Dental Technology

Dental Technology

Today’s dental offices look very different than those from our parents’ days. Back then, you had to contort your mouth in certain ways to get X-rays on those little squares of film. Dental staff had to fill out a paper charts and keep a record of everything in written. Plus, there was always the risk of getting it wrong. However, dental technology has advanced a lot in the last few decades and promises to give everyone an enjoyable and more convenient dental experience.

Here are the technologies you can expect to see at our many Baystate Dental here to serve you and give you a confident, beautiful smile.

Digital X-rays

Dental TechnologyX-rays are meant to take pictures of your teeth and jaws. The main difference between traditional X-rays and digital X-rays is that digital goes right to a computer, tablet, smartphone or other electronic device. They don’t have to be processed like the film X-rays were. Therefore, the dental staff is able to see them immediately instead of waiting. Digital X-rays also produce less radiation and fewer toxins requiring proper disposal.

At Baystate Dental, we use these X-rays to determine if you have any problem including cavities, decay in any tooth roots, impacted teeth etc. It’s also used to see how restorations are working, and whether you have any other problems that aren’t visible to the naked eye. From the X-rays, we can assist you more effectively by addressing what we see.

Intraoral Camera

We have a camera so small that it fits inside your mouth to take real-time pictures of your teeth. The pictures are displayed on a computer monitor that will help you see what the dentist is doing at the time. The intraoral camera is great for performing restorations, such as fillings, root canal therapy, dental crowns and more. The camera can get up close and personal, making the tooth easier to see for the dentist or hygienist during the procedure.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation Unit

This device is used in temporomandibular joint disorders. We place electrodes on your head, face and neck to send electrical pulses. They won’t harm you, but they relax the jaw muscles. When your muscles are relaxed, we can put your jaw in the proper position. We then devise a treatment plan using the machine to keep your jaw in that position permanently.

Soft Tissue Laser Machine

Soft-tissue-laserWe no longer need to use a scalpel for gum work. Our soft tissue laser disintegrates molecular bonds in unwanted tissues, eliminating them instantly without burning you. Then, we seal the remaining tissues to prevent bleeding and lower your risk of infection. We don’t need stitches for the surgery and your recovery time is cut shorter that in the past.

Air Abrasion System

In some cases, we don’t have to drill. We can use our air abrasion machine. At Baystate Dental, our machine is the Kinetic Cavity Protection brand that uses a gentle breeze to eliminate tooth decay. If you have a shallow cavity, the dentists here can use the air abrasion system to remove the decay and place a white filling. The process takes 10 to 15 minutes. We might not even need to apply a local anesthetic. Air abrasion saves more of the healthy tooth tissue than a drill can.

Watch-PAT200 Device

We use this machine to see if you have sleep apnea. You won’t have to go to a sleep clinic for a diagnosis. We let you wear this device on your wrist while you sleep at home. A finger is mounted to a probe to determine your peripheral arterial tone. Once the data is collected by the Watch-PAT200 device, we can determine whether you are affected by sleep apnea and devise a treatment plan.

i-CAT Cone Beam 3-D Dental Imaging

icatThe i-CAT in-office 3-D imaging allows us to have a better understanding of your dental anatomy for dental implants, orthodontics and TMJ analysis. It scans your mouth for 20 seconds to provide us a clear picture of your mouth. It comes with a chair so you can relax with your chin on a surface while scanners rotate around you. Unlike MRI, which is enclosed, this is an open process. Images are pixel-based and can be changed with the help of photo editing software. You are not exposed to much radiation. This system helps with many procedures that require an accurate picture of your teeth, gums and mouth.

Call for your Appointment

We use all this technology to help you with your oral health. Before we can use any of it, we have to sit down with you and discuss what you need. Contact us at one of easy to access locations near you, BelchertownChicopeeEast LongmeadowGreenfield – Suite 6Greenfield – Suite 7LongmeadowLudlowNorthampton – King St,  Springfield – Harrison AveSpringfield – Main St #212Springfield – Main St #215WestfieldWest Springfield, and Wilbraham, Massachusetts.