At Drone Prosthodontics, we have a strong commitment to using technology when appropriate for your comfort and safety. In our office, we use digital technologies for easy and convenient patient communications, as well as for diagnosing and planning treatments. There are some new dental technologies that are also very helpful in shortening both treatment and recovery times for our patients, and we are always researching new ideas that are being introduced in the dental industry.
Digital X-rays to Diagnose and Plan Treatments
X-rays are a primary tool for early identification of dental problems. Detecting issues with x-rays before they become problematic can save you money in the long run. Early detection can help prevent the need for more extensive, expensive procedures or surgeries.
One of our most important tools has become our digital cameras. These images are used for diagnosis, patient and laboratory communication, shade matching, and treatment planning. We have specialized imaging software, which allows us to predict how a particular treatment or a cosmetic procedure will change the appearance of your teeth or smile. Digital photography will ensure the best aesthetic results as well as a comparison of before and after images for post-treatment evaluation.
CAD/CAM Chairside Restoration
Our office utilizes CAD/CAM technology. CAD/CAM stands for "computer-aided design" and "computer-aided manufacturing". This technology allows the dentist to use an intra-oral scanner inside your mouth to take a digital scan of a tooth that has been prepared to receive a crown. Using special software, the data from the scan is used to generate a design (CAD) for a custom crown. This program will also generate a custom blueprint and guide lines to manufacture the new crown (CAM). This software, paired with a state-of-the-art milling machine, enables our office to create precise and custom crowns, inlays and onlays in one single dental visit.
Microscopes are routinely used for prosthodontic and cosmetic dentistry procedures such as implants, veneers, crowns, bridges and laboratory procedures. The dental laboratories use the same microscope for fabrication of your implants, veneers, crowns and bridges. A dental microscope allows us to have better vision, and is the key for precision prosthodontic dental procedures and your ultimate outcome.
Digital Impressions with iTero
Michael Drone, DDS uses digital impressions for all prosthodontic procedures and also for virtual dental implant treatment planning, implant surgical guides and Invisalign® (clear braces). The iTero® digital impression technology provides real-time visual impressions and eliminates any impression material. No more mess or gagging with traditional impression material. Our technology allows the laboratory to fabricate veneers, crowns, bridges and implant restorations without ever making a model; completely digital and very precise.
Lasers in dentistry are used in treating gum disease, contouring of gums, pain therapy, whitening, and treatment of minor cavities. Michael Drone, DDS uses the latest laser innovation, EPIC™, for these oral health challenges. The EPIC™ has developed special technology to aid in patient comfort, improved healing time and healthier response to gum tissues.
Dental telescopes are custom crafted highly magnified glasses that are used for all dental procedures at Drone Prosthodontics. The magnification incorporated into our dental glasses by telescopic technology is critical for precision dentistry. The telescopes benefit our staff by reducing eye strain and eye fatigue, decreasing neck and lower back pain and benefit our patients by allowing us to see more intricate details during dental procedures, professional cleanings, and dental examinations.
Whitening with ZOOM!
eeth whitening is the best investment you can make in yourself for a brighter, more attractive smile. Our revolutionary technology is clinically proven to get your teeth their whitest. Over 10 million patients have had their teeth whitened with the same teeth whitening technology Drone Prosthodontics uses. We have incorporated two different whitening protocols that are evidence based, safe for your teeth, and proven to get your teeth their whitest.