Advanced Technology

Precision Dentistry

When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. Hamilton and his staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.

Many dentists use air-driven “hand-pieces” (the dental term for “drills”).  While acceptable for many procedures, these “whiney sounding” air-powered hand pieces all have a degree of non-concentricity; they do not rotate perfectly smoothly.

For the most precise aspects of restorative procedures, we use electric hand-pieces. This results in extraordinarily precise interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration (crown, veneer, or filling). This will bring more comfort to you as well. With a more precise tool, there is less vibration and less noise.

Digital Imaging

Dr. Hamilton chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.

Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Dr. Hamilton utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better.

Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.

Digital X-Rays:

Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital X-rays results in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.

Laser Dentistry

For patients who do not look forward to needles, drilling, or numbness, Laser Dentistry may be the right choice.

Laser dentistry is one of dentistry’s latest advances. The laser delivers energy in the form of light. Depending on the intended result, this energy travels at different wavelengths and is absorbed by a “target.” In dentistry, these targets can be enamel, decay, gum tissue, or whitening enhancers. Each one absorbs a different wavelength of light while reflecting others. Laser dentistry can be used for both tooth and soft tissue related procedures. Oftentimes no local anesthesia is required. Unlike with the dental drill, with laser dentistry there is no heat or vibration, making the procedure quite comfortable for most patients. For soft tissue (surgical) procedures it eliminates the need for suturing and healing is much faster.

Lasers can be used to diagnose cavities. They can find hidden decay in teeth in early stages, and in some cases the decay can be reversed through hygiene and fluoride treatment and may never need filling.

Areas of dental care that benefit from laser technology:

  • Cavity diagnosis and removal
  • Curing, or hardening, bonding materials
  • Whitening teeth
  • Periodontal, or gum related, care
  • Pediatric procedures
  • Apthous Ulcer treatment (canker sore)
  • Frenectomy (tongue-tie release) without anesthesia or sutures
  • Root canals and apicoectomies
  • Crown lengthening, gingivectomy and other gum corrections

Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.

Intraoral Camera

Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.

Dr. Hamilton utilizes cameras that help enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. Taking photos of your mouth allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can mean a faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you!

Cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.

DIAGNOdent

At Soldotna Dental Arts we strive to be the best of the best in our field. The DIAGNOdent is new technology that benefits the patient in a pain-free way. The DIAGNOdent is able to detect decay that would otherwise go unnoticed by other means, the eye, radiographs, probing, etc. It permits the use of minimally invasive treatment, is proven to detect over 90% of cavities when present and allow us to find cavities earlier, making your filling smaller and less prone to sensitivity. The DIAGNOdent laser caries detection aid removes the doubt from treatment decisions regarding hidden caries or questionable stained grooves. The device’s ability to see into deep pits and crevices enable dentists to treat cavities under the tooth’s surface with confidence.

OraVerse

Do you hate that numb feeling after a dental visit?

Do you hate not being able to drink, eat or keep from drooling?

Well, here at Soldotna Dental Arts we offer OraVerse, the first and only local anesthesia reversal agent that allow us to bring patients back to normal sensation twice as fast. OraVerse is a breakthrough that reverses unwanted lingering numbness in your soft-tissue after routine dental procedures where local anesthetic containing a vasoconstrictor was used, which is an agent that causes constriction in the blood vessels to create that numbing sensation. If you would like OraVerse are part of your next dental visit just ask us for more details.