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John Masters, DDS, INC., David A. Hudson, DDS, Zachary L. Freer, DMD

 

General Information

Advances in Technology

What new technologies are being used?

Opereating Microscopes:

We utilize operating microscopes.  Magnification and fiber optic illumination are helpful in aiding the doctor to see the tiny details inside your tooth.  This allows for rapid and thorough treatment of even the most complex teeth.  Also, a tiny video camera on the operating microscope can record images of your tooth.  Pictures of your tooth can be created to show you specific details of your case, and to further document the doctor's findings.

Computed Digital Radiography (CDR):

Dental radiographs can now be taken using sensors that transmit the radiographic image of your tooth directly onto a computer monitor.  These digital images can then be enlarged and enhanced to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of your tooth.  They can also be archived, printed and sent to co-therapists via e-mail or diskette.  A further advantage of CDR is a reduction of radiation exposure up to 90% compared to conventional film-based radiography.  Finally CDR is faster with the image being obtained virtually instantaneously, decreasing the time you spend in the dental chair.

Apex Locators:

At our office we utilize advcanced electronic root-length measuring technology to insure accuracy.  These instruments work by measuring and comparing resistance of tooth structure and tooth support tissue to provide a visual and audible signal to indicate precise root length.

Ultrasonics:

All of our treatment rooms are equipped with sophisticated ultrasonic instruments.  These units are used to remove obstructions from root canals, aid in the search for extra or calcified canals, and allow for precise root-end fillings in endodontic microsurgery cases.  These instruments  have also increased the safety of many of our procedures and have aided in the preservation of needed tooth structure.

Nickel Titanium rotary instruments:

A new generation of endodontic instruments have replaced stainless steel.  Made from an alloy of nickel and titanium, these new instruments have the unique properties of greater flexibility and greater resistance to fracture as compared to stainless steel.  These properties allow the instruments to follow the intricate curves of the tooth's canal, resulting in predictable, efficient and rapid cleaning and shaping of the tooth's canals.

Electric Handpieces:

Along with these new nickel-titanium rotary instruments has come the advent of electric motor handpieces.  These handpieces are virtually silent, and can decrease the stress and anxiety of treatment.