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Technology

Our dental practice offers state-of-the-art technology and the latest advancements in dentistry today! We believe an educational approach to oral health creates a knowledgeable patient who is both more comfortable during procedures and a more active participant in their ongoing care. While we employ innovations in dental technology to improve our patient care, it will never replace the importance of good communication and personal relationships with our patients. We pride ourselves on maintaining the personal touch of a family dental practice.

Each patient examination room contains a networked, state-of-the-art computer system, which offer patients number of benefits. A remote monitor allows patients to views their x-ray in precise detail or watch video explaining procedures they are about to undergo. Anxious patients, or those undergoing lengthy procedures, can also use the monitors to view their own DVDs, for entertainment or relaxation. With our entirely computerized report system, your x-rays and dental records can e-mailed to other specialists for consultations, or printed out for your review.

Our technology includes a miniaturized, intraoral camera, to provide a close-up view inside your mouth, and digitalized x-rays require 90% less radiation than standard dental x-ray – a significant benefit to our patients, brightened and magnified, giving a vastly superior image to that provider by standard, film-based x-rays.

Dr. Lori Trost, DMD | X RayDigital Radiography (x-rays) are a vital tool in dental diagnosis. With x-rays, your dentist can find signs of decay before they are visible to the naked eye and before they cause any symptoms. X-rays also help your dentist find irregularities in the jawbones or with teeth that have not yet emerged.

Rather than using film, digital x-rays use a special sensor that responds to exposure to x-rays. This sensor transmits the resulting images directly to a computer in digital format. The pictures are available for evaluation immediately—there is no need for delay while x-rays are developed on film.

Advantages are:

  • Less Radiation – the equipment used in digital radiography exposes dental patients to much less radiation. In fact, digital X-rays use up to 90 percent less radiation than film X-rays, thus making them a very safe option for patients.
  • Eco-friendly – reduces chemical waste to the environment.
  • Faster and easier – for patients, information transfer, readability, and storage.
  • We also use lead aprons with thyroid collar protection.
Dr. Lori Trost, DMD | DiagnodentWe Find Decay The Easy Way
You may not realize it, but even the tiniest spot of decay can mean trouble for your teeth. That’s why we take such care to identify and fill cavities: it’s the key to preventing all kinds of trouble down the road. In the past, diligent decay identification has required lengthy poking and prodding sessions. Unfortunately, even the best of such methods of decay detection are only 50% to 75% successful. Cavities can hide inside little fissures that occur on most back teeth. Further, mechanical exploratory methods typically find only those cavities that are equal to or larger than the probe head. For all these reasons, we’ve recently invested in DIAGNOdent: a revolutionary new means of detecting cavities that gives us incredibly accurate and thorough information.

A Timely Tool
DIAGNOdent technology gives us a tool for catching decay with more thoroughness, timeliness, and accuracy. Further, it requires no x-rays, so our staff doesn’t have to spend valuable patient care time in the darkroom. Plus, it’s a relatively simple and comfortable procedure. Not only does it help prevent the spread of decay, but it helps us to treat your teeth more conservatively as well: when we spot decay sooner, the necessary fillings are typically simpler and shallower, preserving more of the tooth. Finally, we can easily and objectively monitor any suspicious areas without repeated x-rays, harm to tissues, or need for protective measures.

AMD LaserThe AMD laser represents the latest diode laser technology available for soft tissue modification and preventive care. Featuring unique fiber management system and the newest innovation; a wireless power control, this unit is the most efficient soft tissue laser in dentistry today.

By using diode laser technology, we reduce postoperative healing time and fewer post-operative complications including less chance of infection. It performs minor surgical procedures and in addition, eliminates bacteria from the area at the same time.

Using a diode laser for our patients allows us to deliver a high technology device that generates a concentrated beam of light energy for exact precision.  Procedures we use a diode laser on are periodontal wellness, frenectomies, gingivectomies, and teeth whitening.  And the best part – there is no discomfort or bleeding.

Dr. Lori Trost, DMD | SonicFillFill faster with SonicFill.  This system combines the attributes of both a universal and flowable composite.  By activating the composite with sonic energy, Dr. Trost is able to reduce the time it takes to place a filling and improve the long-term results all through a convenient and precise delivery system.  You can enjoy dental technology at its finest!

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Columbia, IL 62236
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