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Equipment

Smiles of Skokie offers you the latest and best dental technology available today. The following is a sample of the modern equipment now used in our office to help make your visit more pleasant, faster and more comfortable:

Automatic Heart Defibrillator

Our office has recently acquired a state of the art automatic defibrillator to protect all of our “Dental Family” as well as our neighbors. Your health is our primary concern whether it is directly related to your oral health or general health.

VELscope Oral Cancer Detection Device

This device is a wonderful adjunct to a good oral examination. It helps us to detect signs and symptoms of oral cancer very early which is key to minimizing the impact of this horrific, disfiguring and many times fatal disease. Early detection is considered to be extremely important by all professionals in the medical and dental professions who are familiar with this disease. Our hygienist, Michelle, is very adept and experienced in using this sophisticated equipment.

Laser Cavity Detection

Laser Cavity DetectionThe Diagnodent Cavity detection system is a new and valuable tool to help find tooth decay. We use the Diagnodent Laser Cavity Detection Device, which provides accurate, independent verification of suspected dental defects. The Diagnodent uses a small laser to detect decay on the surfaces of teeth. When the sensor detects decay it responds. The higher the number and the louder the signal, the greater the likelihood of decay. Your cavities can be caught at an earlier stage and treated much more comfortably because they will be much smaller. Our Diagnodent helps us to save more of your tooth from being destroyed by decay. Decay can be detected many months before it might be detected without this device. Small areas of decay enlarge very slowly as they start then, when a critical size is reached, the decay process speeds up greatly.

Enamel is illuminated by the battery operated Diagnodent laser [similar to a laser pointer] and decay “fluoresces” [emits light]. The light emitted by the decay is then evaluated by a sophisticated sensor and a digital readout of the amount of light matching the light given off by decay is then displayed.

Today teeth have extremely strong enamel. Fluoride affects the tooth surfaces making enamel much more resistant to decay and stronger. Enamel which has decay below it does not chip away to expose the decay as easily as it did before fluoride was used as much as it is used today. Pin point openings can be a pathway for decay to enter a tooth and be so small that they cannot be detected by the doctor without this special equipment.

Laser Gum Disease Treatment

Laser Gum TreatmentIf you have mild to moderate gum disease you can have it effectively treated with laser surgery. There is no scalpel or stitches needed with this type of surgery. For more information please go to the web site of the manufacturer at

You can have deep pockets treated without cutting gum away. You will not need to have sutures with this cut-free treatment. This device allows us to perform surgical treatment of gum disease, treat ulcers and do other soft tissue treatment without a scalpel. Please click “PocketPro” to find out more information.

Lowest Radiation X-Ray System

ScanX Dental X-ray SystemOur system uses only a third of the radiation dosage of typical digital x-rays. Truly amazing! We were using the most sensitive x-ray film and a conventional, computerized digital x-ray system, by switching to phosphor sensor plates we were able to reduce the radiation exposure to our patients by two thirds!!!

We have modernized our panoramic x-ray equipment by purchasing the Gendex Orthoralix machine. In combination with our Air Techniques ScanX we obtain excellent radiographic images at very low radiation dosage for our patients.

We have been using digital radiography since April 20th, 2001. Computerized x-rays allow all of us to view the images within seconds. This is great for emergencies.

Plasma Arc Curing Light

Your light cured restorations and veneers are cured much faster with our state of the art curing lights. These very high intensity lights, have many uses in dentistry. These lights are used for rapidly curing extremely strong, extremely thin, bonded porcelain veneers. They can also be used for curing large conventionally bonded restorations. These lights are also an excellent adjunct for whitening your teeth.

 

Root Canal Apex Locator

This is a device which allows us to do better root canal treatment with fewer x-rays. It is extremely useful, fast and allows for better, easier treatment.

There is no distortion or interpretation involved when using this instrument. It has been shown to provide better treatment due to the anatomic variability of roots and the inaccurate treatment when x-rays are used without this device.

 

Endodontic Activator

We are using this instrument to enhance our results with our root canal treatments. It increases the effectiveness of the 3 cleaning agents we use for every root canal we do for our dental family members. We use the best materials and techniques we can find for our patients!

High Speed Electric Handpiece

You will experience faster and easier shaping of teeth for larger restorations with this equipment.  This system replaces the noisy, air turbine system for this treatment. It is smoother and more comfortable to use. This results in faster, easier shaping of teeth for both the doctor and the patient.

Drill-free Cavity Cleaning

You can have decay removed from smaller cavities without drilling. This system allows us to remove decay, shape teeth, and prepare surfaces ideally for bonded restorations. It also allows us to ideally clean and roughen surfaces for bonding crowns and bridges, as well as denture repairs.