Advanced Technology for Advanced Dental Care at Island Dental Associates
At Island Dental Associates in Franklin Square on Long Island, New York, we understand the nervousness, anxiety, and dread that many patients feel when facing even routine dental work. Therefore, we have invested in state-of-the-art technologies designed to increase your comfort and reduce anxiety, as well as to perform accurate, precise dental, periodontal, and orthodontic screening and treatment procedures. With a lab right on site (the only dental practice in Long Island with an on-site lab) and an office equipped with advanced, cutting-edge tools, our goal is to ensure that your experience at Island Dental Associates is as relaxing, comfortable, and effective as possible, while we keep your teeth clean and your smile healthy!
We are excited to bring you the following state-of-the-art technologies to help optimize your experience at Island Dental Associates:
Advanced Oral Cancer Screening with VELscope® Vx
As with many forms of cancer, early detection of precancerous lesions and oral cancers greatly increases the likelihood of successful treatment. Therefore, oral cancer screening has become a routine element in our preventative dental care program. In addition to a traditional visual examination, our dental practitioners now utilize the VELscope® Vx advanced oral screener to improve the visualization of oral mucosal abnormalities that may not be visible to the human eye alone. The screening is completed as part of your standard dental visit. It does not involve any significant discomfort, and can be completed in normal light in about two minutes!
The VELscope® works by harnessing the natural fluorescence of soft tissue. When the tissue is illuminated by light of an appropriate wavelength, the tissues reflect back light at a longer wavelength, highlighting potential cellular, structural, and/or metabolic changes within the tissue that may be indicative of disease. Should areas of concern be identified, the VELscope® Vx screener also helps the oral surgeon clearly identify the diseased tissue to guide surgical excision.
Laser Dental Procedures with the Picasso Soft Tissue Laser
If you find yourself facing a medical or dental concern on the delicate and sensitive soft tissues of the mouth and gums, traditional oral surgery may be required. For some patients, however, treatment with a powerful laser system such as the Picasso Soft Tissue Laser may be appropriate. The Picasso Soft Tissue Laser works by directing light energy into the target areas of soft tissue, which absorbs the light as heat energy. This heat can either vaporize (ablation) the soft tissue or cut it (incision, excision, or dissection), as required by your specific treatment plan. Laser treatments offer several benefits over traditional oral surgery, including a decrease in bleeding, swelling, and discomfort both during and after the procedure, reduced procedure times, and less risk of infection at the wound site.
STA Single Tooth Anesthesia System
If you’ve been told you need a root canal or other procedure on one or more teeth, you are probably dreading the pain, the discomfort, and the resulting numbness. Island Dental Associates is now pleased to offer a different method of anesthesia delivery that we believe offers a more comfortable alternative to the discomfort of the syringe injection: the STA Single Tooth Anesthesia System. The patented technology of this amazing system injects anesthesia into the target area more gently than the traditional syringe by carefully and precisely controlling the flow rate, pressure, and volume of the anesthesia. The computer-regulated control enables your dental practitioner to choose one of three speeds, to ensure that you receive exactly the level of anesthesia you need, and no more. This delivery system reduces both discomfort and collateral numbness of nearby tissue for less numbness after the procedure.
LED 3-Second Curing (VALO Cordless UV Curing)
At the end of a long dental procedure, the last thing you want is a lengthy wait in the chair as the materials in your mouth dry and harden. Therefore, we have equipped our office with the VALO Cordless LED-based curing system for fast, long-lasting curing of all light-cure dental materials. This powerful system uses a Light Emitting Diode, or LED, to produce customized, multi-wavelength, high intensity light that is capable of curing many (light-cured) dental materials quickly and effectively. The light will also penetrate through porcelain used in many crowns and filling in order to cure underlying resin cements. The VALO Cordless has a slim, ergonomic shape that makes it excellent for use in hard-to-reach areas, even in smaller mouths, while the three curing modes—Standard Power, High Power, and Xtra Power—mean quick curing of even tough dental materials. These two factors together—small size coupled with powerful energy—mean greater comfort for you with less stretching of and damage to the sensitive soft tissues of even the smallest mouths!
Contact Island Dental Associates
At Island Dental Associates, located in Franklin Square, New York, we are pleased to offer a comprehensive selection of dental services, from routine prevention and orthodontics to advanced cosmetic dentistry and emergency services. The only dental office on Long Island with its own laboratory right on site and equipped with the latest, state-of-the-art technological equipment, our goal is to make your dental experience as safe, efficient, cost-effective, and comfortable as possible.
For more information about our state-of-the-art dental technologies that can make your dental experience both comfortable and successful, or to let our experienced dental specialists and lab technicians help restore your healthy, happy smile, we encourage you to call today to schedule your appointment!