Dr. Megan Shelton takes great pride in providing the Carlsbad community with top-notch dentistry. Our high-quality service stems from our compassionate and skilled team, but the technology we use also plays a role in creating the best patient experience possible. Dr. Shelton has invested in a number of advanced tools that help her to diagnose and treat dental problems in an efficient and comfortable manner.
Digital X-rays are an essential diagnostic tool that dentists use to gain valuable information about various dental problems, such as cavities and infections. The process is fast, and it produces so little radiation that it is safe for all patients. After the X-ray machine sends its captured images to a nearby computer, Dr. Shelton can access them immediately and use them to help her patients achieve and maintain excellent oral health.
X-rays are important, but they do not always provide the level of detail that is necessary to plan for treatments as efficiently and precisely as possible. That is where the CT Cone Beam scanner comes into play. It captures thousands of images and assembles them into a three-dimensional rendering of a patient’s teeth, gums, nerve pathways, and more. Dr. Shelton may use the CT Cone Beam scanner to evaluate your candidacy for dental implants or other complex procedures.
Impressions play a vital role in a range of dental treatments, including both restorations and orthodontics. Many dental offices still use manual impressions with goop, which are uncomfortable for patients and not always accurate. Dr. Shelton, on the other hand, uses the iTero 5D intraoral scanner, which comfortably captures precise images of teeth that can be used to design crowns, veneers, and more. The iTero scanner is particularly notable for its compatibility with Invisalign. It helps to streamline the Invisalign process and makes sure the entire treatment is as efficient as possible right from the beginning. But our favorite part about iTero 5D is that it can track and compare your teeth and gums over the years. Dr. Shelton doesn’t have to guess if your recession or tooth wear is advancing, the iTero will do a comparative analysis and tell us where the changes are occurring and how much change has taken place. One more example of how Polished General Dentistry and Dr. Shelton use technology to evaluate your health and remove guessing.
Our dental office uses Waterlase Express to effectively treat periodontal disease using a minimally invasive solution. To offer this type of advanced treatment is only possible through special certification which Dr. Shelton has learned and acquired. The revolutionary laser treatment targets infected tissue while leaving healthy areas untouched; laser periodontal treatment is the way of the future. Besides gum disease, it’s also effective for many other soft tissue treatments as well, like frenectomies and tongue ties. Gum lifts to correct gummy smiles is also an effective treatment with the Waterlase to improve esthetics and confidence.
Taking impressions digitally instead of using traditional dental putty improves the accuracy of the results and speeds up the process. Our dental office uses a CEREC scanner, which is easy for us to handle and can scan a single tooth in a matter of seconds. We also have an iTero scanner, giving us two different units with which to provide personalized dentistry. CEREC is used to design same-day crowns, while iTero is useful for planning Invisalign treatment as well as other restorations.
Our dental office is proud to use Biolase Epic, the only hygiene laser approved by the FDA. Soft tissue lasers can make a large difference for anyone suffering from dental anxiety. Not only is it gentler and quieter than traditional dental instruments, but it is also far more precise and makes it easier to just remove the infected or damaged tissues while leaving the rest of the mouth alone. You’ll also notice less bleeding and faster healing times as a result of the treatment.
Some cavities are so small that they are easy to overlook with the naked eye, while others are partially hidden in the various nooks and crannies of the mouth. Our state-of-the-art iTero Element 5D NIRI cavity detection system helps us locate decay while it is still in its earliest stages. Finding decay in its earliest stages makes it easier for us to treat the problem quickly without the need for more complex and costly procedures.
It used to be that only large dental labs could take full advantage of 3D printing, but now smaller labs and individual dental offices are able to use this ground-breaking technology to make everything from individual crowns to full dentures and mouthguards. Our SprintRay 3D printer helps us quickly produce the restorations and oral appliances you need to protect your smile without having to wait weeks for it to arrive or having to worry about the fit.