As a modern practice focused on advanced technologies, our office is appointed with innovative equipment, including a digital X-ray machine and the i-Cat® Cone Beam imaging system to help us provide patients with a high standard of care. We also have an on-site lab that allows us to create cosmetic restorations in-house. Our general, cosmetic and specialty dentists in Jenison, Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids are here to provide you with all of the services you need using the latest technologies.
Trauma to bone must be MINIMUM in order to preserve OSTEOBLASTS (The bone cells that would attach themselves to an implant). Ordinarily, these surgeries are done using a surgical dental drill for cuts in the bone. We have gone above and beyond and invested in Piezoelectric Ultrasonic Machines that use sound waves and spray copious amounts of water to cool the bone to preserve its vitality and enhance the healing results and decrease postoperative pain.
Initial Stability is key to success. We test every implant we place electronically with a special digital reader that send waves along the implant body, and the echo measured transformed into a digital number gives us a very accurate idea of how much initial stability is achieved. Four readings are done per implant after placement, and four readings are taken before loading the implant. This digital reader is called OSSTELL, and we are proud to have it and put it in use for our patients.
Augmenting bone is done by using a very advanced technique where we use a patient’s own centrifuged (spun) blood and extracting Stem Cells or Concentrated Growth Factors to augment the defects in the patient’s own jaw. This has the superb advantage of using patient’s own concentrated blood factors to create a very optimum medium for healing around the surgical site where white blood cells and non-differentiated cells are present to aid with fast healing, decreased postoperative discomfort and superior bone quality for the implant. All this is done at the office at the time of surgery.
We can accurately diagnose even the most complex dental conditions with a comprehensive 3D digital imaging system. Patients enjoy faster and more comfortable visits when we use the i-Cat® Cone Beam system to capture images of the teeth and jaw instead of traditional X-rays.
We use the PerioLase® MVP-7™ laser to treat gum disease, a proven treatment protocol for eradicating active infection in the mouth. This dental laser causes minimal trauma to surrounding tissues and can eliminate almost all of the infection in one visit.
We can get an in-depth view of your mouth using this special camera that produces high-quality images within seconds. Using this camera also helps us perform a more accurate diagnosis.
If we determine that you need a bone grafting procedure before receiving a dental implant or other treatment, we may use BMP material to assist with the bone regeneration process. This is a genetically made protein that triggers bone regeneration using the patient’s own cells.
Patients who need to have the jaw bone modified before a dental implant can be placed may be good candidates for Piezosurgery®. This procedure involves cutting the bone without damaging soft tissue.
Plasma Rich in Growth Factor (PRGF) can help to regenerate tissue and promote healing after any type of dental surgery. It is derived from the patient’s own blood and can help to speed up recovery times after more extensive procedures.
We use a digital X-ray system to capture clear, high-quality images of the teeth, mouth, and jaw during your consultation, at periodic exams, and before certain procedures. Digital technology helps us take quality images within seconds so we can perform an accurate diagnosis.
We can take digital impressions without using trays or putty using our iTero® system. This state-of-the-art technology helps us attain an accurate model of the patient’s mouth and reduces the risk of errors.