Dentistry is a field that’s constantly evolving, and Dr. Brian Lee and Dr. Katherine Lee work hard to stay right at the forefront of these important developments. We’re always updating Dentistry at Hickory Flat so that it features the latest tools and techniques for the sake of our valued patients, improving speed, accuracy, and comfort as a result. Whenever you visit us here in Canton, you can look forward to receiving the best that the dental world has to offer! Contact us today to schedule your first appointment, or if you have any questions.
Intraoral cameras are excellent tools for helping patients better understand their dental needs. Our dentists use a camera-tipped wand in order to capture highly detailed images of your mouth and immediately display them on a nearby monitor in the operatory. Then, we can use these images as educational opportunities by pointing out problematic areas, explaining treatment options in a clearer fashion, and more. Our goal is to help you feel like a full partner in your oral healthcare journey instead of like you’re simply along for the ride!
Traditionally, dentists have used film-based X-rays in order to identify dental problems that were well-hidden under the surface of the smile. However, at Dentistry at Hickory Flat, we’re proud to have invested in a much-improved technique: digital radiography. With digital X-rays, we don’t have to worry about tediously developing images in a darkroom, using toxic chemicals, or exposing our patients to unnecessary radiation. Instead, your X-rays will be available for viewing within seconds, allowing us to diagnose and treat hidden problems even faster.
While digital X-rays are highly valuable in regards to dental care, they still have some limits. Thankfully, our state-of-the-art cone beam scanner can work wonders in filling in the blanks. This machine creates a fully comprehensive, three-dimensional image of the patient’s teeth, jaw, head, and other important structures with plenty of detail. This allows our dentists to see the bone, the sinuses, the nerve structures, and much more. This information is especially important when performing advanced procedures like dental implant placement, helping us ensure a smooth, accurate procedure and easy recovery in the end.
With our Waterlase Dental Laser, we can now perform a wide variety of dental procedures even faster while reducing our patients’ discomfort. Often, we’re able to use it instead of the traditional dental drill. This laser uses a highly concentrated beam of light in combination with a steady stream of water, and it can be used to clean teeth, gums, as well as shape teeth for dental crowns. It is especially useful for treating the sensitive tissues of the gums, greatly reducing any pain or bleeding a patient might experience.