We're proud to offer our patients the highest level of dentistry available – and this includes taking advantage of state-of-the-art technology that makes every treatment and procedure more effective, more efficient, and more comfortable.
We'd like to take a moment to introduce you to some of the technology you might encounter during your appointment and how it help us provide you with a better overall experience.
3-D Cone Beam (CBCT)
Our cone beam scanner allows us to place dental implants and perform a number of other procedures with a high degree of precision because we can visualize, in 3-D, not just your teeth and bone but all surrounding structures. Surprises can be fun in some situations, but not when it comes to your dental care! In addition to implant placement, we also use CBCT when extracting teeth. CBCT also plays an important role in diagnostics because it allows us to identify cysts, tumors, fractured teeth and bones, and missing root canals.
The cone beam scanner (CBCT) rotates around your head to take images safely and comfortably. These images are then available for you and your dentist to view on a chairside computer monitor. This means that your dentist can use the images to help explain the treatment plan so you can better understand your procedure and your dentist's recommendations.
Many people experience fear and anxiety when it comes to dental treatment. We want to make dental care more accessible and comfortable for all our patients, and that's why sedation is an option for your treatments, regardless of whether you are having restorative work done or it's time for your routine cleaning.
We offer three levels of sedation so we can customize your care based on your individualized needs:
- Nitrous oxide is an odorless gas that is mixed with oxygen and administered through a nasal mask worn throughout your treatment. This mild sedative takes effect immediately and wears off quickly once the mask is removed, making it the only sedation option that allows you to drive yourself home safely and carry on with your normal schedule following your appointment.
- Oral sedation provides a more moderate level of sedation. Most people don't remember their appointment afterward. Because the effect is stronger and lasts longer than nitrous, you will need a ride to and from our office.
- IV sedation provides the highest level of sedation, allowing patients to sleep during their appointment.
Throughout your sedation, we will monitor your vital signs to ensure your safety and comfort. We also bring in an anesthesiologist to assist with IV sedation. You can learn more on the sedation dentistry service page of this website.
If you feel like you would benefit from nitrous oxide or one of our other sedation options, please call our practice at (909) 822-3003 to meet with one of our skilled dentists and discuss a treatment plan.
X-rays are a vital part of the dentist's diagnostic toolbox. While some issues can be identified with a visual or manual exam, many problems begin beneath the gum tissue or the dental enamel. X-rays allow dentists to see what's happening in the earliest stages, when we can opt for simpler, more conservative treatment options.
Digital x-rays are a modern improvement on the traditional x-rays we've been taking for more than a century. They use considerably less radiation (some estimate up to 80% less!), don't require chemicals to develop, and are viewable on our chairside monitors. Because the image is digital, we can expand the image, zoom in, and enhance it to better visualize any potential problems. This also makes it easier for us to show you exactly what we see and explain our concerns or recommendations.
Digital x-rays are a significant improvement that leads to better care and better diagnostics.
CEREC Crowns & Bridges
Getting a crown or bridge used to mean weeks of waiting with a temporary while an off-site lab crafted your permanent restoration. We've eliminated the need for the wait and the hassle by introducing CEREC technology into our practice.
CEREC uses computer-aided design and manufacturing techniques to allow your dentist to design and create your crown or bridge right here in our office during a single appointment. We'll shape your tooth, scan it digitally for our software, design your tooth, and then mill it from tooth-colored ceramic – all in the same day.
Crowns and bridges created using CEREC are attractive, durable, and practically indistinguishable from natural teeth. You can learn more on our CEREC Crowns and Bridges service page on this website.
Precision is one of the keys to modern dentistry's exceptional comfort and accuracy. Using electric handpieces, we can achieve a far higher level of precision than we can with manual or air-driven instruments.
While individual x-rays allow us to identify problems in single teeth, sometimes a complete view of your entire mouth and jaw is most helpful. A panoramic x-ray provides us with an image that encompasses all your teeth, your joints, and your periodontal bone. We often use panoramic x-rays when we are concerned about wisdom teeth development and orientation. The image can help us determine whether extraction is appropriate, the best way to approach an extraction, and what to expect during the procedure.
Dental Loupes (Magnifiers)
Have you ever wondered what the strange apparatus is that a dentist wears over his or her eyes? This is called a dental loupe, and it's a type of magnifying lens that allows for a closer view at your teeth, gums, and other structures in your mouth.
While some problems can be identified with the naked eye, dental loupes make it much easier for your dentist to see what's going on for more accurate diagnosis and more precise treatment. Many dental problems start out small or virtually invisible. This is ideally when we want to catch them since early diagnosis usually means more conservative treatment. If we waited until problems were visible to the naked eye, small cavities would turn into advanced decay and a minor gum infection could become full-blown periodontal disease.
Televisions in Rooms
One of our goals is to ensure that every experience at WinningSmiles is exceptional! To that end, we have found that little details that help keep you comfortable can go a long way.
We invite you to enjoy the perks and amenities we offer our patients, which include a TV in each treatment room so you can kick back, relax, and watch a favorite program or movie while we provide you with the outstanding dental care you deserve.
Digital records allow your dentist to pull up your entire file right at your chairside quickly and easily. We can use this information to track any health conditions and compare imaging quickly (since we use digital imaging options that are easily incorporated into your file!).
Digital records don't require storage space or reams of paper, which makes them a smarter option for the environment as well. We can also easily send your insurance company portions of your records when needed for treatment approval or justification.
Film x-rays require that we place pieces of film in your mouth to create the images. Many people find dental x-ray film to be bulky and uncomfortable, and x-ray film often has sharp corners, which can even cause injury.
Digital sensors eliminate this problem so you can have a more comfortable x-ray experience. The sensors are smaller with rounded edges, and our patients prefer them over traditional x-ray options.
Have you ever been in a position where the dentist was trying to explain a problem and you really had no idea what was being discussed? The ability to visualize a concern can help make it more immediate and easier to understand.
Intraoral cameras allow us to show you exactly what we see so you can better understand our recommendations and recognize why a particular issue might be a concern. Whether we are trying to show you an area of decay or inflamed gums that might indicate developing gum disease, an intraoral camera gives you a close-up view of your own mouth so you can make informed and educated decisions about your care.
While root canals have always been a valuable procedure that can save a tooth you might otherwise lose, root canals performed using manual instruments are not nearly as comfortable, precise, or accurate as those performed using rotary endodontics.
Rotary endodontic instruments, which feature flexible tips and high-speed rotation, allow our onsite endodontist, Dr. Michael Khalil, to perform comfortable root canals with a high level of success.
You don't have to fear the root canal. We'll help you treat affected teeth and restore your comfort, function, and quality of life.
One of the ways we ensure precision, comfort, and safety is by performing many of our soft-tissue surgical procedures using our laser. This high-tech solution allows us to safely remove diseased tissue and treat problems like periodontitis with a high level of accuracy. The laser precisely targets diseased or problematic tissue and allows us to preserve healthy tissue.
Treatment with the dental laser means:
- No scalpel or stitches
- More comfort and less bleeding
- Faster healing and lower risk of complications
Have you ever had an impression taken? Many patients tell us that they dislike the conventional way of taking impressions, which involves sitting in a dental chair with a paste-filled tray in your mouth. People have said that they find the tray to be uncomfortable while others have trouble with gagging.
At Winning Smiles, we offer digital impressions as well as conventional impressions. Using a scanner similar to a digital camera, we take images of your teeth that are sent to software to create a virtual model. We can then use this model to do everything from plan orthodontic treatment to design restorations!