Dr. Corey Woods and his team are committed to staying on the leading-edge of emerging dental trends to bring you the finest and latest that dentistry offers. Dr. Woods invests 100 hours or more in continuing education every year and uses dental technology that he knows will enhance your experience with us by improving the comfort, efficiency, and productivity of your dental visits.
We would love to show you the state-of-the-art technology we offer at your next visit, but until then, please take a look at what we currently offer and how it benefits you.
Dental x-rays are an integral part of your dental care. They enable our dentist to see problems like cavities inside and between teeth that he can’t see with a visual examination. Digital x-rays are also safer because they reduce your radiation exposure by about 80 percent compared to film x-rays used in the past.
We also use digital x-rays as an educational tool because we can share the highly detailed images with you on your chairside monitor. Dr. Woods can point out a problem like a cavity, and you can see clearly what it is and why we recommend treatment.
Digital x-rays are safer for the environment because we don’t have to dispose of any hazardous chemicals. They are also easily accessible in your patient record to refer to as needed or to share with your insurance company or with specialists.
3-D Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)
Several dental procedures offered at Blue Sky Dental require a more in-depth view of your mouth than we can obtain with a single x-ray. This includes dental implant placement, root canals, tooth extractions, and orthodontic treatment.
When planning procedures like dental implant placement, root canals, and extractions, our dentist needs a more comprehensive view than a two-dimensional x-ray provides. That’s when he turns to 3-D cone beam imaging technology or CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography).
The 3-D images produced with CBCT provide us with invaluable and show your entire dental anatomy and surrounding areas like soft tissues, sinuses, nerve pathways, and bone in a single scan. This information is beneficial for planning placement with a high degree of precision and accuracy. We can also use cone beam technology to detect the pathology of your jawbone and surrounding structures.
iTero Digital Scanner
If you have ever had dental impressions taken, you probably recall that it was a pretty messy, uncomfortable process. Biting down on a big tray full of gooey impression material and fighting your gag reflex while waiting for it to set is nobody’s idea of fun!
Digital impressions at our Albuquerque dental office taken with our iTero digital scanner completely do away with the traditional process. Now taking dental impressions involves using a handheld digital scanner and passing it over your teeth. Our dentist uses digital impressions to capture virtual 3-D images that we can use with CEREC same-visit crown technology and ensure a precise fit for dental restorations like crowns, veneers, inlays, and onlays.
CEREC Same-Visit Crowns, Bridges, and Veneers
Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic or CEREC technology allows us to design, fabricate, and place a dental crown, bridge, or veneer in a single dental appointment. With CEREC same-visit dental restorations, patients in Albuquerque enjoy numerous benefits, including:
- No 2-3 week wait
- No multiple injections
- No messy impressions
- No temporary crown
Dr. Woods prepares the tooth, takes comfortable digital impressions and specialized software renders a 3-D virtual model that he uses to design your new crown. He then sends the design to specialized 3-D fabrication equipment in our office that mills your crown, bridge, or veneer out of a block of porcelain. When the restoration’s finished, our dentist adjusts it for fit, polishes it, and cements it securely on your tooth.
With intraoral cameras, we take your dental exam to the next level! Instead of sitting passively while your dentist tells you about your oral health, you can actually watch the exam in progress! Thanks to a small device called an intraoral camera that captures real-time images of your mouth, you can now see exactly what your dentist sees!
Throughout your examination, the images instantly appear on your chairside monitor as Dr. Woods points out what’s happening with your teeth and gums. An intraoral camera is an invaluable tool because the information it gives you allows you to understand your unique oral health needs and empowers you to make confident decisions about treatment.