Advanced Dental Technology
Soft-Tissue Diode Laser
Laser dentistry is one of dentistry’s latest advances. The laser delivers energy in the form of a high-powered light. Depending on the intended result, this energy travels at different wavelengths and is absorbed by a “target.” In dentistry, these targets can be enamel, decay, or gum tissue. Each one absorbs a different wavelength of light while reflecting others.
In many cases, no local anesthesia is required. Unlike with dental drills, with laser dentistry there is no heat or vibration, making the procedure quite comfortable for most patients. For soft-tissue (surgical) procedures, it eliminates the need for suturing and healing is much faster. Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.
High-Precision Electric Handpieces
Many dentists exclusively use traditional air-driven handpieces (the dental term for “drills”). While acceptable for many procedures, these handpieces all have a degree of non-concentricity; they do not rotate perfectly smoothly. For the most precise aspects of restorative and cosmetic procedures, we use electric handpieces, which are significantly more powerful and consistent than traditional handpieces. This results in extraordinarily accurate interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration (i.e. – crown, veneer, or filling).
Electric handpieces are significantly more powerful, allowing procedures to be shorter and bringing more comfort to you. With a more precise instrument, there is less vibration and less noise.
DIAGNOdent Laser Cavity Detection
The traditional method of diagnosing dental cavities was a combination of a visual examination, confirmation of “softened” tooth enamel using a dental explorer, and thorough review of available x-rays. Although an effective method, it was still possible to miss certain cavities, especially when they were deeply embedded in the pits and grooves of posterior teeth.
DIAGNOdent is a small, pen-like instrument that easily glides over the teeth, using a non-invasive laser beam to reveal hidden cavities beneath the enamel layer as well as microscopic cavities that cannot be detected by visual examination. In an effort to provide the highest level of care for our patients, we utilize DIAGNOdent to significantly enhance our diagnostic ability.
Dr. Dongjin Lee and Dr. Min Jung Kim choose carefully which and when radiographs are taken. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Most importantly, they enable us to detect cavities between teeth, determine bone levels, and analyze the health of the bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts and tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining oral health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal, and especially so for digital radiographs, which reduce exposure time by up to 50 percent and overall radiation by up to 90 percent when compared to traditional dental radiographs. We use digital imaging technologies exclusively at our office. The hi-res images generated can be manipulated using computer software for optimal readability, and they can also be easily transferred to specialists and insurance companies with no loss of diagnostic ability.
We use intraoral cameras to help enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. Intraoral cameras allow us to quickly and easily take photographs of your teeth and project them onto a computer screen.
With clearly defined, images that can be sharpened and magnified, we are able to see details that may otherwise be missed by standard mirror-only examinations.