At Drone Prosthodontics, we have a strong commitment to using technology when appropriate for your comfort and safety. In our office, we use digital technologies for easy and convenient patient communications, as well as for diagnosing and planning treatments. There are some new dental technologies that are also very helpful in shortening both treatment and recovery times for our patients, and we are always researching new ideas that are being introduced in the dental industry.
Digital X-rays to Diagnose and Plan Treatments
X-rays are a primary tool for early identification of dental problems. Detecting issues with x-rays before they become problematic can save you money in the long run. Early detection can help prevent the need for more extensive, expensive procedures or surgeries. X-rays are primarily used to detect:
- Internal tooth decay
- Cysts (fluid filled sacks at the base of your teeth)
- Tumors, both cancerous and non-cancerous
- Impacted teeth
- Teeth that are still coming in
One of our most important tools has become our digital cameras. These images are used for diagnosis, patient and laboratory communication, shade matching, and treatment planning. We have specialized imaging software, which allows us to predict how a particular treatment or a cosmetic procedure will change the appearance of your teeth or smile. Digital photography will ensure the best aesthetic results as well as a comparison of before and after images for post-treatment evaluation. Learn more about digital imaging at www.nikon.com.
Intra-Oral Camera Enhances Patient Communication
X-rays give us a clear view of what we can't see such as decay between the teeth. An intra-oral camera gives the patient a view of what the dentist sees. An intra-oral camera is a device that is about the size of a toothbrush. Broken fillings, fractured teeth, decay or any other dental problem can be viewed so that we can discuss with you any treatment needed. With a clear understanding of your dental needs we can decide together what the best course of treatment is for you. Learn more about our digital camera at: www.dexis.com/dexcam3.
We use ultrasonic scalers for most adult dental cleanings. These devices use ultrasonic vibrations to help break down the plaque and calculus on the teeth that cause gingivitis and periodontal disease. The ultrasonic cleaners create microscopic bubbles that implode on the surface of the tooth, killing microbes and removing plaque and tartar in the process. Our instruments use a thin tip to better navigate in the periodontal pockets to help maintain optimal gingival health.
After your teeth have been cleaned with the ultrasonic cleaner, your teeth will be hand scaled to check for any residual deposits and then polished.
CAD/CAM Chairside Restoration System
Our office utilizes CAD/CAM technology. CAD/CAM stands for "computer-aided design" and "computer-aided manufacturing". This technology allows the dentist to use an intra-oral scanner inside your mouth to take a digital scan of a tooth that has been prepared to receive a crown. Using special software, the data from the scan is used to generate a design (CAD) for a custom crown. This program will also generate a custom blueprint and guide lines to manufacture the new crown (CAM). This software, paired with a state-of-the-art milling machine, enables our office to create precise and custom crowns, inlays and onlays in one single dental visit.
Michael Drone, DDS places value on healthy and attractive teeth. In order to maintain them, the earliest detection and care is essential. We use the DIAGNOdent in the detection of caries. Very small cavities and incipient cavities that cannot be detected clinically or by x-rays, can be diagnosed by the DIAGNOdent. The laser is easy to use, harmless, and will alert us with an audible signal if it detects a cavity. It will even calculate the approximate size of the cavity so we can better plan treatment. By using this device, you can rest assured that cavities will be accurately detected and treated in their infancy. Learn more about DIAGNOdent at www.Kavo.com.
Dental CT Scan
Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) is a diagnostic image that provides high-quality, accurate, three-dimensional (3D) views of the dental and maxillofacial region. It offers significant advantages to traditional imaging like routine x-rays or panoramic films. At Drone Prosthodontics the CBCT scans are the standard of care when we plan, place, and restore implants. We use the image to virtually perform your implant surgery and fabricate your surgical implant guides. CBCT is used for diagnosis, treatment guidance and post treatment evaluation for:
- Implant Dentistry: displays amount of bone available and allows us to perform a virtual implant surgery
- Location of wisdom teeth to the inferior dental nerve
- Impacted tooth or supernumerary (extra) teeth
- Endodontists use this to evaluate infections of teeth, cracked roots
- Dental and facial trauma
- Bone Pathology including cysts and tumors
- TMJ analysis
- Orthodontists use this for evaluation of growth, development and virtual placement of braces
Microscopes are routinely used for prosthodontic and cosmetic dentistry procedures such as implants, veneers, crowns, bridges and laboratory procedures. The dental laboratories use the same microscope for fabrication of your implants, veneers, crowns and bridges. A dental microscope allows us to have better vision, and is the key for precision prosthodontic dental procedures and your ultimate outcome. Learn more about dental microscopes used at our office at www.zeiss.com.
