Pinnacle Dental utilizes the following advanced technologies for our patients in an effort to provide you the best options available for your dental treatment.
CEREC One-Day Crowns
CEREC is a CAD-CAM system used to create ceramic restorations that can be completed in a single appointment. The CEREC system uses a digital camera to scan the tooth needing a crown to make an accurate map of your tooth and its space, without the need for traditional impression materials. CEREC technology allows Dr. Kottman to design, fabricate, and place the restoration in one visit. The procedure can take less than two hours, and you'll leave the same day with your permanent restoration.
At Pinnacle Dental, we use all digital x-rays, which greatly reduce the amount of radiation a person receives as compared to traditional x-rays. As an added benefit, digital x-rays can be magnified, sharpened, or colorized so we can make a more precise diagnosis. These x-rays are stored as part of your digital chart and allow us to note changes over time such as tooth movement, bone loss, or changes in fillings and root canals. Another benefit of digital x-rays is the reduced amount of time from exposure to diagnosis. We can now take x-rays and get the pictures almost instantly instead of waiting for the film to be developed.
Intra-oral cameras are used to capture images of your teeth and can be magnified to more than 40 times their actual size on our computer monitors. More than a diagnostic tool, the intra-oral camera helps Dr. Kottman illustrate what’s going on in your mouth so you can see exactly what she sees. Through viewing the images of your teeth on our computer screens, you can see your teeth through Dr. Kottman's eyes and have the information you need to discuss and decide upon treatment options. The images taken by the intra-oral camera also become a part of your digital record and are used to track treatment progress or the progression of areas in your mouth we are monitoring.
Vizilite Adjunctive Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer affects over 30,000 Americans each year, and the mortality rate is higher than many types of cancer because it's often diagnosed at an advanced stage. That’s why it’s important to catch oral cancer early, when it can be treated more successfully. Vizilite is a new light technology that identifies soft tissue abnormalities that can’t be seen with the naked eye. We've found that using Vizilite along with a thorough visual exam improves our ability to identify, track, and possible refer for evaluation any suspicious areas.