Our team is proud to offer patients a cozy, laid-back dental care atmosphere where they can relax – but that doesn’t mean we’re behind the times when it comes to our services and technology! Our East Amherst, NY location features state-of-the-art technology that can make your treatments more comfortable, more accurate, and safer. Exceeding our patients’ expectations is important to us, and we look forward to giving you new reasons to smile through our work. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment with Dr. Shannon McCarthy!
We enjoy helping our patients fully understand their dental care and feel confident about their future with our practice. That’s why Dr. McCarthy and the rest of our team members regularly use intraoral cameras to capture highly detailed video images of patients’ mouths. Not only are these images useful in detecting potential oral health problems, but they’re also a valuable educational tool that helps our team point out areas of damage and more clearly explain potential treatments.
X-rays are extremely important for treating many common dental concerns – after all, how else could we find problems beneath the surface of your smile? Our DEXIS digital X-ray system goes a big step beyond the traditional techniques, capturing high-resolution images that are instantly viewable with no need for tedious darkroom development. The amount of radiation patients have to be exposed to is also greatly reduced, making them safer for children and adults alike. In some instances, we can use technology like the CariVu and Diagnodent for cavity detecting with no radiation at all.
Sometimes, 2D digital X-rays just don’t provide all the information we need about a patient’s oral structures. That’s where the revolutionary PreXion Cone Beam Scanner comes in, which rotates around the head and captures multiple images that are then constructed into a comprehensive 3D model. This helps Dr. McCarthy plan many advanced treatments with more accuracy, including dental implant placement, tooth extractions, evaluation of failing root canals, non healing areas in bone, sinus inflammation, airway evaluation and more.
Many patients surely remember the traditional method for taking impressions of their teeth – uncomfortable, horrible-tasting goop that you were more than likely to gag on. At Dr. McCarthy’s practice, we’re happy to have left this outdated technique in the past and replaced it with a much simpler and more effective digital process. With E4D, taking impressions is as simple as scanning the tooth and capturing an image – the whole process only takes minutes to complete! Plus, the chances of needing retakes is greatly reduced, saving valuable time.
When it comes to treating delicate gum tissue within the mouth, our team’s goal is to create precise, effective results in the most comfortable way possible for our patients. That’s why we rely on our Ivoclar soft tissue laser instead of traditional tools for periodontal disease treatment. As the laser passes over the affected area, it removes targeted cell layers and bacteria with an exceptional amount of accuracy, all while keeping bleeding to a minimum and sterilizing the area for faster healing.
For some patients, their least favorite part of visiting the dentist is having to prepare for an uncomfortable injection. That’s why our East Amherst practice has replaced the traditional needle with something much better – The Wand! The Wand doesn’t look like a syringe at all, and it’s designed to administer the anesthetic at a constant, soothing rate that a patient won’t even feel. Better yet, the application is much more precise, which means you won’t have to struggle with any numbness beyond what’s absolutely necessary.
Cavities put your teeth at risk, which is why our team strives to pinpoint their development at the earliest stages possible. DIAGNOdent technology can expose the presence of decay much more accurately than traditional X-rays – it can even uncover spots of weakened enamel that are still undetectable to the human eye! This modern tool actually measures the amount of laser fluorescence within the tooth, creating a digital readout that clearly represents areas of concerns that may require treatment.
In addition to DIAGNOdent, Dr. McCarthy also regularly uses CariVu for locating tooth decay and dental cracks as well as soon as they develop. This state-of-the-art device utilizes transillumination technology to render your tooth enamel transparent; as a result, any problematic areas will appear darker in color, allowing for immediate identification by our team. We can even determine the extent of the damage and whether or not immediate treatment is required.
When it comes to cleaning plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces, few instruments can match the overall power, accuracy, and overall speed of an ultrasonic scaler! In the experienced hands of our team members, these hi-tech instruments will disrupt even the toughest bacteria within your smile; they can even improve the brightness of enamel surfaces with moderate staining. This technology uses the power of electromagnetic forces and rapid vibration in a linear motion. In fact, there are anywhere from 25,000 to 45,000 vibrations a second.
Whenever possible, Dr. McCarthy enjoys helping her patients take advantage of their body’s natural ability to heal and repair through the use of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin) technology. The process is simple enough – we take a small sample of blood and then spin it in our centrifuge, which is located right here in the office. This creates a fibrin network with trapped platelets that is placed over the area of the mouth in question, resulting in faster recovery and a lower risk of overall infection.
When planning to remove traditional amalgam fillings and replace them with biocompatible alternatives, the patient’s safety and health is always at the forefront of Dr. McCarthy’s mind. That’s why she uses the RITA meter! Mercury is the greatest concern when dealing with amalgam fillings, and this technology allows our team to verify the quantity of electrical current that’s being released by each metal restoration. As a result, we can devise the ideal order through which the fillings should be removed (also known as sequential mercury removal) to minimize negative exposure.
Ozone is a powerful, naturally occurring agent that can kill potentially harmful bacteria and other foreign agents. Dr. McCarthy has found in much more effective in dental applications when compared to traditional antibiotics, which is why she utilizes it for non-surgical gum treatment, cavity treatment, and much more. Our Amherst practice has an ozone generator in every single treatment room, which means that we’re always ready to help our health-minded patients smile brighter.