When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. Tucker and his staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
Digital Xray Imaging
Dr. Tucker chooses carefully when and which radiographs are taken. By following ADA x-ray safety guidelines, we are able to provide early diagnosis of disease with only minimal exposure to our patients (typically about one-sixth of the exposure of a traditional film radiograph) and staff. Digital x-rays are completely safe while dramatically minimizing exposure time.
Digital x-ray imaging allows us to see where we cannot see with our own eyes and, therefore, enables us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone levels, and monitor the health of the bone supporting your teeth. We can also examine roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose cysts or tumors, and assess underlying bone damage when trauma occurs. Routine dental radiographs are invaluable aids in early diagnosis and treatment of oral disease and maintaining your dental health. Furthermore, digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them by email to specialists or your insurance company when needed.
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, and a topical anesthetic is sufficient to complete the procedure. For soft tissue (surgical) procedures, the laser eliminates the need for suturing and healing is faster.
Areas of dental care that benefit from laser technology:
- Biopsies and lesion removal
- Periodontal, or gum related, care
- Pediatric procedures
- Apthous Ulcer treatment (canker sore)
- Frenectomy (tongue-tie release) without sutures
- Root canals
- Crown lengthening gingivectomy and other aesthetic gum corrections
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. Tucker utilizes intraoral camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An intraoral camera is a very small camera; in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An intraoral camera 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 faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you! Intraoral cameras also enable our practice to save images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatment. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, our lab or for insurance information.
Itero 5D Scanner with NIRI Technology
The Itero 5D Scanner with NIRI Technology is an intraoral scanner that gives us a multidimensional look at your teeth and gums. NIRI stands for Near Infrared Imaging, which enables Dr. Tucker to see inside the tooth and provides a visualization of the internal tooth structure. The technology has multiple applications for dental treatment but one of the most common treatments it is used for is Invisalign. As an Invisalign patient, you’ll see a complete digital representation of your teeth from your scans. From there, the technology creates a one-minute demonstration showing how your teeth could move with Invisalign. There is no harmful radiation from the iTero so if multiple scans are needed for a progress assessment, this technology is a great way for Dr. Tucker to monitor progress and ensure treatment is moving along smoothly.
DEXIS CariVu is a compact, portable caries detection device that uses patented transillumination technology to support the identification of occlusal, interproximal and recurrent carious lesions and cracks. It enables Dr. Tucker to see through the teeth and identify any issues with tooth structure or developing cavities. It’s safe, comfortable, and helps us detect cavities in the early stages.
The DIAGNOdent pen can show Dr. Tucker where tooth decay lies - quickly and reliably. The laser fluorescence detector within the DIAGNOdent pen is a precise method for identifying fissure caries, proximal caries and periodontitis. For our patients, this means we can use this technology to locate and identify difficult to detect issues hidden beneath the surface
The VELscope is a non-invasive device helps Dr. Tucker detect abnormalities, including cancer and pre-cancer, that may be present in a patient’s oral tissue. While it cannot tell the difference between benign (harmless) abnormalities and cancerous ones, it can help reduce the risk of harmful abnormalities being missed and catch early-onset oral cancer before it progresses.