Dental Technology FAQs
Why do I need to wear those funny orange glasses when you work on me?
We employ the use of lasers during several dental procedures. Lest we inadvertently perform Lasik surgery on an unsuspecting eye, we have you wear these glasses during those procedures. You may also be asked to wear them during other procedures if the doctor feels the safety of your eyes is at risk.
How do the doctors keep up to date on all the current techniques and materials?
You will be hard-pressed to find a procedure, material or technique with which our doctors are unfamiliar. Aside from the many clinical journals they read and the courses they attend, they converse daily with over 1000 dentists worldwide via the magic of the Internet. This network is an invaluable resource for keeping our office on the leading edge of technology and dental research.
Both doctors attend in excess of 200 hours of continuing education every year - roughly 180 more than required by the state.
I've always been nervous about getting x-rays. Are there any dangers? Do you have any way to cut down on the amount of radiation you use on me?
Realistically, x-rays are relatively harmless at the doses that are used in dentistry. However, we understand any concern you may have, and have therefore embraced the newest player in this arena. Digital radiography has come of age, and we are pleased to offer it in our office. It decreases the amount of radiation absorbed by 80-90%, but to be honest, we are more thrilled with the diagnostics it provides. We can blow the image up on our monitor, enhance the resolution, and search for abnormalities with many tools available.
I don't like drills. Are there any other options?
Another good question! In line with our philosophy of minimally invasive microdentistry, a technique known as "air abrasion" can be used when decay has not spread too far. Basically, it mimics what you may know as sandblasting, but on a much smaller scale. Instead of sand particles, it uses aluminum oxide to abrade away the decay without creating collateral damage to the surrounding tooth structure. This not only removes the need for drills, but most of the time, anesthesia can be averted. Sound nice? It is!