Advanced Technology

Laser Dentistry | Air Abrasion | Digital X-rays | Digital Panoramic X-rays | Intraoral Cameras | Invisalign Orthodontics | Precision Dentistry with Magnification | One Hour Smile Whitening | Gum Disease Laser Therapy | CEREC

Laser Dentistry

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Waterlase uses the Hydrokinetic process, which gently washes away decay with YSGG laser-energized water droplets. Hydrokinetic energy is produced by combining a spray of atomized water with laser energy.

The resulting Waterlase (Hydrokinetic) energy gently and precisely removes a wide range of human tissue including tooth enamel (the hardest substance in the body), and soft tissue (gum tissue) with no heat or discomfort in most cases.

Many dental procedures can be performed without anesthesia.

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What can the Waterlase be used for?

  • Desensitize Sensitive Teeth
  • Canker Sore Treatment
  • Gum Disease Treatment
  • Root Canals
  • Decay Removal
  • Cavity Preparation
  • Smile Design (i.e. changing a gummy smile)

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Air Abrasion

Air abrasion is a unique, gentle alternative to the dental drill. In other words, it is a great, new way to treat small cavities. Microabrasive particles, virtually invisible to the naked eye, propelled by a gentle air stream, quickly and gently remove decay. Many types of cavities can be treated with air abrasion. The precision of the Air Abrasion allows us to treat decay at its earliest stage.

Typically, teeth treated with air abrasion are less susceptible to wear and will last longer. One of the main benefits of Air Abrasion is the lack of heat and vibration usually associated with the dental drill. As a result, the majority of patients report no unpleasant sensation and very little discomfort. 95% of the cavities treated with air abrasion can be done without a shot or anesthesia. The procedure is most commonly used on children.

For more information about Air Abrasion, Visit the WebMD website

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Digital X-rays

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At Riverstone Dental Care, our patients’ health always comes first. This is why we offer digital X-rays, a remarkable innovation in dental safety that allows dentists to reduce the amount of radiation patients are exposed to with standard X-rays up to 90 percent. To take digital X-rays, we will place a small sensor into the mouth.

As soon as the picture is taken, an image pops up on a nearby computer screen.

This amazing technology allows you to view any potential problems yourself and discuss them with the dentist. The real-time dental information provided by digital X-rays thus allows you to make better decisions with regards to your dental health. Please contact Riverstone Dental Care today for more information on digital X-rays.

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Digital Panoramic X-rays

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X-rays taken with the Panoramic X-ray machine differ from other digital X-rays in that they take a panoramic picture of the teeth. That is, the machine makes an entire half-circle motion to capture an image of the entire oral cavity.

Like digital X-rays, digital Panoramic X-rays reduce the amount of radiation patients are exposed to with standard X-rays up to 90 percent. Digital Panoramic X-rays are only necessary on initial visits and every few years thereafter. Please contact Riverstone Dental Care today for more information on digital Panoramic X-rays.

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Intraoral Cameras

Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are more comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.

Dr. Pulsipher utilizes intraoral camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An intraoral camera is a very small camera. In some cases, an intraoral camera is 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 treatments can be printed as for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.

This process makes it much easier for patients to understand their own dental health needs. The intraoral camera is a real time-saver for both dentist and patient. And because they detect problems early on, the images taken by an intraoral camera can also save patients a significant amount of money in the long run. Please contact Riverstone Dental Care today for more information on this wonderful instrument.

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Invisalign Orthodontics

For those patients who dislike the look of metal braces, Invisalign offers an excellent alternative. Invisalign aligners are composed of strong, clear plastic and are almost unnoticeable. Invisalign is a wonderful orthodontic option, providing for straight, even teeth without the annoyance of wires and brackets.

How it works

After determining that Invisalign is the right treatment for you, we will fabricate a series of clear aligners. Each aligner is worn for two to three weeks and will incrementally move your teeth as desired. Most treatment can be completed in 9-18 months. Call today for a free consultation!

Before proceeding, our Dental Team will need to determine whether or not Invisalign is a good choice for you. Please contact Riverstone Dental Care today for more information on Invisalign.

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Precision Dentistry with Magnification

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

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

Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using a similar microscope that an ophthalmologist uses enables us to create dental restorations with incredibility 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 microscope directs a beam of light directly on the teeth, minimizing glare to 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!

Operating telescopes are built into our glasses so that we may provide you with the excellent dentistry you deserve.

