THE ART & SCIENCE OF DENTISTRY
Dr. Shapiro's state-of-the-art office utlilizes dental technology that makes his office truly unique. These technologies benefit the patient by offering improved diagnosis and care.
A computer imaging system gives you a preview of your diagnosed treatment options. The intra-oral camera allows you to see in full color the condition of your teeth and gums magnified on a monitor. Digital Radiography with up to 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays, computers controlled anaesthetic devices, lasers and computerized education systems all complement the comprehensive treatment you receive in this office. Find out more below:
Cone Beam technology provides a digital tomographic 3D view of the patient’s area of interest. A traditional x-ray is only two-dimensional. With Cone Beam systems, the doctor is able to get a full 360 degree view of the tooth and all surrounding areas. The 3D Cone Beam scanner provides nearly limitless views of the teeth while using less radiation than traditional medical CT technology. This new technology is fast, simple and painless, providing many wonderful benefits that were unavailable only a few years ago.
Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Milling (CAM) offer advanced treatment options with less waiting time for a restoration. Depending on the procedure(s) being performed, your dental restoration(s) may be able to be placed on the same day or next day instead of the usual wait of one to two weeks or more. Using a special scanner, the office can take a digital impression without using traditional trays, improving patient comfort. The restoration(s) is then designed using advanced computer 3D technology that can analyze the interaction of the new restoration with your other teeth. A new crown can be milled out of a solid piece of tooth-colored composite material providing strength that may surpass that of many crowns produced in a dental lab. Advancements in materials and technology have provided many options for great restorations that can both look great, provide superior strength compared to other restorations, and reduce the need for multiple visits to the office.
The use of the iTero® scanner allows the doctor to take digital impressions of the patients teeth. Patients will have a comfortable, impression-free experience. Enjoy the benefits of a high-tech, chairside experience without the mess and gagging associated with traditional impressions. Using the scanner allows us to be more efficient and can reduce the number of visits to the office, saving you time.
TRIOS® 3Shape Digital Scanner is a unique technology that can take digital impressions and match tooth shades with more efficiency and efficacy. This technology offers high definition photos, which are sent with the digital impression, and optimized scans which facilitate determination of the margin line and improve placement accuracy.
Our on site dental lab offers offers expedient and personalized service using the most advanced technology to create customized restorations. Our lab is one of a handful of on site labs in the world that has an in-house master ceramist and a 3D printer.
Air Abrasion is a new micro-dentistry technique that is used to treat tooth decay and prepare teeth for restorations without the use of a drill.
In some instances air abrasion allows us to replace traditional handpieces when removing decay without utilizing anesthesia.
The Wand® provides a painless, stress-free alternative to dental anesthesia via syringe. Delivering a computer-regulated flow of anesthetic, our doctors’ anesthetic injections will be consistent, accurate, and far more painless. It also offers single tooth anesthesia, directing the flow toward the treated tooth and eliminating widespread numbness.
Our office uses specialized dental software to simulate cosmetic procedures on patient pictures. This technology allows patients to see what their smile will look like once their treatment is completed.
Even before treatment begIns, our office technicians help you visualize the smile of your dreams. Our state of the art digital photography and imaging systems can preview your attractive new smile and facilitate your treatment decisions.
This technology provides quick and easy measurement of tooth shades in any lighting condition. Using Easyshade®, we are able to accurately determine the shade of natural teeth, track the development of the whitening process, and ensure that the shading of our restorations matches our patients’ teeth.
The Isolite™ System increases patient comfort during dental procedures with a special mouth piece made of soft material. The mouth piece protects the patient’s tongue and cheek during treatment, while providing the dentist with adjustable lighting and easily controlled suction. Because the Isolite™ System comes in six different sizes, all patients can be fitted comfortably and easily.
Digital x-rays reduce the amount of radiation needed as compared to film x-rays. The improved diagnostic capability of digital x-rays and the ability to view the x-rays on a computer screen allow the patient to better understand and follow treatment. Digital x-rays are instant, so there is no longer a need to develop the film. Digital x-rays save time and increase patient care. It’s also a very green technology. By eliminating film, developer and chemical waste, digital x-rays are better for both the patient and the environment!
The use of specialized operating microscopes means that the doctor is able to get a detailed look at the work they are doing during all phases of treatment. The additional magnification and illumination allow them to work with great precision and see small details such as calcified canals and fractures. The doctor is able to more accurately diagnose and treat the patient using a dental surgical microscope to improve the potential outcome of the treatment from “good” to “excellent”. Further, some microscopes may be equipped with high resolution video and digital photography allowing the doctor to enhance patient communication and document treatment.
Using Electronic Medical Records, our practice is able to quickly and accurately access patient information in order to provide the utmost in patient care. This helps to ensure patient confidentiality as well as reduce the need for paper. Using a digital format allows for quick access to patient information when needed for insurance records while providing a secure filing system.
An intraoral camera combines the latest video technologies with dental care. Both the patient and dentist can see detailed images of the teeth and mouth in real time. With an intraoral camera, patients are able to better understand what is happening and review the status of their oral health.
With this latest technology, a UV light detects cavities that are not yet visible to the naked eye. This technology enables dentists to practice minimally invasive dentistry by providing a better possibility of diagnosing this disease at an early stage.
These handpieces provide less vibration and noise than traditional dental drills. They are quieter and more efficient in tooth preparation, making dental procedures shorter and more manageable. Electric handpieces reduce the noise and chatter of traditional handpieces as well as treatment time. Our office uses both Kavo® Comfortdrive and Electrotorque® handpieces.
Soft tissue lasers are used for periodontal (gum) surgeries. These lasers are more efficient, cause less discomfort, promote a faster healing time, and decrease the risk of infection, providing a better outcome.
These handpieces are used for periodontal (gum) and osseous (bone) surgery to gently and meticulously remove harmful bacteria without requiring invasive measures.
We pride ourselves on our ability to make your visits comfortable and painless. We use virtual reality glasses, special pillows and blankets and other amenities to maximize the dental experience.
These ultra quiet headphones are for patient use during any dental procedure. Patients can listen to their favorite music, movie, or television show without having to hear all of the surrounding noise going on as the dental work is being performed.
These television monitors are found next to every patient chair. Patients can watch a movie or TV show. Patients can also view their dental x-rays when speaking to the doctor about the findings for a better understanding of their oral health.
Our office offers free Wi-Fi for our patients use while visiting our office.
Our office provides iPads® for patients to enjoy while visiting our office.
We are pleased to offer courtesy charging stations for patient use while they are in our office.