Dental Technology - Hyde Park • Chicago, IL
Dental technology is always progressing, which is why our team spends a lot of their free time researching so we can integrate the latest, proven instruments into our practice. This enables us to continually make our care faster, more precise, and more comfortable, allowing our patients to get what they need more easily so they can spend less time in the dental chair and more just living their lives! Read on below to learn more about some of the amazing technology you’ll benefit from when you come to University Dental Professionals.
X-rays allow us to examine the roots and bone beneath your teeth where potential cavities, infections, and even cancer can be hidden from the naked eye. They are an essential part of our diagnostic process, which is why we have upgraded to fully digital radiography. Digital X-rays not only generate more detailed images than traditional film, but development only takes a few seconds, and the process exposes patients to 90% LESS radiation.
Our intraoral camera enables both our team and our patients to get a better look at their smiles. This device is no bigger than a pen, so it fits comfortably into any mouth where it captures close-up, high-definition images of the teeth and gums. This helps us easily find potential problems, and if we do spot something, we can show a patient exactly what we are seeing and clearly explain why treatment is important and how it will help them.
Digital Impression System
Dental impressions allow us to create a working model of a patient’s bite so we can design their treatment to fit their unique smile. Instead of relying on slow and inaccurate physical impressions, we now just scan the teeth with a handheld device. Within minutes, it captures thousands of data points and weaves them together to create a perfect digital impression on a nearby monitor. It’s faster and tidier than the old method and never requires retakes.
Soft Tissue Laser
Patients in need of any type of gum-related procedure will be happy to know that instead of using incisions and sutures like other offices, we instead implement a soft tissue laser. Using a concentrated beam of light, we’re able to painlessly remove infected or overgrown tissue to restore someone’s health and enhance their appearance at the same time. The laser emits almost no heat, sound, or vibration, so it’s easy for a patient to remain comfortable during a procedure. Plus, it minimizes bleeding and post-treatment swelling to practically zero because it cauterizes blood vessels and nerves as it works.
Cavity Detection System
One of our main priorities is to find dental decay as soon as possible so we can treat it right away and help a patient preserve as much of their precious enamel as we can. That’s why instead of just poking and prodding the teeth, we rely on our cavity detection system. It scans the enamel with a special light that’s able to detect the earliest signs of a cavity, allowing our team to intervene right away, often before a patient experiences any pain or sensitivity.