When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. Hoffman, Dr. Fogge, and their staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
Our practice uses high power microscopes to enhance the precision of patient care.
Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using microscope that is similar to the one an ophthalmologist uses enables us to create dental restorations with incredibly precise fit and finish. You just can’t fulfill that level of care 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 you.
Drs. Hoffman or Fogge chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Drs. Hoffman and Fogge utilize Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better.
Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital X-rays results in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.
iCAT is a sophisticated Dental Imaging System that creates high resolution 3-D images of the patient’s teeth and jaws. The images allow Drs. Lockhart to show a visual diagnosis of the bones, teeth, nerves, sinuses, airway and structures of the head, face, neck and jaw. With this quick scan we are able to generate all of the images needed, without having to obtain the multiple images separately. An additional advantage of our iCAT technology is increased comfort for our patients. Unlike traditional x-rays, our iCAT machine captures the images without the use of invasive and uncomfortable devices that have to be placed inside of the mouth.
An accurate impression of your teeth is essential for effective treatment planning and orthodontic care. We are proud to offer the i-TERO Element Intraoral Scanner to capture the contours of teeth and gingival structures, producing an accurate digital orthodontic scan.
BENEFITS OF DIGITAL IMPRESSIONS
SUPERIOR ACCURACY – with no distortion from patient movement during set, removal of impression, or disinfection. INCREASED EFFICIENCY – A digital impression can be obtained in less time than it takes with traditional impression materials and techniques. ONSCREEN VISUALIZATION – allows for immediate adjustment to create the ideal orthodontic scan the first time. INCREASED PATIENT COMFORT – by eliminating the materials needed for traditional impressions.
Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.
Drs. Hoffman and Fogge utilize Intraoral Camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An Intraoral Camera is a very small camera – in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An Intraoral Camera allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you!
Intraoral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.