Dental Technology

Dental Technology

Diagnodent

Using Lasers to Find Decay The Easy Way

One of the most important things we do for our patients is to identify and fill cavities in the earliest stage possible. The significance of this statement is enormous seeing that a majority of my care for my patients deal with the cavities they had gotten as a youngster that resulted in a filling that will eventually breakdown (as ALL things will) requiring an even larger filling which will also breakdown, leading to a crown or 2 or 3 over the lifetime of the patient! Learn more…


You Benefit From the Latest Technology

If we could land men on the moon in 1969, shouldn’t there be wonderful technology in the dental office in the 21st Century?

At Dallas Dental Concierge, there is!

I’ve spared no time and expense in treating my clients with the best technology that’s available today. Here’s a sample of all the tools that make your visit the shortest, most pleasant and most effective it can be:

The Very Latest Technology Can Keep Your Bones, Gums, and Teeth Healthy

“I’ve never heard of a dentist doing DNA testing.”

You’ve never heard of it, because currently for every 2,600 dentists, on average only ONE has this technology! And we’re one of the few practices in the entire American Southwest to have it.

“What’s the point of doing DNA testing in a dental office?”

The very latest research shows that your mouth is truly the gateway to the rest of your body. DNA testing allows us to catch dental problems as early as possible, and also to customize treatments for YOUR specific situation. That means we can better prevent tooth loss, and provide more effective therapy for gum and bone problems. Ultimately, we’re after a higher level of whole body health for you as a member of our practice.

How do you perform the test?”

We gently rub a swab inside your cheek. We then analyze it, using molecular technology to determine your susceptibility related to inflammation. If the test shows higher reactivity in your DNA tissue related to inflammation, you are at an elevated risk for tooth loss. We can then tailor your preventive care accordingly.

“What happens with the results?”

We customize your individual tooth loss prevention plan to give you the best chance of success to keep your teeth. If you have dental implants, it helps us to fine-tune our treatment and keep your dental implants healthy. Finally, this information helps our recommendations to you regarding tooth repair and tooth replacement.

For peace of mind, you should know that your results are confidential and we never share them with any insurance company or with any centralized health database.

“You mention gum inflammation and infection. What is the big deal with that?”

Periodontal disease (gum and bone infections) is more then “just a little bit of bleeding.” These infections create chronic inflammation. Inflammation is actually a helpful thing when we are healing-but it’s a very bad thing when chronically present in the body such as around the teeth.

Not only is chronic inflammation one of the culprits behind tooth loss but inflamed gum tissue acts like an “invisible” open wound. It allows thousands of bacteria to pour into your blood stream through your gums. If you measured the total surface area of the wound size in your mouth when gum tissue is inflamed it could be about the size of a standard envelope!

The bacteria invading your body then cause a chain reaction of more inflammation and damage in distant areas far beyond the gums. It’s no wonder that some of the most knowledgeable longevity experts in medicine state that if you want to live the longest lifespan possible, take very good care of your dental health.

“What specific health issues are linked to dental problems?”

You may already know the side effects of tooth loss: facial sagging, restrictions in foods you can eat, and social problems, not to mention the hassle and embarrassment of dentures. People used to think that tooth loss was only that, and was isolated from other medical problems. Now we know that the inflammation leading to tooth loss also affects other organ systems in your body. Some of the consequences include:

  • three times the risk for heart-related problems
  • increased risk for artery blockage that leads to stroke (brain attack)
  • more difficulty in controlling diabetic sugar levels
  • a variety of problems for pregnant women
  • links to Alzheimer’s
  • even pancreatic cancer
“What if I have a history of gum and bone problems? How does this help me?”

If you have pre-existing chronic gum and bone problems, this test allows us to fine-tune your long-term dental maintenance for tooth-loss prevention.

When disease is active and requires more intense therapy, we can run a second molecular test. It will tell us which specific medicine will be the most effective to target, fight, and eliminate the offending bacteria. This antibiotic customizing test may be the “missing link” for a better result from your gum therapy. It also allows you to make dental visits less frequently, and thus save money.

“Does this new technology have any other benefits?”

