Las Casas Dental embraces state-of-the-art dental technology in Tucson, AZ including the use of digital radiography and impression systems, iPod audio, Diagnodent, the Wand, nitrous oxide sedation and the revolutionary Zoom! whitening system.
- Digital Impression System
- Digital Radiography
- Personal Audio System
- Electric Handpiece
- The Wand / Painless Injections
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation
- Zoom! Whitening System
- Microscopic Dentistry
Although our goal is to make our patients feel welcome and at home, we are sure that once you step into our practice, you’ll notice that we use the very latest dental technologies. These modern dental tools help us to provide the very best dental care to our patients in Tucson, AZ.
Digital Impression System
Many patients dread the mess and the unpleasant taste associated with traditional impression taking. Digital impressions replace the old tray and putty method with a digital scan that is translated into a precise, three dimensional model of the teeth.
Here’s how iTero™ works: By using a hand-held device to optically scan the area to be restored, the entire impression is created digitally with no mess and no bad taste. Once the impression is digitally captured, it can be viewed on screen for accuracy. The digital impression is then translated into a physical model. The model can then be sent to a laboratory where a dental restoration such as a crown is fabricated. Digital impressions are more convenient and result in better dental restorations.
Compared to traditional dental x-rays, digital radiography is superior. In addition to being more environmentally friendly, digital images provide more data to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. We also use 70-80% less radiation due to increased sensitivity of the sensors.
Digital radiography images can be manipulated. They can be enlarged, measurements can be accurately taken and contrast can be controlled and changed. All of this allows Las Casas Dental to evaluate, diagnose and explain to the patient the problems that may exist.
Modern dental technology has come a long way from the old belt-driven drill. Today, most dentists use air-driven or electric handpieces that are much faster and more efficient than drills of the past.
The electric handpiece has several advantages over the air-driven drill. Electric handpieces are quiet, run more smoothly and are less irritating to patients. This cuts down on the time it takes to complete a procedure. That loud, high-pitched noise of some air turbine drills is replaced by the quiet, consistent and efficient sound of the electric motor. With the electric handpiece, we can repair cavities and perform restorative procedure faster and more comfortably for our patients.
Diagnodent™ is a new instrument that allows us to detect early and hidden tooth decay. Hard enamel can conceal early decay. Diagnodent operates by means of a laser light. The light is passed via an optical fiber to the area of decay. The decayed area fluoresces, and this fluorescence passes back to the probe. Hidden decay is immediately detected and displayed both visibly and audibly.
Diagnodent technology enables us to detect the earliest signs of dental decay. Early diagnosis permits us to plan suitable, preventive treatment. This technology enables us to provide minimally invasive and tooth-preserving dental procedures. Diagnodent allows us to catch tooth decay early, before it causes a painful cavity. Diagnodent is great for children and anxious patients. It often eliminates the need for sharp probing, needles and drilling normally required for treating decay.
The Wand / Painless Injections
The Wand™ is a computer-controlled local anesthetic delivery system. Its use has been proven to be more comfortable for patients.
The Wand is as effective as the traditional syringe technique in the delivery of local anesthesia and provides a more comfortable experience for the patient. When receiving an injection, the needle is not the major cause of pain. It is the pressure from the liquid anesthetic as it flows into the tissue that causes the greatest discomfort. The Wand keeps the pressure of the injection below the threshold level of pressure that causes pain. The Wand is great for administering painless injections.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide is a sedative gas administered to some patients before undergoing dental procedures. It is useful for anxious or fearful patients as well as children.
Nitrous oxide is administered with a comfortable mask placed over the nose. The dental patient is instructed to breathe in through the nose and out through their mouth. After the gas is adjusted to the appropriate dose, and the patient is relaxed and sedated, the dentist proceeds with treatment. Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective anesthetic in dental procedures of short duration. It produces relaxation and reduces sensitivity to pain. There are many benefits to nitrous oxide sedation.
Zoom! Whitening System
Whether you want your teeth whiter right now or over a few nights while you sleep, Zoom!™ is the latest in tooth whitening technology.
The Zoom!™ In-Office Whitening System uses proprietary technology to whiten your teeth an average of eight shades in a little over an hour. This dental technology is ideal for anyone who wants immediate results. Alternatively, the Zoom! Take-Home System uses a revolutionary patent-pending gel to whiten your teeth an average of six shades in only three nights. Go even lighter with additional applications. Start on Friday and, by Monday, you’ll have a whole new smile.
I do many of the cosmetic, dental implants, fillings and crown procedures using a microscope. A dental microscope allows me to see at a much higher level of magnification.
The loops that most dentists use, magnifies 2.5-3 times the magnification. When I use the microscope, I usually use 12 times magnification. I have discovered that as I have become older, I demand more of myself. I always strive to achieve a better result. The microscope allows me to see more and perform at a higher level of sophistication and precision.