Smiles of Orange

Technology

We love the science and technology that goes into the work that we do, and we love sharing that with our patients. As part of our commitment to growth and staying on the leading edge of modern dentistry, we invest in dental technology that makes your treatment more comfortable and efficient.

Read on to learn more about the different types of technology we offer, how it improves your experience, and the level of dentistry we provide.

TVs in Treatment Rooms

We have TVs and headphones in all our treatment rooms, so you can escape from the sights and sounds around you and enjoy some pleasant distractions!

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Electric Handpieces

Patients often tell us that sounds like the high-pitched whining of an air-driven drill are anxiety triggers. We are pleased to tell you that at Smiles of Orange, we use only electric handpieces that eliminate the noise and vibration of air-driven equipment.

We create a more comfortable experience for you with electric handpieces, and we can work faster and with greater precision. Since our dentist has greater control, she can be more precise and preserve more healthy tooth structure when removing decay and preparing teeth for restorations like dental crowns. Our hygienists can remove plaque and tartar most efficiently to ensure your comfort and minimize your time in the dental chair. 

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Laser Dentistry

We are pleased to offer state-of-the-art laser dentistry as part of our mission to provide minimally invasive treatment. With dental lasers, we provide comfortable treatment and do away with the need for injections in many cases. Laser dentistry is non-invasive, so there is minimal bleeding and recovery is faster and more comfortable.

At Smiles of Orange, we have found laser dentistry to be effective when:

  • Treating gum disease
  • Performing gingivectomies
  • Treating canker sores and cold sores
  • Recontouring gum tissue to improve aesthetics
  • Providing brilliant teeth whitening results
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Digital Impressions

It’s crucial to obtain accurate dental impressions when planning dental crowns, bridges, veneers, and veneers. Unfortunately, the traditional process is messy, uncomfortable for the patient, and doesn’t always produce the required level of detail.

At Smiles of Orange, we use a handheld scanner to take highly-accurate digital impressions. You don’t have to sit with a big tray of goopy pink paste in your mouth and wait uncomfortably for it to set. We pass the digital scanner over your teeth, and it captures a detailed, 3-D virtual impression.

The accuracy of the impressions we obtain ensures that your tooth restorations and prosthetics fit comfortably and look incredibly natural. We can easily store your impressions in your digital record, so they are always easily accessible.

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Digital X-Rays & Digital Sensors

We offer comprehensive dental exams every six months, but not all problems can be seen with a visual exam. Dental x-rays are invaluable because they give us the full picture of your oral health so we can diagnose conditions that we can’t see during a visual exam. 

At Smiles of Orange, we use digital x-rays because your overall health and well-being are critical to us. These x-rays expose our patients to about 80 percent less radiation than traditional film x-rays and provide much greater detail. Since dental problems commonly develop inside teeth or under the gums, digital x-rays allow us to accurately and safely plan treatment.

Taking digital x-rays is also more comfortable because we use flat, comfortable digital sensors to capture the images. The result is clear, crisp digital images that are highly detailed and easy to share with patients on their chairside monitor. You can see what our dentist sees to understand your treatment needs and the benefits better. 

We store all digital x-rays securely on our in-house network and can easily retrieve them to monitor conditions or send them to specialists or insurance companies.

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Nitrous Oxide

If you dread dental visits or don’t like sitting in the dental chair for long periods, we recommend gentle sedation with nitrous oxide. Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide won’t make you break out into uncontrollable giggles, but it will help you relax during your appointment.

Nitrous oxide is a gas, so you inhale it through a small, comfortable nasal mask. In just a few moments, you’ll start to feel a little drowsy and pleasantly dreamy and relaxed. You will remain fully conscious, but the sights and sounds around you will seem distant.

A trained member of our team will be by your side throughout your appointment to monitor you ensure that you’re comfortable. When we finish your procedure, we stop the nitrous flow and switch to pure oxygen. We want you to drive home safely, so we’ll have you sit for a few minutes as the oxygen clears your mind and the drowsy effects dissipate.

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DIAGNOdent Laser Cavity Detection

One of our favorite pieces of technology is our DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection device. Using a low-level laser, we can illuminate tiny areas of decay that would otherwise go undetected with a visual exam and even on an x-ray. This technology assists us with our goal of providing early treatment to avoid the need for more invasive or complex procedures later. 

3-D Cone Beam Imaging (CBCT)

Our digital x-rays are invaluable for diagnosing problems developing inside a tooth or under the gums. However, when planning procedures like implant placement and root canals, we need a more expansive 3-D view of the mouth. Using leading-edge digital imaging with Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT or Cone Beam CT), we can see a 3-D visualization of structures of the mouth and surrounding areas.

Our dentist plans procedures with a high degree of accuracy because cone beam scans clearly show root canals, sinuses, nasal passages, nerve pathways, and root canals in 3-D. This is crucial for dental implant procedures, where proper placement requires precision to obtain the most favorable long-term results.

We also use cone beam scans to diagnose TMJ problems and plan tooth extractions.

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Intraoral Cameras

You deserve to be informed about your oral health needs, and our intraoral cameras allow you to see what our dentist sees during your exams. An intraoral camera is a small handheld camera that produces highly-detailed digital images. The device lights up the inside of the mouth, and as our dentist moves it over your teeth, the images display on your chairside monitor. 

You no longer have to imagine what your dentist is talking about because you can see the images yourself. As we view them together, our dentist points out problem areas like decayed, broken, or worn teeth, so you can better understand your oral health needs. Knowing what conditions exist, understanding the benefits of treatment, and learning how to prevent future problems make you an active and informed participant in your oral health care.

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Rotary Endodontics

Rotary endodontic technology allows us to improve patient comfort by streamlining root canal treatment. Traditional root canal treatment can be a slow, laborious process because removing all traces of infected pulp from inside a tooth is crucial.

With rotary endodontics, we do away with manual instruments and use electrically-powered technology instead. This technology makes the procedure much more efficient and significantly improves patient comfort.

You will get out of the dental chair faster, and the design of the technology allows us to do a much more thorough job of removing infected pulp. The results are an improved experience and more positive long-term treatment outcomes.

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