At Tucker Dental Group, we take care to ensure that each of our patients’ smiles is as healthy as it is beautiful.  To this end, we work constantly to remain at the forefront of dental diagnostics technology.

Here are some of the technologies we use and why we use them:

Laser Dentistry

Laser dentistry can be a precise and effective way to perform many dental proceedures. If you consider yourself as an anxious dental patient and are seeking extreme safety and comfort, you might consider laser dentistry. Certain laser dentistry proceedures does not require anesthesia. Procedures performed using soft tissue dental lasers may not require sutures (stiches), bacterial infections are minimized because the high energy beam sterilizes the area being worked on. Laser dentistry minimizes bleeding because the high energy light beam aids in the clotting (coagulation) of exposed blood vessels thus inhibiting blood loss. Wounds heal faster and tissues can be regenerated and damage to sorrounding tissue is minimized.

Nikon Digital Photography (used during consultations)

With digital photography, Dr. Tucker can take digital images of your mouth, teeth and gums to be used when creating repairs and restorations for your teeth in her dental laboratory. Digital photographs are far superior to hand drawn maps of your teeth and, when combined with specialized software, digital images provide highly accurate color matching.

Digital X-Rays

Digital X-rays are similar to digital photos in that they produce high-quality images that Dr. Tucker can magnify, email, or archive as needed.  You also have the opportunity to also view your pictures and you’ll benefit from low dose radiation exposure, so no additional health concerns are created to take safer, better, faster, and smarter X-rays of your mouth. Images can be recalled instantly, magnified and reverse-contrasted which can reveal more than regular film. As a result, doctors can make more precise diagnoses and provide better care. Digital X-rays can detect a variety of problems, including:

-Tooth decay   -Bone loss   -Hidden dental injuries    -Abnormally positioned teeth below the gum line  -Emerging wisdom teeth -Cysts, tumors, or abscesses

Plus, with monitors in all of our treatment rooms, patients at Tucker Dental Group can look at their X-ray results with their dentist, allowing them to work together to form the right treatment plan.

Since digital radiography generates 90 percent less radiation than traditional X-rays, it is a safe, environmentally friendly, and effective diagnostic tool for patients.

Intraoral Camera

The tiny intraoral camera provides detailed imaging of your teeth and gums. Mounted on the end of an instrument that resembles a ballpoint pen, digital images of your mouth are instantly captured. You and Dr. Tucker can preview the pictures together and form an effective treatment plan, because the high quality images are conveniently and instantly transmitted to the TV screen in your treatment room. This gives you the opportunity to understand the procedures and the reasons why Dr. Tucker has recommended certain treatments before you even begin.

Intraoral photography also allows Dr. Tucker and her team to essentially take you on a tour of your mouth. We take pictures of the teeth to show, in real time, the condition of your teeth and gums. Areas of special interest are captured with still photography and can be included in your Personalized Treatment Plan (PTP). This technology improves visualization and communication between Dr. Tucker and her patients

Dr. Tucker also uses computer graphics and simulations to design new smiles and show your finished result before treatment begins. She employs the best in digital photography to capture her patients’ existing tooth and mouth structure and applies computer imaging technology to assist patients in exploring all of the possibilities exceptional dentistry has to offer. Computer imaging produces a digital picture that simulates the results of aesthetic and restorative procedures and allows us to prepare a Personalized Treatment Plan (PTP), which is presented to you in the office. This PTP is your roadmap to achieving the smile of your dreams and maintaining ideal dental health for the rest of your life.