When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. McAuslan and his staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
Dr. McAuslan chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow, but we still take radiographs only that are revelent to your case. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs. Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Dr. McAuslan utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better. Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies. Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital X-rays results in much less radiation exposure to you.
Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing. Dr. McAuslan utilizes intraoral camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An intraoral camera is a very small camera – in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An intraoral camera allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you! Intra oral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed or emailed to you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.
AED on premises
Our office is equipped with a defibrilator. The State of Illinois does not currently require this for dental offices, but we at Genoa Smiles feel that it is a good investment to ensure the safety of our patients. In practicing over 25 years of dentistry, I have never had the need to use a defibrilator. I just feel that it should be an important part of every dental offices equipment.
Velscope is a new device to help screen for intra-oral cancer. Velscope is non-invasive and painless. This device is a major step forward in cancer detection as compared to regular visual screenings. The procedure only takes a minute or two and is recommended to be done every year.
The Velscope is equipped with a camera to photograph any suspicious areas. These photos can be sent to specialists for evaluation.
All ceramic crowns
The type of crowns that we are using currently are all ceramic. Their strength is unmatched, and their fit is nothing short of amazing. After we prepare your tooth for the crown and take an impression, the laboratory scans this impression into a computer. After a few settings are made, the crown is milled out of a solid block of ceramic material. The result is a crown that usually can be placed in the mouth with minimal adjustments and gets you back to your business in very little time.
We primarily use Invisalign for our clear braces, however we are also certified in Clear Choice clear braces. Clear braces have been around for several years now and have been quite successful in treating malocclusions. Their most useful application is in people who had braces when they were younger, and the teeth have shifted since they stopped wearing their retainers. The retainers are nearly invisable and many cases can be completed in as little as 6 months. We would be happy to provide you with a complimentary exam to see if you a candidate for this type of orthodontics.
Mini Implants for denture stabilization
Unlike regular or traditional implants, mini implants are designed to be used to help anchor loose lower and upper full dentures. They have limited use in single tooth replacement. This is an amazing newer technology that is helping patients that have trouble wearing their dentures due to loss of bone in their jaws. Four mini implants are placed in the jaw in a short painless procedure. At the same appointment attachments are retrofitted into the denture and you walk out of the office able to eat foods that you haven’t been able to eat for years. Mini implants are much less expensive than traditional implants. If you would like to be evaluated for mini implant denture stabilization, please give us a call.