Here at Murfree Dental, we value the personal interactions we have with our patients and know that nothing will ever take the place of old-fashioned, one-on-one hospitality. But you may be surprised to see the role that technology plays in enhancing your comfort and your experience at the dental office.
Using leading-edge technology, Dr. Murfree and his team can provide faster, more accurate diagnoses, improve efficiency (thereby getting you out of the dental chair faster), and create a more comfortable appointment.
Please take a look at what we currently offer, then call us to schedule an appointment so you can see how our dental technology can benefit you.
Without dental x-rays, dentists wouldn’t be able to treat teeth safely and effectively. A lot occurs in areas we can’t see with a visual exam, such as inside and between teeth, and x-rays let us see them in great detail.
At Murfree Dental, we’ve chosen digital dental x-rays for several reasons. Most importantly, they subject our patients to about 80 percent less radiation than film-based x-rays. Since the images are digital, they are highly detailed and can be manipulated on-screen to show you a precise picture of what we see. We can zoom in on one area or rotate the image for a different view, all with you playing an active role in your dental care.
Since we store your x-rays on our secure in-house network, they are always instantly accessible. Our dental team can retrieve them easily in the future, and we can share them electronically with specialists and insurance companies. Because there are no hazardous chemicals to dispose of, digital x-rays are also safer for our planet.
3-D Cone Beam Imaging (CBCT)
Digital imaging technology has improved the way we diagnose conditions and expanded the types of procedures we can offer our patients. While digital x-rays show us part of the picture, there are times when we need to see highly detailed 3-D images of all the structures of your mouth.
With our leading-edge cone beam technology (CBCT), Dr. Murfree obtains 3-D images that show a 360-degree view of your mouth and head. Because CBCT sees through tissue to view teeth, gums, and sinuses, Dr. Murfree uses it to check jawbone thickness and its orientation to other structures. This detailed information allows our dentist to plan dental implant placement with a great degree of accuracy and precision for optimal long-term outcomes.
Dental anxiety can often be traced back to the familiar sights, sounds, or sensations experienced during a dental visit. Some patients cringe at the sound of a dental drill, while others hate the sensation or the idea of getting a shot (who doesn’t?).
At Murfree Dental, we use WaterLase laser dentistry to reduce anxiety by removing triggers, such as drilling, and minimizing the need for injections. In some cases, we don’t need drilling or anesthetics to perform a comfortable procedure.
WaterLase is very precise, so we can pinpoint the damaged tissue we need to remove without affecting a lot of the tooth’s healthy structure. As we use the laser, it produces a spray of water that prevents heat and hydrates the tooth, and we rarely need to use a local anesthetic.
Laser dentistry is more comfortable for you, the patient, and it benefits us because it improves the quality of our dentistry and our efficiency to get you out of the dental chair faster.
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and that is certainly true in dentistry! Intraoral cameras play a major role during our dental exams because they show you images of the inside of your mouth in close-up detail.
About the size of a pen, an intraoral camera is a digital device that illuminates the inside of your mouth and transmits the real-time images to your chairside monitor. As Dr. Murfree moves the tiny camera around your teeth, you can view the images together, and he can point out any concerns he sees.
Now a cavity is a thing that you can see with your own eyes rather than a problem your dentist simply tells you exists. When you see the effect the cavity has on your tooth, there’s no question that you need a filling. The same holds true with broken or worn teeth or old, failing dental work. Now you can make confident, informed decisions about your dental treatment because you have all the facts and the visual to go with them.
We can also save intraoral images to your patient record so they are easily available for future reference or to share with specialists or insurance companies.
Patients who want a more comfortable and relaxing experience at the dentist often request nitrous oxide because it offers many benefits. The effects of nitrous oxide or laughing gas are very soothing, so our patients can have a stress-free appointment. They remain conscious but feel detached from the activity around them and may even doze off for a few minutes.
As a gas, the effects of nitrous come on quickly when inhaled through a small breathing mask. They also dissipate just as quickly when we turn off the flow of nitrous and replace it with pure oxygen at the end of your procedure. You can sit back and breathe normally as any drowsiness fades away, and soon you will feel refreshed, alert, and ready for the rest of your day.