Dr. Van Natta is passionate about continuing education and learning and is always researching new dental technology that helps improve your experience with us. Leading-edge technology helps us diagnose conditions with a high degree of accuracy that helps speed your treatment and get you out of the dental chair faster. We also use technology that improves your comfort and informs and educates you about your oral health needs.
Please take a few minutes to browse through some of the technology we currently offer at Gentle Hands Dental Care and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
We know that many patients today have concerns about the safety and frequency of dental x-rays. But Dr. Van Natta couldn’t do her job without them, because a dentist can’t treat what they can’t see.
Even with a comprehensive visual examination, Dr. Van Natta can’t see under your gums or inside your teeth to detect issues that are developing and threatening your oral health without your knowledge.
Our digital x-rays reduce your radiation exposure by as much as 80 percent and provide highly detailed digital images. A digital x-ray shows us your entire tooth, inside and out, and Dr. Van Natta can share the image with you and point out the issue so you can see the problem yourself.
At Gentle Hands Dental Care, we’ve made the process for taking digital x-rays efficient and easy by using digital sensors. We use intraoral digital sensors in conjunction with x-ray imaging to improve your comfort and the quality and detail of the images they produce.
When we take an x-ray, we place a flat digital sensor in your mouth that is comfortable and has rounded edges that don’t poke into your mouth. The sensor delivers high-resolution digital images that make it possible for Dr. Van Natta to provide accurate, efficient diagnoses and positive, long-lasting treatment outcomes.
Conventional intraoral x-rays are invaluable for diagnosing many dental conditions. But a panoramic x-ray covers a wider area of your mouth. It provides essential information about the location of anatomical features that we can’t see on a conventional x-ray.
Panoramic x-rays show us the maxillary sinuses, help us detect advanced periodontal disease, identify the position of your teeth, aid in detecting impacted teeth and bone abnormalities, and diagnose tumors and cysts.
Another benefit of panoramic x-rays is that they are extra-oral, which means they are taken outside of your mouth, making them comfortable for adults with special needs and children who can’t tolerate intraoral (inside the mouth) x-rays.
Dental anxiety takes many forms, but a common trigger is the high-pitched sound of an air-driven dental drill. At Gentle Hands Dental Care, we want to show you that we care about your comfort, which is why we have invested in state-of-the-art electric handpieces.
Because they are motor-driven, our electric handpieces minimize the sound and also the vibration that many patients—even those who aren’t anxious—dislike. They also offer a high level of precision that speeds procedures and gets you out of the dental chair faster.
Would you like to know what your dentist sees during a visual examination of your mouth? Now you can! An intraoral camera is a technology that dentists use to help inform and educate patients about their oral health.
As a high-tech alternative to a dental mirror, Dr. Van Natta directs the small handheld camera over your teeth, and at the same time, the live image appears on your chairside monitor.
It’s one thing for us to tell you that you have a cavity, but seeing it for yourself helps you understand what the specific problem is and how removing the decay will benefit your long-term oral health. The images that intraoral cameras produce can be saved to your patient history to access for monitoring or to share with specialists and insurance companies as needed.
Many people avoid root canals because they don’t like the sensations or the length of time they have to sit in the dental chair. Rotary endodontic technology speeds root canal treatment and produces less noise and vibration than manual steel files used in the past. It also helps Dr. Van Natta provide more precise treatment that results in more reliable long-term outcomes.
Using digital records allows us to securely store all of your medical history, drug information, dental charts, x-rays, and intraoral images on our in-house network. All your information is immediately available at our fingertip as needed to make a diagnosis or monitor an ongoing condition
And, with your permission, we can easily transmit your records to insurance companies or outside specialists when needed.
TVs in Treatment Rooms
Everyone can benefit from some distraction while they’re in the dental chair, so we’ve equipped all of our treatment rooms with TVs. You can catch up on the news or watch your favorite show while we work to improve your oral health.