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Laser Dentistry — No Shots or Drills!

Laser Dentistry Carmi ILIt may be hard to imagine, but now you can have your fillings put in without needles or drills, and the entire procedure is painless. At our practice we now use the latest laser technology call the WaterLase™. This laser is used for both gums and teeth. Previously, lasers were only for whitening and gum problems. This new dental technology breakthrough makes most treatments much more comfortable.

It works by having the water rather than the teeth absorb the energy from the laser. These tiny droplets of water will remove all the decay, and in many procedures replace the use of the dentist's drill. And there is no need for a shot, because there is no pain with this advanced technique.

What is Xylitol and What Does it Have to Do with Reducing Cavities?

Xylitol Reduce Dental Decay Carmi ILIn our practice we encourage patients to use Xylitol products. What is Xylitol? It is a natural substance that our own bodies generate - 5 to 10 grams each day. It is also found in fruits and vegetables. It has been proven to be very effective in preventing tooth decay, from eating foods that contain Xylitol rather than foods high in processed sugars and starches. With over 25 years of testing, Xylitol is now acclaimed as the best sweetener to help preserve teeth. Many countries in Europe strongly endorse its use in food or dental products such as chewing gum, toothpaste, mouthwash, and candy. It also is effective for allergies and is available in a nasal spray for these symptoms.

Ask us more about Xylitol! If you want fewer cavities and better respiratory health, you will want to hear more about this amazing sweetener. It is the number one choice for sweetening foods and dental hygiene products.

Three-Dimensional Dentistry!

Dental CT Scan - 3D DentistryWe are proud to be one of the first practices in our area to use PreXion3D Eclipse™ 3D cone beam CT digital imaging technology. Think of this as a three dimensional X-ray that is FAR more accurate than traditional X-rays, takes much less time and does all this with much less radiation exposure.

A great advantage of using ultra cone beam images when diagnosing patients and evaluating treatment options is the dentist's ability to clearly see the patient's anatomy in 3D, instead of flat, two-dimensional images. This leads to much greater accuracy for all dental treatment, especially implant placement and any oral surgeries. The cone beam also allows the doctors to view vital nerves and arteries when extracting wisdom teeth.

Avoid Dental Trauma During Athletics

Athletic Mouthguards Dentist Carmi ILEach year in the United States alone, nearly 5 million teeth are lost due to traumatic injuries during sports. With a custom-made mouthguard, these losses can be minimized. The mouthguards found in stores are not sufficient protection and interfere with proper breathing during exertion. However, a mouthguard that exactly fits your teeth protects the best and lets you breathe normally. We offer this device to reduce the effect of any trauma on your mouth.

The American Dental Association has made the recommendation of custom mouthguards for these sports:

Acrobatics, basketball, boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, shotputting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weight lifting, wrestling.

Digital X-Rays Reduce Radiation by up to 75%

Digital Dental Xrays Carmi ILWith digital X-rays there is no waiting time to view the image of your teeth. It is quick and easy with a digital sensor inserted in your mouth, and the X-ray is ready for viewing on our computer screen. It is just that fast! With just one picture, we get a panoramic shot of your upper and lower jaws. Digital images have 75% less radiation than nondigital. As there are no chemicals used, there is no pollution to the environment.

Nothing beats an easier, more comfortable dental visit. If you have questions about the latest dental technology, give us a call today at (618) 382-8300.