Serenity Smiles

Technology

There have been some remarkable advances in dental technology in the last few decades. As part of our mission to ensure that all your appointments are comfortable and stress-free, we are always researching and investing in the latest proven technologies. All of the technology that we offer improves your visit somehow, whether it's the efficiency with which we perform treatments or the exceptional outcomes we achieve. 

We would love to see you in person to show you our technology in action and explain the benefits. Please take a look at what we offer, and call us if you would like to learn more or schedule an appointment.

Dentist in Scottsdale, AZ using intraoral camera

Intraoral Cameras

We prioritize patient education because we want you to have the information needed to make confident decisions about your dental treatment. Our intraoral cameras are the perfect tool because they allow you to see what our dentists see during an examination.

As your dentist moves the small handheld camera around your mouth, you don’t have to try to imagine what they see; the digital images are displayed on your chairside monitor as you follow along. If you have a cavity or broken tooth, you can see it for yourself and understand why we recommend a filling or crown to treat it.

We also save the still images of your intraoral exam in your digital patient record, so they are always accessible when a member of our team needs to view them.

 

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Electronic handpieces at dentist in Scottsdale, AZ

Electric Handpieces

If you cringe at the uncomfortable, high-pitched whining sound of an air-driven handpiece at a dental office, you will appreciate our quiet electric handpieces. Since they are driven by air, they are significantly quieter, gentler on your teeth, and produce less vibration. Electric handpieces also allow our dentists to be more precise and preserve healthy tooth structure when removing decay and preparing teeth for fillings.

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Dentist in Scottsdale, AZ taking digital impressions on patient

Digital Impressions

Dental impressions just got a lot easier thanks to digital imaging technology! No more goopy paste or metal trays to bite down on and no sitting uncomfortably waiting for the material to set.

Instead, our dentists use a small handheld digital scanner with imaging software to display a 3-D virtual map of your teeth. With digital impressions, we get a highly-accurate, detailed image that we use to customize dental crowns, bridges, veneers, and inlays and onlays.

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Dentist near me Scottsdale holding up a panoramic x-ray scan

Panoramic X-Rays

A panoramic x-ray provides detail similar to a digital x-ray but instead of one or two teeth, our dentists see a wide view of your jaws and all your teeth in a single image. Since the image covers a wider area of your mouth, we can see maxillary sinuses, the position of the teeth, bone abnormalities, and impacted wisdom teeth.

We commonly use panoramic x-rays for treatment planning purposes for extractions, orthodontic treatment, and dental implant placement.

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Dentist near me Scottsdale, AZ showing patient a digital x-ray

Digital X-Rays & Digital Sensors

Dental x-rays give us a view of your teeth and structures in your mouth that our dentists can’t see during a routine visual examination. We need these images to accurately diagnose numerous conditions, including cavities, gum disease, and bone loss.

By using low-dose digital x-rays, we can minimize your exposure by about 80 percent compared to a traditional film x-ray. The images we obtain with digital x-rays are crisp, clear, and precise, and we can easily share them with you so you can see what we see.

When taking these x-rays, we place comfortable digital sensors in your mouth to capture the images. The sensors are flat and thin with rounded edges, so they fit comfortably in your mouth.

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3-D Cone Beam Imaging (CBCT) at Scottsdale dentist office

3-D Cone Beam Imaging (CBCT)

When planning procedures like dental implant placement and root canals, our dentists need a different kind of view than a two-dimensional x-ray. That’s when they turn to 3-D cone beam scans, a leading-edge digital imaging technology.

A 3-D cone beam CT scan shows us all the anatomical structures in your mouth and face that we must consider when planning dental implant placement, such as your jaws, teeth, sinuses, nerve pathways, and their orientation to each other. This information is invaluable to ensure that your implant is placed in precisely the ideal depth and location for the most positive long-term outcome.

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Close up of laser dentistry technology in Scottsdale, AZ

Laser Dentistry

Some procedures we perform with laser dentistry at Serenity Smiles are:

  • Gum disease treatment
  • Treat canker sores and cold sores
  • Recontour the gumline for better aesthetics

Using laser dentistry, we can complete procedures so comfortably that, in many cases, patients don't need to be numb for treatment.

Dental lasers also reduce bleeding, shorten treatment and healing times and help minimize the risk of infection after treatment.

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Rotary endodontic technology for root canals in Scottsdale, AZ

Rotary Endodontics

If you think there’s no such thing as a comfortable root canal, we have great news for you! At Serenity Smiles, we use leading-edge rotary endodontic technology that is comfortable, efficient and delivers excellent results.

Maybe you’ve had a root canal where your dentist or specialist used manual instruments to systematically clear infected material from your tooth. This process is time-consuming and produces some unpleasant sensations that may increase patient anxiety.

Instead of traditional manual files, our rotary endodontic technology is electrically driven for greater comfort and efficiency. The flexible tip used to clean the root canals is made of nickel-titanium and allows our dentists to get into the tiniest spaces to ensure that they remove all traces of the infection.

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Patient getting nitrous oxide sedation at dentist in Scottsdale

Nitrous Oxide

We want you to have an exceptional experience with us because we care about you and want you to feel confident about receiving dental care. Sedation dentistry is just one way to improve your experience, and we are pleased to offer nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” for your comfort

Nitrous oxide is short-term sedation that’s great for patients with mild to moderate dental anxiety. As you inhale the gas through a small nasal mask, you will start to feel drowsy and dreamy, and the activity around you fades into the background.

You will remain fully conscious, and a trained member of our team will monitor your comfort throughout your procedure. When we finish treatment, we turn off the nitrous so you can inhale pure oxygen for several minutes to clear your head.

Since nitrous oxide’s side effects wear off quickly, you will be alert and able to drive home from your appointment and continue your usual activities.

 

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TVs in Treatment Rooms

At Serenity Smiles, we offer many ways to help you have a comfortable, stress-free experience with us. We understand how helpful some pleasant distraction can be and invite you to relax and enjoy your favorite news show or programming on our ceiling-mounted TVs.

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