For decades, physical impression material has been used in dentistry. This method can still be used in certain situations, but introduces greater opportunity for distortion and error. To obtain the best clinical outcomes and a better experience for patients, Dr. Herod utilizes a 3-D intraoral scanner.
Although exposure to radiation in the dental office is very low compared to other types of radiation, including the environment, Dr. Herod recognizes this risk. He utilizes the lowest possible amount of radiation in his digital x-rays and is always understanding of each patient's unique health situation and desires for diverse treatment options.
Traditional 2-Dimensional x-rays have long been used in dentistry for diagnosis. Although very useful in certain aspects of care, there are significant limitations. Dr. Herod has invested in a 3D CBCT (Cone Beam Computer Tomography) to provide the best care for his patients. This device allows Dr. Herod to see the teeth, jaws, and face in 3-dimensions to better diagnose disease and plan for treatment. This device can be paired with an intraoral scanner to completely digitally plan treatment for the most predictable clinical outcomes.
Dr. Herod takes indoor air quality very seriously. Although you may not consider it very often, many office spaces have unclean air. This is why we use HEPA air filtration in all of our operatories and communal spaces. Additionally Dr. Herod’s clinical operatories are equipped with extraoral air suction devices to minimize the introduction of aerosols into the environment. This consideration of indoor air quality is something that sets us apart from other dental practices.
Within the oral environment, good and bad bacteria exist. It is the balance of these bacteria that is critical for optimal oral health. This is called the oral microbiome. When this balance is disrupted it can lead to not only tooth decay and periodontal disease, but also disruption in the gut microbiome, leading to chronic inflammation and illness. Within the last century, life threatening disease has changed. Acute disease is no longer the leading cause of death. It is actually chronic illness associated with stress and inflammation. The link between oral bacteria and chronic disease is continuing to evolve and become more clear. Some of these diseases include:
By using oral bacteria testing, Dr. Herod can identify specific bacteria associated with adverse health outcomes and create a unique treatment plan to optimize each patient’s health.
Biocompatible materials are those that can exist within a living organism without negative reactions and harm. The purpose of biocompatibility testing prior to dental treatment is to select the materials that are the least challenging to the immune system.
Dr. Herod aims to reduce exposing his patient’s body to additional stressors in the form of reactive dental materials in order to keep patients healthy and feeling their best.