Technology & Comforts
Precise & Comfortable Dental Care Every Time
In order to give you the best possible dental experience, we consistently utilize the most state-of-the-art tools in dentistry. They allow us to perform a wide variety of procedures with more efficiency, precision, and comfort. Plus, we can also offer a choice of sedation dentistry techniques to help those patients who might be nervous about visiting the dentist. All in all, we have everything we need to ensure that you have a pleasant visit with us every time you're here in our Pearland dental office.
Oral Conscious Sedation
If you experience mild to moderate dental anxiety (the kind that makes you avoid regular appointments), then oral conscious sedation is an easy way to help those nerves melt away. One of our dentists will prescribe you a pill to take about an hour before your visit, so that by the time you actually sit in the chair, you’ll already be deeply physically and mentally relaxed. You’ll remain awake the entire appointment, but time will fly by very quickly, and you’ll likely have little to no memory of it afterward (which is just perfect for some patients!)
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Do you or your child need a little help to feel comfortable in the dental chair? If either of you experience a bit of anxiety concerning dental visits, nitrous oxide sedation is a safe and gentle way to take the stress out of your appointments. All a patient has to do is inhale the colorless, odorless gas through a small nasal mask, and they quickly start to feel lighter, happier, and more content. Even better, after the mask has been removed, the effects of the gas go away almost immediately, allowing a patient to go straight back to their day.
An intraoral camera is a small, pen-sized instrument that fits easily into the mouth to capture high-resolution images of the teeth and gums. We can then display these images on a large chairside monitor for you to go over with your dentist. This will help take some of the mystery out of your dental care, enabling you to finally see your smile from your dentist’s point of view. Seeing your teeth this way will make it much easier for you to understand your dental needs and why you might require certain treatments.
X-rays are an essential diagnostic tool that we use every day in our office, and for the sake of our patients and the environment, we only use 100% digital X-rays. They not only create images much faster than traditional X-rays, but they also don’t require the use, storage, and disposal of toxic darkroom chemicals. Even better, they emit up to 80% less radiation as well, which gives many of our patients (especially those with young children) peace of mind.
Soft Tissue Laser
Our soft tissue laser gives our team the ability to perform even the most sensitive periodontal (gum) procedures while keeping a patient completely comfortable. Its highly-focused beam of light is able to kill bacteria and remove infected tissue while reducing pain, swelling, and bleeding, ensuring a pleasant experience both during and after a treatment. The instrument itself creates very little heat, noise, or vibration, helping even the most nervous patient stay relaxed.
CT Cone Beam Scanner
When we’re planning certain treatments, sometimes digital X-rays do not offer us the level of detail that we need to complete your treatment plan effectively. It’s moments like these where the CT cone beam scanner becomes incredibly useful. With this device, we can capture detailed, 3D images of your teeth and the bone and soft tissue surrounding your teeth. The cone shape of the X-rays is what allows such comprehensive images to be captured.
Unlike digital X-rays, which are only two-dimensional, CT cone beam X-rays help us view your oral structures at all angles. What the technology essentially does is create several hundred “slices” of your mouth, then reassemble them into a 3D image. Once we have this data, we can easily plan many treatments that digital X-rays would not allow us to do. A few of these treatments include:
- The most accurate implant placement possible
- Confirming the need for a root canal
- Better planning for extractions, including impacted wisdom teeth
- Diagnosing issues with the temporomandibular joint
- Determining the source of chronic pain
- Closely examining fractures
- Diagnosing sleep apnea
- Evaluating sinus pathways
No matter what issue appears, we always make sure to use the proper safety precautions during your scan. The scan takes just under one minute to complete and provides our office extensive information on the current state of your oral health.
Capturing as much detail about your teeth as possible is very important for many treatments here at Eco Dental. Through a handheld scanner that takes hundreds of photos of your mouth, we can create a detailed 3D image for closer examination. The iTero scanner is perfect for creating a series of clear aligners from invisalign as well as designing future restorations, such as crowns, bridges and dental implants. The capture process only takes a few minutes to complete, making your visit even more efficient along the way.