Digital Impressions with iTero®
Michael Drone, DDS uses digital impressions for all prosthodontic procedures and also for virtual dental implant treatment planning, implant surgical guides and Invisalign® (clear braces). The iTero® digital impression technology provides real-time visual impressions and eliminates any impression material. No more mess or gagging with traditional impression material. Our technology allows the laboratory to fabricate veneers, crowns, bridges and implant restorations without ever making a model; completely digital and very precise. To learn more about our state-of-the-art digital impression technology please see the following link: www.itero.com.
Lasers in dentistry are used in treating gum disease, contouring of gums, pain therapy, whitening, and treatment of minor cavities. Michael Drone, DDS uses the latest laser innovation, EPIC™, for these oral health challenges. The EPIC™ has developed special technology to aid in patient comfort, improved healing time and healthier response to gum tissues. Learn more about lasers in dentistry at: www.biolase.com.
Soft Tissue Laser
Laser dentistry is the latest advancement in dental technology, treating a wide range of dental and cosmetic problems from cavities to gum disease to teeth whitening. The lasers we use in laser dentistry at our practice are an alternative to the common hand-held scalpel, drills, or other tools. These lasers direct an invisible energy beam onto problem areas and allow us to efficiently treat decayed teeth, enamel, and gums.
The benefit of laser dentistry is that they minimize the pain most often associated with dental procedures, meaning more comfort to our patients. Clinical studies show that approximately 96% of all patients require no anesthesia when lasers are being used during dental treatments. Dental lasers have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are safe for both adults and children.
Dental telescopes are custom crafted highly magnified glasses that are used for all dental procedures at Drone Prosthodontics. The magnification incorporated into our dental glasses by telescopic technology is critical for precision dentistry. The telescopes benefit our staff by reducing eye strain and eye fatigue, decreasing neck and lower back pain and benefit our patients by allowing us to see more intricate details during dental procedures, professional cleanings, and dental examinations. Learn more about dental telescopes at www.designsforvision.com.
Whitening with ZOOM!
Teeth whitening is the best investment you can make in yourself for a brighter, more attractive smile. Our revolutionary technology is clinically proven to get your teeth their whitest. Over 10 million patients have had their teeth whitened with the same teeth whitening technology Drone Prosthodontics uses. We have incorporated two different whitening protocols that are evidence based, safe for your teeth, and proven to get your teeth their whitest.
The quickest, easiest way to effectively whiten your teeth is our in-office treatment with Zoom! Whitening. This whitening technology is the only in-office system that has a variable intensity setting which allows Dr. Drone to customize your whitening results and maximize your comfort. We provide you with desensitizers to help minimize sensitivity and protect your enamel. Our whitening in-office procedure is safe, effective and clinically proven to whiten up to eight shades for a brighter, whiter smile in just one office visit. We also offer professional customized bleaching that allows you to bleach at your convenience. Learn more about our whitening technology at: www.zoomwhitening.com.
Technologies for Your Convenience
We know your time is valuable, so we work hard to support you as well as ourselves in honoring our appointment commitments with each other. We have implemented an automated appointment reminder system and with your permission, we will either contact you through email, text message or both. You may also use this system to request an appointment. No need to wait for our office to open so you can give us a call. Send us a text or email at your convenience and we will call you as soon as we open.
As accessible as electronics are, we never want to lose the personal touch. If electronic notifications are not favorable to you, we are more than happy to confirm appointments directly with you via a phone call.
Our office utilizes electronic claims processing. This means that rather than sending your dental claim through the mail, it is sent electronically to your insurance company with the click of the button. By filing your claim electronically, information is submitted more efficiently and with fewer errors. This benefits our patients because the turn-around time on claims is faster and fewer claims are returned or denied. We are happy to submit your dental claims to your insurance company on your behalf.
Our office is completely digital (paperless), using Electronic Dental Records (EDR’s). This means a computer aids in making and recording all x-rays and doing all charting. This technology allows us to maintain your dental records electronically, and cuts down unnecessary paperwork used with traditional paper charting. Digital charting standardizes the charting process so it is clear, easy to understand and enables us to provide the most accurate and precise care to our patients. Digital records also allow us to quickly and securely share information with other health care providers when needed.
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