Technology taught us much of what we know about dental health today, and it has significantly influenced how we diagnose and treat most dental health issues. At our office, we employ advanced digital imaging and laser technology to ensure highly accurate diagnoses and comfortable, precise treatment results for all of our patients.
Cavities, the most common chronic dental health issue, begin with the erosion of the enamel protecting your teeth. Spotting enamel erosion as early as possible allows your dentist to address it before your tooth becomes significantly infected. With the help of DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection, your dentist can spot signs of enamel erosion (also known as demineralization) long before it becomes obvious or your tooth becomes sensitive.
Compared to traditional X-rays, digital ones produce up to 90% less radiation, and the images they create can be projected instantly onto a digital monitor. Digital X-rays are also the basis for our more advanced Panorex imaging, which combine images from several different angles to provide a more comprehensive view of your teeth, teeth roots, jawbone, and oral structures.
Deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing, is the careful removal of oral bacteria from your teeth roots, which rest underneath your gums. The procedure is necessary when signs of gingivitis become apparent, and with ultrasonic technology, it can be performed with significantly more comfort and precision. The technology gently breaks up plaque and tartar deposits on your teeth roots using concentrated ultrasonic waves, rather than manual scraping with a dental tool.
For soft-tissue procedures, such as cosmetic gum contouring, we can often use our specially-calibrated dental laser to make the procedure more comfortable and time-efficient. Compared to traditional scalpel surgery, laser treatment minimizes trauma to surrounding tissues and promotes better oral health by eradicating harmful oral bacteria. Also unlike surgery, laser treatment does not typically require the use of sutures during the healing process.
Your smile deserves the best care available, and with our array of advanced dental technology, we can ensure it always receives it. To learn more about making dental care better with technology, schedule an appointment with us by calling the office of Michael J. Young, DDS, in Lafayette, LA, today at 337-237-6453.