When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Drs. Lenz, Sullivan, Kim, and their staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
Drs. Lenz, Sullivan or Kim 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. Drs. Lenz, Sullivan and Kim utilize 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 radiographs offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital radiographs often result in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you when compared to more traditional dental radiograph film.
Digital Impressions and CAD / Cam fabrication of crowns and bridges
Our Vienna and D.C. offices were some of the very first in the area to offer digital impression and along with this technology, often times same day crowns to our patients. As early adopters of this technology we are well versed and experienced in its applications and capabilities. Digital impressions use an optical scanner to scan the teeth as opposed to the traditional impression techniques that involve placing trays full of runny impression material into the mouth where it needs to be held for many minutes until it is set.
A diode laser can be used for many soft tissue related procedures. For soft tissue (surgical) procedures it eliminates the need for suturing and healing is much faster.
Areas of dental care that benefit from Diode laser technology:
- Periodontal, or gum related, care
- Apthous Ulcer treatment (canker sore)
- Frenectomy (tongue-tie release) without anesthesia or sutures
- Crown lengthening, gingivectomy and other gum corrections
- Second stage implant surgery to uncover the implant
Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.
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.
Drs. Lenz, Sullivan and Kim utilize 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.