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Technology

At Pruce Dental, we are committed to using state-of-the-art dental technology whenever it makes your treatment more efficient and more comfortable. Technology is also valuable as a teaching aid because diagnostic equipment allows you to clearly see what we see.

When you understand what is happening in your mouth and why treatment is necessary, you will be armed with the information you need to make confident decisions about your dental care.

Digital X-Rays

Our office has multiple technologies for taking digital x-rays.

Wired digital sensors are electronic and connect to a computer. Shortly after the x-ray is taken, the resulting image is projected onto a computer screen so we can view it together. These images allow us to show you the smallest details inside your teeth so you can understand why treatment is necessary.

We can also take x-rays using phosphorous plates. Many patients prefer this option because the plates are thinner and feel more like traditional dental films. Digital x-rays with phosphorous plates also connect to a computer and can be processed within four seconds in a laser scanner device.

Both methods are valuable because they help us identify and diagnose problems while they’re small and still easy to treat. They also allow you to be part of the process because you can clearly see the problem and why treatment is necessary. 

Nitrous Oxide

Stress about dental visits is very common and affects millions of people. If you experience anxiety, we offer nitrous oxide to help you calm down. Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective gas that’s mixed with oxygen. It is administered through a small mask that sits comfortably on your nose. As you breathe normally, you will start to relax.

The goal of nitrous is to provide you with the short-term relaxation you need to stay calm during your procedure. You will feel drowsy, dreamy, and slightly detached from your surroundings. However, you will also be alert enough to listen and respond to questions from your dentist and team. Dr. Pruce is trained to safely administer nitrous and will monitor your comfort level throughout your appointment.

One of the things our patients particularly like about nitrous is that it’s a light form of sedation with no lingering side effects. When the gas is turned off, any drowsiness dissipates quickly. You can return to work or school, and you do not need a driver to get you to and from your appointment.

VELscope Oral Cancer Screening

Nearly 50,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with oral cancer according to the Oral Cancer Foundation. Unfortunately, the number of cases diagnosed each year is steadily increasing. Slightly more than half of these patients will be alive in 5 years.

Oral cancer is not hard to detect or diagnose. Fatalities are so high because it is often diagnosed late in its development. But with early detection and treatment, the 5-year survival rate is close to 90%.

At Pruce Dental, we have chosen to invest in an oral cancer detection technology called VELscope. The unit emits a green light that stimulates natural fluorescence in the soft tissues of the mouth. This means that Dr. Pruce can see abnormalities that would not normally be visible by the naked eye. VELscope allows us to identify areas that might progress to oral cancer if not treated.

A VELscope exam takes only a few minutes and could save your life. 

Intraoral Cameras

Visual dental exams have always been the foundation for diagnosing problems, but with today’s technology, we are able to go one step further.

Intraoral camera images are beneficial because they make it possible for you to “co-diagnose” your dental concerns with your doctor. These cameras, which are about the size of a pen, allow you to see exactly what Dr. Pruce sees through the magnifiers, except they can be enlarged and displayed on the TV in your treatment room.

You can see exactly what we’re seeing, which makes you an active participant in your treatment. When you can see the problem for yourself, you will be able to make a more confident decision about your treatment. 

Digital Photography

They say a picture is worth a thousand words!

Our office uses digital photography because photos are a great way to show you areas of concern, explain why treatment is necessary, and share treatment options. Robert Pruce, DMD, also likes to take photos so that he can prepare for appointments and provide efficient treatment.

Enlarged images of treatment outcomes help Dr. Pruce evaluate his approach and look for any ways in which he could create even better results. Photos are also great for insurance purposes because it's difficult to dispute photographic documentation at a time when more and more insurance companies feel pressure to cut reimbursements and maximize profits by denying dental procedures.

 

Panoramic X-Rays

Visual exams by a dentist are important, but they don't let us see what's happening deep within enamel or gum tissue. Panoramic digital x-rays allow us to find these problems when they’re small, long before they cause discomfort.

Panoramic x-rays are used to take highly detailed, two-dimensional images that include the teeth, upper and lower jaws, and surrounding structures and tissues in just one x-ray. Digital panoramic imaging is quick and comfortable and significantly reduces your exposure to radiation.

The process is easy. We take extra-oral (outside the mouth) x-rays without the need for traditional x-ray films placed in your mouth. This technology is especially beneficial for young children who can’t tolerate intraoral (inside the mouth) x-rays. 

TVs in Treatment Rooms

We understand that dental visits are stressful for many people, and we want to do everything possible to put you at ease. All our treatment rooms have TVs so you can sit back and take your mind off the activity around you. We subscribe to Comcast so you can watch your favorite shows while we do the work!

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