Advanced Technology

Precision Dentistry

When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Drs. Palermo, Malatesta, Valerio, D’Silva, Molisani and their staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.

Our doctors and hygienists use loupes (magnifying glasses) to enhance the precision of patient care.

Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using loupes enables our doctors to create dental restorations with incredibly precise fit and finish as well as allows our hygiensts to remove the smallest amount of tartar. You just can’t fulfill that level of care with the naked eye.

In addition to allowing precise, close-up work, our loupes are fitted with an LED light that directs a beam of light directly on the teeth, minimizing glare for you.

We use state-of-the-art air-driven “hand-pieces” (the dental term for “drills”). For the most precise aspects of restorative procedures, these result in extraordinarily precise interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration (crown, veneer, or filling). This will bring more comfort to you as well. With a more precise tool, there is less vibration and less noise.

Digital Imaging

Drs. Palermo, Malatesta, Valerio, D’Silva and Molisani choose carefully which and when radiographs (x-rays) are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health and allow us to see everything we cannot see with just our eyes. We may be able to see cavities better. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose pathology and lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.

Digital X-Rays

Our Drs. utilize Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. Exposure time for digital dental radiographs is extremely minimal. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs resulting in about 1/6th the radiation exposure to you. Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding a 35mm film up to the light. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information quickly and easily, allows us to store many patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.

Laser Dentistry

For patients who do not look forward to needles, drilling, or numbness, Laser Dentistry may be the right choice.

Laser dentistry is one of dentistry’s latest advances. The laser delivers energy in the form of light. Depending on the intended result, this energy travels at different wavelengths and is absorbed by a “target.” In dentistry, these targets can be enamel, decay, gum tissue, or whitening enhancers. Each one absorbs a different wavelength of light while reflecting others. Laser dentistry can be used for both tooth and soft tissue related procedures. For soft tissue (surgical) procedures it eliminates the need for suturing and healing is much faster. Overall, laser surgical procedures are more comfortable for patients.  

Lasers can also be used to diagnose cavities. They can find hidden decay in teeth in early stages, and in some cases the decay can be reversed through hygiene and fluoride treatment and may never need filling.

Areas of dental care that benefit from laser technology:

  • Cavity diagnosis and removal
  • Curing, or hardening, bonding materials
  • Whitening teeth
  • Periodontal, or gum related, care
  • Pediatric procedures
  • Apthous Ulcer treatment (canker sore)
  • Frenectomy (tongue-tie release) without anesthesia or sutures
  • Root canals and apicoectomies
  • Crown lengthening, gingivectomy and other gum corrections

Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.

Intra-oral Camera

Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.

Drs. Palermo, Malatesta, Valerio, D’Silva, and Molisani utilize both Extra-Oral and Intra-Oral Camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An Intra-oral Camera is a very small camera – in some cases, just a few millimeters long. It can allow our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you!

Intra-oral cameras also enable our practice to save your images to your file to provide a permanent record of findings and treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.

CEREC

Our office uses the latest technology in CAD-CAM design and fabrication of various dental restorations. 

What is CEREC? CEREC is an acronym…

  • Chairside: The technology is in the dental operatory and used while you are in the chair
  • Economical: The procedure is economical for both dentist and patient
  • Restorations: The procedure restores your tooth to its natural beauty, function, and strength
  • Esthetic: The restorations are metal-free and tooth-colored
  • Ceramic: High-strength ceramics are used that are close in composition to your natural tooth structure.