At Kaufman Dentistry, we believe that new technology can provide the finest and most accurate dentistry available while making the experience as easy as possible on the patient. Below we discuss our three favorite advances in dental technology that have had the largest positive impact on our practice.
This is one of our devices that our patients most appreciate. The biggest complaint most people have about the dentist is the numbness that can last hours after treatment. With the use of single tooth anesthesia, we can direct the anesthetic to a single tooth, so that just one tooth gets numb. Our patients can then leave and go about their days without a numb tongue or lip. Though there are still many circumstances where we prefer to use traditional anesthetic techniques, this is now our go-to tech for simple single tooth procedures.
We use two types of lasers at Kaufman Dentistry. We use the first type to assist us in dental surgeries. By using the laser, we can minimize healing time and reduce our patients’ pain. with minimal post operative sensitivity and faster healing times.
The second laser measures decay in the tooth. Sometimes, it can be difficult to determine the extent of decay from just x-rays and an external exam of the tooth. In these situations, the laser can indicate whether a tooth needs to be treated or not. This non-invasive tool helps us avoid treating healthy teeth and ensures that we treat cavities even when they aren’t visible on x-rays.
The crown is one of the most basic dental treatments, and it has changed tremendously in the last 50 years. For much of the twentieth century, crowns were made of gold, sometimes with a porcelain covering. This type of crown tended to hold up well, but it came with several disadvantages. First, they often caused a gray line to appear around the border of the tooth. Many patients find this unappealing. Second, some patients are allergic to the metals used in crowns, and their gums would become inflamed. Third, gold crowns could sometimes be tricky to perfectly fit to the tooth. Now, we can offer a better alternative to the metal or porcelain crown; a crown made of zirconia. These crowns are naturally tooth-colored, so they look much better than metal crowns. They do not cause allergies, so they will not cause the gums to swell due to a reaction with the metal. Finally, with the addition of digital scanning and milling, we are consistently able to get highly accurately fitting crowns, greatly reducing any fit issues and making the crown delivery appointment quick and easy.