Soft Tissue Laser

The first dental laser was approved for use in 1976.  Since then, laser technology has greatly improved many dental procedures.

Lasers are versatile and can be used to treat the soft areas in your mouth a lot easier and more comfortably.  They can be used for a number of procedures including:

Crown lengthening to improve your smile.
Sterilizing areas infected with bacteria.
Removing gum tissue without cutting.
Removing cold sores and lesions.

A laser uses energized light to precisely remove soft tissue.  The light beam simultaneously sculpts and cauterizes the area.  That means there is little to no bleeding, making your healing time faster. The laser beam sterilizes the tissue, reducing the chance of infection.

The laser targets just the area to be treated, leaving surrounding areas untouched.  Because lasers work on a cellular level, the procedure is usually painless.

Lasers can be a welcome tool to help you get a bright, healthy smile!

Intra Oral Camera

Offering superior resolution with less radiation exposure, the digital radiograph x-ray at McGue Dental Care is an excellent new way to help diagnose possible oral problems. The digital radiograph not only emits half the amount of radiation associated with traditional x-rays, but is also much less time consuming. Using a sensor that is placed in your mouth in the correct position, the pictures are taken and immediately sent to our computer. We can then review the information with you right from the computer screen.

Benefits of Digital X-Rays

Exposes the patient to half the amount of radiation received from traditional x-rays
Gray-scale resolution of 256 colors compared to 16 – 25 shades on conventional film, allowing for a more detailed, accurate analysis
Immediately transfers images to monitor so that the dentist can review and explain the information to the patient
Images can be enlarged and saved for future reference
Offers the ability to compare your x-rays with one another digitally on our computer
Less time spent developing x-rays means more time to take care of your dental needs

Why are Digital X-Rays Important

To locate areas of decay that can’t be detected with a visual examination
To detect periodontal disease by investigating possible bone loss
To aid in the preparation and placement of dental implants, orthodontics and other dental work
To locate possible abnormalities such as cysts and oral cancer

Digital X-Rays

While digital x-rays provide valuable information that we can’t get from any other source, they can’t show you everything that’s going on in your mouth.  That’s why we have invested in an intraoral camera – a highly advanced piece of diagnostic equipment that allows you to see what we see inside your mouth.

The intraoral camera handpiece is approximately the size and shape of a dental mirror.  It has a built in light source, and serves as a tiny video camera that allows us to zoom in on one tooth, or give you a video tour of your entire mouth.  The images are displayed on a computer monitor, so you’ll be able to see problems such as worn or broken fillings, cracked teeth, plaque deposits, cavities next to fillings, and excessive wear.  We can also print an image for you to take home with you.

The intraoral camera allows you to be an active partner in your dental treatment by enabling you to see what we see inside your mouth.  With a clear understanding of your dental conditions, you’ll be able to make treatment decisions with confidence.

One Visit Crown

Cerec by Sirona Dental Systems is a system designed for the fabrication of all ceramic dental restorations in one office visit. With CEREC, Dr. McGue can have you in and out in a single visit with a permanent, all ceramic crown, onlay, or veneer! For you, the patient, this means fewer injections, less drilling, and less time out of your hectic schedule for dental care. So, why are thousands of people worldwide choosing the CEREC restorative technique for their dental needs?

Single Appointment Dental Care

Lab fabricated crowns, veneers, and inlay/onlays require multiple visits to the dentist. This means that on the first visit, you get an injection of anesthesia, your tooth prepared, an impression taken, and a temporary restoration put on your tooth. You make a second appointment for a couple of weeks later, get another injection, have the temporary taken off, and have a permanent restoration put on. Why go to the dentist a second time when you don’t have to? With CEREC, the procedure is done in a single appointment start to finish.

Great Dental Materials

A CEREC tooth restoration isn’t just convenient it is also healthy. Many years ago, dentists had few options to repair decayed and damaged teeth other than amalgam, gold, and other metals. With CEREC, Dr. McGue can use strong, tooth colored ceramic materials to restore your teeth to almost their natural strength, beauty, and function. These materials closely match the composition of natural tooth structure. This means when you eat hot food and then drink something cold, the restoration and tooth expand and contract at almost equal rates. So, your tooth does not crack, and you can go on enjoying your evening. Also, the materials are chemically bonded to your tooth, so your dentist can save as much healthy tooth tissue as possible while providing you with a dental restoration that strengthens your tooth.

Smile Enhancement

Dr. McGue can use CEREC for more than just crowns and fillings.  Chipped or discolored front teeth can be repaired with beautiful CEREC porcelain anterior crowns or veneers. Your smile makes a lasting first impression. Enhance it with CEREC.