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Technology

Modern dentistry is always developing ways to make your visits faster, easier, more comfortable, and better for the world around us. The latest advances allow for earlier, less-invasive treatment, which means faster healing times and greater precision for dental procedures. And the results can be outstanding!

75% Reduction in Radiation

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Introducing digital X-rays, available at our practice. With this technology, an image is taken of your mouth with a digital sensor and downloaded into our computer, where it is immediately available. This method results in 75% less radiation than conventional X-rays. No more waiting for images to develop and no more chemical waste to pollute the environment.

Intra-Oral Camera Makes You a Part of the Team

Dr. Hale works hand-in-hand with patients to create a bond of teamwork. One of the ways he brings this about is through the use of a high-tech tool, the intra-oral camera. This amazing device is a miniature video camera that displays a closeup picture of the inside of your mouth. You can see for yourself what work needs to be done and which teeth are doing fine. You then become a participant in each dental decision. You’ll love how this works!

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Isolite™ – An Advance in Patient Comfort

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We are very pleased to offer an incredible technology that makes your dental care much more comfortable. Isolite combines a suction device and a brilliant light that illuminates the oral cavity and eliminates shadows while it supports your open mouth. What does this mean for you?

  • Patients spend about a third less time in the chair.
  • Patients don’t get that “drowning or gagging” feeling because saliva doesn’t build up.
  • Debris won’t be swallowed because the mouth is continuously being “vacuumed.”
  • The mouth doesn’t get tired because it’s being held open.
  • The advanced illumination helps the doctor be more accurate.

Modern dentistry requires a dry “field” for best results. The Isolite keeps the teeth and gums dry and often eliminates the need for the bulky rubber dam.

The Laser Scanner Finds Ultrasmall Cavities Years Earlier

Have you ever had a dentist find a cavity and place a large filling, and wondered why the filling is so large if the cavity wasn’t there just six months before? The cavity was there six months before — it just wasn’t big enough to show on X-rays, and it wasn’t visible to the dentist yet. The laser scanner can find cavities years earlier, when the small cavity can be removed and repaired with a small invisible bonded filling. It can also detect previously undetected decay and, once identified, allow us to remove the discomfort and leave you with a healthy smile.

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Microscopes in Dentistry – Accurate, Less Invasive Treatment Catches Problems When They are Small

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Dr. Hale is one of only a handful of dentists who have extensive training and experience with the use of the dental microscope. What does this mean for our patients? We are able to detect decay and fractures in teeth at a much earlier stage. This means more healthy tooth structure can be preserved and tooth strength is significantly increased, as fillings can be much smaller.

Because of the superior visualization, there is a far greater certainty that ALL decay is removed before fillings or crowns are placed. Using the microscope also ensures that the final fit and finish of all fillings and crowns is more accurate. Additional benefits include less postoperative discomfort, faster healing, and better results.

Headache and Migraine Suffers — We May Have Your Miracle Treatment!

The NTI™ device is an FDA-approved, drug-free treatment for the prevention of migraine and tension headaches, and it’s now available in our practice. It works by relaxing the muscles under the scalp and preventing the majority of headaches. In clinical trials, 82% of migraine sufferers had relief of their headaches, with a 77% reduction in migraine events. It’s painless, fast, and NOT expensive. If you experience migraines or know someone who does then be sure to ask us about this exciting new treatment.

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The Cleanest Your Teeth Can Be

We use a Piezo Scaler™ to aid in removing deposits of plaque and calculus (tartar) from your teeth, especially under the gumline and even in deep pockets, in the case of gum disease treatments. This hand tool uses high-frequency vibrations to enable us to remove deposits on your teeth faster than with regular scaling instruments. Your teeth have never felt so clean! As a bonus, most patients report less discomfort with the Piezo Scaler.

Goodbye Goopy Impressions!

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The TRIOS™ 3Shape intra-oral scanner is dentistry gone 3-D. With TRIOS, we take a highly accurate digital impression for your crown or bridge area or for clear aligners and whitening trays, completely eliminating the uncomfortable tray and putty impression. What’s more, TRIOS technology all but guarantees a perfect fit for your new restoration, so you spend less time at the dentist’s office and more time enjoying your new smile.

Oral Cancer – Early Detection Can be a Lifesaver

Dr. Hale believes in the importance of early detection for oral cancer. He has therefore made available The ViziLite™ and VELscope™ systems. With these, he is able to shine a special light in your mouth to see if there is cause for concern. With an estimated 29,000 cases of oral cancer diagnosed last year, a quick and painless oral cancer screening can be more than just a good idea. When oral cancer is discovered at an early stage, treatment is faster, simpler, less invasive and 90% successful. Not only are these instruments painless, their use might just save your life!

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For Your Peak Athletic Performance

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You may not realize how important the jaw is when it comes to power and strength. A properly aligned jaw is an important part of training to full capacity. We are proud to offer our athletes UnderArmour ArmourBite Mouthguard™. This custom-fitted mouthguard incorporates forty years of proven neuromuscular dentistry research to give that extra edge to your training. Whether you seek better balance, longer endurance, improved strength, or more power, ask us how we can put ArmourBite on your team!

What is Oral DNA testing and how can patients benefit from it?

Recent studies and tests have shown a strong link between gum disease and other conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, stroke and some forms of cancer. In our practice we take this very seriously. We employ oral DNA testing to determine any genetic predisposition our patients may have toward inflammatory gum infections. Oral DNA testing allows us to determine not only if a patient is susceptible to gum disease but also the types of bacteria in the mouth so the patient can be treated more effectively. These tests are quick, painless, and non-invasive and will enable us to create a treatment program specifically for you.

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Do You Have Pain in Your Temples or Jaw Joints? Are Your Teeth Sore or Sensitive?

Has your dentist ever asked you to bite down on what looks like a piece of carbon paper? The dentist was checking your “occlusion” or how your teeth mesh together. Improper meshing can lead to pain in the teeth, muscles, and jaw joints. It can also cause fractures in teeth and crowns and can even lead to nighttime teeth grinding. Aligning the teeth properly can be incredibly complex, since interference the thickness of a human hair can cause problems. That’s why Dr. Hale is proud to be one of the first dental practices in the country to use a state-of-the-art instrument called the Tekscan™. This computerized bite analysis ensures your teeth are properly aligned so you won’t have the problems that come with a “bad bite.”

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State-of-the-Art Sterilization

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Sterilization is taken very seriously in our office. In addition to cleaning and sterilizing all instruments after every use, single-use tools are used where needed. Instruments are sterilized after each use with a special unit called an autoclave, which is regularly monitored by an independent lab to ensure the highest level of safety and cleanliness. Your health is too important to us to take even the slightest risk.

Without proper sterilization of water lines, it’s possible to spread contaminants that can be dangerous. That’s why Smiles by Hale also uses a system called DentaPure™. It’s the same purification system used on the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. This advanced system keeps our water lines free from possible contaminants.

Nothing beats an easier, more comfortable dental visit. If you have questions about the latest dental technology, give us a call today at (239) 494-8071.