18925 Base Camp Road Monument, CO 80132

Dental Technology

At Mountain Wellness Dentistry, we take a holistic approach to providing your dental treatments. Your treatment plan is designed to be biocompatible, working with your body to promote better oral and overall health. We invite you to contact us at 719-488-2375 to learn more about holistic dentistry in Monument, Colorado, and schedule your consultation with our experienced dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Yelle.

CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing) is a versatile technology that can be used in a variety of restorative treatments. Using CAD/CAM technology, our skilled dentist can design and create a variety of restorations, including fillings, veneers and porcelain crowns, as well as plan a more precise and effective treatment to meet your needs. State-of-the-art equipment allows us to produce any single-tooth restoration the same day as your procedure so that you can complete your appointment in one day rather than stretching out your treatment over two or more visits to our office.

During your appointment, our dentist will:

  • Examine your teeth to determine an appropriate treatment plan
  • Remove any weakened or decayed tooth material
  • Capture a digital picture of your mouth
  • Convert the picture into a 3D model on the computer screen using CAD/CAM software
  • Create your restoration using the 3D model
  • Immediately mill your restoration from a block of material that matches the color of your natural teeth

Within a few minutes, your new restoration will be complete! Our dentist will check to ensure that it fits properly, polish it and bond it into place.

For more information about CAD/CAM technology and to schedule your consultation with our dentist, please contact our office today.

Ultrasonic scalers are used during our cleaning services to provide you with a more comfortable and efficient dental experience. As you eat and drink, plaque and food debris build up on your teeth. If plaque is not removed within 24 hours, it hardens into dental calculus, or tartar, which can only be removed by a dental professional. At our office, we use ultrasonic scalers to remove the built-up plaque and tartar, keeping your teeth clean and your smile healthy. The ultrasonic scaler is more comfortable and faster than a traditional scaling tool. You may feel some vibrations from the tool, but it is not an uncomfortable process and does not require any numbing anesthetic.

You will likely notice our dentist or hygienist using the ultrasonic scaler during your routine teeth cleanings and periodontal maintenance. Removing the built-up plaque and tartar is important in ensuring that your smile stays free from tooth decay and gum disease. In addition to improving your own experience at our office, the ultrasonic scaler also makes this treatment more comfortable and easier for our hygienist. For more information about the benefits of the ultrasonic scaler, we welcome you to call or visit our knowledgeable team today.

Our dentist and dental team work hard to stay current on the latest advances in dental technology and techniques. We utilize state-of-the-art dental equipment, including CEREC one-visit restoration technology, to help us provide you with the best possible dental care and experience. CEREC technology allows our team to provide you with a custom-made, high-quality dental restoration in a single visit to our office. Traditional dental techniques require at least two visits to complete many dental restorations; CEREC technology saves you time and discomfort by eliminating the need for a second visit. With CEREC technology, we can create many types of dental restorations in just one visit, including:

  • Dental crowns
  • Dental veneers
  • Dental inlays and onlays

With CEREC one-visit restorations, you will have no need for uncomfortable temporary crowns, veneers or other restorations. In addition, CEREC uses advanced scanning technology to design the restoration, eliminating the need for messy impressions. CEREC one-visit restorations are created from high-quality porcelain that is matched to your individual tooth color, so your restorations will look beautiful and natural for years to come. For more information on the advantages of CEREC one-visit restorations and our other advanced technology, we welcome you to call or visit us today.

At our office, we are committed to utilizing advanced dental technology to always provide you with the highest level of dental care. We are proud to utilize cone beam 3D imaging technology at our practice. Cone beam 3D technology is an imaging system that provides our dentist and team with a three-dimensional image reconstruction of your teeth, mouth, jaw, neck, ears, nose and throat. We may use dental cone beam 3D imaging to:

  • Plan dental implant placement
  • Evaluate the jaws and face
  • View the head and neck as a comprehensive whole
  • Diagnose tooth decay (cavities) and other dental problems
  • Detect endodontic problems and plan root canal therapy
  • Analyze dental and facial trauma
  • Plan and evaluate the progress of orthodontic treatment
  • Visualize abnormal teeth
  • Assess a TMJ disorder

Cone beam 3D imaging is effective for diagnosing and evaluating dental conditions, as well as planning treatments. One of the advantages of 3D cone beam technology is that it provides our dentist and team with a view of your mouth and supporting structures that is more comprehensive than that provided by digital X-rays. To learn more about cone beam 3D imaging and how it helps us provide you with exceptional care, we invite you to contact us today.

