Dental technology is amazing, giving dentists and their teams the ability to do things that were once considered impossible. Using the latest tools, Dr. Donald Marks and our team are able to catch, diagnose, and treat a wide array of dental problems much faster while keeping our patients more comfortable. You’ll be amazed at how streamlined and precise your dental care can truly be. Read on below to learn a little bit more about the advanced dental services and technology in our State College, PA dental office that we use every day to enhance your dental care.
Digital X-rays are an improvement over traditional, film-based radiography in almost every way imaginable. We can use digital X-rays to create crystal clear images almost instantly because they don’t need time to develop using harsh darkroom chemicals, and they almost expose our patients (and us!) to 90% LESS radiation. Plus, because everything is entirely digital, the images can be easily stored, sent, and displayed on a chairside monitor so you dentist can go over them with you.
Our CT/Cone Beam Scanner gives us the ability to create a fully 3D X-ray image of your teeth, jaw, soft tissues, nerves, and other surrounding structures. This not only gives us a much more global understanding of your dental health, but it can also help us plan more complicated procedures such as dental implant placement or wisdom tooth extraction. We’ll be able to personalize your care to ensure each treatment’s success and ensure that you have a swift and painless recovery.
Thankfully, dental impressions have finally joined the twenty-first century. A digital impression uses a small, handheld device that can be easily maneuvered through the mouth to capture hundreds of unique images of a patient’s teeth. Software can then “stitch” these images together to create a fully 3D impression of a patient’s bite, putty free! Not only is this process faster and more comfortable for you, but it also create a much more accurate model of the teeth we can use to design customized restorations.
A soft tissue laser is one of the best tools we have for combating gum disease. It uses a highly-focused beam of light that’s able to instantly vaporize bacteria located along the gum line and even painlessly remove infected tissue. Even better, it’s able to do all this while sterilizing the area as well as cauterizing blood vessels to reduce bleeding. It’s fact, accurate, and one of the most patient-friendly devices we use every day.
Detecting decay at the earliest possible stage is one of the most important things we do. Thanks to our cavity detection system, this task is now assisted by lasers. Using a beam of light, this device can determine the thickness of a tooth’s enamel and find even the slightest signs of thinning. With this information, we’ll be able to quickly intervene and repair a small spot of decay before it can ever turn into a cavity.
Patients certainly appreciate when we use local anesthetic to ensure their comfort, but you know what they hate? The shot to administer it. With Anutra Painless Anesthetic, we can finally eliminate this last uncomfortable bit of your dental care. This device applies a small bit of topical anesthetic to an area before slowly administering the rest to offer a completely pain-free experience. After using it, most patients will ask, “Did you give me a shot?” not realizing the process is already done.