Advanced Dental Technology
Precision Dentistry, Fairland MD
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Silver Spring MD: Elsabet H. Tekle, DDS Phone Number 301-384-7800.
When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. Tekle and her staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care. Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using magnifying glasses that is similar to the one an ophthalmologist uses, the doctor is able to create dental restorations with incredibly precise fit and finish. You just can’t fulfill that level of care with the naked eye. In addition to allowing precise, close-up work, the magnifier directs a beam of light directly on the teeth, minimizing glare for you. This results in extraordinarily precise interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration (crown, or filling).
Dr. Tekle chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see what we cannot see with our own eyes, though a two dimensional images have inherent limitations. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs. Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Dr. Tekle utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is much less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us utilize valuable tools for enhanced diagnostic purposes. We may be able to see cavities better. Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
Dentistry Without Drills or Needles?
One of the most spectacular advances in recent dentistry is called Air Abrasion, an instrument that makes microdentistry possible, great for children due to the absence of noise from the conventional drill. This device aims a stream of tiny particles and air at the area of decay and gently mists it away! Most patients require little or no anesthesia at all. The sound and vibrations of the drill are gone – and so is most of the pain!
For many procedures, it’s good-bye needles, goodbye drill! Air abrasion allows us to place a small white filling that is virtually invisible.
With procedures like air abrasion and frequent checkups, your child will grow with a healthy and positive outlook towards dental care.
Maybe you’ve had the dentist find a cavity, place a large filling, and wondered why the filling is so large when the cavity wasn’t there before. The answer is the cavity was there before – it just wasn’t big enough to show on x-rays. The Laser Scanner finds cavities years earlier, when the ultra-small cavity can be repaired with an invisible bonded filling. The future of cavity diagnosis is now here!
Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing. Dr. Tekle utilizes intraoral camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An intraoral camera is a very small camera – in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An intraoral camera allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you! Intra oral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.