Dentistry is changing faster than you can imagine, thanks in large part to rapidly evolving technology. Today’s best instruments enable dentists to accomplish things that sounded like science fiction just a few years ago, and fortunately for Covington residents, you’ll find them all right here at Dean Dental Care. Every day, we use the latest in advanced dental services and technology to deliver world-class dentistry in the most efficient and comfortable way possible, ensuring patients enjoy both healthy smiles as well as shorter appointments.
Being able to clearly see absolutely every corner of the mouth used to be quite a challenge, but thanks to our intraoral camera, we can ensure nothing gets past our team. This device is about the size of a pen, and it fits easily into the mouth to capture high-quality images of the teeth and gums. We can then display them on a monitor right in the treatment room, making it easier for our team to spot potential problems, plus they allow patients to gain a much deeper understanding of their dental health.
Concerned about radiation exposure from dental X-rays? Our team was too, seeing as how we’re around them all day! That’s a big reason why we’ve upgraded to only using digital X-rays. In addition to emitting 90% LESS radiation compared to traditional film, they also take much less time to develop sharper images. Basically, they improve our diagnostics, speed up appointments, and put patients’ minds at ease at the same time!
While traditional 2D X-rays are excellent, they don’t tell us everything when it comes to a patient’s dental anatomy. When we need more information to plan for a complicated treatment like dental implant placement or root canal therapy, we like to use our 3D cone beam scanner. This device creates an exhaustively-detailed digital X-ray model of the teeth, jaws, and all nearby structures so we can completely personalize a patient’s treatment down to the finest detail. This not only guarantees a successful procedure but an easy recovery as well.
We use dental impressions to design all kinds of treatments, from crowns to bridges to porcelain veneers and more. Now, instead of creating them by having a patient bite into odd-tasting dental putty, we can instead just take a few noncontact scans of their mouth. On a nearby monitor, these images will be put together to form a highly-detailed digital impression. This approach is not only much faster and more comfortable than the old way but more accurate as well, meaning patients don’t have to get time-wasting retakes.
Lasers are basically the perfect dental tool. They’re gentle, extremely precise, and make it easy for a patient to remain comfortable during a procedure. With one, we can quickly eliminate harmful bacteria from below the gum line without any scraping or prodding, or we can painlessly remove excess gum tissue to improve the look of the smile. The laser doesn’t affect the tissues around those being treated, meaning bleeding, swelling, and discomfort are reduced to practically non-existent levels.
Local anesthetic enables our team to perform a wide range of procedures while keeping a patient completely comfortable, but you know what many people don’t like? The shot used to deliver the anesthetic! Thankfully, The Wand is here to help. This is a computer-assisted anesthetic administration device. After applying a topical anesthetic, it administers the rest so slowly and evenly that the body doesn’t register any sensation. The end result? Basically, you’ll feel nothing right before you feel nothing!