At Alligator Dental we use cutting-edge technology to provide the best care around for your child’s entire mouth.
Click on the links below to learn more about the technology used at Alligator Dental.
- Alligator Dental App
- Dental Radiographs
- Dentrix Software
- Intra-Oral Camera
- Patient Televisions
- Sterilization and patient safety
- The Laser
Dental radiographs or x-rays are an important part of a complete dental exam. A complete set of 18 x-rays for adults and 10 x-rays for children are usually taken at the initial dental exam. Thereafter 6-8 x-rays called checkup x-rays are taken every 6 -12 months depending on the individual needs. X-rays are essential diagnostic tools for finding hidden interproximal cavities, cysts, tumors, impacted wisdom teeth, determining eruption times of permanent teeth by the extent of root formation and presence of supernumerary teeth (extra teeth).
Digital Radiography, offers some positive advantages over typical film X-rays. The most remarkable is the reduction of radiation exposure, by as much as 80%, which makes dental X-ray taking safer and minimizes concerns about radiation exposure. You should know that 2 dental x-rays deliver 5,600 times less radiation to an unborn child than an upper GI series, 80 times less radiation than a chest x-ray, and 4 times less radiation than a normal day of background radiation playing in the sun. Dental x-rays are necessary and both safe and effective.
Digital imaging has been used by the medical community to make diagnostic information more accessible and more valuable. It is now available for dental offices. These dental x-rays are taken using electronic sensors that send the image directly to a computer. This image is displayed on a LCD monitor, can be enlarged, and can help the patient visualize and understand the doctor’s treatment recommendations more easily. It also faciliates the doctor’s diagnostic ability in “zooming in” and enlarging a specific area of the x-ray. The digital image only takes 10-15 seconds to appear on the monitor. A side benefit is that digital X-ray is also environmentally friendly. The sensors used do not contain lead foil, like conventional dental film, that needs to be recycled or disposed of as hazardous waste. Also, there are no chemicals or water involved in generating an image, reducing pollution and water consumption.
Digital X-ray generates pictures that are diagnostically equivalent to film based images. Many image enhancement tools allow many viewing options. They allow zooming, brightness and contrast control, reversing, colorization, and other features that
Kids really enjoy being able to actually see their X-rays on the computer screen. It helps them to understand their condition better and gets them involved in treatment. By placing a large image of an x-ray on a monitor that the child can see, we can begin to include the child in the diagnosis. It is a great teaching tool.
A small, flat sensor is placed in the patient’s mouth next to the teeth. The sensor is connected to a computer by a thin wire. Next an X-ray beam is sent through your teeth and into the sensor, which records the image of your teeth and sends it to
Sterilization and Patient Safety
Our office uses state of the art sterilization to ensure patient safety. Sterilization and disinfection are the basic steps in instrument processing and surface asepsis. Sterilization refers to the use of a physical or chemical procedure to destroy all
forms of microorganisms, including the highly resistant spores.
We use Rapid Steam Autoclave at 275º F(35psi), for 15-20 minutes.
First, the instruments are prepared for the sterilization process. Patient debris and fluids are removed by placing the instruments in 3.2% glutaraldehyde for 40 minutes .Following this pre-disinfection step the instruments are transferred to an ultrasonic cleaner for another 15 minutes .Then the instruments are rinsed, dried, placed in self sealing sterilization pouches and sterilized in the autoclave. Instruments which can not be heat sterilized, are immersed in 2% glutaraldehyde for 10 hours to cold sterilize.
We use Biological, Chemical and Mechanical indicators to monitor our sterilization process.
Using bacterial spores to monitor the sterilization process is referred to as biologic monitoring (or spore-testing), and the bacterial spores used for monitoring the sterilization process are referred to as biologic indicators (BIs). Of the three methods, biologic monitoring is regarded as the most valid for monitoring the sterilization process, for it uses live, highly resistant bacterial spores. We biologically monitor our sterilizer once a week to ensure complete sterilization using spore strips and keep accurate records for our monitoring. These strips are enclosed in a glassine envelope and processed through the sterilizer. They are then sent to our spore testing center where they are tested for live spores.
