Forest Hills In-House Dental Technology

Modern and innovative dental technology allows our Forest Hills dentist to provide you and your family with the best care possible. When you combine the latest techniques and research with years of experience, you can feel confident knowing that your care will be gentle, efficient, and successful.

At Forest Hills Dental, we’ve gradually made investments in the most advanced resources for our practice. In turn, this allows us to complete treatments in less time and fewer appointments. But not only that; these developments improve the success of your procedure.

Here are just a few examples of some of the technology that Dr. Gregory Mark uses in our Forest Hills practice.

Dental Microscope

Not everything can be seen with the naked eye. Sometimes being able to enlarge a small tooth surface means providing better diagnosis, accuracy of care, and thoroughness on behalf of our dental team.

For example, dental microscopes are often used for procedures like root canal therapy and gum disease treatments. When we place the tiny microscopic lens down into the area that we’re working on, we can see every small surface for improved removal of infectious tissues or bacterial buildup.

Air Abrasion

If you have a small cavity, drill free fillings are a comfortable and efficient way to treat the decay. Air abrasion uses what’s similar to a small “sandblaster” to gently debride the area of decay, without having to numb the tooth or use a manual instrument (such as a dental drill.)

With an air abrasion filling you can be in and out in under an hour, with no lingering side effects. Since local anesthetic usually isn’t needed, you won’t have to worry about the side of your mouth feeling numb for hours afterwards.

The Wand Anesthesia

This small handheld device is the size of a pen and capable of numbing entire teeth without a traditional injection. The extremely small needle anesthetizes the tooth being worked on, so that you’re not left with half of your mouth being numb for hours afterwards. It can even desensitize the area where the anesthetic is applied, so that you don’t have to feel a thing.

With The Wand we can perform localized treatments like fillings or crowns, without having to numb the entire side of your face the way conventional anesthetic works.

Digital dentistry and same-day crowns have revolutionized the way we care for our patients. Thanks to 3D CAD/CAM imaging, we can create your restoration onsite rather than send a physical impression off to a third-party dental lab.

Once the digital image is recorded, CEREC can mill your custom crown while you wait or catch up on other dental work. The entire restoration is made of custom matched, solid ceramic.

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3D Conebeam CT Imaging

Instead of relying on two-dimensional X-rays for more complex procedures (like dental implants) we can capture a three-dimensional image of your entire mouth, allowing us to “see” into areas like your bone and nasal sinuses prior to a scheduled treatment. 3D imaging allows for expanded treatment options that might not be available in other practices.

Now when we need to evaluate your teeth or jaws from various angles, such as during dental implant treatment, we can!

Digital Dental Impressions

Tired of gooey impressions that tickle your mouth or irritate your gag reflex? Our 3D scanning wand allows us to capture a digital impression of your teeth, immediately processing the data and converting it into a digital “impression” inside of your electronic file.

With a digital impression you don’t have to worry about the model warping or breaking. The highly accurate scan is a part of your permanent file and can be replicated at any time. We can also send it electronically to offsite labs if more extensive handicraft is needed for a particular restoration (such as porcelain veneers.)

Digital X-rays

Modern digital X-rays are safer and more convenient than traditional films taken over the past several decades. Not only do they use as much as 90% less radiation, but they don’t require any harmful chemicals or waste that’s bad for the environment. Plus, we can see your image almost immediately, allowing for faster examination and a shorter appointment.

Intraoral Digital Imaging

Sometimes it helps when you can see the same things that we do. Instead of taking our word that you have a cavity or leaky filling, we can use a digital camera inside of your mouth that enlarges the area in question and puts it on a monitor in the same room. From there, we can discuss our findings and you can essentially help to co-plan your own oral health needs.

Dental Lasers

Laser technology allows for minimally-invasive treatments and faster healing times, thanks to the way tissue respond to therapy. For instance, if we combine soft tissue lasers with an extraction, there’s significantly less bleeding and swelling, dramatically reducing your risk of post-operative discomfort. We can also use lasers to treat cold sores, cutting their lifespan in half if caught early enough.

Laser Cavity Detection

Light technology makes it possible to measure the density of your tooth enamel. This tool is successful for catching cavities before they’ve formed physical holes in your teeth (which are visible on the X-rays). Essentially, checking the density can help us pinpoint areas of demineralization, so that cavities can be reversed before they start. Or if they require treatment, the filling can be completely drill-free (thanks to air abrasion.)

Giving You the Best Care Possible

At Forest Hills Dental we use all of the latest technology so that we can provide our patients with the same level of care that we would want for our own families. Here, you can feel confident knowing that we have your smile’s future in mind.

Looking for a new family or cosmetic dentist in Forest Hills?

Call today to schedule your new patient appointment with Dr. Gregory Mark. We’ve proudly been serving Forest Hills families since we opened our doors in 1995.