Our dentist, Dr. Link, embraces the latest technology to perform effective and efficient oral health care to all of our patients. Technology is used in dental practices to plan treatment, diagnose and stage conditions, and in minor surgical treatments like gum contouring and removing tissue for biopsies. Utilizing and investing in technology helps improve the quality of life for our patients because it increases the accuracy of diagnoses and staging of oral health conditions that might be otherwise overlooked by outdated technology.

Laser Dentistry

laser dentistryLasers are beneficial in dentistry for a few reasons. Soft tissue lasers can be used to remove oral tissue without invasive cutting and suturing. Hard tissue lasers can be used to diagnose and treat tooth decay. Laser dentistry is approved by medical and dental organizations for an array of treatments.

Digital Dentistry

Dentistry is evolving very quickly and the latest technology is digital dentistry.  Dr. Link was one of the first in Western North Carolina to embrace digital technology with a Cadent iTero scanner over eight years ago.  We now have the newest, most accurate and fastest scanner available—3 Shape by Trios.  This scanner enables us to take almost all “impressions” digitally which means no more messy, bad tasting conventional impressions.  The 3 Shape scanner scans in full color, allows for HD photos and can shade match.  Digital impressions give us extremely accurate information so your dental restorations fit better and require fewer adjustments.  The laboratory software for this scanner is cutting edge and amazing. We can use this scanner for crowns, bridges, partial dentures, veneers, and our sleep apnea appliances.

Diagnostic Imaging

ImagingDiagnostic images are one of the most important tools a dentist can use. Diagnostics provide a look at structures beneath the surface of the gums, inside teeth, and bone. Without diagnostic tools, dental professionals would have to rely solely on their trained eyes to diagnose and treat conditions.

Our practice uses equipment like cone beam CT, which produces three-dimensional images of the entire oral cavity and digital X-rays, which provide conventional, two-dimensional images but instead of using film – digital X-rays are uploaded to computers with high-resolution monitors.

These tools can help diagnose everything from cavities and bone atrophy to occlusal and airway issues. Not only does technology improve the accuracy of diagnoses, it can also increase patient safety with far less radiation than conventional imaging. Dr. Link invests in technology to deliver results-driven treatments and services.

We are currently accepting new patients. Call us today if you have questions about our technology and services.

Advanced Technology FAQs

What is a cone beam CT?

Cone beam CT is a specific type of diagnostic equipment used by dentists and other oral health practitioners like oral surgeons and orthodontists. This equipment and its software produces three-dimensional images of the entire oral cavity and head. Its images are clear enough for evaluating the health of facial bones and the jaws along with soft oral tissue, nerves, and teeth. This type of diagnostic equipment aids in diagnosing and staging oral health conditions along with aiding the process of treatment planning.  Cone Beam CT is very valuable to diagnose TMJ problems and allows Dr. Link to evaluate your airway for possible anatomical concerns.

This type of CT is not lengthy or uncomfortable for patients. Our guests simply sit on a chair or stool while the cone beam travels around the head in clockwise and counterclockwise motions. Within a few minutes, the process is complete for patients. Then, our team will review the images on digital monitors to diagnose, stage, or plan for a person’s treatment.

Are digital dental x-rays bad for you?

X-rays are incredibly useful to our dentist. These images give dental professionals an idea of the state of a person’s oral health – especially since teeth can develop issues intrinsically or at the root, both of which cannot be seen by the naked eye.

Digital X-rays are a newer form of classic diagnostic tools provided by X-ray technology. X-rays are taken in the same fashion as before, however, a sensor uploads the images in digital format to computers. This allows dental professionals to view X-ray images on high-resolution computer monitors. There are some benefits of digital X-rays, which include reduced exposure to radiation as well as an environmentally-friendly way to store and save patients’ images.

Are lasers in dentistry safe?

Lasers have been used in dentistry for some time. They are approved by the FDA for use in a variety of dental and medical procedures. For example, laser eye surgery and laser hair removal are incredibly common treatments that people are familiar with. When it comes to dentistry, lasers are used to reduce invasiveness of certain procedures. They are also used to remove or contour soft oral tissue and aid in the detection of early-stage tooth decay. Soft and hard tissue lasers have made many oral health treatments more comfortable and efficient.