The technologies used to deliver dental care have consistently improved over the years, making diagnosis faster and more accurate and treatments more comfortable with a higher rate of predictability.
These are just a few of the technologies you’ll find at Smiles of Round Lake.
Digital records on workstations and tablets make it easier for us to deliver fast and accurate care. We can access your history with just a click of the mouse or a tap of a tablet pen, so we can easily track any developing conditions or changes in your health. Additionally, digital x-rays can be stored in your record for fast retrieval and comparison.
handheld DIGITAL X-RAYS
X-rays are one of the most important diagnostic tools we have as dentists, and digital x-rays allow us to diagnose faster and more accurately while exposing patients to dramatically less radiation.
Since the x-rays are transmitted electronically, we can view them almost instantly without having to wait for film to develop. We view the images on computer monitors, making it easier to zoom in for a better view and explain any concerns we have to you much more easily. This makes digital x-rays a valuable patient education tool.
Unlike traditional film x-rays, digital x-rays don’t require chemicals to develop, and they are stored electronically in your digital file. This means digital x-rays are less wasteful and a much better choice for the environment.
Plus, we use a “handy” device called the Nomad Pro 2 from Aribex. This handheld portable x-ray device allows us to take digital x-rays more efficiently so as to make it comfortable for you.
soft tissue diode laser
A laser is an instrument that produces a very narrow, intense beam of light energy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that laserscan be used as a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of dental procedures. Some of them include: correct speech problems caused by a tongue-tie, uncover partially erupted wisdom teeth, remove inflamed gum tissues and reduce the amount of bacteria within a periodontal pocket, remove muscle pulls, as seen in orthodontic patients, and reduce the discomfort of canker and cold sores.
Although we won’t argue with the valuable information we can get from a digital x-rays, they can’t show us everything that’s going on in your mouth. An intraoral camera gives us an even higher level of detail.
This tiny piece of equipment packs a big punch when it comes to giving us a thorough tour of your entire mouth. The handpiece is similar to a dental mirror with its own built-in light source. It can zoom in on areas of your mouth that the digital x-ray doesn’t show.
The intraoral camera allows you to see what we see inside your mouth, enabling you to better understand recommended treatment plans.
DSLR cameras provide great images and flexibility. They offer a very high-quality image and enables patients to see things better. Dr. Lin also uses the DSLR camera when communicating with patients about what he sees and to show the progress of orthodontic treatment.
Electric handpieces are more accurate and less noisy. They also produce less vibration, making them more effective tools compared to air-powered drills.
There are only two settings on an air-powered drill, on and off, which translates into more pressure and speed than are necessary in many circumstances as well as less precision. Electric handpieces are capable of variable RPM configurations as set by the operator.