We are doing our part and help get everyone through the current dilemma. We will be consolidating some of our clinics but otherwise continue to provide urgent and emergency dental care. We will be donating our extra supplies to local hospitals to help them in their effort to better care for those affected.
To also help, we are now expanding our hours in some of our clinics from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. We hope these extended hours will not only better serve our patients but will help keep dental emergencies from overloading value space in emergency rooms.
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Technology makes life easier in so many ways. From digital communication to handheld music devices, technology increases enjoyment and convenience in daily life. Dentistry is no different. Each year, dentistry advances in the areas of accuracy, patient comfort, and efficiency.
Because we want our patients to have an exceptional experience while they are with us, we regularly introduce the latest technology at Troutdale Dental to enable us to give you the very best dentistry available.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
If you have dental anxiety, it is tempting to avoid the dental office. Missing dental exams and cleanings, and putting off treatment all put your smile and your health at risk. Nitrous oxide is an option to help you relax so you can get the dentistry you need for a healthy mouth and body.
Also referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is mild. While it probably won't make you laugh, it will create a calm sense of well-being that takes the fear out of your dental appointment. It is so safe, we can even use it on anxious kids.
When used in tandem with 3-D cone beam images, root canal therapy is far easier than in the past. Because of the predictability of the procedure thanks to high-resolution CBCT images and the speed of flexible, high-speed rotary instruments, you can expect a faster and more comfortable root canal than in the past.
This tooth-saving procedure no longer needs to be something you fear, and it gives our dentists an opportunity to save your tooth.
3-D Cone Beam Technology
Precise planning for dental implants, root canals, and orthodontics improves outcomes dramatically, which is why having a 3-D view of the teeth, roots, jaw, bone, sinuses, and nerve paths is such an asset when performing advanced treatment.
These high-resolution images make it possible to plan an entire procedure before we even begin.
Many people hate having a mouth full of gooey impression material for at least two minutes while it sets completely. Although we take excellent impressions with impression paste, we have opted to use digital impressions whenever possible.
Digital impressions scan a 3-D image of the teeth, mouth, or areas of the mouth for Invisalign clear aligner orthodontics, teeth whitening trays, dental crowns, bridges, and dental implants.
Digital impressions also eliminate the distortion that can occur when impression material is mixed improperly or has air bubbles.
If you have ever tried to look inside your own mouth to see a specific tooth, you know how challenging it can be. Our dedication to educating and informing patients is far easier using a small handheld intraoral camera, which details exactly what our dentists see when they look inside your mouth.
We can take an image of a single tooth, area of the mouth, or soft tissue that will appear instantly on your chairside monitor for you and your dentist to review together. Many patients have told us that seeing pictures of their teeth has helped them make a decision regarding treatment.
We will also store these images in your digital file for future comparisons or in case your dental insurance company wants additional information for a claim.
If you have ever stood in place while an x-ray machine moves around your head, you have probably had a panoramic x-ray. These full-smile x-rays show bone levels, wisdom teeth development, jaw joints, and sinuses. We often use them when planning oral surgery, extractions, implant placement, and wisdom teeth extractions, or for children who cannot tolerate bitewings.
We take panoramic x-rays for people who have dentures to monitor bone health over the years.
Rather than brackets and wires, clear aligners move teeth gradually through a series of nearly invisible plastic aligner trays. Invisalign and ClearCorrect are popular brand names for these aligners, and our dentists, Dr. Clark Brinton and Dr. Brian Hale, are trained in the use of this innovative orthodontic treatment.
Enjoy a straight smile without cumbersome braces with clear aligners.
Although many patients still opt for dentures to replace missing teeth, the biggest complaint we hear is that dentures shift or fall out, causing embarrassing situations. All-on-4 are fixed dentures that do not move or shift. They are anchored in place with four dental implants on the upper arch, lower arch, or both.
Patients also prefer All-on-4 dentures because they are slimmer, making them more comfortable and easier to taste food.