At Rice Dentistry, we believe it is crucial to employ the best technology available to ensure our patients receive quality care. We don’t just add the “latest thing.” Our dentists are constantly training in the latest techniques being developed, and when we come across technologies that we know will improve the results or experience for our patients, we adopt them.
Sometimes there’s so little decay on your tooth, we can literally blow it off with microabrasion. This is the least invasive way to treat decay, as it removes only a tiny amount of tooth enamel, and it preferentially targets what’s been weakened by decay. It’s so painless that you won’t need any anesthesia–no shots required!
Lasers have many beneficial applications in dentistry. We utilize two different laser technologies in our office. First, we have a diode laser, which allows us to perform laser gum disease treatment and gum recontouring without using a blade to cut your gums. There’s less discomfort, less bleeding, and the laser can kill many of the bacteria in the area, helping control infection.
We also have Waterlase, a laser that also uses water to remove tooth enamel without the need for the loud, grating dental drill. This can make for more comfortable dental treatments, and can reduce incidental damage to your teeth.
3M Digital Scanner
A intraoral scanner to create digital dental impressions of the mouth. The files can even be merged with CT scanner data to construct surgical guides and even design the final restoration.
Orthodontics have been used for hundreds of years, but the techniques we use today are nothing like those employed just a few years ago. We offer Invisalign, which uses an algorithm to break your orthodontic treatment down into a number of short steps, then manufactures clear plastic aligners designed to accomplish those steps. No metal, no wires, and they’re completely removable. We also offer Six Month Smiles, which also uses computer planning to optimize orthodontic treatment. Although it uses brackets and wires, these are not traditional braces, and they benefit from advanced materials and advanced techniques to make your orthodontic treatment faster and more convenient.
If Invisalign and Six Month Smiles are both too slow, you may be a candidate for AcceleDent Accelerated Orthodontics. The AcceleDent Aura uses gentle vibrations to greatly speed up the process of repositioning your teeth into your ideal, healthy smile.
The Inman Aligner is a completely different approach to teeth straightening, which uses springs to guide your teeth from both sides. It can achieve results in a very short period of time, perhaps as short as six weeks.
Digital Smile Design
This approach allows us to use sophisticated computer analysis to better plan Invisalign cases, allowing us to achieve a better, more reliable result.
Cosmetic Smile Simulation
Do you want to know how your new smile will look before you commit to cosmetic dentistry? Good news, Smilevision allows us to simulate what your smile will look like, using the same designs we will use to guide your final restorations.
Shadewave Computerized Color Matching
Although the human eye can detect subtle variations in color, not everyone’s eye is as precise as we might desire. Add variable lighting in your mouth, and it becomes difficult to be sure you’ve got the exact match. But Shadewave takes out all the guesswork and uncertainty, allowing us to precisely match the color of your restorations to the rest of your teeth.
Dental/Facial Analysis Technology
This allows us to analyze the best position for your teeth scientifically. Allows us to get cosmetic dentistry, orthodontic, and implant dentistry results that look good even when your mouth is closed, and amazing when you smile.
BioClear is a new approach to dental bonding. Using a flowable composite and a slender mylar guide, we can essentially cast new restorations right around your natural teeth. The flowable material fills in voids around teeth, making it especially good for eliminating black triangles around the base.
Our in-office CBCT machine. Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) has become an essential tool in dentistry. Where traditional x-rays give us just a flat image, and panoramic x-rays just give us a larger flat image, CBCT is able to give us a three-dimensional image of your bones and teeth. This can be vital for planning root canal treatments and dental implant placement, and can even help us understand the exact causes and effects of your TMJ. This allows the procedure to be planned more precisely, leading to safer surgery, and we have it under our own roof–no referrals.
Denture Fountain of Youth®
These dentures are the best-fitting and most natural looking dentures around. They are so natural in appearance that they can fool other dentists. And they are more comfortable and functional than traditional dentures, too. Fountain of Youth Dentures ® don’t just make you look young, they let you feel and act young.
Self-Contained Water Lines
This complex filtered system of water supply guarantees pure water supply, much safer than simply using the city water system.
Laser Cavity Detection
In the past, dentists poked and prodded your teeth with sharp metal hooks. Today, fewer dentists do that, but that just means that they are relying more on their vision, which is a very inexact detection method for cavities. We use a laser cavity detection system that allows us to find cavities that are invisible to the naked eye and may not show up on x-rays. Since metal fillings block x-rays, detecting cavities around them can be difficult, but laser cavity detection allows us to find them. It also allows us to more accurately verify decay before we start treatment, so we won’t accidentally drill a healthy tooth.
Multi-Step Numbing Technique
We have worked for years to get the most painless technique possible. We start with a custom compounded topical anesthetic that doesn’t just have one, but three different anesthetics in it. It is much much stronger than the basic topical used in most dental offices. We apply the topical, to “numb it before we numb it”. Then we give another very small dose of a special non acidic anesthetic that is more painless than all the other types. Then finally we give the strong profound anesthesia into an already numb area of your mouth. We daily get compliments on our painless injections.
NTI allows us to quickly manufacture a device to protect your teeth against bruxism (clenching and grinding). It’s not for everyone, but when used properly, it can protect your teeth against damage because it’s placed in the front of the mouth, where your bite force is less. And because it can be customized in-office, it’s an immediate, and cost-effective solution.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is a life-threatening condition whose primary treatment (CPAP) has many patients wondering whether the cure is worse than the disease. Oral appliances like SomnoMed offer a convenient, comfortable, and effective solution to sleep apnea. We also offer TAP, a technology that combines the action of oral appliances and CPAP, using a mouthpiece to deliver airway pressure in a way that is more comfortable than wearing a mask.
CariFree is an advanced cavity prevention system designed for people who have tried the brush/floss/regular checkups routine but aren’t getting results. CariFree uses an advanced approach and comprehensive lineup of options to deliver cavity prevention throughout your day. If you are someone at high risk for cavities because of your genes or your lifestyle, CariFree can help.
We have learned that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of oral bacteria species living in your mouth. And we’ve learned that only a small number of those species are actually responsible for gum disease. DNA testing allows us to create a profile of what bacteria are living in your mouth, so that we can get a better idea of your gum disease risk.
VELscope Oral Cancer
Oral cancer is highly treatable when detected early. VELscope allows us to detect oral cancer earlier than in the past. It takes advantage of the fact that cancerous and precancerous cells respond differently to certain light, giving off an eerie glow that we use to find them.