Technology in Our Practice
Dentistry has changed more within the last ten years, than it has in the last 100 years. As each year passes, advanced technology and newer materials is taking dentistry to the next century. Dr. Lim keeps himself updated with all current technology and modern materials to provide the best possible treatment for his patients.
Cerec – CAD/CAM: A revolutionary computer-run system that can make a crown, onlay, inlay or veneer, while you wait. What does this mean? It means, one visit appointments – no more temporaries, no more emergency visits because your temporary fell out, and no more secondary visits for cementation of the final restoration…we know that you and/or your boss will love this new technology! For more information, please make an appointment for a consultation, or you can visit www.cereconline.com.
VELscope®: A revolutionary hand-held device that provides dentists and hygienists with an easy-to-use adjunctive mucosal examination system for the early detection of abnormal tissue. The patented VELscope technology platform was developed in collaboration with the British Columbia Cancer Agency and MD Anderson Cancer Center, with funding provided in part by the NIH. It is based on the direct visualization of tissue fluorescence and the changes in fluorescence that occur when abnormalities are present. www.velscope.com.
Zap Laser: Previous soft tissue surgery was performed with a scalpel, where the doctor cut the soft tissue in you mouth. This procedure usually includes heavy bleeding, and severe pain. With lasers, most soft tissue surgeries are painless and promotes instant blood clotting. Dr. Lim utilizes the Zap for a number of procedures. For more information, please make an appointment for a consultation, or you can visit www.zaplasers.com/applications.html.
Digital Radiography: A new system of taking X-rays reduces radition by as much as 80 percent. www.schicktech.com.
Zoom! Whitening System: Teeth whitening has become extremely popular in the last decade. While there are a number of procedures available today, we believe that the Zoom procedure is the most effective. Whitening strips and toothpaste will only provide a minute change after being utilized for a number of weeks, and may not give you the overall effect that you may want to achieve. Chairside whitening can dramatically change the shade of your teeth in about an hour, safely. The drawback is, that it may cause temporary sensitivity. Fortunately, the Zoom 2 has the benefits of the old chairside whitening, with almost no complications of sensitivity. If you have seen ABC’s hit “Extreme Makeover,” you have witnessed the effectiveness of this bleaching system. For more information, please make an appointment for a consultation today, or you can visit http://www.discusdental.com/.
Electric Handpieces: Electric handpieces are virtually silent and significantly decreases the anxiety level of patients who fear the traditional “drilling” noise produced by conventional drills. For more information, please make an appointment for a consultation today, or you can visit http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0MKX/is_1_74/ai_n11841559.
Intraoral Camera: An intraoral camera is essential as a diagnostic and educational tool. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, and this tiny device is a video camera that moves around inside the mouth and generates a tooth by tooth video exam of the teeth. The images can be stored, shown on our television screens, and/or later enlarged and printed. As it is nearly impossible to see inside your own mouth effectively, intraoral cameras provide a previously unseen view. The pen-sized camera features a disposable cover to prevent contamination and is completely painless to use!. With the images produced by the intraoral camera, patients can see each of their teeth and we can pinpoint problems such as broken teeth, plaque, decay, gum disease, defective fillings, and so on. Using an intraoral camera allows Dr.Lim to better inform his patients of their dental needs by showing them what he sees and then explaining the implications. Since the intraoral camera generates images that are stored, enlarged, and analyzed, often dental problems are caught in the early stages and sometimes even problems that dentists might otherwise miss with a visual examination are discovered. Once treatment options are discussed and agreed upon, intraoral cameras can be used to effectively track treatment progress. For more information, please make an appointment for a consultation today.