X-rays are a primary tool for early identification of dental problems. Detecting issues with x-rays before they become problematic can save you money in the long run. Early detection can help prevent the need for more extensive, expensive procedures or surgeries. X-rays are primarily used to detect:
Internal tooth decay
Cysts (fluid filled sacks at the base of your teeth)
Tumors, both cancerous and non-cancerous
Teeth that are still coming in
At Hammer Dental Associates, we use digital x-rays, which have several advantages over traditional film based x-rays. Digital x-rays allow us to take x-rays with 1/5 of the radiation that you would receive from traditional dental x-rays. The worry of exposure to excess radiation is eliminated.
Large on-screen x-rays make patient communication more effective. The immediate observation of the images on the screen allows us to discuss your dental health quickly and accurately.
Digital radiography has greatly enhanced the practice of dentistry. It allows the patient and the doctor to see images of the teeth in higher resolution on a large format for easier detection of problems, all while decreasing the radiation exposure to the patient. The process we use further defines the radiograph, resulting in clinically meaningful images that are sharp, detailed and rich in contrast.
Images are available instantly after exposure, eliminating the wait and effort spent developing and mounting x-rays. If an image needs to be retaken, it can be done immediately. Digital format also allows us to send and receive your images electronically, allowing for a faster consultation with your dentist.
iTero® Intra-Oral Camera
The iTero Element Scanner is a state-of-the-art digital impression system that eliminates the need for messy putty in your mouth. With our iTero Element Scanner, we can digitally capture a detailed 3D model of your teeth and gums. Not only is this process far more comfortable than the old putty based impressions, but it’s faster and can offer a superior clinical endpoint.
No goop or gag to worry about
Fast, accurate impression
Ideal for crowns, bridges, implants, Invisalign® clear aligners and retainers
See a simulation of your potential Invisalign® treatment outcome
We use ultrasonic scalers for most adult dental cleanings. These devices use ultrasonic vibrations to help break down the plaque and calculus on the teeth that cause gingivitis and periodontal disease. The ultrasonic cleaners create microscopic bubbles that implode on the surface of the tooth, killing microbes and removing plaque and tartar in the process. Our instruments use a thin tip to better navigate in the periodontal pockets to help maintain optimal gingival health.
The procedure uses water and/or an antimicrobial liquid called chlorhexadine. It can remove tartar buildup in hard-to-reach areas, with no damage to the tooth enamel. Manual scaling often uses pressure for cleaning, while the vibration produced by the scaling tip of an ultrasonic scaler is barely perceptible. This makes ultrasonic cleaning suitable to those with sensitive teeth. The cleaning process is faster than manual scaling, making your visit more comfortable.
After your teeth have been cleaned with the ultrasonic cleaner, your teeth will be hand scaled to check for any residual deposits and then polished.
Diagnodent Laser Cavity Detection
Using a small, handheld pen Dr. Seth Hammer shines a light on your teeth to expose hidden bacteria and cavities. With this tool even the smallest cavities can be detected which allows for early intervention and protection.
AMD PIcaso LIght Laser
Laser dentistry has made it easy for patients to get the treatment they need. It is a minimally-invasive procedure that works using laser light to kill bacteria and contour gums, leaving healthy tissue intact. We are very pleased with the results that this provides our patients and hold it in high regard for the treatment of multiple dental problems.
The Wand STA
The Wand® STA® is the first & market-leading computer-controlled local anesthesia system, with over 50 million injections performed worldwide. The Wand STA performs all dental injection techniques in a more effective and comfortable way for both the patient and the dentist. By the computer controlling the rate of delivery, the anesthetic is administered below the patients pain threshold, virtually eliminating any pain during the injection.
Dr. Seth Hammer
7 South Springfield Ave Springfield, NJ (973) 376-7718