Advanced Technology

 

As part of our commitment to providing the highest standard of periodontal treatment, we employ state of the art technology in improving the accuracy and predictability of our diagnostic and periodontal treatment procedures.  We look to ensure that we provide an optimal outcome while minimizing the time and discomfort necessary to achieve that result.

Digital 3-D Conebeam Imaging

Great advances have been made in the technology of diagnostic imaging. One such advancement is the availability of cone beam CT imaging. Cone beam CT imaging has several advantages over two-dimensional imaging such as traditional dental X-rays, panoramic X-rays and medical CT scanners, which are often present at imaging centers. Cone beam CT imaging requires considerably less radiation and provides and ultra high resolution image, far superior to other imaging techniques.

 

This will provide a three dimensional image of the jaw bone and allow Dr. Serra to visualize and measure available bone for implant placement, locate major nerves and other vital structures near implant sites, locate the maxillary sinus and detect any pathology within the sinus or other parts of the jawbone.  This imaging technology is also very effective is planning for impacted tooth exposure, diagnosing oral pathology and planning for the removal of impacted teeth.

 

Three-dimensional images enable a level of anatomical accuracy and patient care not possible with 2D technologies.

Laser Periodontal Treatment

We utilize lasers in many areas of periodontal practice.  Our laser allows Dr. Serra to make very precise changes to the soft tissues in the mouth.  We are able to complete periodontal surgical treatment with significantly less time, anesthetic and post operative discomfort. In many cases, the laser allows a procedure to be completed without the need for any incisions with a blade or sutures to be used.  

 

The laser has the distinct advantage of accelerating healing following treatment, while producing significantly less swelling and minimal bleeding when compared to traditional periodontal surgical treatment.

Growth Factor Regerative Therapy

In many cases, it is possible to regenerate hard and soft tissue that may have been lost over time.  This may be completed around natural teeth so as to provide a stronger, more stable foundation or in an empty space in preparation to replace a tooth with a dental implant.

 

We utilize growth factors, in many cases, to enhance our treatment outcomes.  Growth factors are materials with special regenerative properties that stimulate your body to regenerate specific tissues, such as bone, cementum and gum.  These factors have the additional property of enhancing blood supply to a healing surgical site, accelerating wound healing, reducing inflammation and combating infection from bacteria and other foreign invaders.  

 

Growth factors are derived from a variety of sources, including human donor tissue, porcine tooth buds as well as synthetic, recombinant mechanisms.  

Donor Tissue Gum Graft

Gingival recession is a very common process and affects over 80% of the US population 30 years of age and older.  Traditional methods of treating recession involve grafting tissue from the roof of the mouth (palate) to the affected gum and tooth surfaces.  In many cases, you may experience some additional discomfort from the donor site (palate). 

 

In many cases, we are able to achieve a highly predictable, esthetic outcome by utilizing donor gum tissue (allograft) in place of tissue taken from the palate.  Donor tissue is placed around the gum, in place of your own natural tissue and creates an environment for your body to establish a healthy gingival attachment. This is similar to techniques utilized by dermatologists and plastic surgeons in dermatologic reconstructive surgery. In addition to a more favorable post operative experience, donor tissues has the added advantage of being able to treat larger areas in a single appointment.  

Digital Radiographs (X-Rays)

Dental radiography is a necessary component of diagnosis of most oral conditions.  We utilize digital radiographs (X-rays) which provide a significantly higher resolution image than traditional dental radiographs while require a fraction of the radiation exposure.  In many cases, the exposure is less than 1/10 of traditional film radiographs.  

 

This tehnology allows Dr. Serra to view your radiographs on a large computer screen and manipulate the image with specially designed software.  This makes it easier to diagnose pathology that would otherwise often be missed with traditional radiographic methods.

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