Advanced Technology

We are constantly striving to provide our patients with the finest periodontal care available. Our investment in advanced technology means a long-term investment in your future. State-of-the-art technology facilitates informed decision-making and enables patients to make wise choices concerning their oral health. Dr. Humphreys offers the latest dental technology for your benefit.

Digital Radiography

This form of computerized radiography uses a standard dental x-ray generator as its radiation source. An intra-oral sensor that is placed in the mouth collects the image. The “zoom” capabilities allow our patients to view localized areas for a better understanding of their diagnosis. Digital radiography reduces radiation exposure 80–90%.

Panorex

The Panoramic x-ray provides Dr. Humphreys with a panoramic view of the oral cavity and provides information about supporting bone, sources of infection, tumors, and cysts. The Panoramic x-ray shows more of the mouth and surrounding structures, but less detail of individual teeth, than small films. It is a useful diagnostic tool for patients who are considering dental implants.

Computers

Our computer system is designed to efficiently manage complex information. Our system manages data on periodontal treatment as well as financial arrangements and payment plans. We use voice activated recording devices with color-coded reports to diagnose and evaluate the results of therapy.

Televox

Dr. Humphreys utilizes a comprehensive messaging, conferencing and communication program designed to assist you with appointment reminders, automated text messages, case collaboration with your referring dentist, follow-up communications, on- hold messaging, recall reminders and website design.

Implants

We have the ability to place various types of dental implants. We offer a variety of different implant systems that can enhance your comfort function.

Dental implants have several component parts. The implant itself is a titanium screw that is placed in the jawbone to serve as a mechanical replacement of the tooth root. After a period of healing, normally three months, a second component, the abutment, is attached to the implant body. Abutments vary from "snap" attachments for dentures, to posts for crown and bridgework. A new scanning technology allows for the fabrication of "custom milled abutments."  These abutments help create tissue conditions around your new crown or bridge work which are both esthetic and easier to clean.

Heart Monitor

We use heart monitors to ensure your safety and wellbeing during all surgical procedures. Dr. Humphreys and his staff realize that the key component of any thorough periodontal appointment is patient assessment. While there are several tools used for conducting screenings and examinations for oral health, other aspects of patient health that may be related to dental heath are often overlooked. A patient’s blood pressure is one of these parameters. Appropriate monitoring of blood pressure cannot only improve outcomes of dental care but also play a role in improving the overall health of patients.

IV Sedation

Dr. Humphreys has undergone rigorous specialized training before administering intravenous sedation. His experience and expert knowledge of the physical and pharmacokinetic properties of sedative drugs and their effects is a critical factor for ensuring IV sedation safety. Therefore, Dr. Humphreys has received special accreditation and licensing necessary to practice IV sedation dentistry including official training in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). Dr. Humphreys’ staff has also undergone extensive cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training.

Continuous monitoring of the patient throughout the IV sedation procedure is a crucial factor for safety. Use of a pulse oximeter is mandatory as a safety precaution during intravenous sedation.

The strict regulations on its use, and the advanced training and licensing requirements for the dentists have helped IV sedation dentistry to have an excellent safety record.

Bone Regeneration

Traditionally, gum disease was treated by eliminating the gum pockets by trimming away the infected gum tissue and re-contouring the uneven bone tissue. Although this is still an effective way of treating gum disease, new and more sophisticated procedures are used routinely today.

Guided tissue bone regeneration "regenerates" the previously lost gum and bone tissue. Most techniques utilize membranes, which are inserted over the bone defects. Some of these membranes are bio-absorbable and some require removal. Other regenerative procedures involve the use of bioactive gels.

Eliminating existing bacteria and regenerating bone and tissue helps to reduce pocket depth and repair damage caused by the progression of periodontal disease. With a combination of daily oral hygiene and professional maintenance care, you'll increase the chances of keeping your natural teeth – and decrease the chances of serious health problems associated with periodontal disease.

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