We find that patients are more comfortable when they know what to expect on each step of a proposed treatment. As 65% of all learning is visual, we offer a three-dimensional animated presentation of all major periodontal and dental implant procedures. This computerized presentation (known as Consult Pro), has become a valuable aid in patient education.
Our goal is that you are completely informed concerning your condition and any treatment to be performed.
We fully adhere to professional standards of cleanliness, sterilization, and radiation control. Our staff are likewise knowledgeable on the latest techniques.
We know that preventing the spread of infectious diseases such as AIDS, herpes, hepatitis and even the cold virus is critical.
We use barrier techniques such as disposable masks and gloves and replace them with every new patient. Each piece of fixed operatory equipment is wiped-down with antibacterial solution prior to every clinical procedure. Sterile water delivery systems are utilized. We use autoclave sterilization for all instruments prior to dental examination and treatment. You can be assured that our staff have been specifically trained on sterilization procedures and their importance.
Patients with certain medical conditions (e.g. valvular heart conditions and artificial joints) may be asked to pre-medicate with antibiotics prior to treatment. We do this with your safety in mind. Please inform us if you have a condition that might require pre-medication.
Post Treatment Instructions
After treatment, home care and medication instructions will be thoroughly explained. For your convenience, you will also be given printed instructions. Of course, we are always available for questions after treatment.
We go to extraordinary lengths to ensure our patients are as comfortable as possible during dental procedures. Please click here for more information on this topic.
In addition, for your convenience, we offer refreshments in our waiting area and a selection of music and headphones in our operatories.
We continually integrate proven technologies into our practice. Below is an introduction to some of the advanced equipment we use:
Digital charting is a efficient means of tracking a patient’s dental history. It also provides high-quality visual aids for patients to view changes in their dental health. Rather than relying on general charts and models, the periodontist can explain the diagnosis and treatment options using specific information.
Soft tissue dental lasers can be used to get rid of periodontal bacteria in coordination with traditional techniques, such as Scaling and Root Planing or Pocket Depth Reduction (see the Periodontal Treatment section). In some cases a dental laser can be used to go deeper in the pockets around teeth in a less invasive manner. Lasers can also be used in several other procedures, such as gum contouring and crown lengthening. Dental lasers have been in use for nearly 20 years.
Our intraoral camera allows us to take instant digital images of the teeth and intraoral surfaces. The doctor can then display these high resolution images on a computer monitor in the operatory, allowing the patient to share in the periodontist’s view. Allowing patients to view their teeth is a tremendous asset for the periodontist to coordinate with patients regarding treatment needs and intended treatment outcomes.
Low Radiation Digital X-Rays
Digital X-rays are taken with very low radiation and have more flexibility in terms of rendition. They are also more convenient when planning treatment with your general dentist.
You may have seen a magnifier loop in a jewelry store when the jeweler was closely examining a diamond. Dental magnifier loops are made for periodontists to view your teeth and gums in minute detail during periodontal procedures. Our periodontists use periodontal loops in many procedures to ensure more precise treatment.
Panoramic Radiography (Panorex) is a full-mouth X-ray that allows a full panoramic view of your teeth. This type of X-ray is often necessary in the diagnosis of dental implant placement and comprehensive periodontal therapy.
Pieziosurgery utilizes controlled three-dimensional ultrasonic vibration to precisely shape bone, but not soft tissues. This technique is ideal for delicate procedures, such as periodontal surgery, bone augmentation, sinus grafts and alveolar ridge augmentation. It allows for more precision, faster healing, and less invasion.