South Shore Dentistry strives to use the latest technology in order to enhance the quality of your dental care. Dr. Burt and his staff want to provide their patients with the best care for their needs and lifestyle.
High Power Microscopes
We use high power microscopes to give us more precision in patient care. Because dentistry is micro-surgery, we use microscopes similar to ones used by ophthalmologists. This allows us to create dental restorations with a precise fit and finish. It is not possible to do that with just the naked eye. These microscopes also direct a beam of light directly at the teeth, limiting the glare in our patients’ eyes.
Digital imaging is another of our many advancements in technology that allow us to serve our patients in the best way possible. Dr. Burt and his staff at South Shore Dentistry carefully choose which radiographs should be taken. Radiographs give us information that we cannot see with just our eyes. Dr. Burt is able to see if there are cavities between teeth, check bone health, examine roots and nerves and diagnose any lesions. We keep exposure for radiographs extremely minimal, 50 percent less than traditional radiographs. Because it is digital, we can store images, pull them up quickly and transfer to specialists or insurance companies.
Cone Beam Scan
A dental cone beam scan is a type of x-ray machine used when regular dental x-rays are not sufficient. It generates a 3-D image of dental structures, soft tissue, and bone in a single scan. It allows us to make precise treatment plans for you.
CEREC- CAD/CAM Imaging
CAD/CAM is digital technology that allows us to create digital impressions for restorations such as crowns. CEREC crowns are made of ceramic or resin materials. They can be made right in our office in a single visit using this technology. Thanks to the CAD software, Dr. Burt can design the crown to fit precisely in your mouth and color-match it to blend with your natural teeth.
Ultrasonic scalers are used to remove deposits from the hard tissues of the tooth. Ultrasonics can be used to clean hard to reach surfaces, in root canal treatments, and in periodontal therapies.
Laser dentistry is one of the latest advancements in dentistry. Energy in the form of light is delivered directly to the target which can be tooth decay, enamel, gum tissue or whitening enhancers. It can be used on the teeth and soft tissue procedures and usually requires no anesthesia. Drills cause heat and have a vibration but lasers do not, making the process quite comfortable. Here are some of the areas where laser technology can be beneficial:
- Cavity diagnosis
- Curing, or hardening, bonding materials
- Whitening teeth
- Periodontal or gum related care
- Pediatric procedures
- Canker sore treatment
- Frenectomy (tongue-tie release) without anesthesia or sutures
- Root canals and apicoectomies
- Crown lengthen, gingivectomy and other gum corrections
An intraoral camera is technology that allows Dr. Burt and his staff to view your mouth, teeth and gums giving them precise images and a clear view of your mouth. Standard mirror examinations can miss things but the intraoral camera enlarges images making it easier to diagnose any issues. This can also lead to less chair time for our patients. We are able to save the images and send them to other specialists or an insurance company if needed.
Kovanaze™ Nasal Spray
We realize that many patients avoid or put off needed dental procedures due to the dread or fear of the anesthesia injection. Therefore, we are proud to offer a revolutionary needle-free injection method using Kovanaze™ Nasal Spray. Today’s advancements in modern dentistry allow dentists to numb the maxillary arch of teeth without putting patients through the pain and anxiety of a dental shot. Well we’ve got good news for you, and it comes in the form of a spray!
We are excited to announce that we are now offering patients Kovanaze™ Nasal Spray, which is the first FDA-approved, needle-free dental anesthesia and a godsend to patients who are terrified of needles. Kovanaze is intended for use in dentistry as a topical anesthetic, delivered in the nasal cavity to achieve pulpal (tooth nerve) anesthesia for the restorative treatment of teeth. Like traditional dental injections, this product delivers a local dental anesthetic but without the needle.