Technology in dentistry is constantly advancing. While some procedures have tried-and-true successes that have lasted the test of time, it is still the responsibility of your dentist to address your dental concerns and create appropriate treatment strategies that use state-of-the-art dental technologies. In addition to the care, skill, and knowledge needed to produce world-class dentistry, having the latest in technological tools and materials is a necessity. We are committed to provide the latest in technological advancements for our patients.
A recent upgrade at our office, the Itero Element is a digital scanning device designed to scan prepared teeth and create digital 3D impressions that can be seamlessly transmitted to laboratories where precision fitting restorations are fabricated. This facilitates the fabrication of restorations that have markedly less distortion than conventional models. Additionally, our Element technology enables us to maintain your dental records in a cloud-based backup system from which we can retrieve these records for Invisalign treatment. We are very excited to perform this top quality technique on our patients!
AvaDent changes dentures forever. With AvaDent Digital Dentures, Dr. Thakkar can cut down your time in the dentist chair by half! The AvaDent system takes digital impressions and creates your virtual denture right on the computer. Once the design is perfect, it is precision milled for extreme accuracy and fit. Should you ever lose or damage your denture, we can produce an exact duplicate using the digital files we have stored in the system.
In addition to its exceptional fit and esthetics, the AvaDent denture is more bio-hygienic. A patented process reduces the buildup of bacteria and prevenst the sore spots and “denture breath” these bacteria cause.
Another digital tool used by Dr. Thakkar and her hygiene department, is the intraoral digital video camera. The tiny device is a video camera shaped like a wand that can be moved around inside the mouth and performs a tooth-by-tooth video exam. The images taken from this exam can be stored and later enlarged and printed. Where it was once difficult to see inside your mouth, the intraoral camera provides magnified views. The pen-sized camera features a disposable cover to prevent contamination and is completely painless to use. As the camera is moved around in the mouth, it sends video images to a computer which are then displayed on a monitor in real-time.
The images can then be viewed by Dr. Thakkar and her patients. Using the intraoral camera enables the patient to understand their needs by seeing what the dentist sees and then having it explained. Since the intraoral camera generates images and video footage that are stored, enlarged and analyzed, dental problems can often be caught in their early stages. Once treatment options are discussed, agreed upon, and performed, our intraoral camera can be used to effectively track treatment progress. The digital images enable Dr. Thakkar to:
High Definition Intraoral Video Camera
The DEXIS™ DEXcam™ 4 HD creates immediate visual impact with high-definition images. Used for diagnosis, education, and collaboration, the images from the DEXcam 4 HD intraoral camera are clear and highly detailed. The camera itself is easy to use, reliable, and portable.
DEXcam 4HD is compatible with DEXvoice™, an add-on module to the DEXIS imaging software that enables voice activation – Hands-Free Workflow.
DEXIS™ CariVu™ is a compact, portable caries detection device that uses its patented transillumination technology to support the identification of occlusal, interproximal and recurrent carious lesions and cracks.
Click here to learn about the ADA’s new CDT code impacting CariVu, D0600.
Watch Dr. Lou Graham deliver a clinical case presentation on CariVu.
What makes CariVu unique?
Our latest technologies are easy to use, deliver high-quality clinical imaging, and facilitate an amazingly simple workflow. Learn more about the new updates to CariVu 2.0 software in this short video.
Dexis Platinum Sensor maximizes both patient comfort and ease of use. DEXIS has enhanced its sensor housing design by refining the curvatures, redesigning the cable exit, upgrading the materials, and giving it a slimmer profile.
The ability to take vertical AND horizontal bitewings AND all periapicals with a single sensor eliminates the cost and inconvenience of using multiple sensors of different sizes.
Image capture and processing electronics have been fully integrated into the sensor itself, replacing the need for a separate adapter or docking station. DEXIS is the first to offer gold plating on the sensor’s USB connector for better durability.
If you have questions about the iTero digital impression system, please contact our office for more information.