Technology

Our office is all-digital!

Dr. Zeller and the Five Pines team are continuously incorporating the latest technology into our practice. Our advanced equipment means more precise diagnostics and improved efficiency.

Cone Beam CT

Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray that produces 3-D images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan. The gantry rotates 360-degrees around your head while capturing multiple images from different angles that are reconstructed to create a single 3-D image. Some of the ways we use our CBCT at Five Pines includes:

  • surgical planning for impacted teeth
  • accurate placement of dental implants
  • evaluation of the jaw, sinuses, nerve canals and nasal cavity
  • determining bone structure and tooth orientation

iTero 3D Scanner

Goodbye goopy, gag-inducing dental impressions! The iTero features a small wand with confocal imaging technology that uses optical and laser scanning (over 6,000 images per second) to produce a high-resolution, interactive 3D image of your teeth.

We are able to use these “digital impressions” for a precise fit of crowns, bridges, implants and orthodontic aligners and retainers. No need to ever retake impressions, not to mention they are faster and more accurate.

For anyone interested in Invisalign, the iTero can produce potential treatment outcomes with the Invisalign Outcome Simulator in just minutes.

Intraoral Camera

Intraoral Camera

Much like digital x-rays, digital photographs taken with our intraoral camera are a helpful diagnostic and patient education tool. The camera is a similar shape and size to a toothbrush so it’s quite small and maneuverable.

Most importantly, instead of just telling you what’s going on in your mouth, we can show you as well! These high-resolution photos make it easier for you to be an active participant in your oral health.

We can also send these photos to other dentists and specialists and submit them to dental insurance companies as needed.

Ultrasonic Scaler

Ultrasonic Cleaner

An ultrasonic scaler looks similar to a normal dental pick but uses ultrasonic vibrations to break apart plaque and calculus on your teeth. We might use it during your dental cleaning to help remove extra-stubborn calculus.

The tool also emits a slow stream of water, increasing comfort for the patient during and after the procedure. It can also be used with an antiseptic solution which helps kill the bacteria that causes gum disease and other periodontal issues.

Digital X-Rays

Panoramic X-ray

X-rays are a powerful diagnostic tool that allows dentists to see the condition of your roots, nerves and bone, check for cysts or impacted teeth and catch decay before significant damage is done. The digital x-rays we use at Five Pines reduce radiation exposure (up to 90% less than traditional systems) and without needing any processing chemicals, they’re environmentally friendly too.

We also have digital panoramic x-rays which allow us to see your entire mouth instead of isolated areas. This full view is especially helpful in complex full-mouth restoration and orthodontic treatments like Invisalign.

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