How Digital Dental X-Rays Work - We place a small sensor in your mouth. The sensor is connected to a computer by a thin wire. Next, an X-ray beam is sent through your teeth and into the sensor, which records the image of your teeth and sends it to the computer. The sensor can then be repositioned to photograph other sections of your teeth.
Why Digital Dental X-Rays are Better - The digital dental X-ray system is more sensitive than dental X-ray film systems, so your exposure to X-rays is cut by as much as 90 percent. The large, color-enhanced images let you see what your dentist sees, so it's easier for you to understand how your dentist will treat your teeth. Your fees don't include payment for photo chemicals, film, processing or film storage. Used photo chemicals and film are not polluting the environment. Your dental checkups take less time, and it's fun to watch this system work! Most patients are amazed.
Smile, you're on TV! Advances in modern video camera equipment have allowed dental manufacturers to develop very small video cameras for use in the dental office. With a camera about the size of a pen, the dentist can film the mouth and present it as an image on a monitor that is magnified 10-40 times natural size. This technology allows the patient to see exactly what the dentist sees and is a tremendous aid in diagnosis and patient education.
The intra-oral camera allows the dentist to see things that may not appear with a traditional x-ray and can help the dentist detect minor problems before they become more significant. The camera is also very effective at helping the patient "see" how they are doing with their home hygiene care which often results in more effective brushing and flossing.
Sometimes it's difficult for us to detect cavities, especially in the pits and grooves on the biting surfaces of your back teeth. The traditional way to check for cavities was by looking for visual signs of decay, checking x-rays, or feeling for soft areas with a dental explorer. However, we now have a tool called the DIAGNOdent that helps us locate even the smallest amount of decay.
DIAGNOdent is a laser technology device that scans your teeth with harmless pulses of light. When a cavity is present, fluorescent light of a different wavelength bounces back to the sensor and is translated into a digital read-out. In general, the higher the number, the greater amount of decay in the tooth.
The widespread use of fluoride has made finding cavities early in their development more difficult. Fluoride hardens the outer layer of enamel of your teeth which means decay has a difficult time gaining a foothold. As a result, cavities that do develop are much smaller and can be much harder to diagnose. Before fluoride, a dental explorer would catch on the decay or the cavity would show up on a routine x-ray. Now, a small cavity can easily go undetected without the help of the DIAGNOdent.
By diagnosing decay early in its development we can prevent more extensive damage. Your restorations will be smaller and less costly. They can be done painlessly, often without the need for anesthetic and you'll be able to retain more of your own natural healthy tooth.
The VELscope system helps Dr. Sayyah visualize abnormalities in the mucosal tissues of your lips, mouth and upper throat. In just two minutes, with no rinses, stains or discomfort, a VELscope examination lets him improve his assessment of your overall oral health.
The VELscope's blue light "excites" molecules (called "fluorophores") deep within the layers of oral mucosal tissues. In turn, those fluorophores emit their own light (fluorescence), in shades of green, yellow and red. The VELscope's proprietary filter makes fluorescence visualization possible, by blocking reflected blue light, and by enhancing the contrast between normal and abnormal tissue.
Discovering soft tissue abnormalities is particularly important in the fight against oral cancer. Because the VELscope Vx assists in early detection, cancer can be caught before it has time to spread, potentially saving lives through less invasive, more effective treatment.
EzLase� is an advanced laser technology developed by BIOLASE Technology, the leader in dental lasers for over 20 years. The EzLase� creates highly concentrated light energy to treat gum and other soft tissue in the mouth safely and comfortably. BIOLASE dental lasers have been used to treat millions of patients all over the world.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry - Dr John Sayyah offers EzLase� laser dentistry to improve our patients' comfort and provide better results for many common dental procedures. Using the EzLase� laser treatment system, many procedures can be performed using only a topical anesthetic with little or no bleeding, decreased need for prescription medication, faster healing times and a reduced instance of post-operative pain.
Laser Dentistry Procedures
Improve Your Smile
Your dentist may suggest contouring or shaping your gums using the ezlase� to improve the appearance of your smile � safely removing excess gum tissue that may give you a "gummy" smile, or make your front teeth appear irregular in size or shape.
Remove Oral Growths
Your dentist may use the EzLase� to remove growths or excess tissue in your mouth such as gum tissue over an unerupted tooth, small "tags" called papilla, growths called fibromas, and others.
Fix a "Tongue Tie" or Prevent Gum Recession
Connections that restrict the movement of your tongue or cause your gums to recede can be "released" with the EzLase�.
Treat or Prevent Periodontal Disease
Your dentist or dental hygienist* may recommend using the EzLase� to remove debris and bacteria between your teeth and gums that can cause bleeding gums, gum recession and even loss of teeth. The laser is highly effective at killing bacteria and may even stimulate gum tissue growth.
Laser Teeth Whitening
The EzLase� with a special attachment may be even used to whiten teeth safely and comfortably up to 10 shades brighter in just 20 minutes.
The Sonicare® toothbrush uses ultrasonic technology as well as mechanical movement to remove plague and bacteria. It uses a microprocessor to create 31,000 brush sweeps per minute. By combining high-frequency brushing and sonic waves, it remove plaque even beyond the reach of the bristles. Studies have show that it can remove twice as much plaque as a manual toothbrush. All our patients that have used the Sonicare® love it.
Waterpik� Water Flossers are the only brand clinically proven to be an effective alternative to traditional dental floss and Sonicare� Air Floss for removing plaque biofilm, reducing gingival bleeding and inflammation, and reducing gingivitis and plaque overall.
Using an optimal combination of pressure and pulsation, Waterpik� Water Flossers remove bacteria both subgingivally and interproximally. They also massage and stimulate gingival tissue to promote improved circulation, healing, and superior oral health.
The Waterpik� Ultra Water Flosser (WP-100) is ideal for many patients, especially those who don't like to floss, and anyone with orthodontic appliances, implants, crowns, bridges, and periodontal pockets.