Dental Technology

Dental Technology

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Providing the best care and the greatest comfort to our patients in the Laurel, Maryland area means that we ensure our equipment and dental technology are always state-of-the-art. We have invested in digital x-rays, intramural cameras and the most thorough sterilization equipment available. 

Here’s why these technologies result in a better experience for you:
Digital X-rays

Digital x-rays are a faster, more efficient method of diagnosing any hidden problems. Our system provides us with highly detailed images, while you experience lower exposure to x-rays than earlier imaging systems. This system projects almost instantaneous image results on a screen so Dr. Davis can evaluate and diagnose any problems and show you exactly what he is looking at. 

Your x-rays reveal any problems that might not be visible when we do an oral exam, such as:
  • Small areas of decay between the teeth or under existing fillings.
  • Abscesses or cysts developing around the roots of teeth or in the bone of your jaw.
  • Bone loss resulting from periodontal disease.
Early diagnosis of these problems permit us to treat each one before it can develop into a serious problems. 

Digital x-rays also allow us to maintain records that can be retrieved at any time or be sent to any insurance company on your behalf. 
Intraoral Cameras

With an intraoral camera, we can finally help you see exactly what we see! This small, comfortable camera that’s about the size and shape of a toothbrush will transmit images from anywhere in your mouth to a screen so we can explain your need for treatment or even show you detailed results from treatment we’re completing. This technology also permits us to keep a detailed visual record of the condition of your teeth and gums for later reference. 
Sterilization

We have equipped our office with the very best in sterilization equipment so we can protect every patient and our staff from any threats to their health. We utilize a multi-step protocol to eliminate the possibility that any microorganism can survive the sterilization process. 

Our first step in sterilizing our instruments is to soak them in a solution of glutaraldehyde, a strong disinfectant, for 40 minutes. Then the instruments are placed in an ultrasonic cleaner for 15 minutes. Every instrument is then carefully rinsed, dried and placed in self-sealing sterilization pouches that are then placed in our Rapid Steam Autoclave. An autoclave is a device that uses steam under high pressure for sterilizing instruments used in our practice. Our instruments remain in the autoclave being exposed to high-pressure, 275-degree steam for 15 to 20 minutes.   

Our determination to maintain a highly hygienic environment does not stop there. On a weekly basis, we use small glassine envelopes of highly-resistant bacterial spores to test our system. After running these envelopes through the sterilization system, they are sent to a testing center where the thoroughness of our sterilization process is verified. 

We make doubly sure that our system is more than sufficient by employing a second system of effectiveness testing. The second system employs special markings on our sterilization pouches that change color when they have been exposed to the right sterilizing temperature. These markings appear on all our sterilization pouches. 
 
Our sterilizer is serviced regularly on the schedule recommended by the manufacturer to preserve its optimal functioning. 


Do you have any questions about our digital x-rays, intraoral camera or sterilization system or about the care of your own teeth? Call our office for some fast answers or to schedule an appointment. 

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