Technology is refining dental accuracy and increasing your comfort. New methods are improving existing procedures and
creating all new treatment options. The ability to identify issues sooner, while they’re tiny, means less-invasive treatment
and faster recovery times. At Hicks Family Dentistry, we’re thrilled to share these new innovations with our patients.
75% Reduction in Radiation
Digital X-rays generate images that are not achievable with ordinary film systems. Individual or panoramic images are obtained
using a digital sensor placed inside your mouth. There’s no film to be developed, which means a quicker office visit for you.
In addition, this cutting-edge technology reduces your exposure to radiation by 75% as compared to conventional, non-digital
X-rays. As an extra benefit, because no developing chemicals are necessary, this type of X-ray produces no environmentally polluting waste.
Intra-Oral Camera Makes You a Part of the Team
As you make decisions about your oral health, Dr. Hicks believes you should have the most accurate information available. To make
this possible, he utilizes a high-tech tool, known as the intra-oral camera. This innovative video system delivers a detailed look
at the interior of your mouth, generating magnified images on a display screen. Now, you can see for yourself what work needs to be
accomplished and which teeth are doing fine. You’ll be amazed by what you can see!
Isolite™ – An Advance in Patient Comfort
Isolite is a remarkable spotlight that illuminates the inside of your mouth combined with an impressive suction device that keeps your
teeth and gums dry. With enhanced lighting and a drier work area comes improved accuracy and potentially faster treatment. The use of
the Isolite tool diminishes mouth strain. In addition, the suction restricts saliva build-up and the swallowing of debris, so you’ll no
longer be subjected to a “drowning” or “gagging” sensation. You will love this revolution in dental comfort!
Protect Your Teeth from Sports Trauma!
Sports-associated accidents are responsible for approximately 5 million teeth being “knocked out” every year across the United States,
which is why we encourage the use of a custom-sized mouthguard to protect your teeth. The one-size-fits-all mouthguards found in stores
don’t generally fit right. An ill-fitting mouthguard restricts your ability to breathe properly while running or performing other strenuous
activities. On the other hand, a custom-made mouthguard fits and protects well, may improve your performance, and can be worn for any sport.
In fact, the American Dental Association recommends both children and adults wear a custom mouthguard for nearly all their sports activities.
Vibration Cleans Teeth Fast!
To improve our patient’s comfort, we use a Piezo Scaler™, which implements high-frequency vibrations to efficiently strip deposits from your
teeth. With this device, there is minimal to no pain involved with the elimination of plaque and tartar deep below your gum line in the pockets
where gum disease likes to take root. Faster than conventional scaling instruments, this tool will leave your teeth feeling cleaner than ever before.
We are excited to be one of the first practices in our area to utilize 3-D cone beam CT digital imaging technology. This advancement allows Dr.
Hicks to see his patients’ anatomy in 3-D, instead of flat, two-dimensional images. Three-dimensional X-ray images are more precise than
conventional film X-rays. They require less time to produce an image and subject a patient to far less radiation exposure. Using ultra cone beam
images when diagnosing patients represents a tremendous advantage for evaluating treatment options, particularly important for implant placement
and oral surgeries.
The STA System™ with The Wand™
The Wand is a computer-directed anesthetic phenomenon! A technology that has been clinically demonstrated to deliver a pain-free injection. Now, we
can target the exact area for treatment, even a single tooth, with just one shot. Best of all, it needs only one to two minutes to become effective,
as opposed to numbing your complete lip and taking 8 to 12 minutes. Not only is this a more precise and safer delivery of anesthesia, but the STA
lasts as long as traditional anesthesia. That’s what we call a medical advancement!
We refuse to take chances with your health, which is why we take extra precautions to keep our instruments sterile. In addition to scrubbing and
sterilizing all implements after every use, single-use tools are employed wherever possible. Our autoclave, which is the special unit we use for
sterilization, is consistently monitored by an independent lab to uphold the highest level of safety and cleanliness.
Nothing beats an easier, more comfortable dental visit. If you have questions about the latest dental technology, give us a
call today at (717) 625-0596.