Your enjoyable dental experience depends on your comfort and safety. At Cooper Moss Advanced Dentistry, we utilize the latest technological advances in dental equipment and techniques to ensure your satisfaction with your visit and your continued excellent health.
One of the dental procedures that patients most commonly tell us they dislike is the taking of impressions. Traditional impressions require the placement of a tray filled with a soft putty-like material in the patient’s mouth, which then takes five minutes to set.
Cooper Moss Advanced Dentistry’s digital technology is a recently developed alternative to this traditional method of taking impression for crowns, veneers and bridges. A digital impression is taken when the dentist or assistant scans the desired teeth with a hand-held scanner instead of placing a tray in the patient’s mouth. The information is recorded in a software program, checked for accuracy by the dentist, and then sent electronically to one of our licensed laboratories for construction of your restoration.
This process makes your experience more pleasant and comfortable, the construction of the laboratory work more accurate and efficient, and the resulting restoration more predictable and long lasting. These are significant benefits for you and the dental team.
At Cooper Moss Advanced Dentistry, we use two different digital impression systems in order to deliver the best possible outcomes to our patients. The Sirona CEREC-Connect, iTero and 3MTrue Definition Scanner systems link us with our local laboratories and two major manufacturing networks for the finest in modern crown and bridge restorations.
3D Cone Beam
Cone Beam CT (CBCT) scanning represents a major technological step forward for the patients, dentists, and staff of Cooper Moss Advanced Dentistry.
CBCT imaging provides our clinical team with a three dimensional (3D) “volumetric” scan of a patient’s teeth and surrounding jaw, sinus, and temporomandibular joint structures. A simple 14-second scan by our Galileos 3D CBCT, combined with powerful software tools, allows our dentists to visualize a patient’s dental, periodontal, and potential pathology status much more completely than in the past. In fact, studies indicate that 25% more abnormalities are found by clinicians with CBCT scans than with traditional two dimensional X-rays.
CBCT images and software provide not only expanded diagnostic information, but also offer significant treatment planning advantages. The Galileos 3D scanning device was selected for our practice because of its ability to integrate with the CEREC CAD/CAM technology. The synergy of these two technologies allows our dentists to fully plan, design, and predictably place dental implants here in our office. Dental implant placement is an exciting clinical service that we have been offering to our patients since 2011.
Although Invisalign® is not new to Cooper Moss Advanced Dentistry, recent advancements have been made in the process that allows us to utilize Invisalign for even more patients than in the past.
Invisalign® is a proprietary orthodontic technique pioneered by Align Technologies. Patients (now, both teens and adults) who are candidates for treatment with Invisalign can receive comfortable, efficient, and effective orthodontic treatment that is virtually undetectable to others.
The process is essentially a series of precise-fitting, clear aligners (no wires or brackets) worn in sequence by the patient while under the supervision of our dentists and staff. Each aligner is responsible for certain tooth movements that take the patient from their starting condition to the final corrected alignment of their teeth.
Cooper Moss Advanced Dentistry was among the first general dental practices in the area to be certified by Align Technologies. Drs. Cooper and Isaacson have been providing successful Invisalign® care to their patients since 2004 and remain among the top providers in Thurston County. Don’t hesitate to ask us if Invisalign can help you meet your goals for straighter and more functional and attractive teeth.
Digital X-rays (Radiographs)
Digital X-rays offer significant advantages over older film-based X-rays. Because digital X rays require 50-65% less radiation, they increase patient safety, allowing patients to have all necessary dental X-rays taken with complete confidence. Cooper Moss Advanced Dentistry has been a local leader in incorporating this technology, having used digital radiology since 2001.
In addition, the software we use in connection with digital X-rays enables us to more accurately analyze your X-ray images so that we can better diagnose and treat your dental conditions.
Lastly, digital X-rays are the “green” option for radiological imaging. They eliminate the need for the processing and fixing chemicals required for film-based radiology. Also, digital images can be electronically shared with specialists and benefits companies or can be printed on recyclable paper. At Cooper Moss Advanced Dentistry, we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment.
Intraoral digital cameras allow us to capture clear images of your teeth and soft oral tissues which can then be displayed for you on our high definition computer screens. These images enable you to better see and understand your dental conditions and our treatment recommendations. Please do not hesitate to ask us if you wish to see images of any of your teeth or tissues.
These images can also be shared with your benefits provider in order to make processing of your insurance claim more clear and efficient. Our specialty colleagues and dental laboratories also use this information to provide you with a better outcome for your care.
Like all of our digital clinical systems, your information is securely stored on our computer network for future reference.
Diode Soft Tissue Laser
Soft tissue laser treatment allows our dentists and hygienists to provide you with a modern alternative to previous tissue modification procedures. Gum tissues treated with the laser heal much more quickly, predictably, and comfortably than with previous treatment methods.
With the laser, we can sculpt, recontour, or reposition gum tissue for either functional or esthetic needs. The soft tissue laser effectively stabilizes tissue so that your dental procedure can continue without interruption. It sterilizes the area so that your healing can immediately begin. Your gum tissue level can be easily and comfortably modified to help access decay on root surfaces or to balance uneven tissue levels, enhancing the look of your smile. The diode laser can also be used for removal and for quicker healing of aphthous/herpetic/canker lesions, saving the patient weeks of pain and discomfort.
Periodontal hygiene procedures can also be enhanced with the diode soft tissue laser. Deep periodontal pockets can be sterilized with the laser after cleaning to aid in response to therapy. Minor muscle attachments (frenum) can be easily relieved so that the chance of future gum recession is lessened.
Isolite provides patients with a soft and flexible support for their jaws while they remain open for dental procedures. In addition, the device isolates the area of the mouth receiving care, thereby protecting the tongue and cheek tissues, while gently suctioning to help with swallowing. The fiber optic light that is a part of the isolite system illuminates the working area and assures the dentist sterile and clear access. The isolite is not only safer and more comfortable for the patient; but also it enables the dentist to work more effectively and efficiently.