Advanced Technology | Boulder CO

Precision Dentistry

When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. McDowell and her staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.

Our practice uses magnification loupes to enhance the precision of patient care.

Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using magnification enables us to create dental restorations with incredibly precise fit and finish. You just can’t fulfill that level of care with the naked eye.

For the most precise aspects of restorative procedures, we use high speed hand-pieces. This results in extraordinarily precise interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration (crown, veneer, or filling). This will bring more comfort to you as well. With a more precise tool, there is less vibration and less noise.

Digital Imaging

Dr. McDowell 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. Dr. McDowell utilizes 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 X-Rays:

Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital X-rays results in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.

Diagnosis without X-rays

Various tools exist that can detect decay without x-rays. Tools such as Diagnodent and Difoti can send signals and illuminate surfaces to help detect decay. They can find hidden decay in teeth in early stages, and in some cases the decay can be reversed through hygiene and fluoride treatment and may never need filling. These tools are not effective in areas where fillings and crowns are present.

Areas of dental care that benefit from dental technology:

Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.