When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. Gong and staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
Our practice uses high power microscopes to enhance the precision of patient care.
Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using microscope that is similar to the one an ophthalmologist uses enables us to create dental restorations with incredibly precise fit and finish. You just can’t fulfill that level of care with the naked eye.
In addition to allowing precise, close-up work, the microscope directs a beam of light directly on the teeth, minimizing glare for you.
Many dentists use air-driven “hand-pieces” (the dental term for “drills”). While acceptable for many procedures, these “whiney sounding” air-powered hand pieces all have a degree of non-concentricity; they do not rotate perfectly smoothly.
For the most precise aspects of restorative procedures, we use electric hand-pieces. This results in extraordinarily precise interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration (dental crown, tooth veneer, or tooth filling). This will bring more comfort to you as well. With a more precise tool, there is less vibration and less noise.
Dr. Gong chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. 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 lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Dr. Gong utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better.
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 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.
Dental technology is rapidly advancing — and it’s happening almost at the speed of light with dental lasers. Laser dentistry allows your dentist to perform a number of soft and hard tissue procedures more efficiently and comfortably than ever before. Dr. Brenda Gong and our team are happy to be able to offer our patients better dentistry with the Picasso Plus laser.
About Laser Dentistry: How It Works
A laser is a concentrated beam of light, and when it comes into contact with hard and soft tissues in the mouth, it produces a reaction. Lasers allow your dentist to remove or reshape oral tissues with extreme precision — with more control than is possible a traditional scalpel alone. Laser dentistry is proven to be safe and effective for a number of procedures, from treating canker sores to healing periodontal tissue after gum disease.
Dr. Gong may use the laser in the following treatments.
- Reduce discomfort and treatment of canker sores
- Remove diseased gum tissue after periodontal disease
- Expose an impacted wisdom tooth
- Remove excess gum tissue to correct a gummy smile
- Perform biopsies of abnormal tissue
- In conjunction with teeth whitening treatments
- Treating infections
- Remove overgrowth of tissue
Benefits of Laser Dentistry
Laser dentistry offers increased comfort in all procedures, and may even eliminate the need for anesthesia in some cases. It can also eliminate the need for a drill. Bleeding is minimized with laser dentistry, and there is no need for sutures following any procedure.
Because the laser sanitizes as it works, it can also speed up healing and prevent the risk of reinfection in periodontal therapy. When used in conjunction with other dental tools, the laser can speed up treatment times and allow for improved results — like with professional teeth whitening treatments.
About The Picasso Laser
Accent Family Dentistry is equipped with the Picasso laser, which is a real leader in laser dentistry. It offers 7.0 watts of power and operates using wireless foot control, so Dr. Gong can carefully regulate just the amount of power she’s using. This particular laser is good for soft and hard procedures, meaning it performs a wider range of treatments than other lasers.
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.
Dr. Gong utilizes 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!
Intraoral 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.