It can actually help other members of your family, too. If you are found to have highly active bacterial infections, it will be important that your immediate family members get tested: They will likely have the same bacteria in their mouth. In addition, even if you are successfully treated, they can re-infect you if they’re not tested and treated.

Intra-oral Camera

Lets you see and understand what’s going on

This is not only a diagnostic tool for me, but an educational supplement for you.

This camera looks like an oversized pen, and magnifies the surface areas of the teeth. It helps me to locate small pits and cracks that might be harboring disease. This up-close information is immediately available to both you and me on a TV monitor in the private room.

This visual feedback also helps you to see certain features in your mouth, and better understand my recommendations. For instance, it’s possible to see the damage caused by old, metal amalgam fillings that expand and contract, and can cause cracking and breaking.

iTero Digital Impression

Captures images of teeth and tissues. Patients love this new advancement to avoid uncomfortable traditional impressions with trays and goo (cadentinc.com).

Ultra-High-Intensity Micro-Illumination Crack Detector

Helps to catch problems while they’re small

Frustrated by the inadequate lighting of regular dental lights, I was one of the first doctors in the world to seek out and adopt new cordless LED ultra-high-powered lighting.

As we get older, cracks are more likely to form in our teeth. If not detected and treated, these cracks can lead to sudden fractures. In some cases, the treatment must be a root canal or even loss of the tooth.

My team and I use this new high-intensity micro-light that illuminates the teeth from the inside out! It allows these catastrophic cracks to be seen with the eye to minimize the loss of teeth and need for root canals.

This light is so strong it also allows me to see some types of decay that are difficult to detect even on x-ray. This great tool improves diagnosis, enhances accuracy, and most importantly reduces your time in the chair with surgery and other complex procedures.

Laser Cavity Detection

Catches otherwise undetectable cavities very early

Detecting cavities is an inexact science. Fortunately, the best technology gives us a better view of disease at an earlier stage.

The laser system I use is a spectacular breakthrough in dental cavity detection. Before, nearly 50% of cavities went undetected until they led to root canals or even tooth loss. Now we can uncover disease more consistently and prevent significant tooth loss.

This special laser light harmlessly and precisely detects cavities. One of the most difficult areas to locate cavities is on the chewing areas of teeth and under and around metal fillings. The laser makes it possible for me to lift the veil on what used to be hidden areas of dental decay. All this is done safely, painlessly and without exposure to x-rays. In addition, this technology also means that only areas that truly have decay get treatment because all the ‘guesswork’ of previous cavity-detection techniques has been eliminated.

With Sedation Dentistry, You Feel Nothing!

Even the most fearful clients can say goodbye to the white knuckle experience of going to the dentist.

If you’ve avoided the dentist for years due to bad experiences in the past, you can now comfortably snooze through even the most complex care, thanks to Dr. Christian and Dallas Dental Concierge.

Complex treatment that used to require many visits or even months of treatment can now be completed in as little as one single visit with my methods. Experience Dallas Dental Concierge just once and you will never be afraid to go to the dentist again!

No-Drill Dentistry Means No needle, No Drill, and No Numbness

Our no-drill dentistry is a leap into the future that allows removal of dental decay without the dreaded whine of the drill and often without the needle, too!

The technology uses forced air and a safe, small particle substance to etch away decay rapidly and without the vibrations and heat of the dental drill. It can get at decay sooner because it is a fine spray, so you can keep your natural teeth for life. Few clients need anesthesia of any type.

Dental Laser Works With No Anesthesia

We use an advanced dental laser to gently and effectively treat the ravages of gum disease usually without numbing anesthesia. It helps stop the progression of tooth-destroying and bone-destroying disease. Laser treatment helps to eliminate the need for conventional, often painful, gum surgery in up to 75% of cases.

The laser can also be used to gently and artistically refashion the gum line. It can turn short teeth or a gummy smile into the smile you’ve always wanted. It also improves the result and accuracy of complicated dental procedures.

Medical Topical Anesthetic Pastes Ensure No More Pain

Say good-bye to feeling the dreaded anesthetic needle. I use a medical breakthrough that is a special medical grade anesthetic paste. It allows for completely painless injections. Clients can’t believe that they just had a shot.