Advanced Technology

Digital Imaging

Dr. Swang chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.

Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Dr. Swang utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better.

Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.

Digital X-Rays:

Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital X-rays results in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.

Precision Dentistry

When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. Swang and staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
Many dentists use air-driven “hand-pieces” (the dental term for “drills”). While acceptable for many procedures, these “whiney sounding” air-powered hand pieces all have a degree of non-concentricity; they do not rotate perfectly smoothly.

Wherever possible and for the most precise aspects of restorative procedures, we use electric hand-pieces. This results in extraordinarily precise interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration (crown,veneer, or filling). This will bring more comfort to you as well. With a more precise tool, there is less vibration and less noise.

The Wand Anesthesia

For patients who do not look forward to getting an injection, the Wand is for you!

The Wand is essentially a computer-controlled dental injection. The flow rate of the local anesthetic is controlled by a computer, which means that the injection is guaranteed to be slow and steady and therefore much more comfortable.

>Milestone Scientific – the manufacturers of the Wand- now call their products CompuDent and STA (Single Tooth Anesthesia). However, we still refer to it as the Wand because so many patients that have had a phobia of needles in the past refer to it as a “magic wand”!

Most people who have had a bad experience with injections think that needles sting because the skin is pierced, but this is usually not so! Most often, the sting was caused because the anesthetic was delivered too quickly. Although it is possible for a dentist to slowly “push” the anesthetic in with a standard syringe, the Wand removes the possibility of “human error”and precisely controls the rate of delivery. This can be very reassuring for people with previous bad experiences with dental injections.

Laser Technology

Dental lasers can be used to diagnose cavities. They can find hidden decay in teeth in early stages, and in some cases the decay can be reversed through hygiene and fluoride treatments and may never need filling. Our office uses a device called Diagnodent to find these beginning areas of decay, so you can be sure no cavities go undetected.

In addition to cavity diagnosis, some areas of dental care that benefit from laser technology:

  • Curing, or hardening, bonding materials
  • Whitening teeth
  • Periodontal, or gum related, care
  • Pediatric procedures
  • Frenectomy (tongue-tie release) without anesthesia or sutures
  • Crown lengthening, gingivectomy and other gum corrections

Dental Lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.

Intraoral Camera

Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.

Dr. Swang utilizes intraoral camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An intraoral camera is a very small camera – in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An intraoral camera allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations.

This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you!

Intra oral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.