ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY

Precision Dentistry

When you seek care at our Austin dentist office, you are assured that Dr. Schmidt and staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.

Our practice uses high power microscopes to enhance the precision of patient care.

Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using microscope that is similar to the one an ophthalmologist uses enables us to create dental restorations with incredibly precise fit and finish. You just can’t fulfill that level of care with the naked eye.

In addition to allowing precise, close-up work, the microscope directs a beam of light directly on the teeth, minimizing glare for you.

Many dentists use air-driven “hand-pieces” (the dental term for “drills”). While acceptable for many procedures, these “whiney sounding” air-powered hand pieces all have a degree of non-concentricity; they do not rotate perfectly smoothly.

For the most precise aspects of restorative procedures, we use electric hand-pieces. This results in extraordinarily precise interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration (dental crown, tooth veneer, or tooth filling). This will bring more comfort to you as well. With a more precise tool, there is less vibration and less noise.

Digital Imaging

Dr. Schmidt chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.

Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Dr. Schmidt utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better.

Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.

Digital X-Rays:

Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital X-rays results in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.

Laser Dentistry

For patients who do not look forward to needles, drilling, or numbness, Laser Dentistry may be the right choice.

Laser dentistry is one of dentistry’s latest advances. The laser delivers energy in the form of light. Depending on the intended result, this energy travels at different wavelengths and is absorbed by a “target.” In dentistry, these targets can be enamel, decay, gum tissue, or whitening enhancers. Each one absorbs a different wavelength of light while reflecting others. Laser dentistry can be used for both tooth and soft tissue related procedures. Oftentimes no local anesthesia is required. Unlike with the dental drill, with laser dentistry there is no heat or vibration, making the procedure quite comfortable for most patients. For soft tissue (surgical) procedures it eliminates the need for suturing and healing is much faster.

Lasers can be used to diagnose cavities. They can find hidden decay in teeth in early stages, and in some cases the decay can be reversed through hygiene and fluoride treatment and may never need filling.

Areas of dental care that benefit from laser technology:

  • Cavity diagnosis and removal
  • Curing, or hardening, bonding materials
  • Whitening teeth
  • Periodontal, or gum related, care
  • Pediatric procedures
  • Apthous Ulcer treatment (canker sore)
  • Frenectomy (tongue-tie release) without anesthesia or sutures
  • Root canals and apicoectomies
  • Crown lengthening, gingivectomy and other gum corrections

 

Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.

Intraoral Camera

Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.

Dr. Schmidt utilizes Intraoral Camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An Intraoral Camera is a very small camera – in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An Intraoral Camera allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you!

Intraoral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.

CBCT 3D Imaging

Our Austin dental office is equipped with a Cone Beam CT 3D Imaging system which provides a state-of-the-art technology that allows Dr. Schmidt to diagnose potential issues more accurately and perform treatment with unprecedented precision. Unlike a traditional spiral CT scanner, this 3D system utilizes cone beam CT technology and provides clear, high-resolution digital images while minimizing your exposure to radiation.

With our 3D system, we can effectively diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Airway issues
  • Oral cancer
  • Dental implant placement planning
  • And more

The benefits of this advanced imaging technology include:

  • Enabling us to perform a wider range of diagnoses and treatments in our office, helping to reduce multiple visits.
  • Allowing us to choose the field of view, or scanning area, that best suits your specific treatment needs, limiting your radiation exposure by focusing specifically on your area of concern.
  • Providing unmatched visualization of anatomical detail, which aids in treatment planning and helps us better explain the particulars of your case, as well as address any questions you may have.
  • Enabling Dr. Schmidt to quickly and easily share 3D images of the area of concern with your referring doctor, allowing for collaboration on your care, improving your experience, and delivering a positive treatment outcome.

With this latest 3D technology at Masterpiece Smiles Joseph Schmidt DDS, we offer advanced imaging capabilities and personalized care for our patients, allowing for early detection, precise treatment planning, and improved outcomes.

CEREC

CEREC is an advanced dental technology in our Austin dentist office used for the fabrication of high-quality, life-like ceramic restorations. This technology offers a range of benefits for patients seeking dental crowns that can be done in a single visit, saving time and providing convenience.

Here are some of the key advantages:

  • Single-visit restorations: CEREC Same Day Crowns eliminate the need for temporary restorations and multiple appointments, providing a permanent solution in just one visit.
  • Precise and natural-looking results: The CEREC system uses computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology to create restorations that mimic the appearance and function of natural teeth precisely.
  • Metal-free restorations: CEREC restorations are made from high-strength, tooth-colored ceramic materials, ensuring a natural and aesthetically pleasing result.
  • Preservation of tooth structure: CEREC restorations are designed to conserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible, promoting long-term dental health.

 

With its advanced technology, CEREC offers a convenient and efficient solution for dental crowns, providing patients with beautiful, long-lasting, and natural-looking results in a single visit.

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Masterpiece Smiles Office

5656 Bee Caves Rd Suite B-100, Austin, TX 78746

Monday through Thursday:
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