Dental Services and Technologies
Lake Houston Endodontic (serving Humble and Atascocita, TX) provides high quality personalized endodontic therapy to all of our patients. We pride ourselves in offering a variety of services and using cutting-edge equipment and techniques.
We use state-of-the-art technologies in all of our procedures in order to provide our patients the best care possible. These new technologies allow us to diagnose and treat all endodontic conditions affecting the oral cavity.
Our premium dental software system maximizes your time and our office efficiency. When you visit our office, you can be confident you are receiving the finest and most advanced dental care available.
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Sedation in dentistry is used to help patients relax during dental procedures and helps to make them pain free. We offer 3 types of sedation:
Inhaled Dental Sedation:
With inhaled sedation, our patient breathes nitrous oxide, also known as "laughing gas", combined with oxygen through a mask placed over their nose. The gas helps you relax while being awake and tends to wear off quickly. With this form of sedation, most patients are able to drive themselves after the procedure.
With oral sedation, our patient takes a pill at a predetermined time prior to procedure. Typically, the pill is Halcion or Valium, both members of the same drug family. The pill will make you drowsy and sleepy but still responsive if needed. Patients with this type of sedation will need adult supervision for 24 hours starting at the time they take the pill. Patients should not attempt to drive or operate machinery during that time frame.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation:
With IV sedation, our patient receives the sedative drug through a vein. This type of sedation is used for cases of extreme dental anxiety or complex dental procedures that require an extended period of time. You will still be conscious and responsive if needed. IV sedation is performed by a Dental Anesthesiologist. Patients with this type of sedation will need adult supervision for 24 hours starting at the time they receive sedation. Patients should not attempt to drive or operate machinery during that time frame.
Ultrasonic technology used in dental hand held devices uses ultrasonic waves to aid in the location of calcified canals, removal of posts and preparation of microsurgical retrograde fillings and obturations. The use of ultrasonic devices in endodontics has greatly improved our ability to treat the more "challenging" endodontic cases.
Electronic Apex Locator
An electronic apex locator is an electronic device used in endodontics to determine the length of the root canal space. The apex locator measures the specific resistance to electrical current of the apical foramen at the end of the root, using a pair of electrodes typically hooked into the lip and attached to an endodontic instrument. The use of the apex locator has greatly improved the accurate location of the apical foramen as well as greatly reduced the amount of radiographs that were once necessary during endodontic treatment.
The high powered illumination and magnification of microscopes has been highly beneficial to endodontic therapy, both surgical and non-surgical. We are now able provide better diagnosis and treatment as a result of improved visualization of anatomical features, soft and hard tissue pathologies.
The high powered illumination and magnification of dental microscopes has been highly beneficial to endodontic therapy, both surgical and non-surgical. We are now able provide better diagnosis and treatment as a result of improved visualization of anatomical features, soft and hard tissue pathologies.
Cone Beam CT Scan
Computerized tomography of the facial and oral structures is highly beneficial for endodontics. We utilize small volume cone-beam CT technology that provides highly accurate, 3-D radiographic images for the diagnosis, planning and treatment of endodontic pathology. 3-D imaging allows visualization of teeth, bone and surrounding tissues, with minimal radiation to the patient and accuracy not possible with 2-D imaging such as regular dental radiographs.
DIGITAL DENTAL IMAGING
We use digital imaging software in our office, which allows us to take a digital picture of you and use our imaging system to predict how a particular treatment or cosmetic procedure would change the appearance of your teeth. This software is beneficial for patients who are considering cosmetic procedures but are not sure if they're ready for dramatic changes. Digital imaging also allows us to document your dental case and procedures very well. We take digital images of your face, teeth and smile to provide us with a permanent dental record and to provide a visual documentation of treatment.
Digital radiography has eliminated the use of conventional film and allows images to be loaded onto a computer of your mouth and teeth. Digital radiographic images have improved our ability to diagnose and treat endodontic pathology, as well as improving the sharing and transfer to other doctors. Digital radiography has also reduced the amount of radiation exposure by more than 80% when compared to conventional radiographs.
This means more safety and better accuracy for you.
Electronic Insurance Claims
Many offices utilize electronic claims processing. This means that rather than being sent through the mail, a dental claim is sent electronically to an insurance company with the click of a button. We can submit information more efficiently and with fewer errors. This benefits patients because the turn-around time on claims is faster, and fewer claims are returned or denied.
Paperless Dental Charting
Paperless charting means more efficiency and more accuracy. An office that has "gone digital" records x-rays and charting with the aid of the computer and keeps all patients' dental records electronically. Additionally, it cuts back on paper use. The computer eliminates this problem by standardizing charting methods, making it easy to understand dental charts, view up-to-date information and keep records accurately. When needed, this method also allows dental offices to more easily share information with other healthcare providers.
The dentist performs most of his dental procedures while wearing a pair of funny looking glasses called surgical telescopes. These powerful glasses have magnifiers on them, allowing the dentist to see fine details that would go unnoticed to the naked eye.