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Dental Technology


Dentist at Metropolitan Dental Specialty Group reviewing digital x-rays with patientWe use cutting-edge dental technology to provide you with safe, fast, and effective results!

When it comes to your dental care, we don’t want to make any sacrifices. Your comfort and the quality of care that you receive are top priorities. To help ensure that you receive the best possible treatments and the best treatment outcomes, Metropolitan Dental Specialty Group uses some of the latest technology available in the field of dentistry.

Intraoral Camera



An intraoral camera is a tool that allows us to examine better the structures of your mouth that can be seen with the naked eye, replacing the small metal mirror that you are most likely more familiar with. Instead of leaning over your face, an optical camera on a handheld wand allows us to see the inside of your mouth on a monitor. We can snap images as well, enabling us to take a closer look while you can relax and close your mouth. With an intraoral camera, exams are much more comfortable for you as well as for us.

Digital X-ray



Digital X-rays use a digital sensor, rather than a film strip, to capture necessary X-rays of your teeth and jawbone. Instead of having to develop the film in a dark room with the use of chemicals, your X-rays are sent to a computer, and the images appear on the monitor. There is no waiting for images to be developed and no need for chemicals. There is no risk of overexposure, meaning that the likelihood your X-rays need to be taken again is significantly reduced. Moreover, we can manipulate the X-rays to more closely examine the structures within your mouth.

Same Day Crowns



A crown is a restoration used to protect and strengthen a damaged tooth or one that has been affected by a significant amount of decay. This restoration, which is made to fit over the entire surface of your tooth, has traditionally taken two appointments to create. This meant a temporary restoration and an additional appointment. Today, we can create gorgeous, natural-looking ceramic crowns in just one visit. We have technology in our office that allows for this. After taking digital impressions, the crown is milled in our in-house lab. With same day crowns, there is no need for temporary crowns or additional disruptions in your normal schedule. Instead, you leave the office with your final crown in just visit.

Diagnodent Laser



Cavities have traditionally been detected with a visual examination of your mouth, or with dental X-rays. While these methods can spot many cavities, there are some that develop below the surface of the enamel. These methods cannot detect these types of cavities. The Diagnodent laser is designed specifically to detect this more difficult decay, allowing for earlier detection and treatment of cavities. Instead of using a pick to check for cavities, Diagnodent uses completely harmless laser light. The light can pick up areas of decay where they might otherwise go unnoticed. The earlier they are detected, the easier cavities are to treat, and the shallower fillings may need to be. Moreover, because the process is painless, Diagnodent is perfect for detecting cavities in children and those who suffer from dental anxiety.

Soft Tissue Laser



The soft tissue laser uses a concentrated beam of light to treat the soft tissues of your mouth. This incredible tool can do a lot. It can disinfect periodontal pockets during gum disease treatment. It can seal blood vessels and help clots to form. The laser can help to stimulate new tissue growth. It can also be used in place of a traditional scalpel for many situations, such as removing excess gum tissue. The laser is incredibly precise as well as much less invasive than a scalpel. Because of this, you experience much less pain, swelling, and bleeding. Moreover, downtime after treatments is reduced.

3D Imaging



3D imaging is a type of imaging technology that captures 3-dimensional digital images of your mouth and skull. These images show much more detail than X-rays, giving us a view of your bone structure, the density of your bone, your soft tissues, and your nerves. Because of this, we can more accurately plan treatments for the best possible outcomes.

Cone Beam CT Scan



Cone beam CT scans are a type of 3D imaging. This specific type of technology uses a cone-shaped beam that rotates a full circle around your head. During the scan, hundreds of pictures are taken, which are then compiled together to create a singular 3-dimensional image of your mouth and skull. While commonly used for dental implant placement, these types of scans can also help plan other surgical procedures.

Moreover, with this type of machine, you remain sitting the whole time. It is also completely open. These features can be very beneficial for those who are claustrophobic or otherwise anxious.

Schedule Your Appointment



For more information on the technology that we use here in our office, call Metropolitan Dental Specialty Group at (240) 650-6181 today.
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