Technology in the dental field is ever-changing and Dr. Angie enjoys learning how to integrate state-of-the-art equipment into her practice. Utilizing the latest advancements in dentistry allows Dr. Angie to treat patients with less pain and in fewer visits. This equals less time in the dental chair and a more comfortable experience from start to finish.
Dr. Angie and her team spend many hours each year training and taking advanced courses to ensure they deliver the best care, safely. Employing the latest technology means consistent results, so you’ll know what to expect at each visit. You’ll find that modern dental care with Village Smile Care leaves you smiling.
At Village Smile Care in Mount Horeb, WI, you’ll discover dental care at its highest level; technology, advanced training, and compassionate service blended perfectly together.
Intra-oral imaging gives you a detailed view of your mouth in pictures and videos.
Putting specific problem areas onto a computer screen lets us see with clarity and detail that’s not possible with a traditional mouth mirror. Hand-held wands quickly capture the details of your teeth and gums. In fact, even small cracks that often lead to broken teeth appear vividly with the click of a button. We can explain the need for treatment more clearly by showing you what we see in great detail.
As an added benefit, dental insurance benefits often pay more quickly with the visual proof of a digital image.
3D Imaging (ConeBeam CT)
We’re excited to offer the most advanced imaging process in dentistry: ConeBeam CT scanning, or 3D imaging. This technology allows us to create virtually unlimited views of your teeth, face, and neck with just one scan. We’re able to obtain high-quality, detailed information to diagnose and plan your treatment needs. We can evaluate your teeth and facial structures from literally every angle, in 3D, and in color! Routine x-rays, on the other hand, produce a single flat image with limited information.
The ConeBeam CT imaging system is a digital x-ray scanner that rotates once around your head while you stand or sit in a chair. The process is quick, simple, and completely painless. We use these scans to provide the best treatment in dental implants, root canals, diagnosis of dental and facial pain, etc.
Regardless of your needs, 3D imaging makes it possible to plan and customize your care unlike never before. You can have absolute confidence and satisfaction in the treatment you receive, knowing we’ve analyzed every problem with 3D technology.
Hard Tissue Laser
Laser technology continues to create new possibilities in healthcare, including many cosmetic enhancements. In dentistry, lasers simplify many surgical procedures and lead to more comfortable treatment and more predictable outcomes. But hard tissue lasers take your care one step further, eliminating anxiety-producing aspects of dental care for many patients.
Gentle, Quiet Care
Hard tissue lasers elevate dental treatment to a new level. Teeth contain water, and laser energy contacting a tooth excites the water molecules to help gently trim away tooth structure. Often a continuous stream of water keeps the tooth cool, virtually eliminating sensation. And the quiet operation of the laser handpiece offers a pleasant respite from the sound of a dental drill.
A hard tissue laser’s precise operation allows less of your tooth to be removed to access an area damaged by a cavity. And without the vibration of a conventional metal drill, fewer stress cracks develop in the tooth. Your tooth remains stronger with less filling material needed to return it to full function. Better yet, no anesthetic is needed for many procedures involving the small laser handpiece!
Since teeth rarely need numbing before laser treatment, multiple cavities can often be restored in one visit. Instead of worrying about numb lips and return visits, laser dentistry streamlines your care and gets you back to your daily routine in no time. Adults and children benefit from treatment that leaves their mouths feeling perfectly normal right after treatment!
The benefits of laser treatment extend well beyond cavities, providing a valuable method of treating gum disease, root canals, and problem areas around implants. Many other surgical treatments can be simplified, often eliminating the need for stitches and reducing otherwise lengthy healing periods. We look forward to introducing you to the comfortable, convenient and precise possibilities of hard tissue laser treatment at Village Smile Care!
At each visit, we evaluate many aspects of your overall health including a visual exam of all areas of your mouth. Most people are surprised at the large amount of surface area that lines the mouth. Did you know over 30 square inches of tissue make up the oral cavity!
While oral cancer can afflict anyone, tobacco users put themselves at a significantly higher risk than non-users. Chewing tobacco contains up to 3000 different chemicals, including the same compounds used in pesticides and embalming fluid. Cellular changes below the surface aren’t always detectable until they’ve advanced to a critical stage. That’s why we rely on the VELscope® to help us examine the tissue of both users and non-users of tobacco.
VELscope® is a wireless, handheld device that produces a natural tissue fluorescence that significantly enhances our visual exam. Recognized by the World Health Organization, this award-winning technology has conducted more than 25 million exams. Easy to use and painless, VELscope® gives us vital information in our quest for early detection of any cancerous or pre-cancerous changes.
If we suspect any unusual changes in your mouth tissue, we may suggest a biopsy and microscopic analysis by a qualified lab.
Digital sensors capture detailed x-ray images with a fraction of the exposure found in traditional film x-rays.
Technological advancements in x-ray technology provide multiple benefits, from safety to improved treatment results.
- Safety – Although traditional dental films require minimal radiation for image development, our digital x-ray system provides unsurpassed safety: up to 90% reduction in radiation compared to older film-based systems.
- Time Savings – Images captured instantly with a digital sensor lessen the time you spend in the dental chair.
- Better Outcomes – Improved image clarity increases our doctor’s ability to diagnose and treat conditions.
Soft Tissue Laser
Laser technology continues to transform many procedures in healthcare. Once the subject of sci-fi movies, lasers now clearly provide benefits for mainstream treatment in medicine and dentistry. Shorter procedures, less discomfort, and quicker healing are just a few of the benefits of modern lasers.
The soft tissues of the mouth cover about 30 square inches of surface area. Annoying lumps or bumps may need removal with any unusual patches of tissue requiring further microscopic analysis. Traditionally, a surgical procedure involving incisions and sutures would be required to produce a biopsy sample. Today, a pen-shaped wand allows Dr. Angie to remove suspicious or bothersome bumps in a couple of minutes. The healing stimulated by laser energy leads to rapid healing and little to no discomfort, without the need for stitches.
Similarly, gums can be quickly reshaped without bleeding, and some gum infections are now treated with rapid results. Even cold sores or mouth ulcers can undergo faster healing when laser energy passes over the surface. Better yet, the days of pain associated with these recurring ulcers can be dramatically decreased. Lasers are also safe for use with children and can help with growth and development issues or help wisdom teeth move into place.
A soft tissue laser offers a valuable benefit to many conditions in the mouth. Dr. Angie’s specific training in laser protocols opens many possibilities using one of modern dentistry’s most versatile tools.
Most of the restorations and appliances used to restore and protect your mouth are highly customized. Traditionally, hours of labor in a dental laboratory were invested in producing just one crown. With the adoption of more technology into dentistry, CAD/CAM continues to grow in importance with unsurpassed benefits to you.
Computer-aided design (CAD) involves the design and creation of three-dimensional models for services such as crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays, and bridges with absolute precision. Even dentures, mouthguards, and some forms of orthodontic treatment are created using this technology. Sophisticated software allows these highly detailed procedures to become more controlled than ever before.
Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) sends the data to an automated milling machine. This digital manufacturing process offers:
- Precise metal-free beauty
- Undetectable surface texture
- Single visit convenience
- Exceptional fit and function
- Durable, long-lasting service