Chemical monitoring involves using chemical indicators (CIs) that change color or form when exposed to specific high temperatures or to the sterilizing conditions within a sterilizer. This is referred to as chemical monitoring (or process monitoring).
We use sterilization pouches that have special marking that change color when subjected to sterilizing temperatures.
Mechanical monitoring involves observing and recording the physical aspects (e.g., temperature, pressure, or time) of the cycle when the sterilizer is being operated. Our Sterilizer is serviced regularly to ensure proper functioning.
Barrier Controls – As recommended by OSHA and CDC our office staff wears protective eyewear, mask, and new gloves for each patient. For each patient light covers, head rest covers, suction tips, air water syringe tips , bibs and
any item used that cannot be sterilized are discarded..
Disinfectants – These are used on chairs, counter tops, and other surface areas in all treatment rooms after each use.
Our goal is to provide the highest level of safety and comfort for our staff and patients. We are committed to staying current with the latest in infection control and sterilization guidelines. You can feel confident that your child’s health is protected in our office.
Isolite is the revolutionary dental device that is improving dentistry. Thousands of practices are embracing this innovative technology. Why? Dentists, dental assistants and hygienists using Isolite are reducing procedure times by 20-50%, making the entire practice more productive and profitable! Add to that better ergonomics and less repetitive stress for the entire team, and you begin to see why so many people are raving about this award-winning tool.
Work Faster, Brighter, Drier Isolite is the only dental device that delivers continuous illumination, aspiration and retraction all in one easy-to-use, time-saving device that makes isolation easy and provides uninterrupted access to the patient. Isolite helps you work faster, brighter and drier.
Unique Patented Mouthpiece Creates a Wide Open, Well Lit Field The unique, patented Isolite mouthpiece is the heart of the Isolite system. The soft, flexible, non-impinging Isolite mouthpiece:
• isolates maxillary and mandibular quadrants simultaneously
• retracts and protects tongue and cheek
• delivers bright, shadowless illumination throughout the oral cavity
• continuously aspirates fluids and oral debris
• obturates the throat to prevent inadvertent aspiration of material
Easy-to-insert, and comfortable for the patient, the Isolite mouthpiece can be inserted in only a few seconds and removed even more quickly. Economical, disposable mouthpieces mean no risk of patient cross contamination.
Shadowless Illumination By lighting the patient’s oral cavity from within the mouth, Isolite provides a unique, shadowless illumination solution that benefits both practitioner and patient. New LED technology and the streamlined design of Isolite completely
eliminate the need for light box and fiber optic cable. The Isolite LED light source lasts more than 10,000 hours without degrading over autoclave cycles.
Better Ergonomics The award-winning, ergonomic design of Isolite reduces fatigue and repetitive stress associated with retraction, suctioning, eyestrain, and motion spent adjusting headlights, overhead light or otherwise positioning the patient for better access or visibility.
How cool! Each of our exam chairs features its very own television that plays kid’s movies streamed from the office movie theatre. Patients can put on a pair of headphones, relax and be entertained while we work! Even the most anxious patients are relieved and grow to love coming to see us!
This state of the art dental software allows us to be more efficient in scheduling our patients, charting their care, and helping to educate them on their dental needs. Dentrix also stores patient records electronically, so are files quicker to access and easier to transfer.
Alligator Dental App
We are proud to announce that we have an App in the Google Play and Itunes Application Stores! Search for our FREE App, “Alligator Dental” and download it today! This app allows you to find treatment and alert your doctor of emergencies 24/7, learn more about dental care, make appointments and connect with us on Facebook! The care your family needs and deserves just got even more fun and convenient!
Our staff uses one of the latest and greatest x-ray tools called the Nomad. This is a handheld, portable x-ray device that allows us to take an x-ray from anywhere in the office, so we don’t have to leave your child’s side!
Taking photos of our child’s teeth is a breeze with our Kodak Intraoral Camera. The sleek design is about the size of a pen, and allows us to take high quality photos without uncomfortable dental films. Another reason why kids love our office so much, they have fun and don’t realize we are even doing an exam!
Our doctors use their super hero powers and a friendly laser to relieve mouth sores. The laser allows us to give your child immediate relief from canker sores without using oral medications, or rinses. It also gives parents relief from cranky little gators!