We believe in providing each patient with the tools to enjoy their healthiest smile. The level of care we offer includes technology that allows us to quickly and accurately identify dental problems in their early stages, with more convenience for our patients.
Dr. Stern explains options for better gum and body health
Our treatment rooms are also equipped with:
DEXIS CariVu™ — Caries Detection DeviceWe are virtually a totally digital office, including the use of low-radiation digital cavity x-rays. We also are one of the first offices to use the no radiation NIR computer-enhanced Dexis CariVu system to diagnose cavities and cracked teeth more accurately and earlier than ever before.
DIAGNOdent cavity detecting laserRather than looking for cavities using only x-ray imaging, our office is equipped with a laser cavity finder. DIAGNOdent is breakthrough technology that increases patient comfort and allows us to monitor teeth for hard-to-find cavities.
Fiber optic trans illumination cavity detectionUsing a fiber-optic trans-illuminator, Dr. Stern achieves greater accuracy in diagnosing dental caries. This device moves easily over teeth, concentrating a beam of light onto tooth surfaces. This light can detect cavities that have developed not only between teeth, but also beneath restorations or cosmetic work such as bonding. Our trans-illuminating diagnostic tool also aids in the detection of tooth fractures.
High-resolution digital x-raysX-ray technology has advanced significantly over the past few decades. Today, we are able to gain a better view of all areas of the mouth while also improving patient comfort, and decreasing our carbon footprint on the environment. Digital imaging is fast and convenient, and emits very low levels of radiation, making x-rays far safer for the patient and our staff. The digital imaging also eliminates the need for dental films, and the chemical used for processing. Because images are immediately available for viewing on our in-house computer system, we can show patients the results of x-rays, giving them a better understanding of their dental needs.
Air-abrasion for no-drilling fillingsDetecting cavities in their early state is ideal. Being able to repair the damage from small cavities is made easier with micro-air abrasion. This technology, which delivers a stream of microscopic particles to the damaged portion of a tooth, replaces the need for drilling in many cases, as the particles gently remove decay with great precision. With air abrasion, the noise and vibration of the dental drill can be eliminated. Many people find they can go through the filling process without anesthesia, eliminating injections, even if more than one tooth needs repair.
Vibraject anesthesia systemPatient comfort is our priority. One way in which we deliver the highest possible quality of care is to use tools that help us achieve greater comfort. The Vibrajet anesthesia system eliminates the mild pinch that is felt with the application of local anesthetic. Even with numbing cream, many patients report finding injections painful. With this small tool, sensations of pain are blocked, as slight vibration stimulates the nerve endings during injections.
Laser gum treatmentResearch has shown that the use of laser in addition to root planning and scaling significantly improves the results from non-surgical treatment of gum disease. The use of laser in dental treatments aids in the reduction of pain, bleeding, and post-treatment swelling.
Oral DNA testingThis advanced technology provides quick, simple saliva testing for patients, allowing us to identify the likelihood of gum disease development. Those who are being treated for gum disease can also benefit from oral DNA testing, as it is a way to determine the most suitable form of treatment based on the specific types of bacteria at work in the mouth.
Nitrous oxideThis gas sedative has been safely used in dentistry for many years. We believe our patients deserve positive experiences, and offer nitrous oxide as a service during dental treatment, if desired. Nitrous is odorless and colorless, breathed in through a mask. This sedative is fast acting, enabling patients to quickly feel more relaxed and at ease. As treatment ends, we taper off the delivery of nitrous, bringing the patient back to full alertness. This safe, effective sedative leaves the system so quickly that you will be able to safely drive home from your appointments with Dr. Stern.
Our treatment rooms are also equipped with:
- Satellite internet radio streaming
- Cable television
- Noise-cancelling headphones
- Netflix and massage chairs