Technology is everywhere. For instance, many of you are probably reading this on your phone. That simply wasn’t possible as little as 10 years ago. Technology has completely changed the world, and that includes dentistry as well. Dr. Justin Gufford and our team routinely update our office to include the latest advancements so we can treat patients in less time, with less discomfort, and with the highest-quality of care. If you’d like to learn more about the tools we use every day to help people smile, be sure to contact us today. We’re always happy to talk about them!
X-rays have been an essential part of dentistry for years. They allow Dr. Gufford to see beyond the naked eye while diagnosing a patient, which enables him to provide a higher-quality of care. However, x-rays have always had drawbacks. They exposed people to radiation, required toxic chemicals to be processed, and required time to be developed. This simply wasn’t good enough anymore, so that’s why we have upgraded to digital x-rays.
They have every advantage imaginable: they can create images almost instantly, require no chemicals, and expose people to 80% less radiation. We can share them with you right after we take them, and they can be easily sent to you or your insurance company to get approval for procedures.
No one, young or old, enjoyed having their impression taken the traditional way. The dental putty was often cold, felt uncomfortable in the mouth, and even caused some patients to gag. We have completely done away with the putty and now only use a digital impression system. For this, you simply place your teeth on a small handheld device, and your impression is taken in a matter of seconds. The process is fast, easy, and creates a much more accurate model of your teeth. This means any treatments it is used for will have much better results.
Sleep apnea is a serious condition where a person stops breathing periodically throughout the night. It is typically caused by the tissues in the mouth and throat relaxing into and closing off a person’s airway. People suffering from it are typically exhausted throughout the day and have a much higher risk for developing depression, heart disease, and stroke over time. To help this, Dr. Gufford can provide a custom-made oral appliance. It gently shifts the jaw forward so that the airway can stay open throughout the night, and a patient will be able to breathe normally and rest comfortably once again.