Dr. Burnett has devoted many years to achieving an exceptional education within the dental industry. Part of that educational process has involved keeping up-to-date with the latest dental technology available. For that reason, we are pleased to offer our Garland, TX, area patients the following cutting-edge instrumentation and dental methodology.
Dr. Burnett utilizes an intraoral camera to produce high-definition images of a patient’s mouth. This state-of-the art device is mounted in a pen-size instrument that contains a tiny video camera that produces images of the patient’s teeth and gums. Those images are then immediately viewable by Dr. Burnett on a computer monitor. As he moves the instrument inside the patient’s mouth, Dr. Burnett is able to obtain views of the teeth and gums that he would otherwise not be able to achieve.
Most dental patients are familiar with the process involved in having an impression made, which includes use of a gooey material and an uncomfortable device that the patient is asked to bite down on for a certain period of time. But thanks to modern dental technology, Dr. Burnett can now use a system that creates a digital impression using a scanner. Gone are the days of messy dental impressions!
In much the same way as photography in general has gone digital, now so has the world of film X-rays. Dr. Burnett and his staff are now able to take digital X-rays of patients’ mouths. This means much less exposure to harmful radiation than old-fashioned X-rays. The images are available immediately, and can be digitally stored with the rest of a patient’s information in a computer file.
Another advancement in dental technology that has become available recently is air abrasion, a remarkable new technique for removing tooth decay without the need for a dental drill. It involves use of a small instrument that blows a powerful air stream of miniscule aluminum oxide particles onto the tooth surface to remove decay.
Minimally Invasive Dentistry
Dr. Burnett practices a dental technique called minimally invasive dentistry. Generally speaking, this methodology maintains a focus on prevention of dental issues by conserving healthy tooth structure. It involves use of several technological advances within the dental field to help restore and maintain the patient’s good oral health with the least amount of dentistry possible. Techniques used in minimally invasive dentistry include remineralization (a process that restores minerals to tooth structure; fluoride treatments, for example); air abrasion; and use of dental sealants to protect teeth from decay, to name a few.