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Dental Technology – Sterling, VA

Bringing the Future of Dentistry to Patients

As you get to know Dr. Ansari and her team, you’ll quickly learn how much she cares about continuing her education and making sure that patients have the most positive and comfortable dental care experience possible. Part of creating this very high standard of care is ensuring that the latest technologies are available to patients, especially if it has the ability to improve their treatments. To learn which technologies Lowes Island Dentistry employs, check them out below!

Intraoral Camera

Dentist capturing intraoral images

During routine dental exams, it can be difficult to know exactly why you may need a crown, filling or other treatment completed. Since Dr. Ansari cares about informing her patients as much as possible, she utilizes an intraoral camera to capture detailed images of your teeth, gums and oral structures. She then displays these images on a nearby monitor so you can view them in more detail. This also makes it easier to provide proof to insurance companies that certain treatments are needed to restore your oral health.

Digital X-Rays

Dentist and patient looking at digital x-rays

Routine X-rays are not only a part of your long-term preventive care, but they help us better diagnose and plan necessary treatments. By going digital, we reduce our carbon footprint, expedite the diagnostic process, and ensure that any issues are caught sooner rather than later. Plus, we reduce your radiation exposure by over 80 percent! Of course, we’ll take all precautions prior to your scan to additionally reduce your exposure and give you peace of mind during your appointment.

CT / Cone Beam Scanner

Woman receiving 3D CT scan

While digital X-rays are ideal for capturing many issues that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye, they aren’t always enough to complete certain treatments. That’s why we use a CT Cone Beam Scanner in-house, which allows us to capture a detailed, 3D cross-section of your many oral structures. For example, it can help us determine the exact locations of sensitive areas, such as your nerves, blood vessels, and bone tissue. This is crucial when planning dental implant placement or determining the root cause of chronic pain you may be experiencing.

Digital Impression System

Digital impressions on computer screen

Whether you need to have Invisalign clear aligners designed and fabricated or you need a series of restorations to repair fractured teeth, our digital impression system makes the entire process more efficient and comfortable. Instead of asking you to bite down into impression material, which is often unpleasant for patients, we simply take hundreds of photos of your teeth in a matter of minutes using a handheld scanner. This creates a 3D model of your bite and smile, which is then used to design restorations or clear aligner trays for later use.

Soft Tissue Laser Dentistry

Patient receiving laser dentistry treatment

Laser dentistry has been around for many years now, but you may only be hearing about it for the first time. With it, Dr. Ansari can perform many basic dental treatments with greater precision and comfort. Because of the accuracy of the dental laser, we can remove infected or damaged gum tissue and decay in a far less invasive way. Not only does this make your future treatments more comfortable, but it also reduces the risk of post-op side effects like swelling, soreness, and bleeding.

The Wand

The Wand local anestehsia tool

Many treatments require the use of local anesthetics in order to keep you feeling comfortable and pain-free. However, sometimes anesthetics can numb more of the treatment area than what is necessary. With The Wand, we can pinpoint areas needed for anesthetics more accurately, ensuring that only treatment areas are affected and not unrelated areas of the mouth. The Wand also makes the process of administrating anesthetics more comfortable, as some patients note that traditional techniques make it difficult for them to receive treatment.

Cavity Detection System

Cavity detection handset and system

Prevention is incredibly important, both for your general health and your oral health. The sooner we can confirm the presence of dental issues, including cavities, the sooner we can provide treatment that stops decay in its tracks. That’s why we use a cavity detection system to catch early signs of damage in teeth before they become serious problems. If we catch any issues, we’ll provide recommendations moving forward, such as tips to improve your oral care habits or products designed to reduce your risk for future decay development.