When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. Hill and his staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
Many dentists use air-driven “hand-pieces” (the dental term for “drills”). While acceptable for many procedures, these high pitched air-powered hand pieces all have a degree of non-concentricity; they do not rotate perfectly smoothly. They also have imprecise control over speed, while electric hand-pieces have precision speed control.
To get maximum precision, we use electric hand-pieces. This results in extraordinarily precise interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration (crowns, veneers, or fillings) and more predictable results. This will bring more comfort to you as well. With a more precise tool, there is less vibration and less noise.
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The CEREC system uses digital scanning to create 3-D models of your teeth, which can then be used to design crowns, inlays, onlays or veneers. A computer guided milling system can then create your crown from a ceramic block, while you wait! The ceramic can then be custom shaded to even better match your natural teeth. To find out more about this system, please visit our CEREC page.
Dr. Hill chooses carefully which and when radiographs (X-Rays) 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. Dr. Hill utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 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.
Bitewing x-rays (the four x-rays that show the area in-between teeth) should be taken yearly. Without them, there is no way to tell if decay is starting between your teeth. Decay can progress rapidly, unpredictably and sometimes without any apparent reason. Skipping routine x-rays is a risk that is not worth taking.
Details of Digital X-Rays:
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. Digital X-rays results in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you as compared with film x-rays.
Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.
Dr. Hill utilizes Intraoral Camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An Intraoral Camera is a very small camera which allows our practice to show you clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. Just as importantly, it allows you to clearly see where and why treatment is needed! 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.
We are a digital office, meaning there are no paper records, charts or film x-rays. You’ll notice that as a new patient, your information is taken on an ipad and goes directly into our system. All of this makes record transfers, insurance transactions, backup and security streamlined and efficient.