James Island Dental Associates
Restorative, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry

Technology

The technology we make use of in our practice improves the quality of the care we provide. Before introducing new technologies to our office, we consider how it makes your treatment more accurate, successful, or comfortable. 

CBCT

Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) creates three-dimensional images that we can use to either diagnose a condition or plan treatment. Because the 3-D image gives us an accurate view of all the structures surrounding your mouth, including muscles, nerves, and sinus cavities, we can precisely place implants with a high rate of success. 

Patient safety is one of our top priorities, which is why we use Planmeca ProMax 3D, which allows us to considerably reduce radiation exposure during imagine.

CEREC

In the past, getting a crown placed involved a wait of one to two weeks while an off-site dental lab crafted your crown. Today, CEREC technology allows us to design and mill your crown right here in our office in a single visit. This allows for greater convenience and avoids the need for temporary restorations. 

 

Intra-Oral Cameras

It can sometimes be difficult to describe what we see in a way that allows our patients to fully understand our concerns. Intra-oral cameras, however, allow you to see what we see – if you would like! The handheld camera sends images to a monitor near your chair so you can see damaged areas of a tooth, inflamed gum tissue, a lesion that needs watching, and more. 

We take patient education seriously in our office because informed patients are healthier patients, and we want you to have the facts you need to make smart decisions about your health.

Diagnodent

The earlier we can identify and treat problems, the more conservative the treatment. We can usually identify a developing cavity before it causes you any kind of pain, but Diagnodent allows us to identify cavities even before they are visible to our trained eyes. This allows for proactive care that may even stop a developing cavity in its tracks, saving you a filling. If a filling is needed, we can preserve the healthy structure of your tooth by removing the smallest amount necessary. 

 

Digital Radiographs (X-Rays)

X-rays are one of the most tried and true ways we have of identifying dental problems. Many problems develop under the surface of your teeth and gums, and if we wait until they are visible, a great deal of damage can be done. Using x-rays, we can catch problems in their earliest stages, before they can hurt you or cause damage, and treat them promptly and proactively. 

By making the decision to go digital, we can accomplish several goals:

  1. Digital x-rays expose you to as much as 80% less radiation than conventional film x-rays.
  2. Because the x-ray is a digital file instead of a large piece of film, it can be securely stored in your electronic file for fast retrieval. If we need to send your x-rays to a specialist or share them with your insurance company, this can be accomplished electronically in the blink of an eye. 
  3. Digital x-rays don't require chemicals to develop or physical space for storage, making them a smarter choice for the environment and reducing the footprint of our practice. 
  4. The image can be enhanced in a number of ways, making it an outstanding teaching tool so you can be an active participant in your own care.

Periolase Laser

Dental lasers are just one of the ways in which dentistry has truly moved into the 21st century! Lasers use concentrated light energy to treat diseased tissue. In our practice, we use our Periolase being used on toothPeriolase laser to perform periodontal surgeries, which can range from precisely removing tissue damaged by periodontal disease while preserving healthy tissue to improving the appearance of your smile by recontouring your gum tissue. 

Lasers offer several advantages over traditional surgical procedures. They allow for much more precise tissue removal, reduce bleeding and discomfort, and increase the rate of healing.