NewTom CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography)
NewTom was the very first cone beam in the world. Cone Beam technology is a 3D form of imaging and is used in many fields of medicine as a radiographic tool. It is similar to CT but is more precise because the cone-shaped beam can acquire an entire image using only one rotation and considerably low radiation exposure. SafeBeam Technology contributes to the lower radiation exposure but automatically adjusting the dosage to the patient’s age and size. In dentistry CBCT is used to evaluate the head and neck and has application in the following categories: Periodontal (implants, bone quality, sinus involvement), TMJ, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (location and/or impaction of wisdom teeth, anatomical structures), Orthodontics, ENT and Airway (condition of airway, structures of the ear, sinus structures). NewTom leads to a better diagnosis and all images can be easily stored and shared making the referral process fast and easy.
Digital Dental X-Rays
Dental x-rays, or radiographs, are a type of energy that passes through soft tissues and is absorbed by dense tissue. Teeth and bone are very dense, so they absorb X-rays, while X-rays pass more easily through gums and cheeks. They are used to diagnose dental problems such as decay, infection, cysts, and failing dentistry. They are also a preventive tool that helps diagnose potential oral care issues in a patient’s mouth before they become a major problem. Digital X-rays are one of the newest techniques being used in dental offices and use up to 80% less radiation.
There are many other benefits of digital x-rays over traditional X-Ray films including:
- Better quality viewing capabilities than traditional film x-rays
- Take less time to take and are easier to take than traditional film x-rays
- Take the waiting out of the development process allowing us to see what is going on immediately
- Are easily stored on a computer
- Can be easily transferred to other dentists when referrals are needed
- More environmentally-friendly
This digital dental camera looks like a small wand and is used chairside during any dental appointment to make viewing teeth fast and easy. Intraoral cameras have incredible technological features like LED lighting and magnifying capabilities that allow us to examine your mouth in extreme detail. Because the visuals from the intraoral camera appear on the monitor as they’re taken, we can discuss your oral health with you while you see the images. The photos are stored in patients’ digital chart for comparison and are even helpful for insurance claims.
TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is used to massage and relax the muscles in order to move the mandible from a pathologic position to a physiologic position. In a pathologic position, the muscles are hypertonic/hot/always firing which creates muscle induced pain. In a physiologic position, the muscles are hypotonic/relaxed/calm and muscle induced pain can be eliminated. TENS is used primarily to aid in the treatment of TMD (temporomandibular dysfunction).
WHAT DOES THE TENS DO?
- Pumps waste metabolites and lactic acid from hypertonic muscles
- Increases vascular flow, oxygen, ATP, glucose and calcium
- Changes muscle metabolism from anaerobic to aerobic
- Relaxes the mandible to minimize pathologic torque and establish a physiologic rest position
- Decompresses the Joint
- Improves Facial Aesthetics
NuCalm is a clinical system designed to help your mind and body relax naturally within just minutes. Designed by neuroscientist Dr. Blake Holloway as a way to treat patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, NuCalm works by using bio-chemistry, physics and neurophysiology to rapidly and reliably relax brain and body functions. So there are no side effects, and there is no recuperative time or supervision needed. The entire system is based around four key components that work in synergy to bring you into a deep state of calm. It only takes a few minutes to administer these steps, and the patient begins to feel relaxed almost immediately.
> STEP 1: TOPICAL CREAM
The first step is for you to apply a special topical cream that is designed to counteract adrenaline
> STEP 2: MICRO-CURRENT STIMULATION PATCHES
These little patches, which are placed behind the ear, have been shown to help facilitate the relaxation response
> STEP 3: HEADPHONES
These noise-softening headphones play relaxing music that helps bring your brain wave pace to the pre-sleep stages
> STEP 4: EYE MASK
Light-blocking eye masks help the patient avoid visual stimuli and maintain their relaxation state
The combination of these four components gives you a fully immersive experience, erasing your stress or anxiety and helping you achieve a deeper level of calm.
The K7 Neuromuscular Evaluation System is a complex computer system that combines three very precise instruments to determine the most relaxed, physiologic position for your jaw. This helps Dr. Fleschler arrive at the most comfortable bite position for you and to determine your treatment plan to relieve your painful TMJ symptoms.
The three instruments that comprise the K7 system include:
Computerized Mandibular Scanner: Monitors jaw movement in three dimensions and measures the speed at which your jaw opens and closes
Electromyography (EMG): Records the electrical impulses emitted by your jaw muscles to determine the extent which your muscles are being strained due to jaw misalignment
Electromyography: Uses very precise directional microphones to analyze the clicking, popping, and grinding sounds emitted from your jaw when it is in motion
Soft Tissue 1064Xlase
Low-level laser light therapy decreases bacterial levels, reduces inflammation, removes infected tissue, increases circulation, stimulates collagen formation, and improves bone and tissue healing. Lasers heal as they work, allowing gum tissue to improve faster, helping to arrest the progression of active periodontal disease. This laser is also beneficial in the treatment of oral lesions such as cold sores and ulcers.
Qi Pulse Laser
The 635nm wavelength laser is used in our office as an acupuncture laser. This particular wavelength of light is stimulatory to the body. With low level laser therapy, we are able to treat specific acupuncture points to control salivation which in turns helps to control gagging. It stimulates and moves Qi (pronounced “chi”) in your meridians. Studies show that by treating these acupuncture points for 15-60 seconds prior to any type of treatment that might make you gag, i.e. dental x-rays, impressions; it will help! Gagging dramatically decreased or went away completely in 50% of people studied.
Microsonics or Ultrasonic scalers are specialized instruments that vibrate at a high frequency to remove calculus, plaque, and bacteria rapidly from the tooth surface and from below the gum line. These instruments are used at each hygiene appointment to make cleaning faster and more effective.
The AirFlow is an air polisher that can be used to remove surface stains and plaque from the tooth surface. Air Polishing is a procedure which uses air and water pressure to deliver a controlled stream through a hand piece nozzle. A special powder is mixed with air and water to create a powerful slurry useful for daily hygiene procedures or specialty uses like cleaning around braces, implants, porcelain restorations, and even prior to dental treatments.
MediByte-Home Sleep Screening Monitor
The MediByte is a level 3 recorder used to monitor and record sleep habits in order to diagnose and treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS). It packs the quality of a sleep laboratory in the palm of your hand. This lightweight recorder allows for a 1-2 night study in the comfort of your own bed. A pulse oximeter, snore microphone, respiratory monitor, nasal and oral flow cannulas, and body position monitor all collect data for analysis. All data is recorded and interpreted by a sleep physician. An easy-to-read report is provided and discussed with the patient by Dr. Fleschler. Upon diagnosis we are able to treat OSA and UARS with a MicrO2 appliance and evaluate progress as needed.
This Digital Occlusal analysis system, made by Tekscan is utilized in dentistry to identify premature contacts and heavy forces of occlusal (chewing) surfaces with precision and accuracy. Extraordinary forces on natural teeth, porcelain, implants and dentures can be destructive and compromise their integrity. A specialized handle houses a wafer thin sensor that is used to collect data and analyze it instantaneously making it visible to both doctor and patient. Tekscan software documents bite force dynamics and can track changes over time.