At Great Neck & Mid-Island Dental Associates, we are proud to offer procedures using state-of-the-art technology. We strive to stay current with the latest advancements in dentistry to increase procedure efficacy and precision, as well as patient comfort and safety. Below, you can find the advanced technologies used at our office locations. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
With 3D Diagnostix (3DDX) and 360 Imaging, our doctors are able to take digital CT scans of a patient’s jaw. The advanced technology allows for an improved treatment process, starting with enhanced diagnostic potential. The 3DDX and 360 Imaging provides detailed images of your jaw, helping our doctors detect problems at earlier stages. As a result, we have even more concrete information with which to base a recommendation for procedures to successfully address your oral needs. In addition, The 3DDX and 360 Imaging can shorten treatment time, as we can better predict the outcome of a procedure, lowering the risk of complications.
The Waterlase Er,Cr:YSGG system from Biolase is a cutting-edge laser technology that combines air and water power to treat a number concerns. The laser device is guided around the target area to addressing the issue at hand, whether it is periodontal disease, gum recession, an abscess, or another problem. The Waterlase Er,Cr:YSGG typically provides a virtually pain-free procedure with enhanced results.
Biomet 3i™ Navigator® System
The Navigator® System by Biomet 3i™ is utilized for the placement of dental implants. The system is a combination of software to help plan the surgery and the creation of surgical guides to use during the procedure. The technology helps our dental team more accurately prepare the site for surgery, as well as produce more reliable results.
The Navigator® System ultimately increases precision in the planning and execution of the procedure. By utilizing the innovative technology, your doctor has more control in the angle and depth of the implant, as well as with creating better spacing between implants and teeth. In addition, you can benefit from improved temporary solutions before the final crown is placed. The Navigator®System is able to provide an overall improvement in implant function and appearance.
If you are considering a cosmetic dentistry treatment such as porcelain veneers or crowns but are not sure if you are ready to undergo a procedure, computer imaging may be an option that can help you make a more informed decision about your treatment options. Cosmetic imaging gives patients a “sneak preview” of what a completed dental treatment will look like before it is even performed. Many patients find that seeing the potential results of a cosmetic dentistry procedure provides them with the certainty they need when considering extensive or costly dental work. It is just one of the tools we have at Great Neck & Mid-Island Dental Associates that helps us to establish realistic expectations for the work we perform.
If you are interested in our complimentary computer imaging service, contact either of our Long Island offices today.
Through the use of digital radiography, we can view x-rays of your mouth through high-quality images sent immediately to a monitor. The digital technology allows us to evaluate the health of your teeth and gums through detailed pictures. By having the images available on a computer, we can easily refer back to them in the future. In addition, digital x-rays expose patients to a significantly lower amount of radiation than traditional x-ray technology.
Digital Smile Design™ (DSD)
Through the potential of digital technology, we can design a virtual image of what your smile may look like following various dental treatments. The image can even be altered to help your doctor better understand your aesthetic goals, adjusting your treatment plan accordingly. Through Digital Smile Design™, patients can see how solutions like porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and Invisalign® can potentially affect their smile.
As teeth have become healthier overall and enamel harder, cavities have also become more difficult to detect. Why? Caries lesions, or cavities, are less often seen on the surface of the enamel, and more often under it. So what is a dentist to do if a tooth looks suspicious? Drill into the tooth to check? Leave it alone until it destroys your tooth from the inside out?
Our dentists have a better solution – the The DIAGNOdent® laser caries detection aid. The device’s ability to see into your tooth enables dentists to treat subsurface cavities with confidence.
How The DIAGNOdent Works
This kid-friendly laser device glides over the tooth without any discomfort to give us immediate feedback about tooth health. If hidden decay is detected, an alarm will sound, alerting your doctor or hygienist.
Benefits of the DIAGNOdent
The DIAGNOdent allows us to be less invasive with our treatments. It lets us keep an eye on vulnerable tooth surfaces, such as areas of wear or cracking, and makes measuring changes and making comparison over time easy and convenient.
It also permits us to treat the cavity with smaller restorations, and sometimes allows treatment of the cavity with no filling at all. And since the the DIAGNOdent has been proven to be over 90% accurate, you can be sure that you and your family are are only getting the dental treatment you really need.
Our team of hygienists utilizes the diode laser by KaVo in the combination procedure of scaling and root planing and bacterial reduction. The technology allows for gentler, more precise treatments. Patients typically experience less discomfort, faster healing, and minimal bleeding.
The Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure, or LANAP Nd:YAG™, treats moderate to severe gum disease by reducing infections with a laser device. The tissue is then sterilized and sealed to help with healing. The procedure is often less painful than traditional gum disease treatments, and patients can benefit from a shorter recovery time as well.
By utilizing Mectron’s piezosurgery technology, our dental team can perform more precise and less invasive bone surgery. The electronic system produces ultrasonic vibrations to cut bone tissue with more control. Piezosurgery is used for a number of procedures, including root canal therapy, tooth extraction, bone grafting, and dental implant preparation.
This technology often proves to be more beneficial for patients compared to traditional surgery, as it does not damage soft tissue and it allows for a faster healing process. Since little heat is produced by the device, surrounding tissue is not affected. As a result, the results of your bone surgery are typically more favorable.
Root canal treatment, also known as endodontics, is performed to prevent a decayed tooth from the need to be removed. Our endodontist, Dr. Steven Svetcov, utilizes the Global Microscope and special tools to perform micro-endodontics. Through this advanced technology, he is able to see the damaged tooth’s nerve endings and canals and remove the infected tissue. The tooth and surrounding gums are then cleaned and sealed to preserve the patient’s oral health.
The OralDNA® tests are valuable tools in evaluating your periodontal health. They can help in the treatment of gum disease, oral cancer, and HPV. We offer three diagnostic tests, where we take samples from your saliva, which are then sent to a lab to be examined. As soon as we receive your results, we will let you know the conclusion and recommend the best course of action, should one be necessary.
OralDNA® tests include:
- The MyPerioID® test identifies changes in your DNA that could indicate a risk of gum disease.
- The MyPerioPath® test is for people with gum disease and identifies the specific bacteria causing the condition and the severity. This helps us determine the best treatment plan, such as a specific antibiotic.
- Finally, the OraRisk® HPV test recognizes an HPV mouth infection, should it be present. This can indicates a higher risk of developing oral cancer.
The Osstell ISQ (Implant Stability Quotient) is a diagnostic device used after the placement of dental implants. The technology measures stability of the titanium post after it has been implanted into the jaw. This determines the success of osseointegration (fusion of the implant to the jaw bone). From this information, your doctor can decide whether you should continue with the implant procedure at the planned time.
Patients at risk of poor implant stability can be monitored on their progress over time, which helps your doctor understand if more time is needed before completing the implant process. As a result, the overall treatment is more predictable and efficient. In addition, the Osstell ISQ helps prevent failed implants.
Ultimately, if the technology finds that your implant has successfully fused to the jaw, the procedure can sometimes be completed ahead of schedule, leading to a faster treatment.
In addition to our collection of advanced dental technology, our team utilizes electronic file and record keeping so that we essentially have a paperless office. We strive to incorporate environmentally-friendly equipment and office features whenever possible and appropriate. This includes mercury-free tooth-colored fillings, digital technology, and paper reduction.
The Pain-Free Injection
A lot of people are afraid of needles and shots – over 50% of patients fear anesthetic syringes, fear them so much, in fact, that that this fear keeps them from the dentist. Others hate the idea of getting a shot so extremely, they try to talk us out of numbing them before procedures. We have a better solution – computer controlled anesthesia
With this local anesthetic injection system, Novocain is activated and precision metered for consistent administration. And that means virtually painless injections!
How the Computer Controlled Anesthesia Works
One of the primary reasons injections are painful is not because of the needle, it is because of the liquid being forced into the tissues. This is not the case with computer controlled anesthesia. This anesthesia-delivery system offers one of the slowest, steadiest, most comfortable injections a patient can experience. The applicator looks like a pen, and is not only able to be positioned more accurately, but it also controls the rate of flow of the anesthesia. This slower, controlled method of delivery minimizes the sensation caused by the anesthesia entering the tissue. It really is a pain-free anesthetic delivery system.
Plus, if you are having a single tooth worked on, we can limit the numbness you experience to that particular tooth with the computer precision.
Not only are our own patients amazed at how much easier it is to get numb with the Wand, it has been extensively tested by over 300 dentists on over 5,000 patients across the country.
Vatech Cone Beam
CT Scan Laser Technology
With Vatech’s CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) scan technology, we are able to capture digital x-ray images of your jaw and mouth through laser technology. The scanner rotates around the patient and takes numerous images in a short amount of time. These x-rays provide detailed information that allow your doctor to provide a more accurate diagnosis and treatment. The Vatech technology is especially useful for dental implant placement. The high quality x-rays can help your doctor map out where the implants should be surgically placed, as well as evaluate your bone density to determine whether a graft is necessary.