Technology

Technology touches every part of an oral surgery practice, from the very first appointment that you schedule. We use state-of-the-art tools for patient evaluation and treatment in order to achieve optimal outcomes.

Not only do we use technology that helps achieve better surgical results, but we also leverage such tools to help keep you safe while you are under our care.

We are proud of our practice’s commitment to be on the cutting edge of technology in oral surgery. If you have any questions about our use of technology or are just interested in a more detailed explanation of how the technology works, please ask for additional information.

How Technology Influences Oral Surgery

Technology affects many aspects of oral surgery, including planning for the procedure and performing it. For example, advanced imaging helps us to better visualize the surgical field when we are preparing for something like jaw surgery or dental implant placement and reduces the likelihood of surprises during the procedure.

Using the most current tools and instruments to perform the procedure is also important, as outdated technology may not be as effective. Furthermore, as surgical instruments are consistently improved by manufacturers, they are able to be more precise, which facilitates faster healing in patients.

Infection control is another huge component of oral surgery, and we have addressed this issue through technology, as well. Our facility features the IQ Air HealthPro Plus.

This air purification system uses HyperHEPA technology to capture particles a fraction of the size that normally pass through a standard HEPA system. Therefore, it is able to protect patients from a broader range of allergens, pathogens, and other potentially harmful substances.

IQ Air HealthPro Plus

IQAir Particle Chart
HyperHEPA Difference Chart

Use Of Technology in Treatment Planning

Technology is invaluable in evaluating, diagnosing, and planning for treatment of patient’s issues. We use the following tools for imaging in our practice:

  • Digital radiography
  • CS 9300 system (Cone Beam CT)

Digital radiography produces standard two-dimensional x-rays but while exposing the patient to a much lower dose of radiation than traditional x-ray equipment does. These images help diagnose conditions and prepare for simple procedures, such as wisdom tooth extraction.

Furthermore, digital x-ray files can be shared more easily with collaborating providers, such as orthodontists, than traditional films.

In contrast, our CS 9300 Cone Beam CT scanner compiles multiple two-dimensional images to create a three-dimensional illustration of the surgical field. Having a three-dimensional image as a guide can help us to pinpoint a specific surgical strategy to use during the procedure.

Furthermore, Cone Beam CT results in lower radiation exposure than traditional CT scans entail, and our CS 9300 system can be tailored to scan precise areas to even further reduce the patient’s radiation exposure.

CS 9300 Cone Beam CT scanner

Use Of Technology in Interventions

After we have used technology in meticulously planning your oral surgery procedure, we may incorporate any of the following tools in performing it:

  • Recombinant Bone Morphogenic Protein (BMP) is a specialized material that can help to avoid the need for donor tissue from elsewhere in the patient’s body for bone grafting.
  • X-Guide™ Dynamic 3D Navigation facilitates more precise dental implant placement that is 10 times more accurate than freehand surgery.
  • L-PRF™ offers bioactive clotting that allows you to heal more efficiently using your own body’s proteins. It can also be used in combination with BMP to regenerate bone tissue.

X-Guide™ Dynamic 3D Navigation

Healing from Within Graphic
L-PRF™

How Patients Benefit from Our Use Of Technology

Patients can begin to take advantage of our practice’s use of technology before they even enter the office by completing their patient registration forms directly from our website.

New patients may also find it helpful to watch the high-quality educational videos featured on our website. These videos help patients prepare for their consultation and give them a better understanding of possible treatment options.

We can also use imaging technology for patient education purposes. The lifelike images help us to provide more relevant information about the purpose of the procedure and the techniques that we plan to use. We can give you a three-dimensional depiction of the anticipated results, as well.

Of course, more precise surgical technology also typically results in a faster, more predictable healing process. This is yet another way that our patients benefit from our practice’s dedication to technology.

Our Commitment to Incorporating Technology into Our Practice

We recognize that imaging and surgical technology are constantly evolving, and we strive to be aware of any new advances that might be beneficial to our patients and improve treatment outcomes.

Drs. Ibanez and Hill achieve this goal by working closely with our vendors and taking advantage of all relevant continuing education opportunities. We are diligent about staying updated on technological advances that can further enhance our care and our patients’ experiences.