Hillside Family Dental Care

Technology

If you haven't visited a dentist in a while, you will notice some big improvements. New technology improves just about every area of our lives, and dentistry is no exception!

We use state-of-the-art technology at Hillside Family Dental Care to ensure that your visits are comfortable, informative, and efficient. Dr. Emily Pakula devotes many hours every year to continuing education and staying current with all the latest advances in dentistry. This allows her to learn about new technology and determine whether it will make your dental care easier.

Please take a moment to browse through the technology we currently offer and don't hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions!

CEREC Same-Day Crowns

You are probably familiar with the usual process for getting a dental crown; the dentist prepares your tooth, takes impressions and gives you a temporary crown. About two weeks later, you return to the dental office to have your final crown adjusted and cemented in place.

But why spend all that time waiting, when you could be out enjoying your beautiful new crown? At Hillside Family Dental Care, we are pleased to offer you the convenience of CEREC same-day crowns. CEREC stands for CERamic REConstruction and is a state-of-the-art technology used for creating beautiful, long-lasting dental crowns in just one visit!

First, we take digital impressions of your teeth, so you don't have to sit with a mouthful of messy pink paste. Then you sit back and relax while we fabricate your beautiful porcelain crown right here in our office. We then adjust it for fit and cement it in place. That's it! 

If you would like to learn more about CEREC crowns, please call our office!

 

Digital X-Rays

Dental x-rays are an invaluable tool for identifying and diagnosing dental conditions. Less than 20 years ago, our only choice was to use traditional film x-rays to identify problems. But then digital radiography (x-rays) came along, and nothing's been the same since!

Digital x-rays produce fast results because they don't rely on x-ray film that needs to be developed while you wait. Moments after taking a digital x-ray, Dr. Emily Pakula can share the detailed image with you on a chairside monitor. She can show you precisely what and where the problem is because she can move the image around and enlarge it so you can clearly see it right there on the screen in front of you.

We want you to enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile, and digital x-rays let us find and correct problems when they are still tiny and easy to treat.

Digital x-rays are also safer because, compared to x-ray films, much less radiation is needed to produce these images. Some estimates say that digital x-rays reduce your exposure by as much as 80%!

The images we take with digital x-rays can also be securely stored in your patient record, giving us easy access to them as needed. We can also send the digital x-rays electronically to dental specialists or insurance providers. And since we don't use film, we don't have to dispose of processing materials that are harmful to the environment.

We would be happy to show you how digital radiography works at our Candia, NH dental office, so please give us a call!

Digital Sensors

Instead of the usual bulky film x-rays you’re used to, we use flat digital sensors that fit comfortably in your mouth. Digital sensors use software that gives us high-resolution images that are sharper and more detailed than a film x-ray.

Panoramic X-Rays

Digital x-rays are a valuable tool, but sometimes it’s helpful to have a single x-ray image that shows us entire sections of your mouth structure. At Hillside Family Dental Care, we use panoramic digital x-rays to take two-dimensional images that are highly detailed and include your teeth, upper and lower jaws, and surrounding bone and tissues. Taking digital panoramic images is quick and comfortable and also dramatically reduces your radiation exposure compared to film x-rays.

Taking panoramic x-rays is fast and easy. You just stand in place while the x-ray machine takes extra-oral (outside the mouth) pictures of your mouth. The detailed images allow us to show you not just your teeth, but other areas of your mouth where problems may be developing. These images also provide us with helpful information about the anatomy of your mouth that we can use when planning treatment.