Marietta Dental Technology
At Gilreath Dental Associates in Marietta, we are constantly evaluating new dental technology to incorporate into our dental practice. Much has changed over the last five years in the practice of dentistry from new materials to new technologies. “This is an exciting time to practice dentistry because there have been so many technological advancements over the last few years that help the dentist provide wonderful care for patients” says Dr. Gilreath. “ A modern practice must incorporate these technologies and without them, I feel that patients are not being adequately served.”
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Dr. Gilreath uses a diode laser in his office. This technology helps him provide patients with the utmost care and comfort. Lasers can be used to recontour gum tissue instead of using a scalpel. Sometimes it is necessary to recontour tissue if decay is present under the gums or if the gum tissue is not even or overgrown. Most often, the procedure doesn’t even require anesthesia though Dr. Gilreath always gives his patient the option of using local anesthesia.
Itero Oral Scanner
Dr. Gilreath uses the Itero Digital scanner for his crown and bridge, implant and Invisalign impressions. The Scanner is used to take final impressions of your teeth using a sophisticated camera system instead of the typical gooey putty system we are all used to. The procedure is easy and is much more accurate than the traditional putty system. This means better fitting crowns for you!
Dr. Gilreath is the only dentist in Cobb County (and one of only a handful in all of Georgia) who uses the Itero scanner with his Invisalign treatment. This results in much more accuracy in Invisalign treatment. It also allows Dr. Gilreath to get your treatment to Invisalign in less than 15 minutes (as opposed to the normal 10 day time). This technology is an expensive technology, but Dr. Gilreath feels the additional accuracy produced is well worth his investment. We do not charge our patients any additional fees for the scan. A win/win for our patients. It is one more way we use technology to provide exceptional quality dentistry for our patients.
Laser Cavity Detection
Dr. Gilreath uses a painless Laser Cavity Detection system during your comprehensive and recall examinations to help detect decay. When caught early, many of these decay areas can be treated without any drilling! This is a must have in the dental practice and we are proud to provide it to our patients.
Digital Photography and Smile Imaging
At Gilreath Dental Associates, we know that a picture is worth a thousand words. This is why we incorporate digital photography for our patients. It is an extremely helpful communication tool since it allows our patients to see their teeth on a computer screen as we discuss treatment options.
We also use Cosmetic Smile Imaging as a communication tool. Smile Imaging is a technology that allows us to show you before and after pictures of what your smile could look like after a smile makeover that incorporates teeth bleaching, veneers or cosmetic bonding or after going through Invisalign orthodontic treatment. It allows you, our doctors and team to communicate using your own picture and teeth. Using imaging pictures will give you the opportunity to give us feedback on what you like and what you don’t, before we start treatment. Once you look at the imaging pictures, we can then put together a treatment plan for you to obtain those results.
So how does it work? It’s very simple. We use the digital photographs we take of you. Then we use special software to modify your teeth on the picture. The results are very accurate as to how your teeth could look after treatment.
Dr. Gilreath’s pursuit of the most realistic dental materials for his patients has always been a primary goal. In his practice today, he incorporates multiple composite (bonding) materials from various companies. “There are hundreds of composite systems currently available and they all handle differently and they all have slightly different optical qualities which cause them to have different characteristics in the mouth. While many practices use one system, we use several, which provides me with a huge palette that I can go to when doing anterior composites. Likewise, I use multiple layers of composites when building up an anterior bonding, which mimics the optical characteristics of a real tooth.” Dr. Gilreath does not place amalgam (mercury-based fillings).
In addition to composites, Dr. Gilreath incorporates the finest porcelain systems into his practice for crowns, inlays and onlays and veneers. “Like composite systems, there are many porcelain systems on the market. We are very fortunate to have materials that are very realistic and beautiful yet provide the strength necessary. We work closely with Master Ceramists at laboratories all over the United States. Each ceramist is an artist and like all artist, most are very good at every type of restoration, but exceptional at only one or two. Consequently, we pride ourselves on knowing which lab to use for each individual patient case”.
At Gilreath Dental Associates, we use Digital Xrays, which use only a fraction (about ⅕) of the amount of radiation of an older “film based” unit. We are always aware of our patients’ concerns about radiation levels and do everything in our power to limit both the number of xrays we expose and the amount of radiation used. In taking a full mouth series of xrays with digital technology, patients are exposed to less radiation than the amount they receive when taking a flight from Atlanta to LA. And digital radiography allows Dr. Gilreath to use computer video enhancements to modify the films in various ways so that he can make better diagnosis for his patients.