Technology


Technology

Dr. Wright’s commitment to advanced technology is also a long-term investment in your future. Our state-of-the-art technology invites informed decision making and enables patients to make wise choices concerning their oral health. One of the most tangible benefits of this approach is early detection and treatment of problems, resulting in lower overall cost, better aesthetic results, and more conservative, comfortable treatment. We consider technology fundamental to providing quality dental care.

Technology

Microscope + Loops

Technology-MicroscopeYou can’t fix what you can’t see! Therefore, in 1997, Dr. Wright installed surgical-grade microscopes into his operatories. The microscope illuminates cracks and microscopic defects in teeth. We believe micro-cavities and cracks, when left untreated, are the primary reason teeth break and require more extensive treatment in the future. With microscopes, we catch things early! This not only saves you time and money, but aggravation and discomfort in the long run.

We use a microscope or power magnification loops while providing all of your dental care. The majority of Dr. Wright’s work is done under 5x-25x magnification. We are proud to be among the 2-4% of United States dentists to take advantage of this modern technology.

Air Abrasion

Technology-AirAlternative to the drill, air abrasion is essentially a miniature sand blaster. Fine particles of sand-like material is released under high pressure directly to a localized tooth surface. The forced air particles remove decay from the tooth surface, making many procedures less invasive, more comfortable and faster for the patient than a conventional dental treatment. Typically no anasthetic is required for this procedure.

Air abrasion is the only way to ensure a 100% clean tooth surface. A clean tooth surface is necessary when preparing a tooth for treatments such as fillings, inlays, veneers, crowns, etc. Everything in modern dentistry is based upon bond strength. When a procedure fails it is most likely due to a weak bond or unclean tooth surface. The bond strength of a tooth surface prepared by air abrasion is 50% stronger than surfaces prepared by alternative methods.

Intra-Oral Camera

The intra-oral camera allows us to quickly and easily photograph the inside of your mouth. The pictures are taken through a microscope, providing better magnification. This view of your mouth allows you to better understand and participate in your treatment.

Digital Radiographics

Technology-DigitalRadiographicsDigital radiographs are a form of computerized radiography. This technology uses a standard dental x-ray generator as it’s radiation source. An intra-oral sensor is placed in the mouth to collect an image. From there… The color capabilities of the radiographs show more meaningful pictures than black and white. The zoom capabilities allows the doctor and patient to view localized areas for a better understanding of diagnosis and treatment. Digital radiography, when compared with…, reduces radiation exposure 80-90%.

Plasma Arc Curing Lights

Technology2Extremely high intensity light used for hardening today’s white filling materials. Inadequate curing has long been a problem in the field of dentistry. This light cures deeper, more thouroughly and more completely than other lights. This leads to a greater lasting filling, which means you won’t have to get it replaced as often!

T-Scan

Technology-TscanThe T-Scan is a computerized bite analysis system. Understanding the force that is applied to teeth helps explain or prevent many dental problems. The bite is a greatly overlooked area of the dentistry world and can lead to headaches, face pain, broken/loose/cracked teeth, gum disease and more!

The T-Scan is the most accurate way to evaluate the bite. It is a minimally invasive, pressure sensitive wafer that creates a movie showing the magnitude and timing of tooth contact. It is the only product of it’s kind and it employs the same technology as the Dr. Scholl’s pressure sensitive shoe insert machines.

Excessive force is often the reason teeth fracture and require restoration.  The T-Scan can identify the areas that will be tomorrow’s problem.

Many patient who suffer from TMJ problems, headaches, and facial pain will find the T-Scan to be the answer to their problems.  Research finds the traditional way of biting on a paper to mark contact points to be very inaccurate and not sensitive enough to resolve the problem.

If you have a TMJ splint and have not had any relief — you need a T-Scan!

iTero Digital Scanning

Technology-ItaroDigitalScanThe iTero digital scanning system is a replacement for goopy, gaggy impressions. The scanner provides the highest degree of accuracy today. Inaccuracy of fit (for crowns, veneers, inlays, bridges, etc.) is the most common reason dentistry fails. Employing the iTero digital scan adds to the longevity of your work.

For crowns, the scan is taken in office and sent to a dental lab where your crowns are handmade.

The iTero  digital scan process may be compared to the CEREC-3D process. The CEREC-3D takes scans in the office and your crown is immediately milled by an in-office machine. While the CEREC-3D results are faster, after extensive testing, Dr. Wright has determined that handmade crowns made in a dental lab are superior. They fit better, can allow a greater array of porcelains to be used, are more esthetic.  All of this adds up to better fitting, longer lasting, and more comfortable crowns, bridges and inlays.  And they look better!

Photography

Technology3Photography allows the doctor and the patient to document case development. It enables both parties to visualize where your smile started, where it could go, and the finished result.  It is a great tool for analyzing the asthetic details of your smile!

