Dr. Susan Estep and her team desire to deliver the very best in dentistry for every patient every day. This is obvious in their advanced technology choices. Dr. Estep invests in high-tech materials and methods in order to deliver a new higher standard of care than ever before available. She embraces not just one or two high-tech options. Rather, she and her team want to deliver ALL of the best options under one roof. Some examples of this leading-edge technology available for you at Intown Smile Studio are:
Plan Mecca ProMax 3D
Our Plan Mecca ProMax 3D imaging unit is the only Ultra-Low Dose imaging system on the market. Dr. Estep chose this system for its exactness and because it reduces the effective patient radiation dose up to 77% without degrading the x-ray image quality. That’s an additional 77% beyond the radiation reduction offered by the popular digital x-ray units. At Intown Smile Studio, it’s about increasing image quality and therefore diagnostic ability. That means preventive proactive care for you while we drastically increase x-ray safety for you, your kids, and your loved ones.
This type of equipment is not something that gets switched out every few years. For that reason, few dentists have this type of technology available at their fingertips. At Intown Smile Studio the investment made sense because of the timing of our buildout. We are excited to share this health-forward technological benefit with all of our patients and other providers (like ENTs, Facial Plastic Surgeons, and Internists) who also desire this benefit for their patients.
Digital (No Gag) Impressions
No kidding. At Intown Smile Studio, we invested in a wand that takes a 3D image of your teeth and mouth. This image is sent to a 3D printer that prints a model of your teeth and mouth. This eliminates (in most cases) the need for the goopy, gaggy impressions. This method is even more accurate than the old impression method. So, whether you need a lab-fabricated crown or Invisalign trays or braces, you can now get a higher-quality result without needing those impressions so many of you associate with gagging, choking, and the longest “minutes” in the world.
One of the advances Dr. Estep is most thrilled about is the science that now allows us to reverse small cavities instead of drilling your teeth and placing fillings. In some cases, you can actually REGROW your damaged enamel and prevent the need for drilling and filling of your teeth. Using a system of minimally-invasive diagnostic technology along with customized treatment rinses, toothpastes, and sometimes special chewing gum, Dr. Estep can customize a treatment therapy to regrow your enamel, heal your damaged tooth from within, and prevent your need for drilling and filling.
Cavity Detection sometimes Without X-rays
With a device called the DIAGNOdent pen, Dr. Estep and her team can detect small cavities in teeth. In some cases, this device can be used instead of x-rays for early diagnosis of tooth decay/cavities/lesions.
The DIAGNOdent device operates at a wavelength of 655 nm. At this specific wavelength, clean healthy tooth structure exhibits little or no fluorescence, resulting in very low scale readings on the display. However, decayed tooth structure (a cavity in a tooth) will exhibit fluorescence, proportionate to the degree of caries, resulting in elevated scale readings on the display of the DIAGNOdent, enabling the practitioner to provide a more accurate dental caries treatment plan. An audio signal allows the operator to hear changes in the scale values. And the higher the DIAGNOdent “score,” the deeper (more severe) the cavity in that tooth.
This type of infrared technology is developing very quickly in dental science. Dr. Susan Estep keeps her finger on the pulse of these developments in hopes to one day have the ability to diagnose without x-rays.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral Cancer (oral, throat, and pharyngeal cancer) is one of the few cancers still on the rise. This is due to several factors including lack of public awareness and understanding as well as late detection. Once you have a lump, bump, or lesion visible in your mouth, the cancer is at a later stage and the morbidity and mortality of the situation drastically increases. As with all cancers, early detection is the key. Dr. Estep does a visual oral cancer screening at every check-up — and she has for every patient she’s ever seen in her career. Still, a visual screening will only detect oral cancer once it has grown too big.
At Intown Smile Studio, our Oral Cancer Screening Technology requires no unpleasant swishing or rinsing. New technology has emerged that allows us to screen comfortably. Oral cancer technology has greatly improved in the last several years, and now early detection devices are available to dentists. These devices allow the dental team to see early changes at the cellular level, increasing the chance for detection in the early cancer stages. Of course, this allows for early treatment and a drastic reduction in morbidity and mortality. Dr. Estep recommends this special screening at least once per year for every patient.
Why every patient?
Most people still think that oral cancer is a cancer for smokers and tobacco users. While this is one high-risk population, we now better understand the risks and causes of oral cancer. One major cause for oral cancer is HPV (human papilloma virus — the same one that causes cervical cancer). Most adults have been exposed to HPV, and scientists are trying to find out how HPV infection invades the mouth and throat. In the meantime, it is important for all adults (even non-smokers) to have oral cancer screenings at least once per year.
These are just a few examples of how Intown Smile Studio embraces leading-edge technology to benefit every patient. And if you’re wondering, “Sounds great…but what is that going to cost me?” We are pleased to inform you that we have found a way to implement these technologies and treatment paradigm shifts while maintaining fees that are completely competitive in our market.