San Francisco, Sunset District Dentist
GENERAL AND COSMETIC DENTISTRY FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
2572 Noriega St,
San Francisco, CA 94122
Phone: (415) 664-4100
When you seek care at our office, you are assured that we utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using loupes allows us to see your teeth magnified allowing more details to be seen . You just can't fulfill that level of care with the naked eye. In addition to allowing precise, close-up work, the loupes directs a beam of light directly on the teeth, minimizing glare for you.
We choose carefully which and when x-rays are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. X-rays allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. X-rays 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 lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dental x-rays are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental x-rays is extremely minimal.
We utilize Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure is up to 95 percent less when compared to traditional x-rays. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information.
Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital X-rays results in up to 95% less radiation exposure to you. The x-ray is displayed almost immediately on a flat panel LCD screen giving an image more than 10x larger than a traditional x-rays which can take 5 minutes or more to get to a viewable transparency. The software we use also has built in tools to allow for better diagnosis.
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.
We utilize intraoral camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An intraoral camera is a very small camera - in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An intraoral camera allows 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 in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.
A cavitron is a dental tool that uses high frequency sound waves to clean teeth. The Cavitron ultrasonic cleaner is a state of the art instrument that has proved to be an extremely successful tool in removing tartar from both above and below the gumline. Instead of scaling your teeth with bulky metal hand scalers the cavitron ultrasonic cleaner is a blunt tip that uses oscillating sound waves to gently vibrate the tartar away from your teeth. The Cavitron unit is so gentle that it can even be used to administer deep cleaning and gum therapy many times without the need for anesthetic. Having your teeth cleaned with the Cavitron unit is a safe effective and painless alternative to traditional cleaning methods. A Cavitron vibrates so quickly that you can hardly feel any movement this ultrasonic method is a more pleasant alternative.