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Today’s Best Dental Technology, Materials & Procedures

At Greystone Smile Design, we are excited to offer the latest advances in dental technology, materials and procedures to serve our family dentistry, pediatric dentistry and cosmetic dentistry patients. Utilizing the technical skills of our dentist and professional staff along with today’s best dental technology and equipment, we aim to provide comprehensive exams, accurate diagnoses and maximum comfort throughout any dental procedure. Our offices are located in Greystone Cosmetic Center, a new, state-of-the-art facility designed and equipped to meet all of your dental and cosmetic medical needs.

Our Alabama practice near Hoover and Birmingham offers a full range of dental health services ranging from routine cleanings and examinations for the entire family to restorative, cosmetic and pediatric dental procedures that include cosmetic whitening, tooth colored fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures and root canals. Whether you are in search of a smile makeover or a lifetime of optimal oral health, the professionals at Greystone Smile Design offer the expertise and advanced technology to give you dazzling white teeth and healthy teeth and gums.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Relax! No, Really Relax!

Do you have a fear of going to the dentist? You are definitely not alone. A recent survey ranked going to the dentist #2 on most fearful activities behind public speaking. It’s estimated that 85 million Americans are scared of the dentist, causing them to avoid needed dental treatment.

Now they’re jeopardizing not only their dental state but their overall health status as well. If this sounds like you, we want to help. Whether you’ve been postponing a simple dental checkup or a brand-new smile, now is the time to take better care of yourself.

At Greystone Smile Design, we can make your dental experience more comfortable and relaxing with the use of oral conscious sedation. This type of sedation is defined as “an induced controlled state of depressed consciousness.” In this state, patients maintain the ability to breathe independently and respond appropriately to physical stimulation and verbal commands. Oral Conscious Sedation is administered by taking pills that produce feelings of relaxation and drowsiness as well as provide a mild anesthetic to aid in pain control. Some degree of amnesia is common.

Sedation dentistry has changed the way many people feel about dental visits. With safe, effective medications, minimal sedation will relieve your anxiety, discomfort, and fear.

3D Cone Beam CT X-ray

Better imaging equals better health and better results. That’s why Greystone Smile Design recently installed the new VaTech Panoramic X-ray with 3D Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) imaging technology. This device will aid in diagnosis and planning for implant placement, airway evaluations for snoring and minor sleep apnea, and assessing pathology. The bottom line is that this cutting-edge equipment makes us better so that we can deliver the highest level of care to our patients.

3d-cone-beam-xrayThe panoramic X-ray is a two-dimensional image that gives a broad overview of the entire mouth. This X-ray supplies information about the teeth, upper and lower jawbone, sinuses, and other hard and soft tissues of the head and neck. It is great for evaluating wisdom teeth and pathology.

One advantage of the panoramic X-ray is its ease of use. Unlike other X-rays where the film is placed inside the patient’s mouth, the panoramic film is contained in a machine that moves around the patient’s head.

Comprehensive Information with a Three-Dimensional Image

The Cone Beam CT is a three-dimensional image that has become increasingly important in treatment planning and diagnosis in implant dentistry, along with endodontics (root canals) and orthodontics. During a CBCT scan, the scanner rotates around the patient’s head, obtaining up to nearly 600 distinct images. It is great for placing implants because bone width and height can be viewed in three-dimensions. Implants can be placed virtually in the software with the exact angle and length, and this information can be translated to surgical guides that allow for minimally invasive implant surgery.

We have invested in this technology to better serve our patients, and provide the peace of mind that our diagnosis and treatment plans are based on the most comprehensive information found in dental x-rays today.

See Dr. Trent Buchanan and Cone Beam CT Scanning on CBS 42:

Digital X-Ray

Digital x-rays are quickly becoming the standard in dental imaging. Digital x-rays allow the doctor to get a much better view of your teeth and potential dental concerns. The digital imaging software allows the doctor to see a number of different views of the tooth to gain a better understanding of the proper course of treatment. Digital x-rays provide a great benefit to the patient. Not only are they an excellent diagnostic tool, but they decrease radiation to the patient by over 80%.

Intraoral Camera

intraoral-cameraIntraoral cameras are an excellent means of allowing the patient to view potential dental conditions in their own mouth. It is much easier to understand what is happening in your mouth if you can see the problem on a computer monitor. This digital image can be utilized to provide information to insurances and other doctors if necessary.

Rotary Endodontics

Rotary Endodontics, or root canal, is a method in which the doctor utilizes an electric hand-piece to perform the procedure. The electric hand-piece allows the doctor to clean and shape the canals faster than using hand files. And because it’s electric, there is no drill noise. This makes the whole treatment experience much more pleasant!

DIAGNOdent

diagnodentThe Diagnodent helps detect dental caries at the earliest possible stage so that the most appropriate treatment can be presented to you.

Diagnodent is a fluorescent laser that finds cavities which lie beneath the surface of the tooth. There are often cavities that x-rays and the explorer do not find. This advanced technology helps to preserve a greater amount of your tooth structure by uncovering dental decay before it progresses too far.

OraVerse™

Your comfort is an important priority in our practice. So if you’re someone who dislikes the lingering numbness of local anesthesia and the way it can limit your daily activities, an innovative solution is here. Our office is now offering a new product called OraVerse™.

OraVerse is the first and only product of its kind to rapidly reverse the effects of local anesthetics containing a vasoconstrictor so you can feel, speak, smile, and drink normally in approximately half the time.1 OraVerse is not recommended for use in children less than 6 years of age or weighing less than 15 kg (33 lbs).

If you’re one of the many patients averse to the lingering numbness from local anesthesia, let’s discuss whether OraVerse is the right choice for you during your next dental visit.

1 Median time to recovery of normal sensation was reduced by 85 minutes (55%) in the mandible and by 83 minutes (62%) in the maxilla compared to control. Median time to recovery of normal function was reduced by 60 minutes (50%) in the mandible and by 45 minutes (43%) in the maxilla.

Silent Nite® Anti-Snoring Device

silent-nite-anti-snoring-deviceWith a success rate of over 80%, the Silent Nite® Anti-Snoring device is the most popular on the market. The Silent Nite works by moving the lower jaw forward, thus, opening the airway for unimpeded air flow night after night.

First, our Birmingham, Alabama dentist takes an upper and lower impression of your teeth to ensure a comfortable fit. Making the Silent Nite appliance at our office at Greystone Cosmetic Center is easy and pain-free!

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