Technology

Family & cosmetic dentistry in St. Louis, MO

Our state-of-the-art technologies ensure accuracy, efficiency, and comfort. Our dental equipment is safe, effective, and well-maintained. Some of our dental technologies include those listed below:

Digital X-Rays

Digital films with exquisite detail and dramatically reduced radiation exposure offer the ultimate in safety and diagnostic capability.

Learn more about digital x-rays.

Panoramic X-Ray

A Panoramic x-ray machine rotates around your entire head to take a 360-degree view of your teeth, sinuses, and the bone structure of your head and jaws. This provides a more complete image than standard x-rays. Panoramic x-ray imagery is a valuable resource for Dr. Ochoa to use in diagnosis and treatment planning.

Intra-oral Camera

A picture explains what words never can, especially when it comes to your teeth. Miniature LED cameras bring the details of our mouths to life in full color.

Learn more about the intra-oral camera.

Soft Tissue Lasers

When the soft tissue lining your mouth needs small corrections, lasers provide a gentle solution. Quiet but powerful light energy helps us solve numerous problems in a simple, quiet way.

Learn more about soft tissue lasers.

Cavitron

The Cavitron is a handheld device used in periodontal deep cleaning. While scaling can be completed by hand, the Cavitron uses ultrasonic technology to remove calculus from teeth and gums quickly, gently and effectively.

With the Cavitron, patients enjoy a more comfortable experience and time spent scaling and polishing is decreased.

Intra-Oral Scanner

What is the secret to making a great impression? At Precision Dental Care, we use our intra-oral digital scanner to ensure that the impressions we take are accurate, efficient, and comfortable every time.

Impressions are necessary for the fabrication of dental restorations, such as crowns, bridges, and dental implants. Our hand-held intra-oral scanner takes 3-dimensional digital video impressions with proven accuracy. Even the most challenging cases can be accurately scanned with our intra-oral scanner.

Another benefit to you is reduced time. When we send precise digital scans to our lab, your restorations require less preparation work and can be fabricated more quickly. This means you can have your restoration placed and be enjoying the results sooner than with traditional impression methods.

In the past, you may have experienced dental trays that filled with a soft substance that hardened into an impression of your mouth and teeth. With the intra-oral scanner’s small hand-held wand, we can take accurate digital impressions quickly and easily, without tripping your gag reflex.

Even more, as we complete your scan, you will be able to view the impression on the monitor along with us. This allows you to see more precisely why we have recommended restoration for your oral health needs.

We look forward to seeing you again at your next appointment with us. We love to make a great impression.

Cone Beam Imaging

The complex structures of your jaw region can be difficult to decipher on flat, single dimension x-rays. But advanced 3D imaging brings an unprecedented ability to understand the conditions of your mouth like never before.

Learn more about iCAT 3D Imaging/Cone Beam/3D X-Ray.

DIAGNOdent

Laser dentistry enables us to effectively and efficiently address our patients’ needs. For example, the DIAGNOdent cavity-detection laser shows areas prone to decay at the earliest stages. Another form of laser dentistry, our soft-tissue laser, allows our periodontist to correct damage from gum disease and to perform oral surgery procedures. With the soft-tissue application of laser dentistry, patients don’t need stitches after surgery because the laser seals as it cuts. Patients usually recover more quickly, feel less pain, and experience less bleeding with laser dentistry.

CAD/CAM

Digital technology continues to revolutionize dentistry, and we’re pleased to offer the benefits to you. Advanced software transforms simple scans of your teeth into stunning porcelain crowns and bridges. CAD/CAM technology delivers a remarkable number of solutions for your oral health.

Atlantis® Conus

Quick, comfortable, reliable dental implants that allow patients to retain an open palette for improved comfort, taste, and ease of use.

Learn more about Atlantis® Conus.

Trios® Digital Scanner

The Trios® Scanner allows for quick, painless, no-mess digital impressions so your treatment is more precise, faster, and more comfortable for you.

Learn more about Trios®.

Alpha Stim

Dr. Ochoa offers the Alpha-Stim unit treatments to help make patients as comfortable and relaxed as possible, during their dental visits. Ask for the Alpha-Stim treatment when you come in for your next dental visit and make the visit more relaxed and comfortable.

Learn more about Alpha Stim.

STA Wand

STA helps patients relax before, during, and after procedures. Beforehand, patients have confidence instead of anxiety; during treatment, they receive regulated medication to keep them comfortable; and afterwards, they can return to normal activity for the rest of the day.

Learn more about STA Wand.

Microscope enhanced dentistry

Microscopic enhanced dentistry (or microdentistry) allows Dr. Ochoa to see tiny details that are simply impossible to visualize with the naked eye or loupes, glasses with magnification in the lenses. Less than one percent of general dentists use microscopes to perform examinations.

Learn more about microscope enhanced dentistry.

Isolite

We use the Isolite system for greater efficiency and increased patient comfort. The flexible, illuminated mouthpiece gently depresses the tongue, controls moisture, improves visibility, and alleviates jaw tension. The Isolite system streamlines your dental treatment, eliminating the need for suction, and reducing your treatment time by 20 to 30%. Patients and dentists agree, the Isolite system greatly reduces discomfort and enhances any dental treatment.

Wax-up models

Just as an engineer creates a model to ensure that a machine will work correctly, the dentist often fabricates a wax-up model of jaws and teeth when working on more complex restorative or cosmetic cases. By building an accurate model of your mouth, we can test prosthetics, veneers, and other dental work to ensure a proper fit. You can also see what our proposed solutions will look like on the wax model, so you’ll make a truly informed decision about your dental work. If adjustments are required, the dentist adapts the model to reflect changes before the case goes to the dental laboratory. Wax-ups provide us with a realistic projection of how your dental work will look and function, which results in more accurate restorations.

ViziLite Oral Cancer Screening

Did you know that oral cancer steals the life of one American every hour? We don’t hear much about oral cancer, but 35,000 patients will be diagnosed in 2008. Only half of patients diagnosed with oral cancer will survive longer than five years.

Learn more about ViziLite oral cancer screening.