At Lehigh Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we use Digital x-rays, which have several advantages over traditional film-based x-rays. Digital x-rays allow us to take x-rays with 1/5 of the radiation that you would receive from traditional dental x-rays. The worry of exposure to excess radiation is eliminated.
Large on-screen x-rays make patient communication more effective. The immediate observation of the images on the screen allows us to discuss your dental health quickly and accurately.
Digital radiography has greatly enhanced the practice of dentistry. It allows the patient and the doctor to see images of the teeth in higher resolution on a large format for easier detection of problems, all while decreasing the radiation exposure to the patient. The process we use further defines the radiograph, resulting in clinically meaningful images that are sharp, detailed and rich in contrast.
Images are available instantly after exposure, eliminating the wait and effort spent developing and mounting x-rays. If an image needs to be retaken, it can be done immediately. Digital format also allows us to send and receive your images electronically, allowing for a faster consultation with your dentist.
CBCTA typical dental x-ray will just focus on the teeth, and for each image you’ll need one exposure. Therefore, to get the same picture as a 3D image, you’d need many exposures. 3D imaging shows considerably more than a simple 2D x-ray, as this newer technology will provide more accurate and complete visual information from every angle. Additionally, the data can be easily shared and duplicated without the worry of film getting lost.
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Itero Intraoral Digital ScannerWe use the Itero Intraoral digital scanner to accurately and quickly scan your entire mouth in a digital stereolithographic file (STL). This file can be used to digitally plan your implants and an immediate temporary tooth at the time of your implant surgery. You no longer need to wear a flimsy retainer or loose temporary denture for a missing tooth in the esthetic zone! Also a digital scan is much more comfortable than having sticky impression material in your mouth. Also patients who suffer from a severe gag reflex who cannot tolerate a traditional dental impression, will love this innovative technology.
CO2 LaserBoth of our offices are equipped with the latest Carbon Dioxide (CO2) lasers for less invasive surgery. Lasers are also very effective in decontaminating implant surfaces from bacteria as well as reduction of periodontal pockets around teeth.
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ExparelIn light of the ongoing opioid epidemic, we are excited to offer EXPAREL (Bupivicaine Liposome in a DepoFoam carrier) to our patients who would like a NON-OPIOID solution for pain control post-surgery. Approved by the FDA in 2018, EXPAREL is a long lasting NON-NARCOTIC pain control solution.
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Piezoelectric SurgeryPiezosurgery® is a tool that utilizes ultrasonic vibrations to cut, drill, and otherwise modify bone. With this tool we are able to achieve immense precision with impressive results. We use it to perform procedures such as crown lengthening, tooth extractions, implant site preparation, and periodontal therapy.
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VelscopeThe VELscope system has been developed to help dental professionals discover a wide variety of oral abnormalities, including oral precancer and cancer. By shining VELscope's safe blue light in a patient's oral cavity, a dentist is able to distinguish between normal and abnormal tissue.
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Stereolithic StentsCone Beam CT data can be fed into a 3D printer to fabricate an exact replica of the patient’s jaws and facial skeleton (Stereolithic model). This incredible CAD-CAM technology is used at our office to fabricate custom milling jigs (stereolithic stents) to allow implant placement with incredible accuracy.
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"nSequence" Teeth in a DayWe utilize Cone Beam CT data to accurately plan implants in the upper and lower jaws, and to fabricate custom jigs (stereolithic stents). These allow us to remove the patient’s failing teeth and place implants immediately and attach the patient’s teeth to the implants the same day.
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