Not so long ago, those who needed orthodontics or restorative dentistry procedures like crowns, bridges, or implants had to endure mouthfuls of goop so dentists could make impressions of the teeth that needed repairing, replacing, or straightening. A 360-degree view of a patient’s mouth involved a small mirror and a lot of hope for accuracy. Treatments took longer and favorable end results were no sure thing. William S. Darr, DDS is glad to show you how much things have changed!
Dr. Darr recently invested in a top-notch system that captures a 3D model of your teeth and bite. This amazing machine is fast, accurate and—when it comes to Invisalign®–shows patients what their new smile might look like with the Invisalign Outcome Simulator.
The iTero scanner allows Dr. Darr to take a precisely detailed 3D scan of the patient’s teeth and bite, but that’s only the beginning. Adjustments can also be made in real time and transmit the file wirelessly for processing. Some clinicians have submitted testimonials stating that use of iTero scanner technology in their dental practices has cut their appointment times by as much as a third.
Air abrasion removes decay from teeth without the use of a dental drill. The way air abrasion works resembles a sandblaster that removes paint from walls, blowing a powerful stream of air and fine particles from a hand tool onto the stained or decayed tooth.
Anything that eliminates the sound and sensation of a dental drill will be good news for many patients. Air abrasion has evolved to become an alternative to the drill. Air abrasion can be used to prepare more conservative cavities for filling to keep as much of the patient’s natural tooth as possible, or even to remove them altogether. Air abrasion can detect pits and fissures to assist with successful bonding and sealant procedures and remove enamel stains from the surface of a tooth prior to placement of veneers, crowns or fillings.
Intraoral cameras allow ease of communication between dentist and patient for assessment, diagnosis, and ultimately treatment. Since patients can clearly see their mouth and teeth “up close and personal”, comprehension of their dental condition and resulting recommended treatment plan increases by leaps and bounds.
Oral cancer is on the rise worldwide due to HPV (human papillomavirus), gum disease and a number of other risk factors. Dr. Darr includes oral cancer screenings in your regular checkups to help decrease your risk of contracting oral cancer, and he has some wonderful technology to help him do so.
To make oral cancer screening simpler, faster, and more efficient for both dentist and patient, Dr. Darr invested in the OralID oral cancer screening device. This handheld device uses blue light that allows the dentist to visualize oral cancer, precancerous lesions and other abnormalities in the mouth that may appear suspicious. Dr. Darr believes in being proactive about your health so you can live your best life—don’t skip your scheduled checkups so he can fight cancer right beside you!