In our aim to provide excellent dental service to our patients we have invested in a great deal of technology – more, we are often told, than our patients expect to see in a small community practice such as Dr. A.M. Kahane Inc.
Digital radiography (digital x-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental x-rays. This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems easier. Digital x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.
Dental x-rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected. Some common dental problems that may be revealed by dental xrays are:
- Abcesses or cysts
- Bone loss
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
- Decay between the teeth
- Developmental abnormalities
- Poor tooth and root positions
- Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
The intra-oral camera is invaluable in that it not only allows the dentist to see what is going on in your mouth, and specifically with your teeth, but also allows the patient to view it as well. The biggest hurdle for patients to accept treatment is that they often do not understand their condition. With anintra-oral camera, patient education is simplified by being able to see a specific area, tooth or situation at different angles and at different ranges. Giving the patient the capability to see a crack in a tooth or to see where a pocket is forming allows the patient to make a more informed decision than has ever been possible in the past. We find that this is especially beneficial for patients who do not feel any immediate pain.
The intra-oral cameras designed for use in dental facilities come with disposable probes or probe covers to ensure no contamination takes place between patients.
Diagnodent (detects cavities)
Early detection of cavities enables disease to be treated before there is extensive damage to the tooth. With DIAGNOdent’s diagnostic capabilities, caries (cavities) can be accurately identified, monitored and/or treated earlier than ever before. This innovative technology supports the current trends toward minimal invasive dentistry and enables dental professionals to treat pit and fissure caries as well as root caries safely and effectively in a trauma-free environment.
Thanks to recent advances in laser development, our team uses techniques that speed the healing process of your laser gum therapy. Why lasers? They can disinfect gum tissue with greater accuracy by producing a beam of concentrated light. The Periowave kills the bacteria associated with periodontal disease, thereby halting the progression of the disease, allowing the healing to begin. Since the laser seals off blood vessels, the chance of future infection is minimized. The Periowave treatment is:
If you have any questions please call our office so one of our hygienists can discuss your concerns.
Soft Tissue Laser
Lasers in dentistry are used to treat a variety of problems. For cosmetic improvements, lasers can be used to correct the appearance of short, unattractive teeth and for contouring uneven font teeth. It can be used for final touches in post-ortho cases as well. For more functional purposes, lasers can be used to perform a gingivectomy which improves gingival health, reduces perio pockets, and exposes sub gingival carries. We will use them for a virtually painless way of performing biopsies which need to be sent away to pathology.
VELscope Oral Cancer Screening
Regular dental checkups are the best way to make sure your gums and teeth stay healthy. Your dentist is trained to look for anything unusual in your mouth, throat and neck, including oral symptoms of diseases, infections, early signs of gum disease and dental decay – the most critical one being the early detection of oral cancer.
In the early stages of oral cancer’s development, it often is painless, and the physical signs may not be obvious. This makes it a very dangerous disease. Our practice uses a state-of-the-art device called the VELscope Oral Cancer Screening System. Along with our conventional oral screening exam, we can use the VELscope to literally see beneath the surface to detect potentially dangerous growths we might have otherwise missed.
The VELscope exam takes about two minutes as part of a regular check-up, involves no pain or inconvenience, and is completely safe. We think you will find the additional cost for this exam to be very reasonable, and it might be that the cost will be covered by your insurance company.
Oral cancer is discovered in the late stages in about 70% of the cases and often that is simply too late! We think you’ll appreciate the peace-of-mind this screening can provide. If you have any questions about oral cancer or the VELscope exam, please let us know.
The potential for pain and the fear of pain are major factors that prevent some individuals from getting the dental care they really need. It has been reported that as many as 35 million Americans are overly anxious about visiting the dentist and will avoid scheduling professional dental care, even if overall health is negatively affected.
Individuals suffering from Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) are particularly subject to pain. Visiting the dentist, however, is the best way to resolve TMD pain, relying on the science of neuromuscular dentistry and a technology called Transcutaneous Electro Neural Stimulation (TENS).
Neuromuscular dentistry can alleviate chronic painful symptoms associated with TMD, including:
- Headaches or migraines
- Pain in shoulders, neck, back, teeth and behind the eyes
- Numbness or tingling in extremities
- Jaw pain
- Ringing in the ears
- Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint
TENS is a specialized therapy designed to treat the pain associated with TMD by directing mild electrical pulses to your facial and jaw muscles. These impulses increase blood flow to the muscles and help to relax the muscles so the dentist can determine the ideal jaw position for your bite.
Dr. Marcela Kahane understands your pain and your fears because of her years of experience working with other TMD patients. Dr. Marcela has received special training in neuromuscular dentistry at the world-renowned Las Vegas Institute for Aesthetic Studies (LVI). She offers the comfort, technology and convenience you need to make your dental experience memorable and enjoyable, without the pain you might be expecting.
Dr. Marcela Kahane is now able to improve the way you feel as Botox is widely used to treat a number of medical conditions. Sufferers of TMJ, tension headaches, migraines, and trigeminal neuralgia may find some relief in Botox treatment. This form of treatment is the most widely researched in the world. This safe method of relief may be the answer you have been looking for. Used in conjunction with your current medical treatments, you may find the added reprieve necessary to have a pain-free day.