Digital impressions are a modern, efficient and comfortable way to take precise impressions of your mouth. If you have ever had to have a traditional impression or mold taken in the past, you know that they can be unpleasant and uncomfortable. We are pleased to utilize digital impressions to eliminate the need for messy, goopy impressions. While this technology can make the experience more comfortable for any patient, it is especially good for patients who gag easily. The digital impression system is less invasive than traditional impressions and molds and provides our team with extremely accurate impressions.

Some of the other benefits of digital impression technology include:

  • Digital impressions can be used for creating dental restorations, such as crowns, as well as orthodontic aligners
  • No messy “goop”
  • The scanner can be quickly taken out of your mouth if you ever feel uncomfortable, and we can easily start and stop the scanning process as needed
  • Digital impressions require much less time than traditional impressions, helping to make your appointment more efficient

If you would like to learn more about digital impressions and the other advanced technology we use at our office, please call us today.

Digital X-rays are one of the advanced diagnostic tools we use to provide you with the best possible care. Digital radiography has changed the way we take dental X-rays by making the process faster, more comfortable and more convenient than ever before. Digital X-rays use a digital sensor to take images of your teeth, unlike traditional X-rays that use film. Digital X-rays use significantly less radiation than conventional film X-rays and require the use of no chemicals for developing the images. Our dentist can then instantly view the high-quality images on monitors right in the treatment room to provide you with efficient, accurate diagnoses and care. Our team is able to use digital radiography to identify and diagnose several types of dental problems, such as:

  • Decay in between teeth
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Improper tooth root positioning
  • Cysts and abscesses
  • Fractures in existing fillings
  • Tumors
  • Infection in the tooth nerves
  • Bone loss

Digital dental X-rays are used to plan many kinds of dental treatment, such as oral surgery procedures, root canal treatment, dental implants, orthodontics and more. To learn more about digital radiography and how we use X-rays at our office, we welcome you to call or visit us soon.

An intraoral camera is a tool we use to get a closer look at different parts of your smile. The intraoral camera is a small, pen-shaped device that we can use to take high-quality color photos of your teeth and gums, as well as other areas of your mouth as needed. Because the intraoral camera is so small and easily maneuverable, we can use it to see angles in your mouth that we cannot easily view with the unaided eye. We may utilize the intraoral camera to better evaluate your oral health and diagnose dental problems like tooth decay and periodontal disease, as well as tooth damage like a cracked or chipped tooth. The intraoral camera is also useful in following up after a treatment has been completed.

In addition to helping our team get a better view of your smile, the images taken with the intraoral camera allow you, our patient, to gain a better understanding of your oral health and dental treatments. We can also send these photos to other dentists and specialists and can submit them to dental insurance companies as needed. To learn more about the uses and benefits of intraoral cameras, we invite you to call or visit our dentist and team soon.

Laser dentistry involves the use of lasers to complete dental treatments more comfortably, quickly and effectively. At our dental practice, we are dedicated to always providing you with the best possible dental care. Our dentist and team continuously update their education and our office to provide you with a more pleasant and efficient dental visit. We are proud to offer laser dental treatment to ensure that your dental experience is comfortable and positive.

Lasers can be used for a number of dental treatments. During your visit, our dentist may recommend laser dentistry to:

  • Treat periodontal disease by removing bacteria and infected tissue
  • Cure (harden) a dental filling
  • Remove the decayed or damaged portion of a tooth
  • Treat cold sores and canker sores
  • Recontour the gumline

There are many benefits of laser dentistry. Many treatments completed with a dental laser are very comfortable and may not require the use of anesthetic. Dental lasers also shorten treatment time and healing time and decrease the risk of infection following treatment. In addition, lasers minimize bleeding both during and after treatment, and because they are very precise, we are able to treat the targeted area without affecting nearby healthy tissues. To learn more about the advantages of laser dentistry, we invite you to call or visit us today.

NOMAD dental X-rays are a portable diagnostic tool we use to provide you with the best possible care. This advanced and portable imaging system allows us to capture high-quality pictures of your teeth in just a few minutes, making your treatment quicker, more comfortable and more effective.

