The Latest Dental Technologies
We use the latest technology to meet your dental health needs, in a beautiful office we are very proud of. We also have memory foam dental chairs with radios for our patients’ comfort. Dr. Judith Ris explains every dental treatment in easy-to-understand terminology, and she is more than happy to answer any question a patient may have about their dental treatment choices.
Our goal at Daybreak Dental is to provide the very best dental services to our guests in an atmosphere of personalized comfort, skilled treatment, beautiful office surroundings and state-of-the-art equipment. We want each person’s dental experience to be a positive one and take the time to get to know and enjoy our dental family while we provide them with quality dental care. We take great pride in overcoming the common problem of patients’ dental anxieties and work to build a team effort with each person towards reaching their optimum dental health goals and a cosmetically beautiful smile.
We love doing smile makeovers for our guests—and boy—do they get excited about what, in many cases, is a simple solution to dental imperfections that have “bothered” them for years. From repairing chipped teeth or discolored plastic fillings to contouring misaligned teeth to look like they have been repositioned and straightened in a simple visit (without anesthetic needed!), to the even more dramatic results seen when beautiful cosmetic porcelain veneers are placed over more severely misaligned or under-contoured teeth, giving fabulous results. The smiles never stop when home or in-office bleaching is chosen to achieve that gorgeous bright smile they have always dreamed of. So visit our dental office today and see what we can do for your dream smile makeover. A fabulous new smile is waiting for you!
This cool little device gives patients the ability to see their teeth “live” on a TV screen during our free video tour of your mouth.
“Well, Dave, your old fillings are definitely not doing the job. In fact, many of them have failed and are letting decay reach your teeth. I think you should consider having them replaced.”
If your dentist tells you this, you may find yourself wondering whether your teeth are really as bad as he/she is saying. Maybe, if you could actually see those old fillings yourself, you’d feel a lot better about having them fixed. Here’s where an intra-oral camera is just the ticket. An intra-oral camera is about the size of a pen, so it fits easily into your mouth. Once positioned, it sends pictures to a monitor, where your teeth and gums appear in full-color, usually as a very large image. Yikes! Those fillings are cracked and that dark area is definitely decayed. Want a copy of the image? Your dentist can print one for you. Take it home to help your spouse understand why you’re having dental treatment.
Air Abrasion – Drill-Free Dentistry
Think of an air-abrasion system as a mini-sandblaster. Instead of turning on a whirring drill, a dentist gives you a pair of goggles and then directs a thin, high-speed stream of air-blown microscopic particles that gently removes decay from your tooth.
There’s no heat, no vibration, and many times it’s all done without numbing your mouth. You’ll feel some coolness but it won’t hurt. A suction hose removes the gritty particles, which are made from aluminum oxide, a tasteless substance commonly found in toothpaste. It’s harmless if accidentally swallowed, although your dentist may place a thin rubber sheet (called a rubber dam) in your mouth to keep you from breathing the particles.
An air abrasion system works best on small cavities that will be filled with nonmetallic materials. It’s generally used to repair early tooth decay before it spreads. Because this system can be precisely directed, there’s less tooth structure lost in preparing for a filling. And unlike regular dental drills, air abrasion systems won’t produce tiny fractures in tooth structure. A more recent application of air abrasion is in the relatively new field of MicroDentistry. Thanks to the successful introduction of fluoride into water supplies and toothpastes, tooth surfaces have become more resistant to decay. But decay is still around. Only now, it’s concentrated in tiny, hidden parts of the teeth, where it can easily be missed until it has broken into the softer inner portion of the tooth (dentin or pulp).
Because it can precisely remove very tiny layers of tooth structure, air abrasion is a major part of MicroDentistry techniques. Special dyes locate tiny pockets of decay, air abrasion gently opens and cleans out the decay, and then the tooth is bonded with one of the new, filling materials or a tooth-colored sealant.
Air abrasion doesn’t work for amalgam (silver) fillings, and the aluminum oxide powder can be messy. Because it uses a high-pressure air stream, there’s a minor danger of injecting air into the cheeks or gums. And since an air-abrasion system can be costly, only about ten percent of US dentists have air-abrasion systems in their offices.
In our cosmetic dental exam, we can do a computerized cosmetic makeover of your smile and give you a print out of it to take home—a terrific smile that could be yours!
You can mull it over at your leisure, and dream of a new, gorgeous smile. Talk about grins that win!