Advanced Dental Technology
Precision Dentistry, Fairland MD
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Silver Spring MD: Elsabet H. Tekle, DDS Phone Number 301-384-7800.
Digital X-Rays | Dentistry Without Drills or Needles? | Laser Scanner | Intraoral Camera | iTero® IntraOral Scanner
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.
iTero® IntraOral Scanner
What is the iTero® IntraOral Scanner?
We are proud to offer the iTero® IntraOral Scanner to our patients for enhanced comfort and treatment outcomes. With the iTero® IntraOral Scanner, we can produce digital impressions with cost-saving benefits and patients can see predicted results before treatment with instant 3D imaging – no goopy impression material required. Impressions with the iTero® IntraOral Scanner aren’t just more comfortable, they are also more accurate, giving our patients better results every day. Call us to find out more about the iTero® IntraOral Scanner today!
What are the benefits of iTero® IntraOral Scanner?
- Single appointment
- Predictable and accurate
- Less chair time
- Digital records
- Chair side visualization and planning
How does the iTero® IntraOral Scanner work?
A compact, handheld wand is used to digitally map the structure of your teeth and gums using optical technology. In less time than it takes to make conventional impressions, we have an accurate picture of your oral anatomy, allowing us to plan precision treatments that will yield the best results for you.