Dental Technology in Boynton Beach
At Palm Beach Smiles, we have implemented a number of dental technologies
on an ongoing basis. These technologies help us provide a better dental
experience for our patients. Dentistry has become very high-tech in recent
years. The names of these technologies may not mean much to you. But I'll
try to explain why I've chosen them to make your experience and treatment
better at our office in Boynton Beach.
- Diagnodent – This is a laser cavity scanner. It helps us
accurately find dental decay (cavities) in the early stages in the
grooves on the biting surfaces of your teeth. Early intervention and
treatment means lower expenses and less potential for future problems.
- Picasso™ Lite Soft Tissue Laser – Occasionally, we need to
reshape gum tissues cosmetically or "get them out of the way" to access
some cavities. The Soft Tissue Laser does this precisely with no
bleeding and minimizes discomfort afterwards.
- Surgical Telescopes/Headlight – You may notice that I
wear some funny-looking glasses with big tubular lenses sticking out of
them. These are "surgical telescopes." They help me see everything much
better, just like a telescope helps an astronomer. The headlight
provides excellent lighting, again so I can see even better. This
technology greatly improves the quality of treatment outcomes. I
wouldn't practice without it. And I wouldn't let a dentist treat ME
This is a special technique that Dr. Barr has discovered that puts to
rest those pesky teeth that resist anesthesia. If you've had experiences
where the dentist couldn't get you numb, you can be sure Dr. Barr can do it.
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I often use a special camera to take pictures of your teeth and smile. My
camera can instantly transfer the images to an iPad tablet, so I can show
you what I am seeing. I also use photography to communicate vital cosmetic
information to our lab for porcelain restorations.
Root Canal Treatment Gizmos
- Rotary Instruments (powered instead of manual hand files)
– Means that your treatment will go more quickly while improving
- Electronic Apex Locator – This ensures a quality result while
reducing the need for repetitive X-rays during root canal treatment.
It's like radar for root canals.
- Isolite™ – This is a special disposable mouthpiece that we may
use during fillings or other restorative procedures. It helps in many
ways. First, it increases comfort for our patients. It constantly
suctions out water and other debris (like old fillings when they're
being removed, so none of that goes down your throat). By keeping things
dry, our bonded fillings procedures can be done with a higher level of
quality. Bonding requires a dry environment for predictability and
durability. The Isolite provides a nice cushion for you to rest your jaw
(it won't get tired from holding it open). It also has a built-in light
providing me with even better visualization.
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