At Hawaiian Island Dental, we care about you, your comfort, and your safety. Dr. Jaurequi believes in investing in new equipment when he's sure that it will improve our patients' experience with us. Leading-edge technology makes your treatment more efficient and comfortable and helps us achieve the best possible treatment outcomes for you.
We would love to show you some of our state-of-the-art technology in action, but until then, please take a few minutes to learn about all that we have to offer our patients.
3-D Cone Beam Imaging (CBCT)
3-D cone beam imaging is a special type of x-ray Dr. Jaurequi uses when he needs details not available with other types of x-rays. Cone beam imaging generates 3-D images of your teeth, soft tissue, bones, and the structures around them, including the nasal cavity, sinuses, and nerve paths. It's called "cone beam" because the x-ray is shaped like a cone and not a fan as are other CT scans.
Because he can see this area in great detail, Dr. Jaurequi 3-D cone beam images to plan highly precise dental implant placement, orthodontic treatment, tooth extraction, and other dental procedures.
We use digital patient records because they make life easier for everyone! Our professional team can work more efficiently because your x-rays, intraoral photos, and medical and dental history are all available at the click of a button. Our front desk team can check you in quickly and spend more time catching up with you and asking you about your day.
You benefit because we streamline your entire appointment to minimize your stress and get you smiling and on your way faster!
A panoramic dental x-ray captures your entire mouth in one image. Because it covers a wider area than a regular dental x-ray, Dr. Jaurequi can see the position of your teeth and sinuses as well as any bone abnormalities.
We commonly use panoramic x-rays to plan treatment for implants, braces, and tooth extractions. Using panoramic x-rays, we can also see dental such as advanced gum disease, impacted teeth, TMJ disorders, and cysts and tumors.
Dental x-rays play a crucial role in helping Dr. Jaurequi evaluate your oral health needs. It’s common for cavities to develop inside or between teeth, areas that are impossible to see during a visual exam. Digital dental x-rays let our dentist see these areas and identify conditions like gum disease and cavities in the early stages when they’re easier and less costly to treat.
These x-rays are also a great educational tool because when Dr. Jaurequi shares them with you, you can see what he sees. We have found that our patients are more comfortable making decisions about their oral health care when they feel informed and included in the process!
Digital x-rays are safer for you because they reduce the amount of radiation you’re exposed to by as much as 80 percent compared to film-type x-rays. And because they are digital, we don’t need to store or dispose of any hazardous materials.
An intraoral camera is a small device about the size of a pen that our dentist uses to look at the inside of your mouth during your dental exams. As Dr. Jaurequi moves it around, the images of your mouth are instantly available on your chairside screen so you can follow along. He can show you the condition of your teeth as well as dental work like fillings and crowns.
If he spots a cavity or sees signs of gum disease, he’ll point it out to you so you can see it with your own eyes. Feeling informed and understanding what’s happening helps you feel more confident in the decisions you make about your dental care.
We can also save still images of your intraoral exam for future reference to easily share with specialists and insurance companies.
If you have ever had a dental impression taken, you know it can be a messy, uncomfortable process. Thanks to digital technology, however, we have streamlined the entire process. Instead, we use digital impressions that do away with the messy material and make the process comfortable and efficient.
Laser dentistry is not a recent innovation and has been used for over 25 years! With laser dentistry, our team can complete treatment that is comfortable enough that it may not require anesthetics.
Some treatments our dentist provides with dental lasers are:
- Treat gum disease
- Remove the decayed portion of a tooth
- Treat canker sores and cold sores
- Recontour the gumline
Dental lasers also reduce bleeding, shorten treatment and healing times, minimize the risk of infection after treatment, and reduce your recovery times.
Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” is an excellent way to take the edge off of your anxiety during dental procedures. Since it is a gas, we deliver it through a small flexible mask that sits comfortably over your nose. All you need to do is inhale normally as the effects start to take hold.
Very soon, you will start to feel a little drowsy, dreamy, and the activity around you will feel far away. We continue to monitor you during your procedure to ensure that you are comfortable and safe. When we finish, we switch the flow of gas to pure oxygen that you inhale for several minutes. You will leave our office feeling alert and refreshed, and you can drive yourself home safely.