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Tyler Dental Care is proud to offer our patients the latest advancements in dental technology. Our dentist utilizes technology to diagnose, prevent, and treat oral disease. Advanced technology improves our diagnostic accuracy, the effectiveness of treatment planning, and helps patients recover from oral health issues quickly.

 

Preventive and Regenerative Services

Technology can be helpful for the prevention of disease and the regeneration of new tissue in the oral cavity. For example, technology such as CariFree® can be used to prevent decay before teeth are permanently damaged. CariFree® involves using an advanced detection system that reviews the level of cavity-causing bacteria in the oral cavity. Based on the results, patients may be prescribed antibiotic mouth rinses to kill harmful bacteria.

 

Advanced technology can help patients recover from disease and treatments for disease. BMP-2 is a specific protein used to encourage bone growth. This type of regenerative treatment is useful after treating bone issues after tooth loss or periodontal disease. Another regenerative treatment option includes Plasma Rich in Growth Factor (PRGF). This treatment helps regenerate soft tissue like the gums as well as bone.

 

State of the Art Diagnostic Equipment

When it comes to diagnosing oral health problems, diagnostics like digital radiography and 3D Cone Beam X-rays can help. Digital radiography produces clear images on high-resolution televisions and computer monitors. The clear images produced can greatly aid in the accurate diagnosis of disease. Cone Beam radiography is helpful, too. Since three-dimensional images are produced, our team can view the intricacies of oral anatomy, including the roots of teeth and the jawbones. Clearer images can help diagnose potential issues better than conventional radiography.

 

LANAP® is an innovative laser gum treatment offered by Dr. Loyd Dowd that utilizes laser technology to eliminate the bacteria and resultant diseased gum tissue without the need for scalpels or sutures. This method minimizes pain and down time for our patients, offering a convenient alternative to traditional gum surgery.

Another type of diagnostic tool is a device called DIAGNODENT. This device is used to detect the presence of tooth decay, including very small or newly-formed cavities. DIAGNODENT is helpful for detecting cavities between teeth and inside occlusal surfaces. This device uses a laser diode that emits light and then gives a digital readout on teeth. These readouts can signify the presence of decay.

 

It is always important to detect and treat cavities as early as possible.  However, detecting cavities using only visual, probing, and x-ray clues has proven to be only 50-75% accurate.  Because cavities can hide along fissure lines or inside biting or occlusal surfaces, detecting them early can be challenging.   Additionally, probing by the dentist has also been proven ineffective, as the cavity would have to be as large as the probe head in order to be found.

 

DIAGNOdent is a revolutionary way to detect and find cavities.  DIAGNOdent uses a laser diode to inspect the patient’s teeth.  The light-emitting device is shined on the teeth and then gives a digital readout the dentist is able to use to detect decay.  In fact, the DIAGNOdent laser is able to identify the tiniest bit of tooth decay before it becomes a major problem.  Detecting decay early means that fillings can be shallower and simpler and more of the tooth structure can be preserved.  And, because DIAGNOdent uses only light energy, not x-rays, it’s safe to use at each office visit.

 

Tyler Dental Care announced the implementation of a new hardware and software system that improves the Dr. Dowd’s ability to diagnose and treat bite imbalances for patients. Called the T-Scan® Novus™, it’s dentistry’s only digital analysis system for occlusal issues (contact between teeth).  Dr. Dowd can now digitally view your bite for the most accurate results possible.

 

tscanTekscan, or T-Scan, is a valuable tool that aids in diagnosing problems with a person’s bite.  The T-Scan system can show what is and what is not functioning properly when a person bites down.  When a bite is unstable it can cause pain, broken restorations, gum disease, tooth loss, headaches, and TMJ disorder.

 

The T-Scan device includes an ultra-thin sensor that a patient bites down on.  The computer then analyzes and displays the data.  Because the sensor technology is so advanced, the T-Scan can detect both biting time and force.  This will allow your doctor to correct any bite issues without the guesswork previously needed and reduce the number of office visits you will need to have your occlusion (bite) corrected.

CEREC is 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.

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.

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.

 

Patient Comfort

We utilize technology that can improve your experience during treatment. For example, we can anesthetize a single tooth. Part of the discomfort people experience when receiving an injected anesthetic is the medication flowing into soft tissue. Single tooth anesthesia is much more comfortable because technology controls the flow of medication while a handheld wand is used to administer the anesthetic with precision.

 

In some cases, early-staged tooth decay can be treated without the need for needles or drills. This treatment involves minimal tooth preparation so it is not uncomfortable. After a tooth is prepared for treatment, our dentist will use The Icon® Method – a technology where a proprietary material is applied over a cavity. The material will penetrate the cavity, fill it, and seal it to protect tooth structure. The Icon® procedure is great for treating tooth decay in a minimally invasive and comfortable way.

 

Not only does technology improve the effectiveness of treatment, it can promote patient comfort by reducing invasiveness or utilizing new instruments to perform treatment. Tyler Dental Care strives to provide every guest with state-of-the-art care in a comfortable and serene setting.

COMMON DENTAL TECHNOLOGY QUESTIONS

What does dental Technology do?

Dental technology can do many things. In fact, technology has improved nearly every facet of dentistry. Dental technology can greatly improve a person’s level of comfort. It can also aid a dentist in the early detection of potential oral health concerns such as periodontal disease and tooth decay. Lastly, advanced technology can be useful when it comes to recovering from certain treatments or ailments. Our practice takes pride in offering members of our community the very best in dental healthcare with a well-trained team of professionals using the latest treatment techniques and technology.

What is the latest dental implant technology?

Technology used to assist dental implantation has become increasingly advanced over the years. Today, three-dimensional imaging can show the structure of the jaws in greater detail. Computer programs can be used to simulate surgery after a person’s pictures and diagnostic images are uploaded to the computer. This guided technology helps our dentist plan for one’s procedure.

Does dental technology decrease healing time?

There is technology available that is used to promote quick healing times. Some examples of treatments used to increase a person’s ability to heal after a procedure include BMP-2 and Plasma Rich in Growth Factor (PRGF) to promote the development of new tissue.

What is the importance of Dental Technology?

Dental technology has far-reaching applications in the prevention, detection, and treatment of an array of common oral conditions. Technology gives our team a chance to look at structures we cannot see, such as the roots of teeth and density of facial bones. Without diagnostic images and other instruments, detecting potential issues that do not produce visible symptoms is difficult.

ABOUT US

At Tyler Dental Care, we work hard to provide exceptional dental care to our patients. We offer comprehensive dental services, utilizing state-of-the-art equipment and innovative dental technology to ensure the health of your smile and your overall well-being.

OUR OFFICE

Dentistry has improved by leaps and bounds over the years. At Tyler Dental Care, we love how technology helps our patients receive more comfortable and comprehensive dental care. We’ve incorporated modern diagnostic and treatment equipment, so you can benefit from the most advanced care available.

About Dr. Loyd Dowd

Dr. Loyd Dowd carries with him a clear vision–to help fearful and anxious patients receive the dental care they need essential to quality of life and overall well being. Through extensive education and training, Dr. Dowd has established his niche in the field of dentistry.

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