When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. Dominov and staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
Our practice uses high power magnification eyewear (loupes) to enhance the precision of patient care.
Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using magnification eyewear 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.
In addition to allowing precise, close-up work, the magnification eyewear incorporates a high-powered LED beam of light directed towards the teeth, minimizing glare for you from the overhead light.
The handpieces we use also contain a high-powered Fiber Optic lighting system that directs light directly to the area of your tooth being worked on to improve visibility and precision. These high precision handpieces will bring more comfort to you as well. With a more precise handpiece, there is less vibration and less noise.
We routinely use Composite Resin materials to restore your teeth, not silver amalgam. These are the tooth-colored restorations that bond directly to the tooth surface, minimizing the leaking and cracking typically found over time with the silver amalgam fillings. We use a palette of over 20 different tooth colored shades to closely match the colors of your teeth. As these materials are moisture-sensitive, we use a Rubber Dam to isolate your teeth from saliva whenever possible to insure a precise bond of your restoration to your tooth, which increases its longevity and strength.
Dr. Dominov 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 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. Dominov utilizes Digital Imaging Sensors to make your radiographs. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 66 percent less than the exposure time with traditional radiographs. Digital images are displayed on our computer immediately after they are taken, to allow us to evaluate the image for quality and minimizing the need for repeat images. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. The images can be manipulated to increase contrast and brightness, they can be magnified, colorized, and objects precisely measured using our imaging software. Digital Imaging offers more precision since we view the image on a large computer monitor, instead of holding up a small film up to the light. This allows us to be able to see cavities and other pathology better.
Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
Each of our three treatment rooms support dental imaging, so you don’t have to move from room to room to have your images made.
Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with modern technology. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.
Dr. Dominov utilizes 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.
Radiosurgery and Soft Tissue Laser Surgery
Our office has a Radiosurgical Instrument and a Soft Tissue Laser for the minor Oral Surgical and Periodontal (gum) Surgical procedures we do in our office.
Radiosurgery and Laser Surgery replaces the traditional scalpel blade for soft tissue surgical procedures in certain circumstances. Radiosurgery uses a small electrode and antenna to deliver energy in the form of heat to a surgical site for the purpose of cutting and coagulation. The Soft Tissue Laser delivers energy in the form of light, accomplishes the same thing as Radiosurgery, but with less heat directed to the tissue and a more precise incision. Each surgical approach, whether using a Scalpel blade, Radiosurgery or Soft Tissue Laser Surgery, has advantages and disadvantages that will depend on the surgical procedure you need. Dr Dominov will discuss the best approach for your procedure at your surgical consultation.
Procedures that benefit from Radiosurgery or Laser technology:
- Gingival recontouring to enhance smile esthetics
- Excision of pathologic tissue for biopsy
- Crown Lengthening procedures
- Exposing impacted wisdom teeth
- Apthous Ulcer treatment (canker sore)
- Frenectomy (tongue-tie release)
- Root canals and apicoectomies
- Gingival grafting, gingivectomy and other gum correction
- Uncovering implants for restoration (Laser only)
Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.
Our office has a Piezosurgical Instrument for Oral Surgical procedures involving bone cutting and removal.
A Piezosurgical instrument has a handpiece connected to a sterile saline bag that vibrates very fast in a linear (straight line) motion to cut hard tissues like bone and teeth during certain oral surgical procedures, such as wisdom tooth removal, implant placement or bone grafting. It minimizes surgical trauma to the surrounding tissues resulting in less post-operative discomfort.