NOMAD X-rays are designed to reduce radiation exposure and increase safety for both our patients and team. During your regular appointments, our dentist may use NOMAD X-rays to more closely examine your teeth and supporting structures.

The imaging process with this lightweight, handheld equipment is more efficient and convenient for both our patients and our team members. NOMAD portable X-rays allow our patients to remain comfortably seated in the treatment rooms.

NOMAD portable X-rays are compatible with traditional X-ray film as well as digitalized display methods so the process to view your dental X-rays is much more streamlined. In just a few minutes, our dentist can take the necessary images and upload them to a computer system. We can then examine these images and share information about your oral structure and condition with you immediately. NOMAD portable X-rays allow us to give you a more timely, informative and effective diagnosis and treatment plan.

In addition to being conveniently portable, NOMAD X-rays reduce radiation exposure and speed up the entire imaging process. We can take a complete set of X-rays in as little as five minutes when using the NOMAD imaging system while you remain comfortably seated. We invite you to contact us to learn more about the benefits of NOMAD X-rays.

In order to provide you with the best possible care, it is essential for our dentist to accurately evaluate and diagnose your oral health. One of the state-of-the-art tools we use to do that is panoramic X-rays. While standard X-rays, called bitewing X-rays, provide us with a view of a few teeth and the supporting bone structure, panoramic X-rays allow us to view the full upper and lower dental arches — including all of the teeth, the upper and lower jawbones, and the surrounding facial structures. Using panoramic X-rays, our oral health professionals can:

  • Assess the need for orthodontics and evaluate the progress of treatment
  • Diagnose impacted wisdom teeth and other impacted teeth
  • Analyze the development of periodontal disease
  • Evaluate the TMJ (jaw joint) and diagnose a TMJ disorder
  • Detect oral cancer
  • Plan dental implant placement
  • Diagnose cavities (tooth decay) and other dental problems
  • Evaluate the extent of dental or facial trauma
  • Detect abscesses, cysts and tumors

Using the panoramic X-ray machine is fast and comfortable. The machine simply rotates around your head and provides our dentist with high-definition, nearly instantaneous images that we can then use to evaluate your oral health. We invite you to call or visit us today to learn more about panoramic X-rays.

Our office uses the advanced Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation (TENS) unit to help treat TMJ disorders and other conditions. This state-of-the-art technology is a form of electronic muscle therapy and works to provide pain relief and muscle tone as part of your overall TMJ treatment plan.

TMJ disorders are characterized by imbalanced or misaligned jaws, which result in muscle tension and pain in the jaw, neck and head. Using the TENS unit, our dentist can diagnose your bite and determine which types of treatment will be most effective in helping you regain optimal oral function. The TENS unit uses electrical pulses to stimulate muscle contractions. This essentially allows your muscles to massage themselves, which in turn causes your muscle metabolism to generate heat that helps relieve pain and stiffness and improve mobility in your jaw. TENS also helps to release pain-blocking endorphins.

When you have completed your TENS therapy, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan that will provide you with the long-term results you need. Your treatment may include mouth guards, restorative dentistry or jaw surgery, depending on the severity of your TMJ disorder.

We invite you to call us today to learn more about the TENS unit and schedule your appointment with our experienced dentist.

Dental Technology at Mountain Wellness Dentistry.

Our dentist and team are dedicated to continually providing you and your family with the highest available level of care. We are committed to meeting all of your dental needs and providing you with a dental experience that is comfortable and pleasant each time you visit us. To help us achieve these goals, we are pleased to offer the benefits of state-of-the-art dental technology. Dental technology includes a number of cutting-edge tools, equipment, techniques and materials we use at our office to ensure you receive high-quality, gentle care. Our dentist and team have received the necessary training to utilize advanced dental technology to enhance your oral health.

We strive to use advanced dental technology to make your experience as efficient, comfortable and enjoyable as possible. For example, our diagnostic equipment aids us in making quick, accurate diagnoses and helps us effectively plan your treatment. We strive to utilize the latest, most advanced technology available to provide you with the best possible experience and care every time you visit our office. Each of our different types of dental technology has its own benefits, and we invite you to continue browsing our website and contact our practice to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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