Advanced Dental Services & Technology – North Providence, RI
Making Our Care Quicker
and More Reliable
A focus on natural treatments doesn’t mean ignoring the difference that modern technology can make in the field of dentistry. At Bio Dental, we’ve integrated the latest advancements into our dental office to make our diagnoses more accurate and efficient; we’ve also focused on making sure that our patients are as comfortable as possible. The information on this page will help you learn more about the technology we use before you set up your next appointment.
Intraoral cameras give dentists a unique advantage: it gives them a way to show patients exactly what they’re seeing. It’s a simple matter to take pictures from all kinds of angles in your mouth thanks to the design of our Digidoc camera. The images taken are immediately displayed on the monitor next to your chair. You’ll be able to see cavities and other oral health issues in all their detail so that you aren’t left wondering what we’re talking about during our recommendations.
Dental X-rays are definitely important for finding decay, damage, and disease that would escape a simple visual examination, but the old method of taking X-rays involves high amounts of radiation and dark rooms filled with toxic chemicals. Today, technology has improved to the point where X-rays can be taken digitally instead. Not only does this not involve radiation, but the images can be developed instantly and can even be enlarged and enhanced so that we can examine certain details more closely.
3D Cone Beam Imaging
In order to perform dental implant surgery and other advanced procedures in-house, we need to gather as much information about your mouth as possible – more than can be captured with a normal X-ray. With 3D cone beam imaging, we can create a three-dimensional image that shows not just the teeth but also nerve paths, hidden dental structures, soft tissues, and essentially anything that we need to keep an eye out for during an advanced procedure.
Digital Impression System
If you’ve had a dental crown or some other restorative procedure performed in the past, you might have needed a dental impression taken with bad-tasting dental putty that had to sit in your mouth for too long. With digital impressions, such inconvenience is a thing of the past. We just need to scan your mouth to create a three-dimensional model of your teeth. The scans are extremely accurate, which means there’s less chance of an error forcing us to take impressions again.
Red Light Photomodulation Therapy
This device relies on the same proven principles as acupuncture, but instead of using needles to stimulate certain areas of the body, it instead relies on a gentle laser or LED light that is applied to various parts of the mouth. Numerous studies have shown that this approach can help reduce dental anxiety and discomfort, make a tooth with a severe cavity more likely to survive (and therefore avoid extraction), and even improve the bond between dental implants and the jawbone. It’s gentle, fast, and combines trusted methods from traditional Chinese medicine with the latest in dental technology.
HOW DOES RED LIGHT THERAPY WORK?
Photobiomodulation (PBM therapy) might be better known under the name “low-level laser therapy.” This specific method uses red light on soft tissues to speed healing and alleviate pain.
The application of Photobiomodulation ( PBM therapy) or Red Light Therapy uses light energy to trigger cellular and biological responses in the body. PBM encourages the body’s natural healing process to work faster and more efficiently for the given treatment. So many issues can be helped or resolved entirely by using light therapy, which makes most patients good candidates for PBM therapy. Dr. Castillo finds red light therapy a great holistic addition to the healing process when doing implants, extractions, or any type of dental surgery.
What are the benefits of using Red Light Therapy/ Photobiomodulation (PBM therapy) The therapy promotes the healing of damaged tissue by increasing cell proliferation, which results in faster healing time, boots the body's own natural healing and generative processes, reduces or eliminates pain, reduces inflammation, and provides relief for chronic pain.
Synapse Dental Pain Eraser
The Synapse Dental Pain Eraser cannot only quickly eliminate dental pain that is already happening, but it can also prevent it from occurring in the first place. Two tiny, round probes are placed against the teeth and gums, and they emit small electronic pulses that stimulate the underlying nerves. Relying on a process called neuromodulation, these pulses prevent the nerves and brain from triggering the natural pain response. In the chair, this means the patient basically doesn’t feel anything throughout their appointment, no matter what type of treatment they are receiving. It can be used for any procedure and only takes seconds to apply, allowing patients to enjoy the comfortable care they deserve without having to deal with the wait and after-effects of sedation or anesthetic. Dr. Castillo has incorporated the Synapse Dental Pain Eraser as a comprehensive technique to deal with sensitivity and to aid patients who are anxious about dental needles.
Fotona LightWalker® Dental Laser
We utilize our Fotona LightWalker® dental laser to help treat moderate to severe periodontal disease that has led to the breakdown of the supportive structures of the smile. This FDA-cleared procedure allows Dr. Castillo to remove severely damaged and inflamed soft tissue to allow the healthy remaining gums to reattach to the surface of the teeth and protect the vulnerable roots.
Our dental laser can also reduce recovery time, minimize post-operative bleeding, and make treatment more comfortable with its ability to immediately cauterize the area on-contact. This also reduces our patients’ chances of post-operative infection.
Once our team captures an X-ray of your teeth, we can further examine them using our BioScanMSA Ivory software. This unique and incredible device helps us determine whether pain is caused by issues found within a tooth or a problem is systemic in nature.
During the process, you will hold a small brass cylinder as you touch the tooth in your mouth that’s causing concern. Our technician will then use a pen-like wand to read an acupuncture point on your hand, causing a small current to go to each point. The device will then make one complete circuit, signaling whether there is any inflammation that interrupts the flow of the current. In some cases, pain within the tooth can be related to stomach, kidney, spleen, sinus, and even heart-related issues.