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Advanced Dental Technology – Mankato, MN

State-of-the-Art Equipment for Top-Quality Care

A dentist’s skill, experience, and personality are three key factors that determine whether or not they provide high-quality care. However, experience also plays a huge role in the overall patient experience. Dr. Kalina understands that, which is why he has invested in some advanced equipment that makes your time in our office safer, more comfortable, and more efficient. Below, you will learn about just a few of the remarkable tools we have in our office.

Dental Lasers

Dental laser, an example of advanced dental technology in Mankato

A laser is an instrument that delivers a single wavelength beam of highly concentrated light.

Lasers have transformed medical surgery by offering minimally invasive alternatives to traditional scalpel incisions and sutured closures. A laser's intense, narrow wavelength has precise, predictable, and powerful reactions when it contacts hard or soft tissues. Laser light is extremely efficient, producing very little heat as it acts on its target. This makes it ideal for oral surgery, since it seldom affects tissues other than those it targets. The laser provides precise control over the depth and extent of cutting, while simultaneously minimizing bleeding and sterilizing the treatment area.

Applications for lasers in dentistry go far beyond oral surgery. Here are some of the specific ways in which lasers can be used:

  • Gum contouring
  • Cauterize incisions and encourage tissue healing
  • Repair lesions
  • Perform biopsies
  • Remove decay and prep teeth for fillings

Intraoral Cameras

Using intraoral camera to let patient see inside her mouth

People seldom have a clear idea of the actual status of their dental health. Even with lights and mirrors, a patient cannot see what the dentist can — that is, until now.

We use intraoral cameras, so when you visit the dentist, you can sit comfortably back in the chair and get ready for the show. The dentist or hygienist will insert a pen-sized, camera-tipped wand into your mouth. The wand simply takes a video of the inside of your mouth and transmits the images via cable to a computing unit. The computing unit enlarges the full-color images and sends them to a monitor that you can comfortably view from the dental chair. Aha! There it is – your mouth on the screen. The dentist can point out problem areas and explain his recommendations for treatment, so you will become an informed partner in your dental care instead of a clueless bystander.

Seeing your dental problems may seem overwhelming at first, but consider this experience the first step toward a healthier, fresher smile. The camera may reveal the early stages of potentially serious problems, allowing you the opportunity to prevent small problems from escalating into big ones. This is especially helpful with gum disease and conditions that cause damage without causing pain. The camera's honest survey can also show you how your regular home hygiene routine is paying off. The dental hygienist or dentist can recommend ways to improve your homecare based on their findings.

Digital X-Rays

Sideways photo of dentist using digital X-ray machine

For many decades, dentists had to use film X-rays to see what the naked eye could not; the images were developed in a darkroom with hazardous chemicals, and then viewed on a special light board. The developed X-rays had to be stored, which required large filing systems. Digital radiography has completely transformed this process.

Our digital X-rays create a detailed image of your internal oral structures that is immediately viewable on a chairside monitor. No more lengthy waiting periods while film processes. We can rotate and magnify it, adjust it for contrast, and even color-code it for educational purposes. The digital images store easily and efficiently in our computer files, safe and sound. For insurance purposes, referrals, or patient education, digital X-rays can be easily, inexpensively, and accurately reproduced.  And best of all, digital X-rays are safer than films because they require minimal radiation — up to 90% less than traditional X-rays.

CEREC Crowns

The traditional process for creating a dental crown requires at least two visits to the dental office. Now, thanks to CEREC, Dr. Kalina can provide you with a permanent restoration in just one appointment. We take a digital impression of your teeth, and Dr. Kalina uses advanced software to design your crown. Then, our in-house milling unit carves your restoration out of a single block of high-quality dental porcelain. Not only does this technology save time, but it also spares you from the inconvenience of having to wear a temporary crown.

Would you like to learn more about the advanced dental technology in Mankato? Contact our friendly team today.