Because we really care about our patients, Dr. Pamela Marzban feels it is important for our Northern Virginia dental practice to acquire and use the latest in dental technology. Using the best equipment helps us deliver the best possible results for you and your family. We would particularly like to highlight some important technologies we use for your benefit: DIAGNOdent, digital impressions, T-Scan digital bite measurement, and Velscope oral cancer screening.
Intra- and Extra-oral Imaging
Intra- and extra-oral imaging cameras are an important part of your dental visit. They are used for the same reason traditional x-rays are: to see dental issues that can’t be seen with the naked eye alone. Using cameras helps you to understand what kinds of things may be going on inside your mouth that you cannot see, such as cracks in your teeth. They help us get clear images, and this means a quicker diagnosis. It also allows helps you make informed decisions about restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedures.
The DIAGNOdent cavity detection system uses a precise wavelength of light to highlight areas at risk for tooth decay, even before they are visible in normal light. The wavelength of DIAGNOdent is specifically targeted so that healthy tooth enamel remains dark while caries (cavities) and decayed enamel become fluorescent. This allows Dr. Marzban to catch tooth decay early and to identify hard-to-find cavities to be repaired with tooth-colored fillings or dental crowns.
As an LVI-trained cosmetic dentist, Dr. Marzban has a keen eye for aesthetic quality and her cosmetic dental work is both functional and looks naturally beautiful. However, she needs incredibly accurate measurements to achieve those results with every cosmetic dentistry procedure, such as porcelain veneers.
With our state-of-the-art digital impression system, Dr. Marzban can take quick and accurate impressions of your teeth without bad-tasting gel impression trays used by other dentists. With these digital impressions, Dr. Marzban can create attractive, natural-looking restorations such as dental crowns.
Digital Smile Design (DSD)
Digital impressions are one thing, but for a truly beautiful smile, we have to make sure your smile makeover takes into account all the features of your face that have to harmonize with your smile, such as lips, cheeks, and eyes. Digital Smile Design (DSD) lets us do this. As a certified DSD dentist, Dr. Marzban will look at photos and even videos of your entire face to make sure your new smile will harmonize with your entire appearance and your every mood.
And you’ll be able to see what your new smile will look like before you decide to start treatment.
T-Scan Bite Measurement
Dr. Marzban uses T-Scan to help ensure all the forces in your bite are balanced. T-Scan measures the exact forces on teeth, registering several places on each tooth. Dr. Marzban can then adjust restorations like dental crowns and dentures to make sure they fit your entire bite. This makes your restorations more comfortable. And it helps prevent chipped, cracked, or dislodged restorations. Your dentistry will last longer and feel better. Now that’s something to smile about!
Laser dentistry makes many procedures faster and more comfortable with shorter healing times. That’s why we have two lasers for use in our practice. We have a small, agile diode laser that we can use for many procedures as well as a high-powered CO2 laser. With these two lasers, we can perform a wide range of treatments, including tongue tie release, gummy smile revision, and cold sore treatment.
Velscope Could Save Your Life
We often hear about the importance of early screening for certain types of cancer, such as breast cancer and prostate cancer. Mammograms, prostate exams, and pap smears have saved thousands of lives by helping people get early cancer treatment early. Screening is especially important for oral cancer because it is 90% curable when caught in the early stages. Unfortunately, most oral cancers are not diagnosed until they have reached the dangerous Stage III or Stage IV.
We care deeply about the health and safety of our patients, which is why in our thorough oral exams, we use Velscope oral cancer screening technology. Velscope uses a special wavelength of light to help our dentist Dr. Marzban identify any abnormal growths or tissues that could turn into oral cancer cells. Potentially cancerous cells often lurk beneath the surface, where they may be missed by a normal visual examination. Velscope allows Dr. Marzban to see abnormal tissue that may be invisible to the naked eye.
To learn more about the advanced technology we use to help you look your best and stay healthy, please call 703-349-4277 or email Northern Virginia cosmetic dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban’s DC metro area office in Burke, Virginia.