Advanced Technology

Precision Dentistry

When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. Perona and staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.

Our practice uses high power loupes to enhance the precision of patient care.

Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using microscope 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, one loupes 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 (dental crown, tooth veneer, or tooth filling). This will bring more comfort to you as well. With a more precise tool, there is less vibration and less noise.

Digital Imaging

Dr. Perona 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. Perona utilizes Digital X-Rays within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs, therefore exposing you to 1/6th the radiation exposure. Digital X-rays offer more precision and clarity that traditional film.

Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.

THE CEREC PROCEDURE

Let’s face it, very few of us have perfect teeth, free of decay and fillings. You can probably see a filling or two in your own mouth, which do just that — “fill” a cavity, or hole, in your tooth left from the excavation of decayed tooth structure. In many cases, those fillings are made of metal material and can go bad, weaken the tooth, or get additional decay under or around it. In fact, 1.2 billion of these metal fillings will need to be replaced in the next 10 years. CEREC is a method used by thousands of dentists worldwide since 1987 not only to replace these fillings, but also to restore any tooth that is decayed, weakened, broken, etc. to its natural strength and beauty. Better yet, it’s done with all-ceramic materials that are tooth-colored in a single appointment!

Laser Dentistry

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 our practice, we use 2 separate lasers that target gum tissue or TMJ and jaw muscles. Each one absorbs a different wavelength of light while reflecting others. Our MLS laser is the best cold laser, on the market, for treating the TMJ and  associated muscles.

Areas of dental care that benefit from laser technology:

  • Periodontal, or gum related, care
  • Apthous Ulcer treatment (canker sore)
  • Cold sore/ulcer treatment, if done in first 2 days.
  • Temporary relief of pain, inflammation and edema
  • Crown lengthening, gingivectomy and other gum corrections

Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.