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Dental Technology

Same Day Dental Crowns

Did you know you can get a crown in a day? At Iliff Family Dental, our staff is trained in the revolutionary Cerec System.  This provides our patients to be in the chair and get a crown in the same day.  

The process begins with crown prep, but once the crown prep is completed, a digital impression is taken. Once the digital impression is uploaded on the computer, your dentist will design the crown right in front of you. The crown is then milled and cemented in the same day.  The great thing about same day crowns is that as a patient, you don’t have to worry about those pesky temporary crowns.

Advantages of CEREC CAD/CAM restoration:

  • Highly-esthetic restoration
  • Hightly-durable ceramics
  • Precise fit
  • Single appointments
  • No temporary crowns required
  • No messy impressions
  • Saves patients from multiple appointments
  • Restorations range from indirect filling, inlays, on-lays, dental crowns and porcelain veneers

Laser Dentistry Technology

In dentistry, we are always finding new and improved ways to use lasers. One of the ways we are incorporating the use of lasers at Iliff Family Dental is by reducing the gums during or after deep cleanings and removing excess tissue when preparing crowns.  

Lasers promote a comfortable form of treatment while acting as a fast, and precise way to treat gum problems and eliminating the use of scalpel, sutures, and decreasing post-operative discomfort. 

Digital Dental X-Rays

At Iliff Family Dental, we want to provide our patients with the latest and greatest dental technology. One of the way we have done this is with the use of digital radiographs (x-rays). With new digital x-rays, our patients are exposed to 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays. Also, because the images are digital, they can be seen in the room instantaneously in every treatment room.

Iliff Family Dental General Exam

Besides minimizing radiation exposure, digital x-rays offer numerious advantages to dentists and patients alike. These Include:

  • No chemical processing (great for our environment) & no waiting
  • A clearer picture. It's possible to get more information from digital x-rays because they are sharper and can be enhanced in a number of ways. The contrast can be increased or decreased, and areas of concern can be magnified. It's even possible to compare them on-screen to your previous x-rays, making even the most minute changes to your tooth structure easier to detect
  • Easy sharing and storage. Digital x-rays provide a better visual aid for you as the patient to understand your diagnosis and treatment options. They can be e-mailed to difference locations, so they are also far less likely to be misplaced.

Oral Cancer Screening

While some think that oral cancer is rare, The Oral Cancer Foundation proves otherwise. Each day, about 132 Americans are newly diagnosed with mouth cancer. One person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day. Worldwide, the problem is far greater, with more than 640,000 new diagnoses every year.

The American Cancer Society estimates that oral cancer strikes tens of thousands of people each year, and only 56% of those diagnosed survive more than five years. Early detection is vital to surviving oral cancer.

VELscope

At Iliff Family Dental, we want to be able to provide our patients with the latest technology. For every patient, we complete visual oral cancer screens, but now with the introduction of VELscope, we can take that one step further.  The use of VELscope aids in the visualization of mucosal abnormalities during oral examinations. VELscope can spot bacterial infections and inflammation to cancer and pre-cancerous lesions. 

VELscope uses fluorescent technology that can help point out oral health concerns that may have otherwise been overlooked. 

The technology behind VELscope utilizes specific wavelengths of blue light combined with proprietary optical filtering to enhance the visualization of oral mucosal abnormalities. During a VELscope fluorescence screening, unhealthy tissue will typically have an abnormal appearance which stands out against surrounding healthy tissue, decreasing the likelihood that areas of concern will be missed. 

Because VELscope aids in the diagnosis of pre-cancerous and cancerous lesions, we at Iliff Family Dental highly recommend that you receive a VELscope cancer screening once yearly. 

Intra Oral Camera

Now with the use of an intra oral camera, the patient can see exactly what the doctor is seeing. Dr. Henes and his staff love the use of intra oral cameras because they can be used to educate the patient of what exactly what is happening in their mouth.  This digital tool can ultimately be used to help the patient understand their examination, diagnosis, and treatment. 

This small, handheld video camera is about the same size as a dental mirror (or an oversized pen) and comes with a disposable plastic sheath for contamination prevention. It is used to take actual pictures of your teeth with up to 25 times magnification and project them onto a screen for your viewing.  We look forward using this device to help teach and inform you on what’s happening in your mouth. 

Iliff Family Dental Tooth Camera

Nitrous Oxide

We know that coming to the dentist isn’t always the easiest for our patients. To help with dental anxiety and making our patients comfortable, we are happy to offer inhalation sedations. 

Nitrous oxide is gas you inhale during your dental procedure to help relax you during your dental procedure. Nitrous is administered through a nasal hood, which resembles a small cup that is placed over your nose. The oxygen mixed with nitrous oxide provides a light-headed or even euphoric feeling, which is quick to wear off so there is no “hangover” effect. All bodily functions remain essentially normal during the use of this sedative, which is very safe.

Please let Iliff Family Dental know if you are interested in Nitrous Oxide.