Technology

What We Offer

You could choose from many local providers that offer the same services that we offer – but at Smile SF, we are committed to our duty to design an individualized plan specifically for your needs, concerns and optimum health. We’re not here to sell you on a “laundry list” of procedures you don’t need, and we keep abreast of new technology to offer the most up-to-date and least invasive procedures possible.


Digital X-Ray System

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Technology | Comments Off on Digital X-Ray System

Digital radiography using a Prof Suni System allows for the instant viewing of your x-ray images on a computer screen, without the wait time of x-ray film developing.

Most importantly, digital radiography reduces 90% of the radiation that is associated with traditional film x-rays. This tool allows us to better see and understand where the potential problem areas are, and lets you be involved with your treatment planning so you know what to expect.

Suni Digital X-Ray at Smile SF

Cavity Detection System

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Technology | Comments Off on Cavity Detection System

DIAGNOdent by Kavo is a laser-based diagnostic tool that allows us to detect caries or cavities that might otherwise be missed using traditional diagnostic tools. It is especially useful in detecting caries that have begun to form underneath the enamel surface, but which are not yet developed enough to show up even on our powerful digital x-ray system.

DIAGNOdent consists of a pen with a digital reading that we use to scan your teeth.

When it detects a possible cavity, you’ll hear a beeping and will be able to see the digital reading displayed. Not only does it detect caries at a very early stage, but also involves you in the process of detection and enables us to determine the most conservative treatment approach.

diagnodent at smile sf

Oral Cancer Screening

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Technology | Comments Off on Oral Cancer Screening

Nearly every hour of every day one American dies from oral cancer. The death rate of oral cancer is higher than most other cancers we hear  — its mortality rate has sadly not improved in decades.

Despite the popular belief that oral cancer only occurs in smokers, alcohol drinkers, and tobacco chewers, there has been a rise of oral cancer incidence amongst people in younger age groups who have never used tobacco products. Recent research has shown a strong link to human papilloma virus, (HPV), which is sexually transmitted.

Like all cancers, early detection of oral cancer is key and has been associated with survival rates of 80-90%, compared to a late detection survival rate of only 43% at 5 years from diagnosis.

We have incorporated an FDA approved VELscope-based lesion detection device called Sapphire-LD that has high specificity for identifying early pre-cancerous or cancerous cells that may go unnoticed with the naked eye. This tool is able to detect abnormal changes below the surface in an earlier stage, and to help save lives.

The affordably-priced procedure is painless and only adds 1-2 minutes to the routine examination. Our patients are grateful that we have invested in this technology that allows us to detect potential problems earlier, and to provide the best health care currently available.

Oral Cancer Screening at Smile SF

Invisalign – Clear Braces

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Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that is worn over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life — people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.

Invisalign Clear Braces at Smile SFinvisalign

Isolite

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Isolite is the state of the art isolation technology that allows superior isolation of teeth, retraction of tongue, cheeks and lips, and patient comfort and protection during dental treatment.

It isolates teeth and reduces humidity by evacuating fluid while providing superior illumination of the oral cavity. This produces increased resin tooth bond strength and decreases micro-leakage.

It is efficiently designed to retract the tissue and offers fewer interruptions and with enhanced visualization and illumination of the treatment area allows for improved and efficient treatment flow.

Finally, it provides a comfortable resting point for the patient and reduces risk fatigue and of inadvertent patient aspiration of dental materials.

The net result is better patient comfort and more consistent and more efficient results.

Isolite at Smile SF

iTero – Digital Impression

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iTero is a state of the art intra-oral scanner for restorative and orthodontic procedures. It utilizes laser and optical scanning to capture the contours of the patient’s dentition, gingival structures and bite. It produces a highly accurate 3D digital impression ready in just minutes for viewing on the screen.

iTero Digital Impression at Smile SF