We enjoy running a small family dental practice, and nothing will ever replace the one-on-one interactions we value so much. But we also recognize the part that modern technology plays in improving your dental health and your experience when you are with us.
Dr. Michael J. Franquemont has been practicing dentistry for 20 years, and in that time, he has committed himself to staying current with changes in this ever-evolving field. Whenever he learns about new technology, he researches it to see how it will benefit you and then introduces it in our practice.
We would love to show you in person how our technology can benefit you, but until then, please take a look at what we currently offer to streamline your appointments and improve your comfort.
CEREC Same-Visit Crowns
CEREC stands for CEramic REConstruction and uses CAD/CAM software to design, fabricate, and place restorations like dental crowns, bridges, and veneers in a single appointment.
Since same-visit crowns are fabricated in our dental office and not in an outside lab, there are numerous advantages to choosing CEREC same-visit crowns:
- No multiple appointments
- No 2-3 week wait
- No multiple injections
- No messy impressions
- No temporary crown
When creating your custom dental crown, our dentist uses digital impressions to scan your teeth comfortably, with no mess or discomfort. He uses CAD/CAM technology to render a 3-D virtual model of the tooth or teeth we’re treating that Dr. Mike uses to design your new crown.
He sends the file to a CEREC milling machine in our office that works similarly to a 3-D printer and builds your crown from a block of dental porcelain. When it’s finished, we will adjust the crown for fit, cement it in place, and you’ll leave us that day with a new custom restoration that blends beautifully with your smile.
Dental x-rays are one of the most valuable tools we have for identifying problems like cavities and gum disease in their earliest stages. Today, we use safe digital x-rays that reduce your exposure to radiation by as much as 80 percent compared to traditional film x-rays.
We use dental x-rays to show us images of your teeth, soft tissue, and the bones around them. These images help our dentist diagnose issues within your teeth, mouth, and jaw by showing cavities and bone loss that we cannot see during a visual exam.
Finding a small issue like a cavity and treating it right away helps protect your oral health, cut down on dental costs, and spares you emergency trips to the dentist because of a toothache.
Dr. Mike shares the digital images with you on your chairside monitor so you can see what he sees. When he shows you a cavity or gum disease on an x-ray, you can better understand the need for treatment. Your x-rays are stored securely on our in-house network, so they are readily available when we need them.
It can be frustrating sometimes to sit in the dental chair during an examination and not know what your dentist sees or is referring to. Dr. Michael Franquemont believes in including his patients to keep them informed about their own oral health needs, so he uses intraoral cameras so you can see what we see.
An intraoral camera is a small handheld device that Dr. Mike uses to take real-time digital images of your teeth. As he does, passes the device over your teeth, you will see the images appear instantly on your chairside monitor, making you part of the diagnostic process.
Together, you and our dentist review the images, and he can point out problem areas like decay and gingivitis and look for signs of dental wear, including broken or cracked teeth. Visualizing the problem makes it much easier to understand why we recommend a particular treatment and how it will benefit you.
If you’ve been told you need a root canal and are nervous about the procedure, it helps to find a dentist like Dr. Franquemont, who uses rotary endodontic technology. We have invested in rotary endodontics because they can dramatically streamline your treatment and have you out of the chair faster.
This leading-edge technology does away with the rigid manual steel files some dentists still use to clear the infected material from your tooth. This can be a painstaking process, and patients often dislike the sound and sensation it produces.
Instead, rotary endodontics uses a flexible nickel-titanium tip that reaches deep into the root canals to ensure that every trace of the infection. Performing a root canal with rotary endodontics is faster, more comfortable, and allows us to deliver more reliable long-term outcomes.
Commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide helps us provide a comfortable experience for our patients during dental treatment. Whether you suffer from dental anxiety or just want to relax during your appointment, nitrous oxide can help you.
Nitrous oxide is a slightly sweet-smelling gas that is delivered via a nasal mask, so all you have to do is breathe normally. As you do, you will notice a warm wave of relaxation that gives you a feeling of comfort and well-being. You won’t be as aware of the activity around you, but you will still be able to communicate with us.
As soon as we finish your procedure, we’ll stop the flow of nitrous and switch to pure oxygen that will clear your head and help you feel alert and refreshed. By the time you leave our office, you won’t feel any drowsy side effects and will be able to drive yourself home from your appointment.