State of the art technology to accelerate your journey to a great smile – at Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio
I have a number of pieces of technology that I use in my office. One of the ones that I think patients find the most gratification for me using in comments about is something called a dental vibe – it is an instrument that I use to kind of lift and hold to the side. I lift and hit a button and it vibrates and I put it in the area that I am going to place the anesthetic and with vibrations I take all of the nerve endings in the area and flood them with all of this non painful information and when I give the actual injections and I am done – patients will say what was that? Did you just give me a shot? And the answer is yes – because this little piece of technology makes the getting of an injection extremely confortable so the dental vibe when I saw it was availed I thought it made a lot of sense and the number of positive comment that I had about such a simple idea but a powerful effect that it has on one of the areas that patients dread the most now that is one piece of technology I use and another one I have available here is called an iTero – it is an intra-oral scanner which means it is basically a camera that can fit into the mouth and it digitally records all of the dimension to the teeth to take a digital impressions so we use this for taking measurements for crowns, veneers and bridges. We also use this to take any impressions from orthodontic or Invisalign cases, so there is no more goopy impressions with the goop going down the back of the throat. It is certainly a more comfortable and definitely a much more accurate way of doing thing and then I also have a cone beam x-ray machine. Cone beam is basically a 3D x-ray so if a patient is in need of a dental implant, we need to be able to assess whether there is sufficient bone in the rea and so this piece of technology can capture a 3D x-ray to know exactly not only do I have enough bone but where exactly I can design and place my implant that leads to a much better final result because sometimes I have to fit an implant into a really tight space and knowing exactly how I can guide its placement. This technology assists me in being able to address that.