How Dental Technology Can Work for You

HowDentalTechnologyCanWorkForYouThink for a moment about a toothbrush. There was a time when toothbrushes all looked alike, and you chose hard, medium and soft, and began brushing. Toothbrushes have come a long way, with improved head shapes and bristle placement and handle angles along with electric toothbrushes, sonic brushes and water flossers to choose from. Toothbrush improvements are a simple example of helpful dental advances, and there are many complex examples of dental technology that can benefit you in preventive care, restorative care or cosmetic procedures.

Digital X-rays and Digital Images

Advancements in imaging and digital X-rays make getting a look at your teeth and jaw much easier. Digital X-rays are detailed and accurate, and expose you to less radiation than traditional X-rays. When a photo is needed, digital images can be captured with the click of a button, and a precise image of a tooth surface or your mouth can be displayed on a screen, enlarged with perfect clarity, shared with a consulting specialist if needed, and stored for later consultation or reference.

Pinhole Gum Grafts

It is never a healthy situation when gums recede and the root of the tooth begins to be exposed. We can help you address the cause of the gum recession, and there are traditional surgical techniques to correct the receding gums. A new method, and an alternative to grafting, is the patented Pinhole Surgical Technique, in which pinpoint holes are made in the gums, and the healthy gum tissues is worked back into the correct positions. Pinhole gum grafts will improve the look and health of your gums almost immediately, and they eliminate the need for the cuts and sutures required by grafting.

Laser Assisted Periodontal Treatment

Laser periodontal treatments combat periodontal disease with the focused and concentrated light beam of a laser, combined with cooling water. By using the advanced LANAP protocol, we can safely and precisely remove harmful bacteria and eliminate pockets of infection between teeth and gums, and clean and cauterize affected areas. Laser treatment of periodontal disease lowers the risk of infection, while maintaining speed and accuracy in treatment.


To learn how to keep your teeth and gums healthy for life, subscribe to this blog, and visit Dr. Kania for a consultation. As a board-certified periodontist, Dr. Ann M. Kania is specially qualified to diagnose and treat issues concerning periodontal tissue and the supportive structures of a patient’s smile, as well as place dental implants to restore teeth lost to dental disease or trauma. Dr. Kania also offers the Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) for minimally-invasive, scalpel-free gum grafting. To seek Dr. Kania’s expertise, contact her office today at (760) 642-0711.