Technology is transforming the way we complete the most basic daily activities. Dentistry is no different. At the Annapolis dentistry practice of Dr. Barry Grosshandler, we use the most innovative dental techniques and technologies to provide quick, convenient, comfortable dentistry services for our patients. Contact Dr. Grosshandler and his dedicated dentistry team to find out more about dental technologies or schedule an appointment in our state-of-the-art practice. Our family-friendly Annapolis dental office welcomes patients from surrounding communities including Arnold and Severna Park.
Digital x-rays are used to capture high definition images of the inside of the smile and those parts of the tooth structure that aren’t visible below the gum line. Unlike traditional x-rays that were time consuming and often uncomfortable to capture, digital x-rays are quickly captured using as much as 90% less radiation than traditional radiography. Best of all, these digital images are immediately viewable on our chairside computer monitors. We can zoom in or enhance these digital images to help patients better understand their areas of oral health concern and treatment options. Because the files are digital, they can be instantly transferred to a dental lab, specialist, or insurance provider. This streamlines the treatment process, and makes dental care faster and easier. Best of all, we can compare digital x-rays between appointments in order to diagnose and treat oral health issues in their earliest possible stages.
Patients with mild to moderate dental phobia or anxiety, those who struggle to stay numb with local anesthesia alone, and those who experience dental sensitivity may want to consider nitrous oxide sedation. Commonly referred to as laughing gas due to the euphoric effect it has on patients, nitrous oxide offers complete comfort for every dental patient. Nitrous oxide is a gas inhaled through a nasal mask during treatment. The effects of this sedative are fast acting. That means the dentist can adjust dosage throughout treatment to ensure patients stay comfortable. Following treatment, the effects of nitrous oxide wear away quickly. That means patients can drive themselves to and from our office, and they can resume daily activities directly following their procedure. Most patients feel completely back to normal within about half an hour following treatment. This is a great solution for any busy patient who dreads coming to the dental office.
If you experience loud, chronic snoring or excessive day time exhaustion, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. This common sleep disorder causes patients to stop breathing for ten or more seconds at a time during the night. When this happens, patients can experience a variety of health concerns associated with sleep apnea. We offer a comfortable, effective treatment option using custom crafted oral appliances. These appliances shift the jaw forward allowing the airway passage to open for a more consistent air flow.
What digital x-rays have allowed us to do for the inner tooth structures intraoral cameras give us the ability to do for those parts of teeth above the gum line. While Dr. Grosshandler has always done his best to describe areas of concern and use mirrors to show patients what he’s talking about, this is a cumbersome solution at best. Instead, we use our intraoral camera to capture clear images of the smile, so patients can see just what we’re talking about.
Traditional impressions are captured by having a patient bite down into a goopy material that creates a reflection of their bite. In addition to being less than comfortable, these impressions had to be captured very carefully to ensure an accurate representation for dental labs. Once a good impression was captured, it then had to be mailed physically to a lab. Digital impressions ensure a precise, accurate bite impression, and the easily transferable digital files streamline the entire treatment process.
Lasers have made numerous dental procedures faster and more comfortable. The soft tissue laser we use in our practice makes it possible for us to provide effective gum disease treatments as well as comfortable gum recontouring with minimal bleeding and discomfort during treatment and a dramatically reduced healing time after.
Traditionally, cavities had to be discovered using visual and manual examination. Digital x-rays give us the ability to diagnose tooth decay in even earlier stages, but our state-of-the-art laser-assisted cavity detection system allows us to locate weakened dental areas where tooth decay is more likely to occur and work with patients to prevent cavities. We simply scan teeth with our early cavity detection system and softened parts of the enamel are revealed, allowing us to focus future preventive treatment on strengthening these teeth.