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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:

Our Technology

Digital Impressions

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. 

Digital X-Rays

  •  Early detection and treatment of dental problems can save time, money, and discomfort. 
  •  Dental digital radiographs eliminate chemical processing and disposal of hazardous wastes and lead foil, thereby presenting a “greener” and eco-friendly alternative. 
  •  Digital radiographs can be transferred easily to other specialists with compatible computer technology, or photos printed for those without compatible technology. 
  •  Digital xrays are more sensitive and require 50 to 80 percent less radiation than film

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:

Digital Photography

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

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. 

Soft Tissue Laser 

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:

  • minimized pain, swelling, and discomfort
  • minimal bleeding
  • no incisions
  • no need for stitches
  • shorter healing time
  • long-lasting results 

Laser Bacterial Reduction Benefits:

  • Reduce the risk of cross-contamination within the mouth during cleaning and treatments.
  • Boosts the immune system.
  • Overall improvement in health.
  • This procedure stimulates the periodontal tissues, making them more resistant to infection.
  • Only takes 5-10 minutes.

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.

Our diode soft tissue laser can also be used for:

  • Frenectomy
  • Frenotomy
  • Gingival troughing for crown impression
  • Gingivectomy
  • Gingivoplasty
  • Gingival incision and excision
  • Hemostasis and coagulation
  • Abscess incision and drainage
  • Laser removal of diseased, infected, inflamed and necrosed soft tissue within the periodontal pocket
  • Laser soft tissue curettage
  • Oral papillectomies
  • Pulpotomy
  • Pulpotomy as an adjunct to root canal therapy
  • Reduction of gingival hypertrophy
  • Soft tissue crown lengthening
  • Sulcular debridement (removal of diseased, infected, inflamed, and necrosed soft tissue in the periodontal pocket to improve clinical indices including gingival index, gingival bleeding index, probe depth, attachment loss, and tooth mobility)
  • Treatment of canker sores, herpetic, and aphthous ulcers of the oral mucosa

Our office is open Monday-Friday. Emergency coverage is provided at all times. Other appointment days and times can be arranged if needed.