Dental technology is constantly evolving, and Dr. Sutter has worked diligently to stay on top of the latest breakthroughs so he can implement the latest, proven instruments into our dental office. Thanks to his dedication to progress, you can trust that you’re benefitting from the very best that modern-day dentistry has to offer at every visit. To learn about some of the devices our team may use to deliver your care, read on below.
Rather than just shining a light into your mouth (and eyes!) during your checkup, our team will take a more sophisticated approach, capturing high-resolution images of your teeth and gums using a small intraoral camera. These images can be displayed on a large monitor in the treatment room and expanded, making it easy for our team to spot potential issues in traditionally hard-to-see areas of the mouth. Plus, we can use these images to show you exactly what we’re seeing so you’re always on the same page as our team.
X-rays are an essential tool in our dental office, as they allow us to look below the surface of the teeth and gums where cavities, infections, and even cancer can be hidden from the naked eye. We only use 100% digital X-rays, which not only capture more-detailed images in less time compared to traditional film, but the process is safer as well, emitting 90% less radiation.
While an X-ray is great if we just need to look at a few teeth, when we need a broader picture of someone’s oral anatomy, we use our 3D cone beam scanner. This device takes several images in a matter of seconds and then pieces them together to generate a highly detailed model of all of the teeth as well as the jawbones. It enables us to see how the different oral structures relate to one another, which can be essential to diagnosing and treating TMJ/TMD-related issues.
In the past, if a patient needed to be treated for severe gum disease, this was primarily done using scalpels and sutures. As you can imagine, this wasn’t exactly a pleasant experience! Now, thankfully, we can quickly eliminate bacteria from deep below the gum line as well as remove infected tissue painlessly using our LightScalpel CO2 Laser. It cauterizes and sanitizes as it works while causing very little sensation for the patient. It’s so gentle that we can even use it for lip and tongue-tie treatment for infants without anesthetic!
Chronic jaw, head, and neck pain can often stem from a misaligned bite that is causing strain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) as well as the nearby muscles. Dr. Sutter can use jaw tracking technology to determine the proper position of the jaw and bite so that he can adjust them in a way that will remove the source of strain and put a stop to the pain. In the end, this will improve how a patient is able to chew while leading to lifelong relief.
For patients experiencing ongoing pain and inflammation due to TMJ/TMD, our multiwave locked laser is able to deliver fast relief without the use of medication or an invasive procedure. The problem area is exposed to the laser, and the concentrated beam of light increases blood flow to the area, helps the muscles relax, and flushes out inflammatory factors. The laser is typically used while a more long-term treatment is being implemented so a patient can be comfortable throughout the entire process.
Your TMJ’s or jaw joints are the skeletal foundation of your mouth. All dentists are required to assess the health and function of your TMJ’s. Our dental office uses Joint Vibration Analysis (JVA) which records the vibrations created by joint fluid, cartilage and bone as you open and close your mouth. This test allows us to objectively measure and document the health of your Jaw Joint in just 10 seconds of opening and closing. It can be used to help diagnose problems with the joint that can be the cause of breakdown or pain, and can help us make sure we are aware of any underlying issues before performing any treatment that could damage or strain your jaw joints.
EMG - Electromyography or “Electronic Muscle Graphing” is a pain free and non-invasive tool we use to objectively measure how your jaw muscles are resting, clenching, chewing and swallowing. The teeth and muscles work together and impact each other. We can use it to check the balance of your muscle function and assess the impact on your muscles before, during and after any treatment that may change the way they rest and function.
“MLS Warm Laser Technology” Our dental office uses MLS Laser Therapy, a revolutionary system that has been shown to reduce inflammation, reduce pain, and promote healing DRUG-FREE! This laser is the pride and joy of our dental office. Almost everything a Dentist treats is either painful, or inflammatory, and some procedures require rapid healing. This laser causes no pain, and works immediately on your pain and inflammation to make you feel like you didn’t even go to the dentist, as soon as possible!
Safe, simple, and low-cost the QuadraTENS is a medical-grade alternative to narcotic drugs for managing orofacial pain. Patches placed over the facial nerves that control muscle contraction, provide gentle stimulation to improve blood flow to tired achy muscles, and help facilitate relaxation. We can provide this therapy in office or you can rent or buy a TENS unit for therapy at home in between dental office visits. The QuadraTENS does require a prescription from the doctor.
Many dental procedures can change the way you bite. Fillings, crowns, bridges, extractions, and orthodontics as well as many more. For over 100 years dentists have relied on paper covered in ink to see where the upper and lower teeth contact. But this old technique gives no information on the force, timing, and balance of your bite. And that’s exactly what makes you feel your bite is “off”. We use the T-Scan NOVUS system that displays all this information on a computer so that your dentist can use it to get your bite right, with minimal tooth loss from guessing. So that you aren’t subjected to the time and expense of unnecessary dental office visits.