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One Hour Smile Whitening

In-office Whitening is a highly successful method of whitening performed in our office by our dental team. It can remove even the toughest stains left by coffee, tea, tobacco, and soft drinks, leaving the patient with an exceptionally white smile. What’s more, it does not harm the gums or teeth, and it only takes one hour. We begin the procedure by applying protective barrier on the gums and then a hydrogen-peroxide gel to the teeth.

The results are noticeable immediately following the procedure, and most patients leave the office with a gleaming white smile and a new sense of confidence. Please contact Riverstone Dental Care today for more information on In-office tooth whitening.

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Gum Disease Laser Therapy

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Periodontal or gum disease happens when bacteria gets below the gum line and the attachment between the gum and tooth is lost. Three out of four Americans have some form of periodontal disease and only 3 out of 100 will ever get treated before its too late.

Gum disease is a silent, chronic, painless and communicable bacterial infection that often goes undetected or ignored until severe gum and bone destruction is unbearable and no longer able to be ignored. Left untreated gum disease can cause tooth loss and traditional treatment can hurt.

The latest conservative gum therapy uses a laser. The laser gently disinfects and evaporates diseased tissues from around the tooth and inside the gum pocket. This treatment interrupts the bacterial destruction of the tissues and bone giving the gum pocket a chance to heal. Systematic repeated visits, generally 2-8, allow the gum pocket to be disease-free and sometimes allow tissues to reattach to the pocket back to a normal or near-normal depth. This new laser therapy is gentle, less painful, has a quick recovery. While surgery may still be indicated for severely advanced periodontal cases, laser therapy is a much more conservative, effective and comfortable option for beginning to moderate periodontal cases.

The dental laser can selectively remove the diseased lining of the periodontal pocket and destroy the microbes associated with periodontal disease. Anesthesia is usually not required.

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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!

Exam and Preparation

First, your Dentist examines the tooth and determines the appropriate treatment. It could be a simple filling, or a full crown, depending on how much healthy tooth structure is remaining and the clinical judgment of your Dentist. Next, he or she administers an anesthetic and prepares your tooth for the restoration, removing decayed and weakened tooth tissue. This preparation is just like he or she would do for many other restorative techniques.

Optical Impression

Then, your Dentist takes an Optical Impression of the prepared tooth. Instead of filling a tray with impression “goop” that you must bite into and hold in your mouth until it hardens, your Dentist coats the tooth with a non-toxic, tasteless powder. A camera is then used to take a digital picture of your tooth. This whole Optical Impression process only takes a minute or two.

No Temporaries

Next, the Cerec machine helps the Dentist create the restoration for your tooth. The Cerec 3D software takes the digital picture and converts it into a 3-dimensional virtual model on the computer screen. Your Dentist then uses his or her dental expertise to design the restoration using the Cerec 3D computer program. Within a few minutes, your Dentist clicks a button, and the restoration design data is sent to a separate milling machine in the office. A ceramic block that matches your tooth shade is placed in the milling machine. About 10 – 20 minutes later, your all-ceramic, tooth-colored restoration is finished and ready to bond in place. Finally, your Dentist tries the restoration in your mouth to ensure proper fit and bite. The restoration is then polished and bonded to the prepared tooth. Your tooth is restored with no “temporary” or return trip necessary. All of this is done in a single appointment! Ask us about Cerec today.

For an advanced dental restorative system that allows your dentist to restore decayed teeth, place crowns, remove defective amalgam fillings, or place cosmetic veneers in just one appointment. This allows you to have the highest quality, most lifelike dental restorations in just one visit to the dentist…in, out, and on with your busy life.

Acquisition Unit

The Cerec Acquisition Unit is mobile and houses a medical grade computer and the Cerec camera. Your dentist uses the camera to take a digital picture of your prepared tooth. This picture is used instead of a traditional impression. This means no impression tray and material for you to gag on. The computer and Cerec 3D software converts the digital picture to a three dimensional virtual model of your prepped tooth. Your dentist then designs your restoration right on screen using the software while you wait (and watch!). This software can assist your dentist with designing any single tooth restoration: crowns, inlays (fillings), onlays (partial crowns), and veneers. Once your dentist has designed your restoration (usually about 5 minutes), he or she clicks a button, and the design data is communicated via a wireless radio signal to the Cerec Milling Unit.

Milling Unit

Your dentist or dental assistant selects a ceramic block that matches the shade of the tooth being repaired. He or she then inserts the block into the Milling Unit. The data from the Acquisition Unit is used to direct two diamond coated burs to carve the block into the indicated shape of the restoration. This process usually takes 8 to 18 minutes depending on the size and type of restoration. After the milling is finished, your dentist polishes the finished filling or crown and bonds it into place.

CEREC is a registered trademark of Sirona Dental Systems

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