It takes every team member at Holmes Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to keep us moving forward while doing our finest work. Technology is dentistry’s not-so-secret weapon, and it’s a valued member of our team, too.
Technology isn’t just about machines in our office that simplify diagnostics and make routine checkups easier. We can also thank technology for materials that make up modern dental restorations, the clear aligners of Invisalign®, and CariFree® dental hygiene products that fight extra hard to keep your teeth healthy.
Holmes Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is proud to offer the CariFree line of oral hygiene products. While these products aren’t machines, it did take advanced science and technology to formulate them to address five specific factors that lead to cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. Dr. Holmes may recommend toothpaste or a mouth rinses to that give your mouth some extra ammunition against cavities and dry mouth. CariFree products are nonabrasive and safe for everyday use.
If you’re worried about exposure to radiation during x-rays, let Holmes Family and Cosmetic Dentistry put your mind at ease. Digital x-rays use up to 90% less radiation than film x-rays. While traditional dental x-rays are still quite safe, digital radiography also makes diagnosis more efficient by being significantly faster. Digital x-rays also do not require processing and are more forgiving when it comes to images that are under or overexposed.
Intraoral cameras are easy to use and lightning-quick. It only takes a few seconds for an image generated by an intraoral camera to appear on a screen that can be viewed by the dental team and the patient simultaneously. Not only do you get to see what we see while we’re seeing it, you can ask any questions you have about what we’re viewing right away. We will do our best to answer them and put your mind at ease!
It can be harder to detect cavities these days because the widespread use of fluoride has created harder tooth enamel across the board. The good news? A lot less tooth decay across the board.
The bad news is that many cavities now develop on the chewing surfaces of teeth with the potential to decay the structure from inside out. Fortunately, laser cavity detection is a minimally invasive method to locate and diagnose dental caries before they have the chance to become more serious issues.