When you are choosing a periodontist, you should pay close attention to the practice's integration of technology in aspects ranging from record-keeping to diagnosis to intervention. The integration of advanced technology into periodontal care has a major effect on your oral health and well-being.
Technology touches on all facets of periodontal treatment and using the most innovative tools and techniques to optimize patient outcomes. Whether it's drawing from three-dimensional imaging to successfully plan for dental implant placement or offering patients a cutting-edge, minimally invasive treatment option for gum disease, technology benefits our patients in numerous ways.
Our practice is dedicated to making use of the most advanced technology available in our field. We constantly pursue all avenues that can help us improve our use of technology and take great care to stay updated on new developments in our field. For more details about our use of technology and how it benefits your care, don't hesitate to reach out to us for more information. We are happy to give you an overview of the technology used in our practice.
Evaluative And Diagnostic Technology
Dr. Gopin relies heavily on technology to evaluate patients' cases and arrive at the proper diagnosis. Here are some of the tools that we use for that purpose:
Digital x-rays are more convenient for both the periodontist and the patient. With digital imaging, the patient is exposed to less radiation. As there's no film to develop, the periodontist can review the images immediately and can also move them around in different planes to get different perspectives, if needed.
The intraoral scanner takes a close-up image of the targeted treatment site, even when that site is in a place of the mouth that is difficult to see. It allows for better implant treatment planning and fabrication of 3D printed surgical guide for precise placement of dental implants and eliminates the use of gooey impressions.
Cone Beam CT scans
This technology has revolutionized planning for treatments such as dental implant placement. Cone Beam CT scans create a three-dimensional representation of the surgical field by compiling a series of two-dimensional images. This tool gives the periodontist a more realistic view of the treatment field, improving the predictability of the treatment planning process.
Using the right diagnostic technology can help to direct patients to the most ideal treatment option available, which likely incorporates some technology itself.
To give patients the most comfortable, effective treatment options, we look to include technology in our interventions whenever appropriate. For example, in the past 5-10 years, platelet-rich growth factor has become increasingly popular as a tool for accelerating healing following periodontal disease treatment, such as gum tissue or bone grafting. Platelet-rich growth factor also is associated with a lower infection risk, which is another benefit of this approach.
We also incorporate instruments that allow us to provide care with minimal invasiveness, such as our ultrasonic scalers for root planing and scaling. Not only does this technology offer patients more comfort, but it's also more effective at thoroughly removing any lingering bacteria. These are only a few examples of the types of technology that patients can access in our practice. When you come to your consultation, be sure to ask Dr. Gopin how technology may influence your case. Here are some of the additional tools we use for treatments.
Versah Implant Burs
We use top of the line osseodensification implant burs to ensure the best results for your teeth and bone health.
FormLabs 3D printer
Formlabs Dental’s 3D printing solution enables our practice to create accurate and consistent prothetic for you in-house.
Platelet Rich Plasma Intra Spin™ by Intra-Lock
Working with bone grafts has never been easier with the IntraSpin technology at our disposal.
Technological Advances In Periodontal Care
The enhancements of periodontal care technology over the past several decades have been dramatic. Dr. Gopin is committed to staying informed of the latest technology updates. He does this by pursuing continuing education opportunities and working closely with vendors to learn about any changes to the equipment used in the office.
When you're choosing a periodontist, you want some reassurance that they're not treating your case based on an outdated standard of care. The types of technology found in the practice are one clue that your provider is on top of the latest changes. To learn more about the types of technology featured in our practice and how they may benefit you, call our office and speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members.
Bruce Gopin, DDS, MS