Advanced Dental Technologies
When you seek care at Brunswick Dental Health Associates, you can be assured that Dr. LeBourdais and his staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality of your dental care. Some of the great technology we utilize include:
Did you know that dentistry is considered a micro-surgery? At Brunswick Dental Health Associates, we only use high power microscopes to enhance the precision of patient care. We utilize a microscope that is similar to one an ophthalmologist might use. This allows our team to create dental restorations with a precise fit and finish. This sort of precision and level of care cannot be down with the naked eye. In addition to allowing precise, close-up work, the microscope directs a beam of light directly on the teeth, minimizing glare for the patient.
Most dentists use air-driven "hand-pieces" (drills). While these are OK for many procedures, these "whiny sounding" air powered hand pieces all have a degree of non-concentricity, meaning they do not rotate perfectly or 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 also brings more comfort to the patient. With a more precise tool, there is less vibration and less noise!
Gum Disease Laser Therapy
Periodontal or gum disease happens when bacteria gets below a patient's gum line and the attachment between the gum and tooth is lost. Studies have found that three out of four Americans have some form of periodontal disease, and only 3 out of 100 seek treatment before it's too late.
Many people don't even know that anything is wrong since gum disease is a silent, chronic, painless and communicable bacterial infection that often goes undetected or ignored until severe gum and bone destruction is unbearable and can no longer be ignored. If left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss and require treatments that are very painful.
With advances in technology, the latest conservative gum therapy uses a laser. This laser gently disinfects and eliminates the diseased tissues from around the tooth and inside the gum pocket. This treatment interrupts the bacterial destruction of the tissues and bone, giving the gum pocket a chance to heal.
Repeated visits (usually 2 to 8), will allow the gum pocket to be disease-free and sometimes allow tissues to reattach to the pocket and return to a more healthy dental condition. Laser therapy is gentle, less painful, and allows for a quick recovery. While surgery may still be needed for severely advanced periodontal cases, laser therapy is a much more conservative, effective, and comfortable option for beginning to moderate periodontal cases.
Dr. LeBourdais and his clinical staff examine patients teeth to determine when and what type of radiography should be taken. There are many guidelines that our staff follows. Radiographs allow Dr. LeBourdais to see things that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth and determine bone level and bone health. They also allow us to examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, and assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dental radiographs are a valuable aid in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is very low. Dr. LeBourdais utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50% less than that of traditional radiographs.
Conscious Sedation dentistry involves the use of oral medications to place the patients in a sedated state while maintaining their own airway and reflexes. It is extremely safe and effective and provides an opportunity for patients with dental anxiety to receive the dental care they need. Dr. LeBourdais has received advanced training in this field of sedation through the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and has performed sedation procedures for many years.
Invisalign and Clear Correct therapy are both orthodontic processes that use a system of clear aligners worn comfortably by the patient over the course of treatment. It is a state-of-the-art treatment for straightening teeth and improving smiles and is particularly appealing for adult patients, since the braces are nearly invisible. Dr. LeBourdais is certified for Invisalign and Clear Correct treatments.
Dr. LeBourdais' practice offers CEREC procedures. This is a new technology that provides the opportunity to restore teeth with crowns and veneers in just one appointment. The CEREC system includes a medical grade computer and a camera that create a 3D model of your tooth, which Dr. LeBourdais uses to design the restoration on-screen. The milling unit then creates the porcelain crown or veneer.