Technology

State-of-the-Art Dental Care

Our team delivers quality dental care with kindness and a gentle touch so that even nervous patients can feel at ease. We welcome your questions and can provide you with answers, in addition to demonstrations, models, and videos. If you feel especially anxious, ask about nitrous oxide to help you relax.

Offering the latest technology allows our dentists to effectively diagnose and comfortably treat a variety of dental conditions, such as gum disease, tooth demineralization and TMJ. With digital X-rays and intraoral cameras, we gather precise images of your mouth and use them as visual aids when explaining treatment options.

We regularly assess the techniques and tools we use to make sure patients are receiving exceptional care. Contemporary dental technology allows us to save our patients time and money, while maximizing their comfort.

Intraoral Camera

In the past, dentists had to rely on x-ray films and verbal or written explanations to describe their findings and recommendations for treatment. While these options were adequate, patients often had to make critical decisions about their dental care without totally understanding their condition and treatment options. Intraoral cameras enable our dentists to more effectively communicate with our patients.

Located on the tip of a handheld wand, an intraoral camera will easily fit inside your mouth. The camera can transmit real-time data for you and your dentist to review together. We will display the images on a computer screen, zoom in to see fine details, and point out problem areas when explaining treatment options. We want you to understand your diagnosis and treatment options so that you can feel good about your decisions for care.

For patient safety, we shield the wand with a disposable plastic casing, much like electronic thermometer covers, to keep the environment sterile.

Dental X-Rays

Safe and Accurate Radiography

Dental x-rays reveal the structures that reside below the surface of your mouth. X-rays can tell us about periodontal disease, tooth root positioning, jawbone density, tooth decay, tumors and abscesses or infections. By viewing  your x-rays, the dentist can more accurately diagnose dental conditions and plan treatment.

Our dentists employ different types of x-rays, including:

• Bitewings
The most conventional dental x-rays, bitewings show cavities and early signs of decay. These x-rays are usually taken once a year for adults and every six months for children.

• Periapical X-rays
Broad pictures of an entire tooth, periapical x-rays reveal deep problems like bone loss and infection.

• Panoramic X-rays
With panoramic x-rays, we can see your whole mouth. A panorex film will show impacted third molars (wisdom teeth), extra teeth, cysts and many other structures that other films cannot detect. Most dentists suggest panoramic x-rays every three to five years, unless otherwise warranted.

Our doctor’s consider patient safety paramount. Our practice utilizes digital x-rays, lead aprons and thyroid collars. If you’re a parent, you may worry about radiation exposure when your child has x-rays taken. Rest assured that digital dental x-rays are safe, even for children.  Having digital images also makes transferring and storing dental records easier than ever before. If you need your x-rays sent to a specialist or insurance company, we can instantly transmit digital files.  Are you an environmentalist? You’ll appreciate this! Digital x-rays require no environmentally hazardous chemicals for development, as do traditional x-rays and they don’t use any paper.

Computers

Information at Our Fingertips
At our progressive, Aurora dental practice, our patients come first. We’ve created a warm and friendly, yet technologically sophisticated atmosphere where your entire family can experience top-notch dentistry. We feel that our modern dental office is not complete without the use of computers.

In the past, patient files, account statements and any communication between a dental office and insurance company only involved a physical paper trail. Appointment reminders required personal phone calls or hand-written correspondence. This system resulted in large filing systems and lengthy data management. Our practice utilizes computer technology to electronically store important details such as medical records, insurance claims and payments received, saving time and expense.

Computers, however, aren’t just for keeping appointments and creating invoices. While automation of record-keeping and billing helps us quickly and easily access your information, we also employ computers for treatment purposes. Chairside monitors enable your dentist to pull up digital images right away. With these tools, you can see what the doctor is talking about as he explains his recommendations.

Early Cavity Detection Laser

Tooth decay is not directly caused by sugar, though your mother probably told you so. For a cavity to develop, a chain of events must occur, and many factors contribute to the situation.

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body and its strength comes from minerals within the enamel. Introducing carbohydrates, that is sugary or starchy foods, allows bacteria to form an acid. This acid saps minerals from teeth, leaving tooth enamel soft. In this softened condition, bacteria invade and cause decay, or cavities.
So, let’s examine when we can intervene in this process of tooth decay. We could eliminate carbohydrates altogether, but acidic beverages and foods also demineralize teeth. We could eliminate bacteria, which we try to do with brushing and flossing. However, there are 600 different types of bacteria in the mouth, so we cannot get rid of them all. The other option is to stop demineralization. Neutralizing oral acids by drinking water can help deter decay. Another option is to find demineralization before decay develops.
Our cavity detection laser, called DIAGNOdent, scans teeth to find areas of demineralization. Treating these softened areas of tooth enamel will reduce the potential for severe tooth decay in the future. If you suffer from a low oral pH or acid reflux disease, you may have more cavities than other people. Ask the dentist about a fluoride treatment. Fluoride attracts minerals that strengthen tooth enamel.

Schedule Your Visit Today!
We hope to gain the confidence and trust of your family by providing you with compassion, quality and comfort. You can enjoy peace of mind that your children, parents, spouse and friends will be treated with the utmost respect and compassion at every visit. Our Aurora family dentist office serves patients from Batavia, North Aurora, Oswego, Montgomery, Sugar Grove and surrounding communities.

Please call (630) 892-7041 to learn more or to schedule an appointment