Office & Technology
Digital x-rays are the newest technology used in dentistry to take and archive dental x-rays. Digital x-rays significantly reduces the amount of radiation as compared to traditional dental x-rays.This technique captures a digital picture of teeth with their supporting bone structures and stores the images on a computer in our Elmhurst Dental Office. You and Dr. Thurmon will be able to instantly view your x-rays and enlarge the image to aid in the identification of dental problems and to guage your dental health. Dr. Thurmon will use this information to create an individualized treatment plan.
Taking pictures of the teeth and supporting tissue with a small video camera about the size of a pen is a wonderful addition to dentistry today. The intra-oral camera creates digital images that can be stored on a computer at Alpine Creek Dental. The images are shared with our patients so they can join with us in the "co-diagnosis" of problems with their dental health. We can show you how others view your smile and which fillings are broken or discolored. We look forward to showing you a dental tour of your mouth in the privacy of your treatment room.
We are excited to offer our patients the many benefits of laser assisted dentistry. Our office is equipped with state of the art technology that includes BOTH the Waterlase and Epic (Diode) dental lasers. Waterlase technology uses energized water in the form of a gentle water spray to perform a wide range of procedures without the vibration or pressure associated with the dental drill. In some cases, it is possible to complete procedures like fillings and gum treatments using less anesthetic or even no anesthetic. The benefits our patients experience are more comfortable procedures, more convenient procedures (no waiting hours for numbness to wear off), faster healing, and improved filling strength.
The Waterlase can assist with many procedures including:
- Biopsies for oral growths and certain gum surgeries
- Treatment of periodontal disease
- Bacterial reduction in both the teeth and the gums
- Pain relief from canker sores
- Increased root canal success
- Treatment of sensitive teeth
We would love to introduce you to the latest advancements in dentistry and discuss if laser assisted dentistry is right for you.