Digital Dental Impressions in 3D
The first step in creating a new dental restoration or to obtain records for orthodontic treatment is to make a dental impression. In the past, this means having to use a tray filled with putty like impression material. In our Annapolis dental office, we have the latest technology that helps to replace this unpleasant procedure 80% of the time!
Our cutting edge technology allows us to take extremely accurate digital impressions of your teeth. We are one of only a handful of dentists in Maryland that have embraced this new technology.
Dr. Finlay and Dr. Anderson use the Lava C.O.S., a breakthrough imaging technology that takes impressions without touching your teeth. Using an optical wand with a tiny camera lens, our dentists capture detailed video images of your teeth.
Although the technique does not totally replace the use of traditional impressions, it does improve the comfort and accuracy in a majority of the dental procedures we perform.
Oral Sedation Dentistry
Dental phobia, or fear of the dentist, is not uncommon. In fact, many people avoid the dentist altogether. As a result, the teeth are neglected and many treatments may be necessary to obtain optimal oral health. Sedation dentistry makes it possible for those with dental phobia to get the care they need without the stress and anxiety.
Nearly all patients are eligible for sedation dentistry. We offer oral sedation dentistry, which is administered as a prescription medication. One hour before your visit, you will take a small sedative pill. This will help you feel calm and comfortable and by the time you arrive. Your safety is our primary concern. During your dental treatment, we will be with you monitoring vital signs. Dr. Finlay will perform all necessary dental work and though you are in a relaxed state, you will be responsive to any questions or requests.
Dr. Finlay has received extensive training in the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (D.O.C.S) program, the premier resource for sedation dentistry. Additionally, his staff has been trained in oral sedation techniques and will make you feel safe and comfortable throughout your visit.
Digital Dental Imaging
We utilize digital technology to improve patient care, treatment accuracy, and collaboration between other specialists and doctors.
We offer comfortable, safe, and fast digital dental x-rays in our office. Not only are these faster and easier for the dentist to evaluate, they can be easily shared with a team of doctors to ensure the best possible care for the patient.
In dentistry, particularly cosmetic dentistry, digital photography is essential. Photographs from repeatable angles can provide a comparison from which we can measure and evaluate changes in dental health: wear, tooth movement, recession and general deterioration.
With cosmetic dental imaging software, both the doctor and the patient can have a window into the future in discovering what changes to an individual’s smile will look like. Dr. Finlay was the first in the greater Annapolis area to utilize this in house technology in daily practice. Through simulations, Dr. Finlay and his team can morph into a patient’s smile the virtual changes before any treatment is initiated!
Digital Occlusal Force Analysis
Measuring the force and timing of your bite is important when planning dental restorations. In the past, the balancing of these forces was a subjective and anecdotal process. Today, Dr. Finlay and his team utilize computer assisted digital force analysis to identify and correct these imbalances of forces via equilibration.
Our technology uses a patented sensor developed at MIT and Tufts University to record the intensity and timing of the contacts of the teeth.