At Smile Columbia Dentistry, we offer the best, proven technologies to improve the experience and results of our patients. Here are some of the exceptional technologies we offer at our dental office.
Do you wish you could see your mouth the way we see it? That way, you wouldn’t have to take our word on the condition of your mouth, and you could make better informed decisions about your dental treatment. With our intraoral camera, you can see exactly what we see. We will take digital images of your teeth and put them on the screen so you can see all the damage, wear, discoloration, and other problems we notice. This can help you understand why treatment is necessary so you make the best decisions for your oral health.
Traditional film x-rays had a number of problems. They were small, because the film had to be small to fit in the mouth, and the radiation had to be strong enough to properly expose the film. The film had to be developed, and they were hard to transport and share. But with digital x-rays, we can easily magnify the digital images so you can see more detail. The images are available right away, and we can easily email them to you or another health provider. Plus, the x-rays use less radiation.
Oral cancer treatment has one big challenge: detection. When detected early, the survival rate is over 90%, but currently the challenge of detection means that the overall survival rate is less than 50%. VELscope can change that. This simple screening method–a special light we shine in your mouth–lets us detect suspicious areas of the mouth so you can have them tested for cancer.
If you have an unhealthy bite, your muscles learn to cope. They may be tense and sore, but it’s hard to get them to give up the habits they’ve developed. TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is a special muscle massager that loosens up your muscles so they give up their bad habits. TENS can help us diagnose your TMJ, and in some cases, this muscle massage is all the treatment that’s necessary.
Many modern dental procedures depend on precise imaging of the treatment area. It’s especially important for dental implants, which need adequate bone to support them, so we need to know the exact shape and density of your bones before we start the procedure. That’s what CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) does. It’s like a series of x-rays that we can put together into a 3D image. Unlike a medical CT scanner, the CBCT at our office is open and comfortable to sit in. Plus, it uses less radiation.
Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF)
Our body has amazing resources for healing, and we like to utilize them whenever possible to speed recovery from your dental procedure. That’s where platelet rich fibrin (PRF) comes in. PRF is used to help speed recovery from dental implant surgery, speeding the formation of new bone and gum tissue. It’s your own natural healing factors, concentrated from your blood at the time of your procedure.
How Can Our Technology Help You?
Are you looking for better information, better treatment, and better results? If so, then our advanced technology may be able to help. Please call today for an appointment with Columbia, SC cosmetic dentist Dr. Adam Hahn.