Smile Select is a state-of-the art facility equipped with the most advanced dental technology available today. We work to constantly optimize the technology in our dental offices to ensure that we can take care of any dental needs our patients may have. We offer Dental Digital X-rays, intra-oral cameras, diagnostic lasers, as well as Zoom!™ Patients often recognize the brand name Zoom!™ from the hit television show Extreme Makeover. The Cosmetic Dentists on Extreme Makeover choose Zoom!™ as the leading teeth whitening procedure available to dentists today.
Traditionally, dentists use x-rays to find out what’s going on below the surface, developing them in a darkroom full of chemicals, and examining the resulting films on a special light board.
Digital radiography entirely out modes that cumbersome process. Now, a tiny sensor is placed in the where it acts like a miniature VCR camera with an x-ray sensitive chip, exposing you to 50%-90% less radiation than with traditional x-ray techniques. This process results in a highly detailed image of your mouth that is almost instantaneously translated onto our computer screen, carrying with it all the conveniences of other digitized images. We can rotate it, magnify it, adjust it for contrast, and even color-code it for educational purposes. Digital X-rays help our patients clearly understand and visualize the dental complication they are facing, this allows us to work together to determine the very best treatment options to treat their complication.
Intra Oral Camera
This wonderful new Dental Intra Oral Camera technology allows you to relax in your chair while simultaneously observing real-time pictures of the inside of your mouth magnified beyond normal size on an adjacent computer monitor! Not only does this make it simple to see and understand what the doctor is telling you, but it also makes it simple for us to keep incredibly accurate records, from one visit to the next.
Sterilization and Patient Safety
Our office uses state of the art sterilization to ensure patient safety. All of our dental instruments go through an intense process of sterilization and disinfection before coming near any of our patients. Sterilization refers to the use of a physical or chemical procedure to destroy all forms of microorganisms, including the highly resistant spores.
We use Rapid Steam Autoclave at 275º F(35psi), for 15-20 minutes
First, the instruments are prepared for the sterilization process. Patient debris and fluids are removed by placing the instruments in 3.2% glutaraldehyde for 40 minutes. Following this pre-disinfection step the instruments are transferred to an ultrasonic cleaner for another 15 minutes. Then the instruments are rinsed, dried, placed in self sealing sterilization pouches and sterilized in the autoclave. Instruments which can not be heat sterilized, are immersed in 2% glutaraldehyde for 10 hours to cold sterilize.
We use Biological, Chemical and Mechanical indicators to monitor our sterilization process.
Using bacterial spores to monitor the sterilization process is referred to as biologic monitoring (or spore-testing), and the bacterial spores used for monitoring the sterilization process are referred to as biologic indicators (BIs). Of the three methods, biologic monitoring is regarded as the most valid for monitoring the sterilization process, for it uses live, highly resistant bacterial spores.
We biologically monitor our sterilizer once a week to ensure complete sterilization using spore strips and keep accurate records for our monitoring. These strips are enclosed in a glassiness envelope and processed through the sterilizer. They are then sent to our spore testing center where they are tested for live spores.
Chemical monitoring involves using chemical indicators (CIs) that change color or form when exposed to specific high temperatures or to the sterilizing conditions within a sterilizer. This is referred to as chemical monitoring (or process monitoring). We use sterilization pouches that have special marking that change color when subjected to sterilizing temperatures.
Mechanical monitoring involves observing and recording the physical aspects (e.g., temperature, pressure or time) of the cycle when the sterilizer is being operated. Our Sterilizer is serviced regularly to ensure proper functioning.
Hard and Soft Tissue Laser
The Waterlase® system is a revolutionary new dental device that uses laser-energized water to cut teeth. BIOLASE received FDA clearance to market the Waterlase® system for use on hard tissue (teeth) on October 9, 1998.This combination of laser energy and water-spray creates “HYDROKINETIC™” energy, and is a patented technology invented by BIOLASE scientists and engineers.
How does Waterlase® work?
- The Waterlase® system uses laser-energized water to cut teeth
- The Waterlase® emits a laser beam that energizes a highly precise spray of air and water
- Water droplets absorb the laser energy and become laser-energized water particles that, when directed at the tooth,
rapidly remove enamel, dentin and decay/caries
Advantages of Waterlase®
- Waterlase does not cause vibration in the mouth, hence eases the pain and anxiety of patients who fear the vibration
and high-pitched whine of traditional drills. It allows for precise cavity preps with no pain, needles or drills
(in most cases). It removes minimal amounts of tooth, helping the patient to preserve as much tooth structure as
- Waterlase® uses a cool-water spray to cut teeth without generating heat. Conventional drills and lasers can overheat
teeth during procedures, inducing discomfort and irreversibly damaging the soft tissue or pulp underneath
- Laser beam has a natural sterilization effect — it evaporates bacteria, viruses and fungi, which leads to a decrease
in local infections. Waterlase® has now been used in root canal treatments to disinfected instrumented canal system
to improve the treatment outcome
- The Waterlase® significantly improves patients’ comfort in the dentist’s chair. Patient’s report little or no
discomfort during the procedure. WaterLaser decreases post-operative pain by sealing nerve endings.WaterLaser can be
used for cauterization of small blood vessels and lymphatics, therefore decreases post-operative swellings