Digital Radiographs (X-Rays)
Digital radiographs are a technological advancement that results in less exposure to radiation for our patients and an almost instantaneous picture for our team. Unlike traditional, film-based radiographs, digital radiographs often show more detail and can be archived in our system for future reference and comparison. Thanks to digital X-rays, you will appreciate a more comfortable visit with less waiting and quicker treatment.
While our primary goal at Lowcountry Family Dentistry is preventing oral health issues before they start, we also offer restorative treatments. We know that filling a cavity or having multiple-appointment procedures can be a hassle. Sometimes, you have to take time out of your busy schedule to maintain a beautiful and healthy smile. Well, we value your time, which is why we offer CEREC crowns. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Crowns and has revolutionized the way we treat severely decayed or structurally damaged teeth. With CEREC we can place your crown in an appointment of less than two hours, using cutting-edge technology and the highest-quality materials.
X-rays give us a clear view of what we can’t see such as decay between the teeth. An intraoral camera gives the patient a view of what the dentist sees. An intraoral camera is a device that is about the size of a toothbrush. Broken fillings, fractured teeth, decay or any other dental problem can be viewed so that we can discuss with you any treatment needed. With a clear understanding of your dental needs we can decide together what the best treatment is for you.
We use ultrasonic scalers for most adult dental cleanings. These devices use ultrasonic vibrations to help break down the plaque and calculus on the teeth that cause gingivitis and periodontal disease. The ultrasonic cleaners create microscopic bubbles that implode on the surface of the tooth, killing microbes and removing plaque and tartar in the process. Our instruments use a thin tip to better navigate in the periodontal pockets to help maintain optimal gingival health.
The procedure uses water and/or an antimicrobial liquid called chlorhexidine. It can remove tartar buildup in hard-to-reach areas, with no damage to the tooth enamel. Manual scaling often uses pressure for cleaning, while the vibration produced by the scaling tip of an ultrasonic scaler is barely perceptible. This makes ultrasonic cleaning suitable to those with sensitive teeth. The cleaning process is faster than manual scaling, making your visit more comfortable.
ViziLite Cancer Screening
Dr. Covington and DuRant are committed to offering patients the highest level of care. Our dentistry goes beyond routine cleanings and exams. We take the time to consider your dental health as part of your overall health. To help combat oral cancer and give patients the best chance for a cure, our Beaufort dentists have added oral cancer screening technology.
We offer oral cancer screening as part of our new patient exam and periodically perform oral cancer screenings to catch abnormal cells early. Dr. has selected ViziLite technology, one of the leading oral cancer detection systems on the market.
Soft Tissue Laser
Soft tissue lasers are used to safely remove soft tissue, such as excess gum tissue. The soft tissue laser can also be employed to destroy bacteria in gum pockets, preventing infection and allowing the tissue to return to a healthy state. The soft tissue laser enabled the dentist to treat our patients with extreme accuracy and eliminates the need for most stitches.