What new, advanced technologies are being used?
Implant treatment is one of the most predictable dental therapies, with near-perfect success rates. However, the nature of the treatment is evolving. Today, more patients ask for immediate placement of their implants. Patients who in the past might not have been candidates for implants ask to be treated also.
Demand for early implant placement, and treatment requests from high risk patients create a need for more capable diagnostic tools. Osstell ISQ is such a tool. It’s a complete diagnostics system for determining dental implant stability. It is critical that the bone be completely remodeled around the dental implants to maximize stability prior to attaching replacement teeth. Osstell ISQ provides Dr. Yeh with the accurate, consistent and reliable stability measures needed for making informed placement decisions, avoid failure and give patients added quality assurance.
Leading practices such as ours choose to use Piezosurgery® for our patients. Piezosurgery® has been proven to be the safest, most precise and efficient technology for surgical applications from simple extractions to a number of more complex surgeries. Basically, Piezosurgery® uses ultrasonic micro-vibrations to gently cut bone without being able to cut softer, more delicate anatomy. Patients report that healing is faster, swelling is greatly reduced and recovery is much more comfortable.
Endoscope is used in the visualization of surgical or conventional root canal treatments. E.V.S. (Endoscopic Visualization System) allows us to illuminate, magnify and visualize the root canal system to unprecedented levels. Innovative advancements in endoscopic technology have brought endodontic treatments to their highest level of excellence. Dr. Irene Yeh is the first endodontist in the Northern California area to incorporate the newest technology in the practice.
With the constant improving of endodontic practice, the root end cavity preparation during apicoectomy is now accomplished with ultrasonic and tips designed by Dr. Gary Carr. This advanced technique allows endodontists to make a deeper preparation with less root reduction, thus improve the long-term prognosis of the tooth. Ultrasonic is also used in post removal during endodontic retreatment to minimize dentin removal.
In addition to digital radiography, we utilize special operating microscopes. Magnification and fiber optic illumination are helpful in aiding the doctor to see tiny details inside your tooth. Also, a tiny video camera on the operating microscope can record images of your tooth to further document the doctor’s findings.
When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. Yeh and her staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
Our practice uses high power microscopes to enhance the precision of patient care.
Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using microscope that is similar to the one an ophthalmologist uses enables us to create dental restorations with incredibly precise fit and finish. You just can’t fulfill that level of care with the naked eye.
In addition to allowing precise, close-up work, the microscope directs a beam of light directly on the teeth, minimizing glare for you.
Many dentists use air-driven “hand-pieces” (the dental term for “drills”). While acceptable for many procedures, these “whiney sounding” air-powered hand pieces all have a degree of non-concentricity; they do not rotate perfectly smoothly.
For the most precise aspects of restorative procedures, we use electric hand-pieces. This results in extraordinarily precise interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration (crown, veneer, or filling). This will bring more comfort to you as well. With a more precise tool, there is less vibration and less noise.
Dr. Yeh chooses carefully which and when radiographs 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. Yeh 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.