Advanced Technology

Precision Dentistry

When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Drs. Andrew and Aaron Norman and our staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and comfort of your dental care.

Our practice uses high magnification to enhance the precision of patient care.

Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using high magnification enables us to create dental restorations with incredibly precise fit and finish. You just can’t fulfill that level of care with the naked eye.  We choose Orascoptic (http://www.orascoptic.com) and Surgitel (http://www.surgitel.com) to provide us with our magnification needs.

For the most precise aspects of restorative procedures, we use Kavo (http://www.kavousa.com/US/Electric.aspx) electric hand-pieces. This results in extraordinarily precise interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration (crown, veneer, or filling). This will bring more comfort to you as well. With a more precise tool, there is less vibration and less noise.

Digital Imaging

Drs. Andrew and Aaron Norman choose carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.

Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Drs. Andrew and Aaron Norman utilize Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 60 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better.

Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.

DEXIS Digital X-Rays (www.dexis.com):

Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. This also allows more patient involvement during the diagnostic process.  Digital X-rays results in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.  The Dexis imaging technology is one we embraced in 2003, and Dexis has grown since then to become one of the leaders in digital imaging.  The new Dexis Platinum sensor gives us remarkable imaging quality, producing more than 20 visible line pairs/mm, which means we see a clearer and more diagnostic radiograph, every time.  

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PLANMECA ProMax 3D Panoramic and CBCT Digital Imaging (http://www.planmeca.com/na/)

This is the newest technological addition to our practice and we are very excited about the possibilities this will afford us and our patients in the diagnosis, treatment, and comprehensive care we strive to deliver.  The ProMax 3D unit is designed to capture complete patient information with multiple programs to suit any diagnostic need; panoramic, anatomically accurate extraoral batwings, 3D imaging, and more.  The unit complies with a multitude of diagnostic requirements using a smaller field of view, which results in even less radiation for our patients, and strictly conforms to the ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) radiation principle.  

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Nobel Biocare NobelActive Implants (https://www.nobelbiocare.com/us/en/home/products-and-solutions/implant-systems/nobelactive.html)

We are excited to be offering NobelActive implants to our patients, as this is a proven system with a great track record in the dental literature, and is backed by the preeminent implant company in the world, Nobel Biocare.  We chose NobelActive because it is an extremely versatile implant; one where we can achieve extremely high stability even in compromised bone, we can achieve excellent long-term esthetic results, and also place the new small 3.0 mm diameter implant in areas with limited space.  We are achieving excellent osseointegration between the implant and the native bone.

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NSK Electric Handpieces (http://www.nskdental.com/en/products.html?page=shop.browse&category_id=25)

Electric handpieces have many advantages over air-driven handpieces. These include constant torque and speed, the absence of bur chatter, and quietness during operation.  While these handpieces are not used exclusively, they offer another option in the most effective, comprehensive treatment we can offer to our patients.  

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DIAGNOdent Caries Detection (http://www.kavousa.com/US/DIAGNOdent/Pen.aspx):

Lasers are used to diagnose cavities.  They can find hidden decay in teeth in the early stages, and in some cases the decay can be reversed through hygiene and fluoride treatment, which may allow the tooth to never need treatment. The DIAGNOdent hand-held caries detection operates at a wavelength of 655 nm. At this specific wavelength, clean healthy tooth structure exhibits little or no fluorescence, resulting in very low scale readings on the display. However, carious tooth structure will exhibit fluorescence, proportionate to the degree of caries, resulting in elevated scale readings on the display of the DIAGNOdent, enabling the practitioner to provide a more accurate dental caries treatment plan.        

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DigitalDOC Iris Intraoral Camera (http://www.digi-doc.com)

We utilize intraoral camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An intraoral camera is a very small camera – in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An intraoral camera allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you!

Intra oral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.

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VELscope (http://www.leddental.com)

Velscope early cancer diagnosis and screening allows us to find oral cancer before it is visible to the naked eye when the cure rate is high.  The velscope unit uses natural tissue fluorescence visualization to help detect oral mucosal abnormalities that might otherwise have been overlooked. The VELscope® Enhanced Oral Assessment System centers on a handheld scope that is used by dentists to help detect oral tissue abnormalities, including cancer. The VELscope® Vx system is an adjunctive device which means it must be used together with and as a supplement to the traditional intra and extra oral head and neck exam. Unlike other adjunctive devices used for oral examinations, the VELscope® Vx does not require any dyes or prolonged testing procedures. In fact, a VELscope® Vx exam can be performed in the dentist’s office during a routine hygiene exam in about two minutes. The device is extremely sensitive to abnormal tissue changes and the distinctive blue-spectrum light causes the soft tissue (oral mucosa) of the mouth to naturally fluoresce. Healthy tissues fluoresce in distinct patterns that are visibly disrupted by trauma or disease, such as neoplastic lesions, and fungal, viral or bacterial infections

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