At Oral Surgery Associates, we proudly use the latest dental technology to provide accurate, comfortable care. When you visit our Monroe, LA, office, Dr. Eric Geist, Dr. Richard. D. Willis, and Dr. Matthew W. Fowlkes will use state-of-the-art imaging, including digital x-rays and scanners. With these tools, they can create personalized treatment plans. Plus, thanks to their incredible accuracy, your treatment should involve minimal discomfort and recovery time. To further ensure your comfort, we employ soft tissue lasers to perform several different treatments. Finally, we proudly offer advanced healing treatments to stimulate bone growth before or after dental implant surgery.
X-rays are one of the most essential dental tools and are used to provide detailed images of individual teeth or of your entire jawbone. They are vital in planning oral surgeries and in diagnosing certain problems, such as impacted teeth. Our team utilizes advanced digital x-rays for several reasons. First, these images are much sharper than traditional film x-rays. We can also display the pictures immediately on a chairside computer. That way, we can keep you up-to-date about your oral health, and you can make informed decisions related to your care. In addition, digital x-rays involve negligible radiation exposure, especially in comparison to standard film x-rays.
At Oral Surgery Associates, we proudly use the latest dental technology to provide accurate, comfortable care.
Along with x-rays, we use several other types of digital imaging to assist in treatment planning. With our scanners, your doctor can design a customized surgical guide, lifelike restorations, and more:
- iTero® digital scanner:
- The iTero® scanner will create 3-D images of your entire bite. With these digital models, a lab can create crowns, bridges, and abutment pieces that will be a near-perfect fit.
- 3-D cone beam computed tomography (CT) scans:
- A cone beam scanner will provide 3-D images of your whole upper and lower jaw. Examining these images, your doctor can determine the most precise placement for dental implants. He can also evaluate your need for a bone grafting procedure.
- Osstell ISQ scanner:
- The ISQ scale, or Implant Stability Quotient, measures the stability of dental implants on a scale of 1 to 100. Using this scale, your doctor can monitor the healing process and determine when you are ready to receive your implant-supported restoration. Often, the Ostell ISQ scanner can speed the treatment process and lower your risk for implant failure.
Soft Tissue Lasers
Using soft tissue lasers, your doctor can gently remove tissue and make precise incisions in your gums. We often use these tools during extractions and wisdom tooth removal. Soft tissue lasers are more accurate than traditional manual surgical implements. Plus, laser therapy seals blood vessels during treatment, reducing bleeding, inflammation, and recovery time.
Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP)
BMP is a manufactured substance, created to mimic the naturally occurring proteins in your body. These molecules stimulate bone growth, and are often used to restore lost tissue following tooth loss. Frequently, we will provide BMP therapy prior to dental implant placement since the new tissue can provide a stronger base for the implant posts. Bone morphogenetic protein can often eliminate the need for bone grafting, meaning your surgeon will not need to perform an additional procedure to obtain a sample of your own tissue.
Contact Us to Learn More
You can learn more about our technology and how it can benefit you during a consultation. Contact Oral Surgery Associates today to schedule an appointment.