Orthophos SL by Sirona is a state-of-the-art CT Scan system. Dr. Alexander and our dental care team use this equipment for more accurate diagnosis and treatment plans. Orthophos CT Scan offers extraoral bitewing x-rays for patients that may have a sensitive gag reflex or experience jaw pain. The oral bit wing makes receiving x-rays a more comfortable procedure for our patients.
Our Orthophos CT Scan offers increased diagnostic interpretation and treatment planning with treatment specifically related to:
- Augmented ability for endodontics (root canals)
- Nerve tracking
- Implant treatment planning & guided surgery for placement
- Airways for diagnosing & treatment of sleep disorders
- Augmented ability to communicate with a specialist
- Oral surgical procedures
CEREC Single Visit Dentistry
CEREC uses CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing) technology, incorporating a camera, computer, and milling machine in one instrument. Dr. Alexander uses a special camera to capture an optical impression of the damaged tooth. This precise image is digitally transferred and displayed on a color computer screen, where the dentist uses CAD technology to design the restoration.
Then, CAM takes over and automatically creates the restoration while you wait. Finally, the dentist bonds the new restoration to the surface of the old tooth. The whole process takes about one hour.
Benefits of CEREC
- Single-visit convenience
- Hi-tech accuracy
- Natural, tooth-colored restoration
- Biocompatible, anti-abrasive, and plaque-resistant ceramic materials
- Metal-free – no silver-colored fillings or dental crowns
- Preserves more healthy tooth material
- Extremely precise for long-lasting, natural results
Only a few dentists nationwide have incorporated this sophisticated technology into their offices. Imagine the convenience of having a dental crown placed in just one dental visit!
Contact our Jacksonville dental office to learn more about CEREC single-visit dentistry.
The gold standard in modern dentistry. Dr. Alexander has incorporated the safest and most comfortable technology for his patients to deliver high-quality care.
Digital x-rays allow Dr. Alexander to capture clear and precise images of the patient’s mouth for a more complete and accurate diagnosis. Images are captured in an instant, making the process more comfortable for patients compared to traditional film x-rays.
One of the biggest advantages of digital dental x-rays compared to traditional technology is the fact that they expose patients to 90% less radiation. Combined with the fact that the image is taken in fractions of a second, patients can be confident that their exposure is extremely low.
Do I really need x-rays?
Patients often ask if x-rays are really necessary. Indeed they are. Dental x-rays are a valuable part of the diagnosis and pre-treatment planning. Without this snapshot of the inner workings of the oral system, Dr. Alexander is left to guess what may be causing the problem.
Looking at the results of a dental x-ray, Dr. Alexander can identify hidden problems such as tooth decay, oral cancer, gum disease, and TMJ disorder.
Committed to a greener planet
Dr. Alexander is very concerned with the environment and preserving it for future generations. Digital dental x-rays don’t require chemicals to develop images as traditional x-rays do. Because the images are in a digital format, Dr. Alexander can store them electronically with a patient’s dental records, eliminating the need for bulky storage.
In addition, digital x-rays can be shared instantly with other dentists, specialists, and physicians around the world for the highest level of patient care and communication.
Itero Digital Impressions
Only a handful of Jacksonville dentists have incorporated digital impressions into their practice. Dr. Alexander offers the most advanced technology with the iTero digital impression system.
This innovative technology uses lasers and optical scanning to digitally capture the surface and contours of the tooth and gums. The entire process takes less than five minutes, the time needed for the conventional dental impression material to set.
Patients prefer digital impressions to conventional trays, which are awkward and uncomfortable. The iTero system captures the impression so precisely that it virtually eliminates the need for impression retakes and ensures that the restorations will be created for a perfect fit.
One of the most impressive features of the iTero digital dental impression technology is that it produces real-time images that show on the computer screen. Dr. Alexander and the patient can simultaneously visualize the treatment area in 360 degrees, allowing them to communicate more effectively.
iTero and Invisalign
Dr. Alexander is a Jacksonville Invisalign dentist. The iTero technology exclusively links to the Invisalign software. This allows Dr. Alexander to design more precise Invisalign treatment and improve patient comfort during the impressions phase. The iTero Invisalign partnership has also created a treatment simulator so that patients can visualize what the results of their Invisalign treatment will look like.
ViziLite Cancer Screening
According to the National Cancer Institute, doctors will diagnose 42,000 people with oral cancer this year. What is of most concern is that in the early stages, oral cancer can go unnoticed. More so, a rapidly growing segment of patients affected by oral cancer is young, healthy non-smokers. It is believed that HPV is now the leading cause of oral cancer in American adults.
Dr. Alexander is committed to offering patients the highest level of care. Our dentistry goes beyond routine cleanings and exams. We take the time to consider your dental health as part of your overall health. To help combat oral cancer and give patients the best chance for a cure, Dr. Alexander has added oral cancer screening technology.
We offer oral cancer screening as part of our new patient exam and periodically perform oral cancer screenings to catch abnormal cells early. Dr. Alexander has selected ViziLite technology, one of the leading oral cancer detection systems on the market.
Oral Cancer Detection
Dr. Alexander will thoroughly examine inside your mouth, including the roof of the mouth, the back of the throat, the tongue, the floor of the mouth, and the lymph nodes in your neck.
The ViziLite system uses a special solution and light to identify abnormal cells. When abnormal cells are present, they will “glow,” making them easy for the dentist to detect. If he finds abnormal cells, Dr. Alexander may take a biopsy for further analysis.
Oral Cancer Symptoms
Generally, in the early stages, there are no obvious signs or symptoms of oral cancer. Some patients may experience bleeding sores, difficulty chewing or swallowing, numbness of the tongue, lumps or hard spots in the mouth, or ear pain.
The good news is that oral cancer has one of the highest survival rates (88%) when caught early. Unfortunately, it is estimated that only 1/3 of all cases are discovered early. For these reasons, it is important to seek a qualified dentist who can provide oral cancer screenings and reduce your risk.