Newest dental technologies offered for your safety and comfort at Richmond Family Dentistry, VA
At Richmond Family Dentistry, our number one priority is your health–not just the health of your teeth and gums, but your overall health and well-being. As a holistic dental practice, we invest in the newest dental technologies to provide safer, more precise, and more comfortable care for our Richmond, VA area patients. Dr. Olivia Hart regularly keeps up not only with the newest research and knowledge in the field through her continued education but also with the latest in dental technology to ensure that her practice is equipped with options to restore your health and minimize recovery times. These newest technologies available at Richmond Family Dentistry include, among others:
- 3D diagnostic imaging
- CEREC for the same day dental restorations
- Dental laser
- Oral cancer screening device
- Special amalgam & mercury removal devices
- Take-home sleep study equipment
3D diagnostic imaging
We're all familiar with the uncomfortable 2D dental x-rays of the past, but they had several limitations in dental diagnostics. Because of this, 3D dental imaging units are quickly becoming the standard of care in dentistry. With Planmeca ProMax® 3D Plus at her practice, Dr. Hart can obtain a view of your entire jaw and skull. Using Planmeca ultra low dose 3D imaging:
- Dr. Hart can better diagnose your dental issues and plan your treatment more effectively and precisely
- You are exposed to ultra-low doses of radiation for improved safety
- You don't have to sit with dental films in your mouth for long periods – the scan is quick and can adjust for slight movements, meaning you are less likely to need a repeat scan
CEREC one-day dental restorations
Gone are the days of living with a temporary crown for weeks on end while you wait for a dental crown to be made in a laboratory. With CEREC Primescan, we take digital impressions of your mouth with the CEREC scanner, then you wait comfortably in the office while your tooth restoration (such as a crown or bridge) is made on-site – and then we fit it and place it on the same day! There is no need to use uncomfortable putties to take impressions or have temporary restorations placed and for you to wait days before a permanent dental crown arrives and is placed.
Fotona dental lasersThe Fotona laser at Richmond Family Dentistry is highly versatile and can be used in several therapies and procedures from treating gum disease and tooth decay to cosmetic treatments. Laser dentistry available at our practice enables Dr. Hart to treat or reduce negative symptoms of several dental and facial conditions such as cavities, gum diseases, sleep apnea, snoring, or face wrinkles more effectively and precisely while minimizing your pain, inflammation, and healing times.
Oral cancer screening device
Screening for oral cancer is an important part of every dental check-up. When caught early, oral cancer is highly treatable, but previously, dentists had to rely on visual and tactile cues to determine if patients had any suspicious lesions. At Richmond Family Dentistry, we use a special device such as velscope during your oral cancer exam that emits a harmless light to non-invasively detect potentially cancerous spots earlier on when they are most treatable.
Special amalgam/mercury removal processes with filters and vacuums
As research continues to demonstrate the toxic effects of mercury and metal restoration materials on the human body, patients are increasingly interested in removing their amalgam fillings and replacing them with safer materials. However, it is important that your dentist follows a safe protocol for removing amalgam fillings.
Dr. Hart uses the strict, safe mercury amalgam removal technique recommended by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology and has invested in filter and vacuum technologies to effectively prevent the ingestion or inhalation of mercury particles while the amalgam is removed. This protocol ensures that everyone from the patient to the office staff remains safe during the mercury removal process.
STATDDS™ take home sleep study monitor
With the stressful modern lives that we lead, tooth grinding and clenching (also called bruxism) are more common than ever. Many patients find that they are not getting a good night's sleep or wake up with jaw pain, headaches, or other issues that can be hard to diagnose. With the STATDDS™ take-home sleep monitor, Dr. Hart can evaluate your sleep data to determine if you are clenching and grinding your teeth or if you are suffering from sleep apnea, a condition that can have severe negative effects on your health. Based on the information from this FDA-approved device that you use while you sleep comfortably at home, Dr. Hart can then provide you with appropriate dental treatment, such as a night- or day guards for grinding or an oral appliance for sleep apnea.
Experience the difference in care at Richmond Family Dentistry
Whether you simply need a routine dental check-up or have a dental issue that needs attention, Dr. Hart and the team of dental professionals at Richmond Family Dentistry is here to help. With our unique combination of skills, experience, and technology, we provide gentle, effective care to get you back on the road to health. Call us today at (804) 381-6238 or schedule an appointment.