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Exciting New Dental Technologies at Dr. Lorie Baumgardner – Dental Office in Topeka

New advanced dental technologies now ease dental anxiety, maximize patient comfort, and minimize treatment time. The driving force behind the development of these new dental technologies has been patient care and patient comfort. Some of the new dental technologies which we now offer include:

Micro Polishing System

Micro Polishing, also known as “air polishing,” was developed to provide an advanced method of cleaning and polishing teeth. The new micro polishing system uses air & water pressure to deliver a controlled stream of specially processed sodium bicarbonate for a comfortable method of cleaning and polishing teeth while removing unsightly stains and harmful plaque. The fine particles of sodium bicarbonate are propelled by compressed air in a warm spray. This quickly and efficiently removes surface stains, plaque, and other soft deposits like food particles trapped in between teeth. This new Micro Polishing technique is firmly established as a safe and effective alternative to traditional methods, and is now widely utilized as a conventional dental cleaning and polishing system.

Digital X-Rays

Digital X-rays are faster and contain much less radiation than traditional X-rays. Just like traditional X-ray systems, digital x-rays allow the dentist to detect decay, bone loss, and help with root canals. Digital x-rays immediately display sharp, clear images for the dentist to view on the computer screen. Digital x-rays even allow the dentist to zoom in for better evaluation of the image.

Benefits include:

Intraoral Camera

An intraoral camera is a small video camera designed to be used inside the mouth for the purpose of taking live video or still photography. The small camera resembles an oversized pen which is shielded with a disposable protective sheath for each new patient. While viewing a monitor, the dentist inserts the camera into a patient’s mouth and gently shifts it about so that images can be taken from a variety of angles. One of the benefits of using of an intraoral camera includes patient education. Dentists often find it useful to show patients exactly what is going on inside their mouths while highlighting areas where dental or medical attention may be needed. In addition to being used for inspection, diagnosis, and patient education, intraoral cameras can also be used to record clear visual records for patient files, and to generate material which can be used in consultations and discussions with other dental providers.

Velscope – Oral Cancer Screening System

Velscope is an oral cancer detection system that identifies soft tissue abnormalities to help identify, evaluate, monitor, and mark abnormal oral cell lesions that may eventually turn into oral cancer. With the help of Velscope, the dentist now can “see” abnormal tissues that aren’t visible to the naked eye. Research shows that more than 30,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer every year, and about 25 percent of those diagnosed are not tobacco users. The mortality rate for oral cancer is higher than many types of cancers. When caught early, oral cancer is one of the most treatable diseases, and with early treatment there is a 90 percent success rate! Use of this new technology Velscope makes early detection of oral cancer fast, easy, and pain-free. An annual Velscope exam, in combination with a regular visual examination, provides a comprehensive oral screening procedure for patients at increased risk for oral cancer. The Velscope exam is painless, fast, and could help save your life.

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