Advanced Dental Technology
There have been tremendous advancements in dentistry in the last 20 years. Being able to utilize and incorporate this technology into Grand Lake Dental is a passion of Dr. Jobst. In addition to be able to practice world class dentistry having the latest technology at available at your fingertips is a necessity for Dr. Jobst. It is our commitment to our patients to provide the best technology available for your care. Here are some of our high tech tools.
SCHICK DIGITAL SENSORS are small square plates that are x-ray sensors. They have replaced traditional film. The digital picture quality we receive is far superior to traditional film. Thesensors are also environmentally safe and require only a fraction of the radiation that is used with standard films. This has enabled us to no longer have to use the lead apron.
INTRA-ORAL VIDEO CAMERAS provide an unprecedented view from inside your mouth. They are also an invaluable diagnostic and treatment planning tool. With many of our patients the patient cannot see the problem. The camera allows us to take a picture and place that picture up on a monitor so we can discuss it with them. Much like the saying “A picture is worth a thousand words, it is”. It allows patients to see and form their own opinions.
DIODE LASER is a laser that focuses an intense beam of light that we use for re-contouring the gums, helping us take impressions by gently troughing the gums and removing suspicious lesions that need to be sent for biopsy.
CANNON EOS DIGITAL CAMERA is used for taking digital photos for our orthodontic records as well as before and after photos. This is especially important when considering cosmetic changes. It’s 8 mega pixel ability is one of the best in the medical and dental fields for patient photos. Images are used for patient communication, diagnosis, treatment planning, shade matching, computerized imaging, including the images on our website.
LEICA SURGICAL MICROSCOPE is a critical component of our ability to do surgical endodontics. Weather it is doing traditional root canal therapy which at times involves measurements that are fractions of millimeters or locating hard to find calcified canals. Surgical microscopes are widely used by endodontist’s which are specialists that do root canals. The surgical scope allows us to magnify anywhere from 4 to 40X power. Many times the biggest challenge to being able to do a successful procedure is just being able to see what you are doing. The Leica surgical scope allows us to do this. This particular scope is also widely used by eye and ear, nose and throat doctors.
CEREC AC allows us to make a substantial portion of our crowns and large fillings in our office rather than having to send the work to a dental lab to be fabricated. The current model we have is the most up to date version the Cerec Blue Cam. Cerec is able to take a three dimensional picture of a tooth that has been prepared for a crown. Design that crown on its software then mill the crown out of the appropriate ceramic material. The biggest advantage to patients is it negates the need for a second trip to have a crown placed and more than likely the site having to be once more numbed again.
KODAK 8000C Is a digital x-ray machine that takes an image of the entire jaw. This helps us to evaluate the positions of the teeth as they relate to jaw position. It also affords us the opportunity to look for any type of abnormalities in the sinus and jaws as well as evaluate the position of the wisdom teeth. It also has a cephlometric mode which allows us to take a lateral skull shot. This film is of tremendous importance in the treatment planning of orthodontic cases as it allows us to view and evaluate certain parts of skeletal bones that will impact tooth position and growth.
The SYBRONHEX PLUS IMPLANTS The external hex design remains a top choice of clinicians worldwide due to its surgical and restorative flexibility. The SybronHEX Plus external hex implant is perfect for cases involving multiple units such as fixed detachables, bar overdentures and long-span bridges.
The VELSCOPE Vx is the most powerful tool available for assisting in the discovery of oral abnormalities. The VELscope’s distinctive blue-spectrum light causes the soft tissues of the mouth to naturally fluoresce. Healthy tissues fluoresce in distinctive patterns — patterns that are visibly disrupted by trauma or disease. Using the VELscope, a wide variety of oral abnormalities can be discovered — often before they’re visible to the unassisted eye.
Discovering soft tissue abnormalities is particularly important in the fight against oral cancer. Because the VELscope Vx assists in early detection, cancer can be caught before it has time to spread, potentially saving lives through less invasive, more effective treatment.
Used on a regular basis, the VELscope Vx helps dental professionals find a wide variety of soft-tissue abnormalities, allowing practices to aspire to an advanced level of patient care. VELscope Vx