Technology for Better Dentistry

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Carivu

This technology allows us to customize the usage of digital radiographs, and for patients under the age of 30 that have low caries (cavities) risk, we have reduced our need for routine X-rays by 50%! Why? Because this near-infrared light passes through the tooth often is more diagnostic than our eyes or even an X-ray. Are there limitations? Of course, but the bottom line is that CariVu allows us a far better diagnostic/treatment approach to treating caries, and in fact, allows us to follow early lesions and see if remineralization and flossing are halting the growth of the cavity.

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Spectra

For years, dentists have used an explorer to probe suspicious areas of demineralization to detect early signs of tooth decay. However, we use an even better diagnostic tool known as Spectra. This fluorescent technology allows us to evaluate teeth and see if any demineralization or potential cavity has developed. This technology is all about protocols. For instance, we never place sealants without using fluorescence once a year during your routine exam. This is just another example of how we customize care for our patients.

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ConeBeam

All too often we have patients with dental problems in which 2D digital X-rays simply do not provide us with enough information to make a clear diagnosis. When such occurs, a 3D imaging system can be used to access far more information, and ultimately leads to better decision making when it comes to treating our patients.

Our latest technology, the Conebeam, customizes images to include only a few teeth at a time, up to the entire skull. The key for us is taking images that suit our diagnostic needs, while limiting the amount of radiation exposure to our patients. For our implant and root canal specialists, these images often are essential in providing a proper diagnosis in a reduced amount of time.

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Digital X-Rays

Digital X-rays have become the norm in dental offices today because this technology emits far less radiation compared to traditional X-ray machines of the past. Within seconds, images are converted to easy viewing, which makes using digital X-rays an essential part of dentistry today. Our entire team is trained to use all of our diagnostic technology, and able to customize each experience based on the needs of every patient.

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Digital Scanning

For the past few years, our practice continues to offer new technology for diagnostics. With Itro digital imaging, we are better able to monitor shifting teeth, gum issues such as recession, tooth wear issues such as teeth grinding and clenching, if restorations are wearing down, and so much more. These same machines allow us to take impressions without the goop and are so fast and accurate that we just love to use them.

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Laser Dentistry

Within all facets of our practice, we use multiple different types of dental lasers based on the needs of each patient. All of our hygienists are certified in using dental lasers, as this technology allows them to treat and maintain gum issues to keep your mouth healthy. Faster healing is just one of the many attributes of using lasers. This technology comes with many benefits for our patients including reduced treatment time, minimal discomfort or downtime, no sutures, and so much more. Coming very soon, we will be able to remove small cavities without drilling, and in some cases, without the numbness!

 

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Pharyngometry and Rhinometry 

This is the latest technology for diagnosing and treating snoring or sleep apnea. When sleep apnea or snoring occurs, a person’s airway is partially or fully blocked by loose or excess tissue. Oral appliances can keep the airway open while a person is sleeping, which prevents the occurrence of sleep apnea and snoring. Patients who are unable to use a CPAP machine are good candidates for this technology. Pharyngmeter and Rhinometer are new technologies designed to measure the airway space and help design the correct dental appliance to maximize the airways. Pharyngometry is a scientific approach to restful sleeping.

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About Us

Since 1984, University Dental Professionals has been providing exceptional dental care here in Chicago. Located in Hyde Park, directly across from the Museum of Science and Industry, our location has made it convenient for our patients from throughout Chicagoland and Northern Indiana. Focused on our mission to provide the best dental services possible, our doctors utilize the most advanced state-of-the-art technologies to customize their approach, one patient at a time. As a team, we are committed to collaborating with each other to ensure the best treatment options.

Our very own in office UDP dental plan reflects our philosophical approach to prevention and oral health. With more and more studies showing the systemic effects of poor oral health, our dental plan is 100% based on prevention and maintaining your oral health. The core of our plan is our hygiene recall system and our ongoing educational pursuits keep our hygiene team at the forefront of oral health. Each and every provider participates in our UDP plan, to offer our patients the best in services and reasonable fees without any limitations.

Our experienced doctors are leaders and innovators in dentistry. They are educators, authors and well-respected clinicians highly skilled in Cosmetic Dentistry, General Dentistry, Implant Dentistry, All on 4 ProceduresBotox, Dental Sleep Appliances, Invisalign, and far more. Implementing digital and laser dentistry allows our patients the latest in comfortable and high-quality dentistry.

Value and Trust based…. come see what sets our team apart.

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