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Advanced Technology

Dental technology is advancing rapidly and modern dentistry offers amazing solutions to patients. Drs. Dean and Tara Kois are on the cutting edge of dental technology. Kois Dentistry maintains the most up-to-date services from digital diagnostics to computer-aided reparative services. Our patients have more options than ever and can rest assured that they are receiving the best and most modern care dentistry has to offer.

I highly recommend Kois Dentistry! I have been a patient for over 6 years, and I am always impressed with their quality, friendliness, and professionalism. They truly are a family operation, which is something you don’t see too often these days. They always greet me with a smile and recall small details on my life, such as where I was going on vacation. It’s nice to receive this kind of treatment from your dentist, rather than feeling like you’re just a chart or a number!

Kori Watts

September 15, 2013

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Panoramic X-Ray

Panoramic X-ray technology provides our dentists with high-quality images for diagnosing dental concerns as well as planning oral procedures. The equipment can be adjusted for the utmost patient comfort and to ensure the most precise images are produced. After the X-rays are taken, the panoramic images are quickly available on our monitors, creating a more efficient diagnostic process.

Lasers

“Lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. When used for surgical and dental procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument or a vaporizer of tissue that it comes in contact with. When used for “curing” a filling, the laser helps to strengthen the bond between the filling and the tooth.” 1

Drs. Dean and Tara Kois use lasers to remove decay within a tooth and prepare the surrounding enamel for receipt of the filling. Lasers are also used to “cure” or harden a filling. Lasers can be used to reshape gums and remove bacteria during root canal procedures. We also use lasers for biopsy of lesion removal, meaning the doctors can remove a small piece of tissue so that it can be examined for cancer, or we can also use the laser to remove lesions in the mouth.

When compared to a traditional dental drill, lasers:

BIOLASE

Among the advanced laser technologies we utilize at Kois Dentistry is the award-winning BIOLASE. This laser system provides effective care in a variety of procedures, including gum recontouring and failing dental implant treatment. In addition, BIOLASE technology helps us save teeth from problems like periodontal disease. This is possible as the laser removes all water content from near the teeth, which eliminates the harmful bacterial colonies. After the teeth are cleaned and disinfected, the laser is then used to remove thin layers of tissue in the periodontal pockets, allowing the remaining gum tissue to heal against the clean surface of the teeth.

Carestream 3D X-Rays

With CBCT technology by Carestream Dental, our team can take 3D X-rays of the mouth for enhanced diagnostic potential. Once the scanning process is complete, our dentists can get an in-depth look at the bony structures of the mouth, which allows for the utmost precision when planning dental treatments. CBCT technology is often used by our team when performing complex procedures, like dental implant planning, root canal therapy, oral surgery, and orthodontics.

Intraoral Camera

“While X-rays provide valuable information that we can’t get from any other source, they can’t show you everything that’s going on in your mouth. That’s why we have invested in an intraoral camera—a highly advanced piece of diagnostic equipment that allows you to see what we see inside your mouth.” 2

“The intraoral camera hand piece is approximately the size and shape of a dental mirror. It has a built-in light source, and serves as a tiny video camera that allows us to zoom in on one tooth with up to 25 times magnification, or give you a ‘video tour’ of your entire mouth. The images are displayed on a monitor, so you’ll be able to see problems such as worn or broken fillings, cracked teeth, plaque deposits, cavities next to fillings, and excessive wear. We can also print an image to take home with you.” 2

See What Drs. Dean & Tara See

“The intraoral camera allows you to be an active partner in your dental treatment by enabling you to see what we see inside your mouth. With a clear understanding of your dental conditions, you’ll be able to make treatment decisions with confidence.” 2

Intraoral Scanning

By utilizing iTero®, Carestream and 3Shape TRIOS® intraoral scanning technologies, our team can take digital impressions with optimum accuracy. Once the scans are taken of the mouth, they are displayed on a monitor to help our dentists plan for restorative dentistry procedures, orthodontics solutions like Invisalign®, dental implant planning, crowns and bridges, and more. Our patients can also view the detailed scans of their teeth to help visualize their treatment plans. With the enhanced capabilities of our intraoral scanning equipment, patients can expect more comfortable impressioning procedures and efficient, predictable outcomes.

VELscope® Vx Cancer Screening

“The VELscope is the most powerful tool available for assisting in the discovery of oral abnormalities. The VELscope’s distinctive blue-spectrum light causes the soft tissues of the mouth to naturally fluoresce. Healthy tissues fluoresce in distinctive patterns—patterns that are visibly disrupted by trauma or disease. Using the VELscope, a wide variety of oral abnormalities can be discovered—often before they’re visible to the unassisted eye.” 3

“Discovering soft tissue abnormalities is particularly important in the fight against oral cancer. Because the VELscope assists in early detection, cancer can be caught before it has time to spread, potentially saving lives through less invasive, more effective treatment.” 3

The VELscope Vx helps Drs. Dean & Tara Kois find a wide variety of soft-tissue abnormalities, allowing them to provide an advanced level of patient care and early diagnosis. The VELscope Vx is:

1. “Oral Care – Laser Use in Dentistry” http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/laser-use-dentistry. WebMD, LLC., 2005-2013.
2. “What Is an Intraoral Camera?” http://www.bestsmile.us/articles/new_tec_ior_cam.pdf. Patterson Dental Supply., 2004.
3. “Introducing the VELscope Vx” http://www.velscope.com/. LED Dental Inc., 2013.