Dental Technology & Patient Comforts
Dr. Sand Wall is passionate about staying ahead of the curve when it comes to advances in dental technology. Therefore, she regularly attends professional conferences and pursues continuing education opportunities to learn about the latest tools and techniques in her field. Her careful research, study, and evaluation of new technologies ensure that she chooses the best equipment available to provide you with superior dental care.
Digital X-Rays and Intraoral Cameras
To help with diagnosis and patient education, your Erlanger general dentist uses digital technology to create images of your mouth. Digital X-rays and intraoral cameras allow Dr. Sand Wall to detect problems, such as decay or tooth eruption issues, at their earliest stages when they are easier to treat. Because these images are digital, they can also be saved in your electronic chart and are easily transferred to dental specialists and insurance companies if necessary. The images can also be sent to chairside monitors in the exam room so that Dr. Sand Wall has an effective visual aid for explaining diagnoses to patients.
Soft Tissue Lasers
For problems with the soft tissues of your mouth, including the lips, cheeks, and gums, Dr. Sand Wall uses a safe and effective diode laser. If you have excessive gum tissue, periodontal disease, ulcers, or cold sores, your Erlanger family dentist can precisely remove the infected areas with a laser, which seals off the tissues to prevent swelling and bleeding. Best of all, tissues removed with a diode laser will never grow back, and if you have a cold sore or ulcer removed, you will never again develop one in that same spot!
Dental microscopes, also known as loupes, provide magnification and illumination when Dr. Sand Wall performs a visual examination of your teeth and gums. With a dental microscope, she can see small tooth fractures and decay early in their development, which allows her to provide conservative treatments rather than extensive treatments later on when the problem becomes visible to the naked eye.
Because your chances of surviving oral cancer are higher the earlier it is detected, Dr. Sand Wall uses the best screening technology on the market to detect abnormalities even before they become cancerous. VELscope is a hand-held device that shines a blue light in the oral cavity. Abnormal tissues, including precancerous and cancerous lesions, will show up as a different color than healthy tissues under this light.
Because Dr. Sand Wall cares about your general health as well as your oral health, she employs advanced screening techniques to determine if you are at risk of developing gum disease or oral cancer. Using OralDNA testing, she can determine if certain bacteria in your mouth will lead to periodontal disease or if you have the human papillomavirus (HPV), which puts you at risk for oral cancer.
For patients who would rather not take traditional dental impressions or wear a temporary crown while a permanent restoration is being fabricated in a lab, Dr. Sand Wall provides CEREC crowns. Consisting of special software to design a perfectly-fitting crown and a milling unit that creates your restoration on the spot, CEREC is an effective way of restoring your oral functioning faster than ever before.
Your northern Kentucky dentist realizes that many patients have difficulty visualizing the final outcome of a restorative or cosmetic treatment. That’s why, for a small fee, she provides dental wax-up models, which are similar to the models an architect creates before constructing the final product. After taking an impression of your teeth, the model will be created and include your new restorations so that you can get an accurate view of what your new smile will look like.
For personalized general and cosmetic dental care in northern Kentucky, contact Dr. Darlene Sand Wall today to schedule an appointment. Located in Erlanger, we serve patients from all surrounding areas, including Cincinnati, Crestview Hills, Edgewood, Fort Mitchell, Florence, Union, Independence, and Taylor Mill.