When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Drs. Craig and Gloria Torres and their staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care. Our practice uses high power Zeiss microscopes to enhance the precision of patient care. Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using a microscope that is similar to the one an ophthalmologist uses enables us to complete dental procedures with enhanced accuracy. You just can’t fulfill that level of care with the naked eye. In addition to allowing precise, close-up work, the microscope directs a beam of light directly on the teeth, minimizing glare for you. Many dentists use air-driven “hand-pieces” (the dental term for “drills”). While acceptable for many procedures, these “whiney sounding” air-powered hand pieces all have a degree of non-concentricity; they do not rotate perfectly smoothly. For the most precise aspects of restorative procedures, we use electric hand-pieces. This results in extraordinarily precise interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration. This will bring more comfort to you as well. With a more precise tool, there is less vibration and less noise.
Drs. Craig and Gloria Torres choose carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs. Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Drs. Craig and Gloria Torres utilize Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better. Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to other specialists or insurance companies.
Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital X-rays results in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.
Cone Beam CT Scan
The Orthophos XG 3D system gives our practice state-of-the-art technology to help Dr. Drs. Torres and Torres diagnose potential issues more accurately and provide treatment with unprecedented confidence. Unlike a traditional spiral CT scanner, this 3D system utilizes cone beam CT technology and provides precise, crystal-clear digital images while minimizing your exposure to radiation.
Our new 3D system enables us to perform a wider range of diagnoses and treatments in our office, helping to reduce multiple visits. The Orthophos XG 3D scanner allows us to choose the field of view, or scanning area, that best suits your specific treatment needs. This helps to limit your radiation exposure because we are focusing specifically on your area of concern.
The system brings the latest 3D technology to Torres Dental Specialties, PLLC, providing unmatched visualization of anatomical detail which aids in treatment planning and helps us to better explain the particulars of your case, as well as address any questions you may have. Dr. Drs. Torres and Torres can use this innovative technology to quickly and easily share 3D images of the area of concern with your referring doctor – allowing the doctors to collaborate on your care, improving your experience, and delivering a positive treatment outcome.
CEREC is an advanced dental restorative system that allows your dentist to restore decayed teeth or defective composite or amalgam fillings with ceramic inlays, onlays, crowns, or veneers in just one appointment. Worldwide more than 25,000 practices in over 50 countries work with the CEREC system. This system uses a 3D camera to create an optical impression of your tooth and then with an inhouse milling unit fabricates your crown in the dental office in 10-20 minutes. What makes CEREC so special?
- Single visit convenience- no temporaries
- No uncomfortable impression trays
- Beautiful esthetics – color-matching ceramics
- Enamel-like materials – natural look and feel
- Clinical proven- millions of successful restorations worldwide
Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing. Drs. Craig and Gloria Torres utilize intraoral camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An intraoral camera is a very small camera – in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An intraoral camera allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you! Intraoral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.