We are committed to making you feel confident and comfortable, and to providing you with dental care that makes you smile. Ask about these amenities at your visit:
- Aromatherapy neck pillow
- DSL Internet access
- Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
- XM Radio
When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. Greenbaum and staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
Many dentists use air-driven “hand-pieces” (the dental term for “drills”). While acceptable for many procedures, these “whiney sounding” air-powered hand pieces all have a degree of non-concentricity; they do not rotate perfectly 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 (dental crown, tooth veneer, or tooth filling). This will bring more comfort to you as well. With a more precise tool, there is less vibration and less noise.
What We See Is What We Get
We’ve invested in a new way of looking into your mouth – a procedure that’s fast, comfortable, and incredibly precise. Using digital radiography, we can clearly identify all external and internal anatomical structures and accurately diagnose your dental problems. Even more amazing, we can immediately translate that information into a large, clear, accurate image, projected onto a monitor that patient and doctor can study together in the operatory. You won’t even have to leave your chair. Digital radiography’s technology improves and simplifies the way we care for our patients’ teeth, resulting in better dental evaluations and treatment decisions. As the most important member of your dental team, you need to understand the condition of your mouth as well as our recommendations for treatment. Digital radiographs help us help you.
Reduced Radiation, Radical Results
Traditionally, dentists used X-rays to see what the naked eye could not; X-rays were developed in a darkroom with hazardous chemicals, and then viewed on a special light board. The developed X-rays had to be stored, which required large filing systems. By far, the worst part of traditional X-rays was the radiation exposure to patients. Digital radiography has completely transformed this process.
Digital X-Rays for Kids
Now, when you come into the office for X-rays, a tiny sensor is placed in your mouth to emit a small amount of radiation – up to 90-percent less than traditional X-rays required. This creates a detailed image of your internal oral structures that is immediately viewable on a chairside monitor, carrying with it all the conveniences of other digitized images. We can rotate and magnify it, adjust it for contrast, and even color-code it for educational purposes. The digital images store easily and efficiently in our computer files, safe and sound. For insurance purposes, referrals, or patient education, digital X-rays can be easily, inexpensively, and accurately reproduced indefinitely.
Digital X-rays offer unparalleled benefits over traditional radiographs: they’re convenient, safe for the environment, provide a great opportunity for patient education, can be transferred and copied accurately, and best of all, they’re safer for our patients.
LASER is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, a complicated string of words that basically means a single wavelength beam of highly concentrated light energy.
Lasers have transformed medical surgery by offering minimally-invasive alternatives to traditional scalpel incisions and sutured closures. The laser’s intense, narrow wavelength has precise, predictable, and powerful reactions when it contacts hard or soft tissues of the body. Laser light is extremely efficient, producing very little heat as it acts on its target. This makes it ideal for oral surgery, since it seldom affects tissues other than those it targets. The laser provides precise control over the depth and extent of cutting, while simultaneously minimizing bleeding and sterilizing the treatment area.
We use the SOL Portable Laser manufactured by DenMat.
Versatility and Applications
However, a laser can also cure (harden) dental materials, scan teeth to detect decay, vaporize decay and prep teeth for fillings, and activate whitening gel to brighten smiles. Currently, dental applications include gum disease treatments, gum re-contouring, root canal cleaning, decay detection and elimination, bonding material curing and strengthening, incision cauterizing and tissue fusion, lesion reparation, biopsies, and super-fast teeth whitening procedures.
Neuromuscular Dentistry: TENS and K-7 for Pain Relief
Neuromuscular dentistry sounds complicated, and to be honest, it is quite involved. However, our training and tools allow us to provide neuromuscular therapies that can alleviate a long list of nagging, chronic symptoms, including:
- Migraines or headaches
- Crowded or loose teeth
- Clenching and grinding
- Wear or notches at the gum line
- Pain in shoulders, neck, back, behind the eyes, and in teeth
- Numbness or tingling in extremities
- Receding gums
How We Assess Neuromuscular Dysfunction
Traditional dentistry addresses concerns with teeth, not muscles. However, scientific developments have revealed that some problems and pain associated with the teeth, face, and surrounding structures may be caused by improper function of muscles and nerves. The jaw position may not be affected by teeth’s position, but the reverse is not true. Teeth can be affected by improper jaw position.
Our initial step in assessing a patient for neuromuscular problems involves use of a low-frequency Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation, or TENS, unit. By delivering small electrical impulses to the muscles responsible for jaw movement, the TENS unit relaxes jaw muscles. This results in increased blood flow to flush toxins from the area. After just less than an hour, the relaxed jaw muscles find ideal positioning.
Next, we diagnose the problem with our K-7 computerized mandibular scanning unit, which records proper alignment of the jaw and creates digital models of the teeth. With a magnet and sensor, the K-7 can develop 3D images of the patient’s jaw and mouth. The K-7 also has an electromyograph to measure electrical activity in the muscles. This allows us to determine whether the jaw’s ideal position decreases muscle activity. Another tool within the K-7 is a sonograph, which measures sounds in the jaw joint. This information tells us if the patient’s jaw joint is damaged and to what extent.
If the information we gather shows that a patient has improper jaw alignment, we will begin conservative therapy by creating a custom orthotic appliance to hold the patient’s jaw in proper alignment. The patient will wear the orthotic for three months to stabilize the bite. We can then determine whether the orthotic alleviated symptoms and if further therapy is necessary. A patient may need no more therapy, or he may wear the orthotic as maintenance for the rest of his life. Orthodontics, restoration of tooth arches, or bite adjustment may also be advised.
Oral DNA Testing
A breakthrough advancement in the fight against gum disease, oral DNA testing from OralDNA® Labs Inc. allows Dr. Greenbaum to perform highly accurate salivary diagnostics. This cost-effective testing can pinpoint signs of gum disease in your mouth at a very early stage, which means we can treat the disease with more conservative methods. Patient prognosis with this early intervention is much more positive than waiting until gum disease has become more noticeably symptomatic.
DNA testing identifies the type and concentration of certain types of bacteria that cause periodontal (gum) disease, so Dr. Greenbaum can properly assess your risk and personalize treatment that will be best for your individual situation.
Consider asking Dr. Greenbaum for DNA testing if you:
- Would like to know your risk of developing gum disease.
- Are exhibiting possible signs of gum disease.
- Want a personalized treatment plan for your periodontal disease based on your genetics.
- Have children who may be at risk if you have gum disease.
- Have a family member has been diagnosed with gum disease.
- Are considering restorative or orthodontic treatment.
Because a healthy mouth is integral to maintaining overall health, it’s important that you see the dentist regularly and keep up a good homecare regimen. Oral DNA testing for gum disease is one more way that Dr. Greenbaum is pioneering better patient care. Ask us about this cutting-edge preventive measure at your next appointment.
Dr. Greenbaum is proud to announce the addition to its practice a revolutionary new tool in the quest for better smiles – the Cadent iTero Digital Impression System.
iTero replaces the unpleasant taste, salivation, and gagging associated with traditional impression taking methods. By using a hand-held wand to optically scan the area to be restored, your entire impression is created 100% digitally. The impression is then electronically transmitted to a remote CAD/CAM facility where the laboratory models are precisely milled. Next, the models are returned to our local dental laboratory where your custom restoration is fabricated.
The patented 3-D digital technology enables your dentist and laboratory to create restorations with unmatched precision and accuracy. All of which translates to a superior restoration that looks and feels like natural teeth.