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Surgical Magnification Loupes – Gone are the days of a dim overhead light and the naked eye. Dentists graduating from dental schools the last decade are trained to where magnified surgical loupes along with attached high powered lights. The increased light and magnification help dentists diagnose and perform dental surgeries much more accurately and precisely.

Dentists typically use magnification of 2X-4X, but sometimes even more. Biomimetic Dentists are trained to use very high magnification, especially to diagnose cracks during treatment. Dr. Schiffenhaus wears 3X-5X loupes and Dr. May pictured here wears 8X loupes. Dr. Schiffenhaus and Dr. May will also routinely use a dental microscope to perform treatment at 16X-24X

  • We use the Seiler 3D Promise Vision Microscope. The dentists look at the monitor above the patient and wear 3D glasses to do their treatment at 16X-24X Magnification in High Definition 3D.  This allows us to take our precision and results to an extremely high level.
Cone Beam 3d Imaging

Cone Beam 3d Imaging – A cone beam is a type of CT imaging system that uses a much smaller amount of x-ray radiation than a conventional CT Scan. Also referred to as a CBCT – it allows x-ray imaging in 3D compared to routine 2D dental x-rays. The resolution is also much better with a CBCT than a 2D x-ray. This allows us to diagnose more such as: infections in the bone, airway 7 sleep medicine, implant planning

Cerec Primescan CAD-CAM – The Cerec Primescan system allows us scan teeth digitally instead of old fashioned wet impressions.

Additionally we can make many ceramic restorations in our office such as: Overlays, Onlays, Crowns, & Veneers that can be placed same day.

Cerec Primescan CAD-CAM
Diagnodent

Diagnodent- The diagnodent is used to help diagnose the depth of decay in teeth. The diagnodent uses a non-cutting laser to shine into the tooth. Bacteria that cause decay will block the transmission of part of the wavelength of the laser. The diagnodent will detect the “blocking” of light and the density and give back a numeric reading. Based on how large that numeric reading is the dentist can decide to monitor, treat preventively, or remove the decay surgically and restore with resin composite. This is much more accurate less likely to cause damage than the old fashioned “stabbing” the grooves with a sharp explorer.

Additionally, many people have stain in the grooves of their teeth. Stain is not decay but can be associated with decay. The diagnodent can help differentiate from normal stained teeth and decay so no unnecessary treatment is performed.

Dexis CariVu

Dexis CariVu – The Dexis Carivu is an amazing diagnostic adjunct. It is a camera that shines light through a tooth that results in “transillumination”.

Transillumination allows dentists to better diagnose cracks into teeth that can be missed by X-rays and routine exams. Not all decay is detected by X-rays and can be found by the transilluminator. Additionally, the extent of decay found on x-rays can be better visualized in 3D with transillumination and help the dentist to decide whether to treat preventively or surgically.

Diagnodent

Diagnodent- The diagnodent is used to help diagnose the depth of decay in teeth. The diagnodent uses a non-cutting laser to shine into the tooth. Bacteria that cause decay will block the transmission of part of the wavelength of the laser. The diagnodent will detect the “blocking” of light and the density and give back a numeric reading. Based on how large that numeric reading is the dentist can decide to monitor, treat preventively, or remove the decay surgically and restore with resin composite. This is much more accurate less likely to cause damage than the old fashioned “stabbing” the grooves with a sharp explorer. Additionally, many people have stain in the grooves of their teeth. Stain is not decay but can be associated with decay. The diagnodent can help differentiate from normal stained teeth and decay so no unnecessary treatment is performed.

Caries Detector Dye

Caries Detector Dye – Caries Detector Dye is used during treatment to stain decayed tooth tissue. This helps the dentist differentiate between “healthy” & “decayed” tooth tissue during treatment. This allows the dentist to preserve more healthy tooth and more accurately remove decayed tooth structure.

Special training is required to use Caries Detector Dye in a minimally invasive way. The dye does not stain bacteria but decayed/damaged tooth structure that is strongly correlated with the presence of bacteria. Biomimetic Dentists understand this distinction and use it to remove decayed tooth structure in a minimally invasive way to reduce the incidence of root canals and create a tightly sealed and bonded final restoration.