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The dentistry field is constantly evolving and progressing to suit the patient's needs. We have come a long way in terms of technological advancements and the tools we use today for dental procedures. Here is a list of the most popular dental technologies.

Solea Laser at Summit Dental Care.

Solea Laser

We have a Solea® laser that is designed to deliver a pain free procedure that does not require the use of traditional anesthetic. This means less time spent at the dentist. It is an isotropic CO₂ laser that an actually vaporize enamel and is highly controllable based on the needs of the procedure. This laser works on both hard and soft tissue procedures. It can also be used to provide relief for snoring in patients.
Patient getting their x-rays done at Summit Dental Care

Digital X-Rays

Digital x-rays contain less radiation and are faster than the traditional x-rays with physical copies. A digital x-ray allows the dentist to view the image on a screen where they can better assess the condition of the mouth. Digital x-rays are less harmful and omit 90% less radiation compared to traditional x-rays.

Dr. Vu using an intraoral camera at Summit Dental Care

Intraoral Camera

An intraoral camera allows the dentist to view a clear and precise image of the patient's teeth and gums. This technology is used to make an accurate diagnosis of the condition of your mouth. The intraoral camera displays the inside of your mouth in real-time on a display screen and allows the dentist to walk you through any issues that you may be facing. This technology is used to examine cracked and chipped teeth, cavities, and any abnormalities.
Dr. Vu showing a patient some of their digital impressions of their teeth.

Digital Impressions

This is also referred to as 3D intraoral scanning that captures a replica of your mouth. Through this technology, the dentist can create a virtual model of your mouth and can distinguish between the soft and hard tissues inside. Digital impressions are more accurate and precise than dental molds, and dentists are using this technology to assist in making dentures, bridges, crowns, and retainers. For patients who have a gag reflex and want to avoid the unpleasant experience of biting into the molding material, dentists can use digital impressions for a more comfortable experience.

Panoramic x-ray technology available at Summit Dental Care

Panoramic X-Rays

Alongside digital x-rays, we also provide the opportunity of getting a panoramic x-ray of your entire mouth. The three-dimensional view of your mouth focuses on your jaw, nasal area, sinus, and jaw joint. This technology can help dentists detect bone abnormalities, teeth tumors, cysts, and it helps with planning and designing dental implants.
Nitrous Oxide available at Summit Dental Care

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas, is used to calm patients down to ease their anxiety about being in the dentist's chair. This gas allows the patient to feel relaxed during the dental procedure, but they are still able to interact with the dentist. This gas can also help sedate patients during procedures like wisdom tooth extractions.

Schedule Your Appointment

The technological advancements in the world of dentistry have changed the game, and such advances continue to flourish among orthodontists and their practice. If you want the very best in professional dental care call 206-292-9980, and schedule your appointment today!
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