One of the greatest dentists ever and a mentor to Dr. Wright is Dr. Harold Shavell.  Dr. Shavell felt no dentist should practice without magnification and a camera.  Photographs are the best tool to evaluate the dentist’s esthetic result.

Dr. Wright routinely takes before and after pictures as a way to continually improve the esthetics of future work.  Pre-treatment photos are used to plan the desired result and allow patients to communicate their needs and wants before starting treatment.

Kavo Diagnodent (Kavo Diagooend Laser Cavity Detector)

The Kavo Diagnodent is a laser cavity detector. It helps locate cavities early by enabling doctors to look at the the biting surface of teeth to determine if bacteria has damaged your teeth. It is a replacement for the explorer (the tool that looks like a shephard’s hook).

This tool looks like a small, red pen light and sends out a beam of red light. Damaged teeth are indicated by a reflective wavelength different of that from undamaged teeth. Patients cannot feel when this tool is used.

While many dentists have one of these instruments, it is misused much of the time.  We record a numerical reading and track results at every preventative care appointment.  Treatment is recommended only if a trend of higher readings are discovered.

3D CT Analysis Software

CAT scans are used substantially more in dentistry today than any time in the past. The software allows us to plan implant placement, locate pathology (or cysts, tumors, nasty things), and ensure safe removal of teeth.

CAT scans and special software can be used to make special surgical guides for implant placement.  Guided implant placement allows Dr. Wright to visualize the position of the desired teeth, plan the precise implant position, and ensure the implant is placed exactly where it belongs.

Hospital Level Sterilization

Technology-HospitalLevelSterilizationIn our office, your safety is our highest priority! Throughout the day, we continuously and thoroughly sterilize our equipment for your protection. Our sterilization procedures are equal to or better than that of all hospitals in our area.

Before and after every patient appointment, all treatment surfaces (countertops, chairs) are disinfected with the most effective and safest products available. When possible, disposable barriers are used to cover all light handles, switches and X-ray machines.

To ensure your safety, we follow a number of standard sterilization procedures with all instruments and hand pieces. First, they are brought into our sterilization room and placed in an ultrasonic cleaner to remove even microscopic debris. The instruments and handpieces are then rinsed thoroughly before being wrapped in hospital grade paper and sterilized in an autoclave, which runs for 20 minutes and reaches temperatures of 350 degrees under pressure. This procedure destroys all bacteria, viruses, and spores.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding patient protection and give you a personal tour of our sterilization facility. Feel free to ask!

Ultrasonic Teeth Cleaning

An alternative to hand-scaling (scraping) of teeth, used for cleaning. It is a more comfortable and more thorough process to clean teeth. It has a metal tip that vibrates at 5,000 times per minute. Smooth round metal tip. Able to reach many places that are otherwise uncleanable.

EKG Monitoring

Technology-EKGCardiac monitoring is utilized for conscious IV sedation for safety. This is not a requirement for conscious sedation, but we utilize a higher standard to ensure patient safety.

Panorex

The Panorex is a state-of-the-art full mouth X-Ray that allows Dr. Wright to see a panoramic view of the oral cavity. These X-Rays provide information about existing fillings, supporting bone structures, sources of infection, turns, cysts and decay. Viewing these images aids Dr. Wright in preparing a unique treatment plan for each patient.

AED Equipment

Automatic Electronic Defibulator: These are found in many public places and are used for emergency cardiac/heart situations. This is required equipment for all general dentistry practices.

ACLS Certified

Advanced Cardiac Life Support: It is a training requirement for the doctor and staff associated with conscious sedation.

What We Don’t Have & Why

Dr. Wright is always abreast with the latest and greatest in dental technology. In addition to his commitment to continuing his education, Dr. Wright actively trials new dental tools and products. He is always striving to give you the most beautiful, healthy, practical smile! When Dr. Wright strategically chooses to pass a tool or technique, it is because he believes that there are better alternatives that are more cost effective or provide better results. With that said…

We do not have a CEREC-3D. The CEREC is a highly advertised piece of dental equipment that scans your mouth and mills your dental work chairside. It allows for your crowns, bridges and inlays to be scanned and placed in the same appointment. After testing three versions of the CEREC in the office, Dr. Wright made the decision that it was not as accurate as iTero scanning. After close evaluation under 22x magnification, he decided that the accuracy of the in-office milling equipment is limited and significant.

Instead, Dr. Wright uses the Itero digital scanning system and sends the results to a dental laboratory for processing. While the process is slower and requires two separate dental appointments, Dr. Wright believes that hand-made laboratory processes are more accurate and provide a better fit. This ensures optimal comfort and longevity of your work.

Dr. Wright believes in the philosophy taught by the Pankey Institute and Dr. Peter Dawson.