Dental Technology Walnut Creek
Dental Technology Used at Our Walnut Creek Practice
You need an advanced cosmetic and restorative dentistry practice – one that understands that advances in dental technology can help with early detection of oral health issues and can reduce the pain of your treatment.
At Pope Dental in Walnut Creek, we are always seeking out the most practical and least invasive technology available to deliver the best in restorative and preventative care. This is just another Reason to Smile! From oral cancer screening and early cavity detection to reduced discomfort during treatment, our innovative use of dental technology helps take a proactive role in your dental health. San Francisco Bay Area cosmetic dentist Scott Pope, DDS, uses the latest dental technology to meet the orthodontic, restorative dentistry, and cosmetic dental treatment needs of all of his patients. Discover what Pope Dental’s technology can do for you.
DIAGNOdent® Laser for Early Detection
By catching tooth decay and damage in its early stages, Dr. Pope can take a proactive role in your dental health. One tool that helps is the DIAGNOdent® laser, which detects decay and damage that is deep in the cracks and crevices in your teeth. This laser dental technology allows Dr. Pope to find the decay long before it might be visible to the naked eye. By treating the decay at this early stage, Dr. Pope can minimize future pain, discomfort, and tooth damage that might occur if the decay was left unchecked.
The use of an intraoral camera at Pope Dental in Walnut Creek gives you and Dr. Pope a better look at your dental health. This dental technology makes cavities, gum disease, and other oral problems easier to see. By using this tiny device to accurately snap detailed photographs of areas to be treated, Dr. Pope can better explain your dental problems to you, and can make you an active participant in deciding on the best treatment option.
Computer Digital Imaging
You may be considering getting porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, or Invisalign® aligners, but the cost and time commitment leaves you wondering if the results will be worth it. By using computer digital imaging, Dr. Pope can give you a sneak peek at your cosmetic dentistry results before you even start treatment. We are proud to offer digital imaging to you at our San Francisco Bay Area dental practice, since this dental technology allows you to make informed decisions about potential cosmetic dentistry treatments. Schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Pope to get a glimpse at your future smile!
At Pope Dental in Walnut Creek, we understand that dental drills can create dental anxiety in some people. Even those who don’t have an overwhelming fear of the drill typically don’t like it either. Because of this, we use enamel microabrasion to treat decay whenever possible. During enamel microabrasion, a pressurized stream of aluminum oxide powder is directed onto your teeth, removing decay and fissures. Microabrasion is also painless – in fact, the majority of patients need no anesthesia!
High Power Magnification
At Pope Dental, we use high power magnification and fiber optic lighting for most of our procedures. This dental technology helps us to perform dentistry at a higher level of precision and accuracy by allowing us to more clearly see decay, damage to tooth structure, oral lesions, and other dental problems.
The less pain experienced during a dental procedure, the better. By using a soft/hard tissue laser, Dr. Pope is able to perform various cosmetic and restorative treatments while reducing the discomfort you feel.
A laser can be used in:
- Gingival recontouring and overgrowth issues
- Treatment of Cold Sores
- Frenum relief
- Aphthous ulcer care
- Biopsy and oral lesion removal
- Treatment of infections, hemostasis and periodontal debridement
Most procedures are completely painless both during and after treatment. There is no bleeding associated with the laser and no need for any sutures after performing a frenectomy, biopsy, or removal of an oral lesion.
Digital Radiographic Imaging
To provide you with an improved dental care experience, we incorporated digital radiographic imaging into our practice to replace the use of traditional dental x-rays. We also have a digital Orthopantomograph that captures not only the teeth, but the TMJ area, maxillary sinuses and other head and neck areas not normally seen with traditional x-rays. We can also do 3-D imaging of areas for implant evaluations and placement. Digital radiography has many advantages over traditional x-ray dental technology for both doctor and patient, including:
- Reduced x-ray dose
- Better disease detection
- Better quality control of images
- Improved patient education capability
- Ease of attachment to electronic insurance claims submissions
- Less environmental impact on the local community
- Improved archival quality of image
VisiLite Plus for Oral Cancer Screening
All adults are at risk for oral cancer. In fact, 24 percent of oral cancers occur in people who don’t smoke and do not have other typical risk factors. With early detection, oral cancer is 90 percent curable, allowing you to live a healthy life.
To help with early detection, Dr. Pope has added the use of VisiLite Plus, an oral lesion identification and marking system, to his conventional visual examination. VisiLite Plus is the only medical device cleared by the FDA for the screening of patients at increased risk for oral cancer. We utilize VisiLite Plus as part of your annual exam for a higher standard of care.
Contact Our San Francisco Bay Area Practice
To learn more about the dental technology used at Pope Dental in Walnut Creek or to schedule a dental examination, contact our San Francisco Bay Area dental practice today. Discover how we can help you get a beautiful and healthy smile.