These days, dentistry can accomplish so much more than simply cleaning people’s teeth and fixing their cavities. Using the latest techniques and technologies like those listed below, Dr. Gasper is able to deliver consistently precise and comfortable care that not only takes care of your smile, but your overall health as well. He’s constantly updating our practice so we can offer even more options for our patients, enabling us to help even more people smile brightly for years to come.
That’s right, lasers have come to dentistry! These instruments enable our team to provide quick and easy gum treatments that don’t involve any incisions or sutures. They create a highly-concentrated beam of light which we can use to vaporize harmful bacteria and even remove infected tissue without causing any pain, bleeding, or post-treatment swelling. They even allow us to perform cosmetic gum lifts to help patients dealing with a “gummy” smile.
DIAGNOdent helps our team catch tooth decay as early as possible, meaning we can treat a tooth in danger of developing a cavity and prevent it from ever actually popping up. It uses a beam of light to scan the enamel that can find even the slightest indication of thinning, much smaller than anything that can be detected by a traditional exam. With this information, we can use conservative treatments to repair the enamel and help a patient avoid the need for a filling or crown.
Sleep apnea is a condition where a person briefly but frequently stops breathing during sleep, and over 20 million Americans suffer from it every night. This drastically lowers sleep quality, but by having a patient wear a custom-made oral appliance to bed, Dr. Gasper can help them rest easy. Sleep apnea physically occurs in the mouth and throat, and his appliances slightly reposition the jaw to keep the airway open and unobstructed throughout the night, helping patients wake up feeling fully rested.
After examining your teeth and gums, rather than just telling you about what we see, we can now actually show you with our intraoral camera. It’s a small handheld wand that fits easily into the mouth and can capture high-resolution images we can display on a monitor right in the treatment room. These will help us explain the current state of your dental health, identify any problem areas, and show you how you can improve your oral hygiene at home.
There are many dental issues that can develop below the surface of the smile, and to make sure we don’t miss them, our practice uses X-rays every single day. We’ve upgraded to fully digital X-rays because they are faster, cleaner, and emit a much, much smaller amount of radiation compared to traditional film X-rays (about 90% less by comparison). They help appointments go by much faster, and we can also copy, store, and send the images quickly and easily to make referrals and filing for insurance a breeze.
For a complicated procedure like dental implant placement, precision is absolutely key. In order to create the perfect treatment plan and guarantee success, Dr. Gasper uses 3D cone-beam imaging, which enables him to create an exhaustively-detailed picture of a patients teeth, jaws, and surrounding oral structures. These images contain much more information than a standard X-ray, helping Dr. Gasper fully personalize the procedure for each patient. This leads to a less invasive treatment and also a much faster recovery.
Platelet Rich Fibrin (also referred to as simply PRF) is a biological material that’s actually made from your own blood, and it can be used to improve the comfort and success of many major surgical procedures, including extractions, dental implant placement, and facial rejuvenation. The incorporation of PRF actually diminishes your overall risk of infection when it’s applied to the surgical site(s) while minimizing unpleasant post-operative symptoms like oral swelling. In most cases, it will also contribute to accelerated healing.