Recent dental advances help Dr. Guerra to protect and correct teeth like never before, saving teeth that would have been extracted only a few years ago. Here are a few of the breakthrough services he offers:
Microscopic endodontic treatment — Dr. Guerra is one of the few dentists in the country to offer this level of care for root canals. Using a powerful surgical microscope to increase visibility from 10 up to 24 times, Dr. Guerra can help you avoid endodontic problems months or years before they could be ever detected by traditional methods. He also uses the microscope to prepare and check his dentistry for the most extreme level of precision.
DIAGNOdent® — This laser cavity detector is one of the latest, state-of-the-art advances for protecting your teeth. DIAGNOdent can detect cavities too small to be seen by conventional means by scanning your teeth with a painless beam of light. It is especially useful for diagnosing decay on the chewing surfaces of your teeth. These usually very small cavities can then be restored before they further develop. DIAGNOdent is used in conjunction with our other diagnostic tools.
Intra-oral Camera with computer enhancement — you can have great confidence in the treatment recommendations you receive from Dr. Guerra. He will review your problem areas and graphically display them on a computer monitor. Then the two of you can mutually discuss and develop your treatment plan.
Microscope enhanced dentistry — Seeing what you are doing is the key to great dental work. And Dr. Guerra is proud to be one of a very few dentists in the country who offer microscope enhanced dentistry to our patients. Dr. Guerra received his microscopy certification at the Newport Coast Oral Facial Institute. Magnification has improved dentists' diagnostic and treatment skills for many years. Dentists started to use magnification in their work years ago often mounted to their glasses. Over time, higher levels of magnification became available. For various technical reasons, there is a limit to how much magnification can be provided by loupes mounted on glasses or a separate frame.
Eventually, fiber optics were added to the loupes. The bright, concentrated light is focused on the work field. This facilitates the detailed examination of the area of interest.
A huge jump forward came with the advent of the surgical microscope. Microscopes have been used for many years in the medical field but recently have become available to the dental community. Microscopes have been slow to gain acceptance in dental work but we believe they have a huge impact for our patients. The improvement in correct diagnosis, coupled with the ability to provide enhanced patient care, has resulted in the patient being the clear winner of micro-dentistry.
Introducing a microscope requires an initial investment, requires the dentist to seek additional training, and slows down procedures because of the learning curve. As work becomes more detailed and precise, it requires a slower pace to be performed correctly. Considering the benefits to the patient, however, it is well worth the effort. We are proud to offer microscopic treatment as a routine aspect of our practice