All instruments used for treatment in our office are sterilized according to the latest OSHA requirements. Every item has been carefully pre-cleaned, dried, packaged and treated in an autoclave at 265 degrees with 25 PSI for 15 minutes or more. To ensure proper operation, our autoclave sterilizers are monitored weekly by the SporAmpule biological indicator. Your operatory has also been prepared just for you.
Every touchable surface has been pre-cleaned, sprayed and wiped down with hospital level disinfectant. In accordance with OSHA and CDC (Center for Disease Control) specifications, protective barriers have been placed, eliminating any chance of cross-contamination. Annually our staff completes a thorough training program designed to assure compliance with the requirements of OSHA's regulations on infection and hazard control.
Digital Radiography: Our offices are utilizing digital radiography during your endodontic and periodontic treatment to provide our doctors with diagnostic information. We use an advanced non-film computerized system that produces radiation levels up to 90 percent lower than those of already low dose conventional dental x-ray machinery.
Operating Microscopes: Magnification and fiber optic illumination are helpful in aiding the doctor to see details inside your tooth. An operating microscope is necessary to increase visualization and allow for detection of extra canals and fracture lines inside the tooth. Proper endodontic therapy is extremely difficult if not impossible to render without the use of the operating microscope.
Electronic Medical Records: Our office uses Electronic Medical Records (EMR). This state-of-the-art technology allows us to store our records digitally. Electronic Medical Record (EMR) technology is the central point of all patient information: demographics, medical/dental history, vitals and financials. EMR is a paperless approach to streamlining communication between doctors and patients and with other practitioners. Our practice strictly complies with governmental HIPAA guidelines for protecting personal patient information. EMR is part of our commitment to continuous improvement and "going green!"
Apex Locators: An apex locator is a device that allows your doctor to further verify where each root ends. Since the canals are narrow and often curved, microscopes, tactile sensation, x-rays and apex locators all aid in fully shaping the canals.
Ultrasonics: Ultrasonic instruments are used in several ways. They help remove canal obstructions, open calcified (narrow) canals, aid in creating a barrier during surgical endodontic treatment as well as agitate antimicrobial rinses with ultrasonic vibrations to further remove bacterial debris within the canal system.
CBCT: Our practice utilizes state-of-the-art, small volume cone-beam CT (computed tomography) technology that provides highly accurate, 3-D radiographic images for the diagnosis, planning and treatment of endodontic disease. This allows three-dimensional visualization of teeth, bone, sinuses and surrounding structures with minimal radiation to the patient, enabling a level of anatomical accuracy and patient care not possible with 2-D technologies (regular dental x-rays). With the addition of cone-beam CT technology to our office, our practice is committed to providing innovative, high-quality, patient care.
Dental Laser: The Nd-YAG laser can be used in laser periodontal surgery and for hemostasis. This instrument allows for periodontal surgery without the use of traditional methods such as surgically opening the gums and completing the procedure with sutures. It can also be used for soft tissue procedures such as frenectomies.