At Parkview Dentistry, Dr. Laskis is always researching new advancements in dental technology and techniques to ensure you have the most comfortable treatment and the your best smile.  However, not every new “hot” technology actually provides a better result for our patients. Accordingly, our team only uses well-proven techniques and equipment.  In addition, Dr. Laskis and our team undergo not only annual training on new techniques but also have consultants come in to provide additional training with the goal to make your treatment as effective and comfortable as possible.

Below is an explanation of some of the technology we use to make your smile great!

Digital X-rays

X-rays are an extremely important diagnostic tool because they show a true picture of your dental health, alerting our team to any hidden problems that cannot be seen with the naked eye. At Parkview, we take digital x-rays which produce 90 percent less radiation than traditional x-rays. The system produces a high-quality digital image which is transferred to a computer screen, so there is little wait to see the results.

In addition, digital x-rays can be stored in our computer system and can be transferred to specialists quickly and easily if needed.Currently, we use phosphor plate technology.  Phosphor plates are superior to solid state sensors because the plates are more flexible and thus are more comfortable to patients, the plates have a larger imaging area, and our cost is lower but the system still provides all of the benefits of a digital system: we store the images in your client file and can easily send them to you or specialists.

Intraoral Digital Cameras

Our operatories are equipped with digital intraoral cameras.  These cameras allow our patients to view what our team sees during examinations. This tiny camera fits into the patient’s mouth and takes digital photographs and video of the teeth and gums. The intraoral camera helps our team explain dental problems, such as decay and gum disease, so that our patients can make informed decisions about their dental care.  The photographs are also submitted to insurance companies to further support your insurance claims, and specialists to make sure you get the best care.

Dental Magnification Loupes

To help our team see the small details, we utilize dental magnification loupes during procedures and examinations. Not only do they help us to catch potential problems before they are noticeable to the naked eye, they also help us perform procedures and treatments with extreme precision. We also use magnification loupes during surgery to help make procedures precise, allowing treatments to be as conservative as possible.

Nitrous Oxide Gas

For reduction of mild to moderate anxiety, Dr. Laskis commonly utilizes nitrous oxide gas. When administered, nitrous oxide is blended with oxygen and inhaled, producing a relaxing effect that can make necessary anesthetic injections and treatment much more tolerable. During the procedure, you will remain awake, yet you should be more comfortable, and you will be able to respond to commands and communication from Dr. Laskis. Once treatment is complete, the effects of nitrous oxide fade quickly and you should be able to drive yourself home if you choose.

Electric Handpieces

Our operatories are equipped with both air-driven and electric handpieces. Handpieces are dental instruments, either air driven or electrically driven, that hold various disks, cups, or burs, used to prepare a tooth to receive a restoration or to contour, clean, or polish a tooth or restoration. Electric handpieces are more accurate and less noisy. They also produce less vibration, making them more effective tools compared to air-powered drills.
There are only two settings on an air-powered drill, on and off, which translates into more pressure and speed than are necessary in many circumstances as well as less precision. Electric handpieces are capable of variable RPM configurations as set by the operator.

Digital Curing Lights

Many high-tech materials incorporated into procedures must be cured using high-intensity light. At Parkview, we use the Fusion 5 portable digital curing lights, which provide uniform, laser-sharp focused beam and low heat output. These allow us to customize the curing time and curing light intensity to get the best results and a reliable, fast cure.


What is ARESTIN®?

ARESTIN® is an effective antibiotic treatment that comes in powder form. This powder is placed inside infected periodontal pockets just after our hygienist finishes a scaling and root planing (SRP) procedure.

How does ARESTIN® work?

ARESTIN® powder contains “Microspheres,” which are tiny, bead-like particles that are smaller than grains of sand and are not visible to the eye. The Microspheres are filled with the antibiotic minocycline, and they release the drug over time into the infected periodontal pocket, killing bacteria that live there.

ARESTIN® Microspheres continue to fight the infection for up to 21 days after SRP. In clinical studies, ARESTIN® has been proven to be more effective than using SRP alone. ARESTIN® also significantly reduced the size of periodontal pockets compared to SRP alone.