Technology continues to improve at a faster and faster rate, and in the next 10 years, the world will make the same kind of progress that used to require 20. Fortunately, this kind of growth has also touched dentistry, giving Dr. Rana Lee and our team at TriCorner Dentistry the ability to provide high-quality care in less time while protecting our patients from discomfort. Sounds like a winning combination, right? To learn about some of the state-of-the-art tools we use to give people stunning smiles every day, simply read on below.
The biggest advancement for dentistry in the past 20 years has been the introduction of lasers. With our soft tissue laser, we can perform sensitive gum disease therapy and crown lengthening procedures quickly and painlessly. The laser is so precise that it will leave adjacent tissue completely unaffected, meaning that a patient will not only experience less discomfort in the chair, but they’ll also have a much easier and shorter recovery time as well.
With this small camera-tipped wand, our team can create high-resolution images of your teeth and gums and display them on a chairside monitor in real time. This will not only make it much easier for us to spot dental issues (especially in those areas hidden from the naked eye), but it will also give you a whole new perspective on your oral health. It will allow you to finally see your mouth from your dentist’s point of view, and this kind of information will be extremely helpful when it comes to making treatment decisions.
X-rays have been an essential part of dentistry for years, but traditional, film-based x-rays have always had drawbacks. It takes a lot of time to develop the images, the process requires toxic chemicals, and the machine exposes patients to radiation.
This is why our practice only uses digital x-rays. We can create images almost instantly, the process doesn’t require any harsh chemicals, and the machine even emits up to 90% less radiation.
Thanks to our SoPRO Cavity Detection system, we can now easily catch tooth decay early and prevent the development of cavities. It uses a beam of concentrated light to scan enamel, and it can detect even the slightest indications of thinning that are much too small to be seen with the naked eye. With this information, we’ll be able to implement conservative treatments to strengthen the teeth and save patients from having to get more invasive restorative work in the future.
Oral cancer claims one life every hour in the US alone, but there is good news. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, decreasing this number may be simple. They found that early diagnosis was the best way to reduce annual deaths associated with oral cancer. That’s why the TriCorner Dentistry team dedicates time during every six-month checkup to screening for oral cancer. We use the VizLite Pro early detection system to ensure early, accurate, pain-free diagnosis.