Digital Impressions (also known as 3-D intraoral scanning) are the latest technology in capturing a replica of the mouth. By using a wand-like tool connected to a computer and advanced software, we can create a virtual model of the hard and soft tissues in the mouth. We use digital impressioning for crowns, implant restorations, and oral appliances. No more waiting for the “goop” in the trays to set in your mouth.
Using digital radiology (x-rays), we can almost instantaneously view images of your teeth. We use x-rays to reveal areas of decay between teeth or below existing restorations (fillings), bone infections, gum (periodontal) disease, abscesses or cysts, developmental abnormalities and tumors that cannot be detected with only a visual dental examination. We assess each patient and their needs/risks to determine what xrays are needed and how often we take them. This enables us to diagnose and provide treatment more effectively and comfortably. Some benefits of digital radiography are:
Using digital photography allows us to visually display oral health information to our patients. The pictures allow us to provide our patients with a better understanding of potential problems and their available treatment options. Overall, digital photography proves to be a powerful aid in the education and treatment process. We also provide before and after photos to let you see how your smile and oral health has changed.
Intraoral cameras provide our team with accurate images of your mouth which makes it so that we can provide more effective treatment to our patients. A picture is worth a thousand words is so true. Images from the intraoral camera can be used by our dentists to help diagnose and treat issues, as well as show our patients exactly what is happening in real time to help educate our patients on their oral health.
Our diode soft tissue laser helps us to provide laser bacterial reduction (or LBR) during your hygiene appointments. LBR uses dental soft tissue lasers to attack and destroy bacteria that cause inflammation and periodontal pocket from billions to hundreds in just seconds. While nothing will replace the manual removal of plaque and tartar, laser gum therapy assists in decontaminating the gum pocket and eliminates bacterial colonies too small to be removed by traditional cleaning instruments alone. Lasers use light energy to attack bacteria at the microscopic level, and by circling the teeth with a laser, we can drastically reduce the number of harmful bacteria that compromise our oral and overall health. The laser is also effective in reducing and inhibiting the recolonization of the bacteria, thus creating a healthy environment for healing the gums and preventing inflammation. This technology, paired with the manual removal of plaque and tartar from the teeth, is the best way to ensure your radiant smile stays healthy.
Periodontal diseases are the biggest oral health concern. Periodontal disease and gingivitis affect approximately 80% of adults. We have the latest in dental technology to keep our patient's teeth, gums, and mouths as healthy as possible. Laser periodontal therapy can be used to treat gum disease in conjunction with conventional therapy or on its own.
There are several benefits to using laser periodontal therapy to treat the various stages of gum disease. These include:
Our highly trained and talented hygienists may recommend Laser Bacterial Reduction as a necessary treatment during your routine cleaning. Using a light laser, this treatment is extremely important because it reduces and eliminates the bacteria in the mouth that causes inflammation and periodontal disease. During routine, standard cleanings, there might be minimal bleeding that can occur, so laser bacterial reduction treatments protect the patients from the risk of bacteria entering the bloodstream because the laser does not cause the gum to bleed. This laser treatment is painless and normally only takes 5-10 minutes, so be sure to ask your hygienist about this treatment at your next cleaning.