State-of-the-Art Dental Technology
Dr. Brandt Foster and his experienced staff at Comprehensive Contemporary Dentistry in Chevy Chase offer all the latest dental techniques and procedures. We use advanced technology to create a beautiful mouth and a perfect smile for each of our patients.
iTero Element 5D
3D scanners replace goopy traditional impressions with highly accurate digital images that can be used for Invisalign®, night guards, veneers, crown and bridge, and implant restorations. As the name suggests, the Element 5D adds 2 additional dimensions to traditional scanners. It is the first hybrid dental imaging system that simultaneously records 3D digital impressions in color and with NIRI (near-infrared imaging) and can compare records over time. NIRI allows for diagnosis of caries and fractures without the need for ionizing radiation. The Element uses its Time Lapse capability to monitor minute changes to both the teeth and gums allowing us to track wear and recession with precision. In one way or another, almost everything we do at our office is supported by this technology.
3D Imaging (CBCT)
Our office is equipped with one of the most sophisticated variable fields, high resolution cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) machines on the market. The new generation of CBCT machines has an amazingly low dose of radiation (1/100 a standard medical CT or roughly the equivalent of a 4-hour commercial airline flight) and superior imaging capability. This technology allows us to precisely map anatomical structures such as nerves and blood vessels, determine the quality and quantity of available bone for implant placement, assess endodontic lesions, diagnose root fractures, resorptive processes, and much more.
HEPA refers to high-efficiency particulate air filtration systems that must remove more than 99.97% of particles from the air. Dental offices are historically masters of infection control, but we have traditionally focused on surface-to-person, person-to-person contact, and by contact with virus-laden droplets expelled through coughing and sneezing. While the CDC (as of June 2020) feels the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 is primarily transmitted by these means, The World Health Organization (WHO) is covering all bases acknowledging that the virus could be airborne. If this is true, and the virus is getting into the air, then HEPA filtration should be helpful in reducing the risk of transmission. Is it necessary? No. But it cannot hurt, and it makes us feel better. And the Dyson styling definitely makes everything sexier.
Digital x-rays are quickly becoming adopted by a large percentage of the dental industry. A digital x-ray allows the dentist to take an image of the tooth or teeth and put it into an imaging program. Within this imaging program, there are a number of tools that will allow the dentist to take a very close look at the teeth and surrounding structures with amazing accuracy. As a benefit to the patient, the digital x-ray also provides nearly 80% less radiation than a standard x-ray. This is due to the fact that the digital version of the x-ray is much more sensitive to this radiation and has been specifically designed with the patient in mind.
Digital panoramic radiographs are the standard of care for evaluating erupting dentition in children, diagnosing the status of wisdom teeth, locating anatomical structures, and giving a great overall view of the region. Our digital pan requires super low radiation and produces the highest image quality available.
Extraoral “Bitewing” X-Ray
Most dental professionals recommend taking a limited series of radiographs annually to look at decay in between the back teeth where decay cannot be detected with the unaided eye. These radiographs are referred to as bitewing radiographs. Although extremely useful, many patients gag, find the process uncomfortable or are physically unable to comply with the procedure due to the size or shape of their mouth. Our office can now image these back teeth using a sensor that is not inserted in the mouth thus eliminating all of the above-mentioned barriers.
The intraoral camera is an amazing diagnostic tool for viewing different angles in the mouth that we would not have been able to just a few years ago. The camera gives us the ability to view the entire mouth on a monitor so that we can get a closer look at any potential issues or problems that may arise. In addition, the patient will have the ability to see for themselves first hand the same images we are seeing. These digital images are also excellent for gaining procedure acceptance from insurance companies. In many instances, the camera is replacing the X-ray and the best part is that unlike radiographs, you do not have to be a dentist to be able to read them. It should be comforting to know that 99% of the time, if you develop a problem, with our imaging capabilities we will be able to show you that problem .
Endodontics, more commonly known as root canal therapy, is a procedure where the nerve of the tooth is removed. This is often due to the fact that they are infected and the tooth is causing pain.
Rotary Endodontics is a way of performing root canals utilizing a specific electrical handpiece. In addition to producing a cleaner better-shaped canal than traditional techniques, the rotary handpiece often makes the process faster and allows the dentist to perform the process with greater ease. We utilize the highest quality, most state of the art equipment and techniques available anywhere for both your comfort and the longevity of your teeth.
Dental lasers provide a combination of clean cutting and hemostasis in soft-tissue procedures, precisely cutting gum tissue while eliminating bleeding at the site and reducing healing time. The diode laser can be used in numerous procedures to remove or recontour excess gingival tissue, disinfect infected gum tissue, remove soft tissue lesions, and disinfect root canals.