“Advanced dentistry” isn’t just our name, it’s a statement of our conviction that every patient deserves to be treated with the latest and best techniques and technologies in dentistry. That doesn’t mean, though, that we go out and buy every gizmo available for the sake of having the shiniest toys. It means that Dr. Michael Kuzma works hard to stay informed of the newest developments in dentistry, and as they become available he carefully evaluates them to see which ones will benefit his patients.
If you look at the technologies we employ, you will see that every technology we’ve chosen helps you get better treatment. If you would rather talk to us in person about how these technologies can help you, please call (910) 392-6060 or email Kuzma Advanced Dentistry today.
CEREC Crowns in One Day
CEREC is an amazing technology. Instead of sending impressions away to a lab so that they can make your dental crowns, we design your crowns on our computer, then manufacture them with a diamond milling machine right in our office.
Instead of having to wait for two weeks with an unattractive, uncomfortable, and fragile temporary crown, you can have your final crown today—you won’t need to schedule a second appointment. And CEREC crowns are very attractive and durable—they’re made of an advanced ceramic material.
Biolase Soft Tissue Laser
Sure, lasers haven’t become the blasters that Sci-Fi promised us, except in the medical sense. We can use lasers to blast away gum tissue and uncomfortable membranes in your mouth to treat gum disease or make your mouth more comfortable and functional.
The benefit to you is that the procedures are faster, more comfortable, and with less bleeding. In addition, laser gum treatment can kill many of the bacteria in your gum pockets, leading to faster healing and better results.
K-7 Diagnostic System
TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) often goes undiagnosed because doctors don’t have the proper equipment to identify jaw joint problems.
The K-7 diagnostic system actually includes three tools that help us to get a clearer picture of what’s going on in your jaw joint. An electrosonograph allows us to listen to your jaw joint and determine whether it’s functioning smoothly or if grinding or displacement is occurring. Electronic jaw tracking allows us to figure out the exact course of your jaw’s motion, and can detect slight irregularities you may not yet be aware of. Finally, an electromyography allows us to determine just how hard your muscles are working so that we can figure out whether tension exists there and we can locate the position of maximum rest for your jaw.
Scientific, data-based diagnosis is the foundation of reliable and consistent TMJ treatment.
Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS) is essential to helping us properly diagnose and treat TMJ. Relaxing your muscles can help us reset them so we can get a better idea about how your jaw is supposed to function. TENS itself can also serve as a noninvasive but very effective treatment for TMJ in some cases.
T-Scan by Tekscan
T-Scan is a technology that allows us to measure the force of your bite digitally. Unlike bite paper, which just tells us where your teeth are touching, T-Scan tells us just how much force your teeth are touching with, and when. This allows us to determine where your teeth touch first, and with how much force, and whether there are some areas that experience transient excessive force.
T-Scan is the best technology for ensuring that none of your teeth and none of your restorations experience destructive force. This allows us to be sure your teeth and restorations won’t be damaged by your bite and it helps us avoid soreness related to imbalanced bite. We can also verify that your bite is healthy and won’t contribute to temporomandibular joint disorders.
Cosmetic dentistry can be a big commitment. If only you could get an idea of what your results would look like before making the commitment, it would be easier.
Well, you can. Thanks to our smile imaging, we can make projections about what results you can expect from your cosmetic dentistry procedures so you can make informed decisions.
It can sometimes be hard to believe a dentist who looks in your mouth and says, “Believe me, you need a lot of work done.”
An intraoral camera lets you see what we see, which can help you understand what’s going on and make a decision about your treatment based on the actual condition of your teeth and gums.
In the past, X-rays had the same problem as a dentist examining your mouth. With the tiny images on the tiny illuminator, it can be hard for you to see what your dentist sees. But with digital x-rays, we can put your x-rays up on a large screen so you can see them, too.
Plus your x-rays are ready right away and they require less radiation, only about 10-20% of the radiation of traditional films.
NuCalm is an exciting new approach to relaxation at the dentist’s office. It doesn’t use drugs to help reduce your anxiety, it uses neuroscience to control your body’s stress response. NuCalm is the first technology patented for “Systems and Methods for Balancing and Maintaining the Health of the Human Autonomic Nervous System.” The autonomic nervous system is the one that controls your stress response as well as many other involuntary body functions. Essentially, NuCalm allows us to control that involuntary nervous system, defusing the stress response so that you can relax while at the dentist.
It takes less than two minutes to apply the natural sleep hormones, gentle electric stimulus (cranial electrotherapy stimulation, CES, neuroacoustic software, and light-blocking eye mask; and for most people this takes effect in under five minutes.
Not all cavities show up on the surface of your teeth. Sometimes, there’s a tiny hole or one located in an inaccessible location that can actually be significant decay underneath. DiagnoDent uses light to penetrate into the tooth to determine whether there’s decay there that we can’t see, either with our eyes or with an x-ray.
Denture Fountain of Youth®
Traditional dentures often don’t fit well. They function poorly and look worse. Not only do your dentures look bad, but they can cause your face to collapse, creating a sunken-in dentures look.
FOY Dentures® fit more comfortably and are made of the most cosmetic materials available. The smile you get with these dentures are as good as any porcelain veneers could give you. And they’re designed to help support your facial tissues so that you can look decades younger.