When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. Martinez and his staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care. Our practice uses high power magnification loupes to enhance the precision of patient care. Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using magnification loupes that is similar to the one an ophthalmologist uses enables us 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 magnification directs a beam of light directly on the teeth, minimizing glare for you. Many dentists use air-driven “hand-pieces” (the dental term for “drills”). While acceptable for many procedures, these “whiney sounding” air-powered hand pieces all have a degree of non-concentricity; they do not rotate perfectly smoothly. For the most precise aspects of restorative procedures, we use electric hand-pieces. This results in extraordinarily precise interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration (crown, veneer, or filling). This will bring more comfort to you as well. With a more precise tool, there is less vibration and less noise.
Dr. Martinez chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. 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. Martinez utilizes Digital X-Ray Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. 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.
Digital Dental Photography:
Digital Dental Photography is one of the most powerful tools we use for communication with our patients, our dental labs as well as other specialists. As a patient, it can be challenging to fully understand what is going on inside your own mouth. With digital photography, Dr. Martinez can give you a thorough explanation of the issues you might be facing or recommendations for treatment. The high-quality visual aid makes understanding procedures and dental issues much simpler. Dr. Martinez uses dental digital photography to better assess, diagnose and treatment plan his patients.
For patients who do not look forward to needles, drilling, or numbness, Laser Dentistry may be the right choice. Laser dentistry is one of dentistry’s latest advances. The laser delivers energy in the form of light. Depending on the intended result, this energy travels at different wavelengths and is absorbed by a “target.” In dentistry, these targets can be enamel, decay, gum tissue, or whitening enhancers. Each one absorbs a different wavelength of light while reflecting others. Laser dentistry can be used for both tooth and soft tissue related procedures. Oftentimes no local anesthesia is required. Unlike with the dental drill, with laser dentistry there is no heat or vibration, making the procedure quite comfortable for most patients. For soft tissue (surgical) procedures it eliminates the need for suturing and healing is much faster. Lasers can be used to diagnose cavities. They can find hidden decay in teeth in early stages, and in some cases the decay can be reversed through hygiene and fluoride treatment and may never need filling.
Areas of dental care that benefit from laser technology:
- Cavity diagnosis and removal
- Curing, or hardening, bonding materials
- Whitening teeth
- Periodontal, or gum related, care
- Pediatric procedures
- Apthous Ulcer treatment (canker sore)
- Frenectomy (tongue-tie release) without anesthesia or sutures
- Root canals and apicoectomies
- Crown lengthening, gingivectomy and other gum corrections
Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.
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. Martinez 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.
Wand (Painless Injections)
Many patients are fearful of receiving shots at their dental appointment. The Wand is a computerized injection that is much more comfortable than the traditional shot. The chip in the Wand controls the flow of novacaine so it isn’t forced into your teeth or gum, causing you pain. At the office of Dr. Martinez , we are always looking for ways to make dentistry better for you. It is an excellent example of our efforts to bring you the latest dental technology, and to help all of our patients have a pleasant, positive visit to our office.
iTero (Digital Impressions)
iTero is a revolutionary new technique, which is used to create dental impressions. ITero technology uses digital 3D images of the patient’s mouth, in replacement of the dental trays and putty. There is no unpleasant taste of impression material and gag sensation are a thing of the past. It is a powder-free digital scan of the patient’s teeth and bite. It is more hygienic since a single-use hygienic sleeve minimizes the possibility of cross-contamination. The technology insures that impressions are extremely accurate and eliminates the need for re-apoointment, as well as cutting time in the dentist’s chair. Digital impression allows the patient to be more involved in the planning of the treatment by viewing the impression in real time on the screen.
iTero can be particularly beneficial for anxious patients and those who don’t like the feel of the putty in their mouth. The scanner takes only a few minutes and will not cause any discomfort in the mouth.