Dental Technology in Post Office Square, Boston, MA
We pride ourselves on our state-of-the-art dental practice in Post Office Square. By utilizing the latest technology, we can provide our patients with excellent dental care.
In the past, we took x-rays using film. We would place the film in a holder, place the holder in the proper position in your mouth, and then take the x-ray. After that, we would have to run the film through a processor that put the film into developer and fixer liquid baths, followed by a water bath to rinse the chemicals off the film. Finally, the processor would dry the film.
Nowadays, we can forego that time-consuming process, as well as the chemicals. Instead, we have digital x-rays. We place a digital sensor in your mouth, position it where we need to take the x-ray, and then take it. With a push of a button, the image shows up on our computer screen.
Typically, digital x-rays are:
- More comfortable for the patient
- Faster than film developing
- Safer since they produce much less radiation (up to 90% less)
Having a digital image allows us to enhance or expand the image. Your Post Office Square dentist can catch issues earlier because of this. Because these images are on a screen that is easy to share, you get to see the images while your dentist explains your diagnosis and treatment plan.
Digital x-rays are also much easier to forward to a specialist if we need to refer you to another dentist or you want a second opinion. We simply email the files. Nothing gets lost in the mail, and we never lose the originals.
CAD/CAM Technology for Restorations
Our office also utilizes CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) software. This technology allows us to take a digital scan of a tooth using an intra-oral scanner. Using special software, the data from the scan is used to generate a design for a custom dental crown.
The program also generates a custom blueprint and guidelines to manufacture your new crown. The software is linked to a milling machine that will fabricate the crown in-office.
Instead of having to take an impression for a crown, inlay, or onlay and sending it to an outside lab for fabrication – a process that can take weeks – we can now make these restorations in a single dental visit.
When you visit your Post Office Square dentist, you will likely notice them wearing a funny-looking pair of glasses to perform your examination or dental procedure.
These glasses are called telescopic loupes. They have surgical telescopes attached to them, which magnifies what the dentist sees.
Using their loupes, the dentist can see fine details that would go unnoticed by the naked eye. Being able to see this well gives your dentist the opportunity to ensure that all the decay is cleaned out of a cavity. It also helps the dentist create an ideal crown, inlay, onlay, or veneer preparation, so your restorations fit even better. Additionally, the loupes can help your dentist during an exam to catch issues in the earliest stages possible.
Always Committed to Staying Up to Date
Continual learning is something that we preach in our practice. Education is an important key in providing optimal dental care and helping us all keep our teeth healthy and strong for a lifetime.
Our team is committed to staying up to date on all the latest dental technology. We take classes, attend lectures at dental conventions, and invite company reps to our office to teach us how to use new tools and products.
And we will continue to do so to provide our patients with top-quality dental services.
Are you looking to become part of a state-of-the-art dental practice? Call us at (617) 426-6011 to set up your new patient appointment.