When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. Sokol and his staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
Our practice uses high power oculars to enhance the precision of patient care.
Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using ocular magnification that is similar to the one an ophthalmologist uses 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 system directs a beam of light directly on the teeth, minimizing glare for you.
Many dentists use air-driven “hand-pieces” (the dental term for”drills”). While acceptable for many procedures, these “whiney sounding” air-powered hand pieces all have a degree of non-concentricity; they do not rotate perfectly smoothly.
For the most precise aspects of restorative procedures, we use electric hand-pieces. This results in extraordinarily precise interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration (crown, veneer, or filling).This will bring more comfort to you as well. With a more precise diamond cutting instrument, there is less vibration and minimal noise.
One Touch Instrumentation
Our color coded, one-touch instrumentation packaging allows our staff to switch dental procedures immediately during the patient visit. One sterile tray is removed and switched for another. Each tray is set up with all of the necessary instrumentation needed for the particular procedure. This allows us to reduce the amount of time and anxiety a patient may experience while waiting.
These trays are also designed to interface with our advanced sterilization system.
Dr. Sokol chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. He has incorporated experience gained during a fellowship in RadiationOncology at Washington University Medical School along with the strict guidelines followed by the American Dental Association. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in 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. Sokol utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office.With digital imaging, exposure time is about 75 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging allows us to apply computer enhancement techniques to better diagnose your teeth and earlier detection of cavities and periodontal disease.
Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
DigitalX-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. DigitalX-rays result in 75% reduction in the radiation exposure to you.
Digital Panoramic X-Rays:
Our newly installed digital panoramic machine provides a full view of both the upper and lower jaws, sinuses, TMJ’s, nasal bones, as well as the teeth. This is an excellent diagnostic tool to rule out tumors,cysts, evaluate impacted wisdom teeth, and allows us to monitor the growth and development of our pediatric patients. Since no film is placed in the mouth, this device is perfect for the anxious patient,with an active gag reflex.
Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice.Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.
Dr. Sokol utilizes intraoral camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An intraoral camera is a very small camera, just a few millimeters long. An intraoral camera allows Dr. Sokol 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 examination. These images provide a crystal clear view inside the oral cavity and are an excellent teaching tool for the patient.
Intraoral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments and an excellent diagnostic tool to diagnose and rule out pathology. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.