Dental technology has advanced rapidly, leading to the development and use of new technologies and products that allow Dr. Raymond del Castillo and our team to provide a higher quality of care to meet your oral health needs. Here at Minorca Smiles, we stay up-to-date on the latest advances in dentistry in order to offer state-of-the-art technologies and services. Some of these technologies include:

Our Technology

Digital X-Rays

  • Offer a significant reduction in radiation exposure by approximately 70 to 80 percent compared to conventional film X-rays.
  • Provide superior image clarity along with the capability for image enhancement, facilitating a more accurate diagnosis.
  • Feature swift image acquisition times with images being immediately available for review, aiding in a quicker diagnosis process.
  • Allow for the display of dental conditions on large monitors, enabling you to visually grasp your dental health status.
  • Are more eco-friendly, as they eliminate the need for chemical processing associated with traditional X-rays.

Panoramic X-Rays

  • Utilize a digital format to capture a comprehensive panoramic view of your oral anatomy, offering a broader perspective than is possible with standard X-rays.
  • Capable of displaying the jaw joints, sinuses, nasal structures and both upper and lower jaws in detail.
  • Facilitate the assessment of peripheral structures for any potential anomalies or pathological conditions.
  • Recommended to be taken every three to five years as part of a comprehensive dental evaluation.

Cone Beam or Computed Tomography (CBCT) Imaging

  • Employs advanced imaging to produce detailed 3D views of the oral structures, significantly enhancing diagnostic capabilities beyond standard X-ray technology.
  • Essential for thorough evaluation of bone structure for the planning of implants, bone grafting and assessing the complexities involved in extractions and other oral surgeries.
  • Offers invaluable insights prior to root canal treatments by accurately detailing the number and configuration of root canals.

Intraoral Camera

  • Features state-of-the-art wireless technology enabling detailed intraoral photography, showcasing dental issues such as pathology, deteriorating fillings and tooth fractures in high resolution.
  • Images can be reviewed on large monitors, assisting in patient education by providing a clear understanding of your dental conditions and the proposed treatment plans.
  • Enhances the diagnostic process and strengthens the doctor-patient relationship by reducing patient anxiety through visual communication.

DIAGNOdent™ Diagnostic Laser

  • A sophisticated laser tool designed for the early detection and confirmation of cavities, capable of identifying decay in its earliest stages, thus allowing for less invasive treatment options.

Diode Laser

  • Used in our practice for Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMT), a form of low-level laser therapy aimed at enhancing tissue repair, reducing pain and decreasing inflammation.
  • Proves particularly effective in the management of oral viral lesions, including cold sores and herpes, offering rapid, pain-free treatment and immediate symptom relief for most patients.

CO2 Laser

  • A versatile surgical laser employed in a wide array of dental procedures, known for its ability to cauterize and seal tissue, resulting in less post-operative discomfort, reduced bleeding and faster healing times.
  • Additionally utilized in our implantology practice, facilitating more efficient and simplified implant procedures.

Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF)

  • This is an advanced healing protocol utilizing a fibrin matrix derived from your own blood, rich in growth factors that significantly accelerate the healing process.
  • The preparation involves drawing your blood and processing it in a centrifuge to concentrate the growth factors, ensuring high biocompatibility and minimizing the risk of rejection or disease transmission.
  • Employed across a range of surgical interventions to enhance healing outcomes and reduce post-operative complications.

CEREC Same-Day Dentistry

  • An innovative CAD/CAM system that allows for the in-office fabrication of porcelain restorations in a single appointment, marrying precision with aesthetics.
  • Enables the provision of crowns, onlays and veneers in one visit, eliminating the need for temporary restorations and follow-up appointments.

3D Scanning

  • A digital imaging technology that captures detailed 3D images of your teeth and gums, replacing the need for traditional dental impressions.
  • Utilized in the creation of custom dental appliances, such as night guards, retainers and orthodontic aligners, offering a comfortable and precise alternative to conventional methods.

In-Office Porcelain Oven

  • Allows for the precise customization of porcelain restorations’ color to match your existing teeth, ensuring seamless aesthetic integration.

DentalVibe®

  • A revolutionary device that significantly reduces the discomfort associated with the administration of local anesthesia by generating gentle vibrations at the injection site, often resulting in a pain-free experience.

Insurance and Payment Options

  • Our practice works with many dental insurances, and we encourage you to contact our office prior to your appointment to verify that we accept your insurance. Our team will be happy to confirm your benefits for you. We also offer other financial options for your use, and accept payment in the form of cash, checks and credit cards. Please speak with our team for more details.

For more information about dental technology in Coral Gables, Florida, and to schedule your consultation with our dentist, reach out to our office at 305-443-4713.

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