Digital X-rays and CT Scans
State-of-the-art digital x-rays are highly detailed images that reduce a patient's exposure to radiation from standard dental x-rays by 90%.
Routine X-rays can be extremely revealing when it comes to prevention and periodontal disease. X-rays show the extent of bone and gum recession, aiding Dr. Curtis in identifying areas that may need future attention.
Dental computed tomography (CT) is a special type of three-dimensional x-ray equipment used when regular dental x-rays do not provide Dr. Curtis sufficient detail for more complicated issues. This technology produces three-dimensional images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan.
Diagnodent Cavity Scanner
Another therapy Dr. Curtis uses as part of dental care is the Diagnodent cavity scanner. This scanner is a fast, painless test on your teeth that identifies cavities that may not yet be visible. By catching cavities as early as possible, they can often be treated without the need for a filling.
The Cavitron is a state-of-the-art ultrasonic cleaning instrument for removing tartar from both above and below the gum line. It is so gentle and effective that it can even be used to administer deep cleaning and gum therapy, many times without the need for anesthetic.
Clifford Materials Reactivity Testing
People possess unique chemical sensitivities. Certain substances can be toxic and may result in serious health problems. Pre-screening of dental restoratives offers patients safety and peace of mind. This is especially important in patients who already have compromised immunity.
Clifford Materials Reactivity Testing provides Dr. Curtis with extensive information about his patient’s individual sensitivities so that most compatible materials can be chosen and used in treatments for the best and safest outcome. The goal is to restore the teeth and mouth with predictable results, and minimize the chance of undesirable side effects.
Pathogen DNA Testing
Dr. Curtis uses highly specific, advanced DNA screening to identify 88 different pathogens, bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites in removed teeth, tissue, implants, or bone grafts.
Testing for high-risk pathogens assists with disease diagnosis, and ensures that dental treatment removes or reduces them to an acceptable level. Since genetics is a very important component to these infections, testing can identify a specific genetic marker that elevates risk when specific bacteria are present. This information is invaluable to both Dr. Curtis and the patient to promoting overall health and wellness.
Platelet-Rich Plasma and Platelet-Rich Fibrin
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) are highly successful, advanced therapies for tissue regeneration and wound healing in dental and oral surgery. PRP/PRF therapy allows patients to take advantage of the body’s natural capacity for healing, but at a greatly accelerated rate, and usually eliminates the need for post-operative antibiotic therapy.
In PRP/PRF therapy, the patient's own blood is drawn and then spun rapidly, resulting in a concentration of platelets. When this heavily concentrated portion of the blood is isolated it contains three to five times the number of growth factors found in normal blood.
Dr. Curtis uses the KoR Whitening System, widely recognized as the world's most effective teeth whitening system. This affordable, professional system is superior to, and safer than over-the-counter-products.
Aesthetic Gum Recontouring and Crown Lengthening Laser Surgery
One of the most common cosmetic complaints is a gummy smile. This can be corrected with a minimally invasive laser surgery that sculpts the gum line to create a symmetrical and attractive shape. This may also be used in conjunction with restorations or implant therapies.
Laser Technology For Periodontal Disease
Waterlase™ uses air, water and energy to accomplish routine dental procedures quickly, comfortably and efficiently. It is safe for all ages and because the water is the "working component", there is little if any discomfort. Ezlase™ is laser technology for softer tissues. This laser is utilized for non-surgical treatment of gum disease and for cosmetic correction of the gum line to build a beautiful smile.
Computer Guided Implant Surgery
Computer technology has brought implant dentistry to a new level of excellence. Dr. Curtis pioneered the use of this advanced technology in New Mexico.
A three-dimensional CT scan is performed to enable Dr. Curtis to evaluate each patient's anatomy in detail. Based on the CT image, the ideal position and size of implants are determined then built virtually in the software to ensure the implants are positioned correctly to enable proper aesthetics and function for the teeth.