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Dental Education – New Techniques

Dr. Billings uses the latest dental and technological advances when caring for your family's teeth. Click the links below to read more about these techniques.

DentalVibe

DentalVibe® is a revolutionary, patented, award-winning device invented by a dentist that uses vibration to block the sensation of pain. So when you get a shot, you don't feel it. DentalVibe is gentle, fast, and safe. There are no pills to take, no gas to inhale, no drowsy after-effects to worry about. Also ideal for children, DentalVibe has child size tips and offers animal finger puppets, allowing children to enjoy their time more while having a procedure performed. Watch Video >>

SomnoMed® Oral Appliances for Sleep Apnea

Traditional treatment is to sleep with a CPAP machine. Frankly, CPAP machines are bulky and noisy, they limit your sleep positions and can disturb your spouse. Many people do not use them as they should, which endangers their lives.

Some of the problems adults suffer from due to Sleep Apnea are: high blood pressure, rapid increased heart beats, diabetes, memory loss, erectile dysfunction, mood disorder, insomnia, obesity and increased risk of stroke or heart attack.

We have been successful in helping patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea with the use of an oral appliance through an innovative company called SomnoMed. Oral appliances are silent, comfortable, easy to tolerate, travel-friendly, and are covered by the majority of insurance plans. Read more at www.somnomed.com.

"After 5 years of restless nights with my CPAP machine (could not find a mask to fit right), and difficulty staying awake while driving just 60 miles, my doctor recommended I try the SomnoMed device. After some research, I decided to get one. I didn't notice any immediate changes, but family and friends told me they noticed I was more alert and staying awake later than I used to. I realized I was sleeping better, longer, and dreaming more. I've been using SomnoMed for 3 months. I recently did a 60 mile drive and when I got back, I realized I stayed awake and alert the whole drive. I know I could not have done it while using CPAP. I highly recommend SomnoMed to anyone considering it. It's definitely the best investment in myself I have ever made!" – D.K. Isbell

"Thank you for the Somno Med sleep apnea appliance. Before this I snored all night long! My wife had to nudge me to stop. Now I am snore FREE. My energy level is high for a 78 year old man." – Bill P.

"I have been a user of the SomnoMed sleep apnea appliance for several years now. This came about after I was unable to tolerate the CPAP appliance and wow, what a difference. The SomnoMed has afforded me the opportunity to get a full night’s sleep without the hassle of a mask. When I awaken in the morning, I am fully rested and ready to proceed with my daily activities with a high energy level." – Thomas S.

 

Myofunctional Research Systems

Mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, incorrect swallowing and other bad oral habits cause crooked teeth, poor facial development, and other common problems. The tongue and lips control dental position, and should be considered in conjunction with any orthodontic treatment. Dr. Billings uses Myofunctional Research systems to correct these issues. Learn more >>

i-CAT Scan for 3D Data

Digital X-Rays

Dr. Billings uses digital X-Rays to provide a higher quality of dental care and more accurate diagnoses. The process of digitally capturing an image is faster, safer, and more comfortable for the patient. The development of digital dental X-Rays has been one of the greatest advancements in technology in the dental field that benefits both the doctor and the patient.

Dr. Billings analyzes a digital dental X-RayHow Digital Dental X-Rays Work

We place a small sensor in your mouth that 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 the computer. The sensor can then be repositioned to photograph other sections of your teeth.

Why Digital Dental X-Rays are Better

The digital dental X-Ray system is more sensitive than dental X-Ray film systems, so the patient’s exposure to X-Rays is cut by as much as 50 percent. Fast image acquisition allows for quick retakes, if necessary. There is no time spent waiting for the image to develop, and diagnosis can begin almost immediately. The large, color-enhanced images let you see what your dentist sees, so it is much easier for you to understand how your dentist will treat your teeth. Patients’ images are saved with all other patient information, and they can be opened at any time. By using digital X-Rays, it is easier to compare images over time, and the images are less likely to be misplaced. Your fees do not include payment for photo chemicals, film, processing, or film storage. Used photo chemicals and film are not polluting the environment. Your dental checkups take less time, and it is fun to watch this system work! Most patients are amazed.

Denture Stability Using Mini-Dental Implants

  • Tired of using denture adhesive?
  • Denture loose?
  • Unable to eat hard food?
  • Food getting caught under your denture?
  • Denture floating or moving around when talking?
  • Sore spots from denture rubbing?

Mini-dental implantsYou may be interested to know about a procedure that can easily secure your denture. It is a very non-invasive procedure that involves gently placing mini-implants into the jaw bone. Almost all denture patients are candidates, even diabetic patients who would not be able to have traditional implants placed because that procedure is much more involved and the healing process in much longer.

After a minimal amount of anesthesia is administered, the mini implants, which are actually tiny titanium screws, are placed into the jawbone. The denture is then retro-fitted with a metal housing that seats right over the top of the implant. The total procedure takes approximately sixty minutes, and it gives immediate stabilization to the denture.

This new technology, which is significantly less expensive than traditional implants, eliminates the mobility of the denture. You will see immediate results in your ability to:

  • Eat a healthier diet, by being able to chew better!
  • Easier to speak with out the denture moving around!
  • More confident smiling!
  • Eliminate the use of messy adhesives!

If you are interested, please call our office today and ask to set up an appointment for an examination and consultation to discuss your options. For more information you can also go directly to the manufactures website, www.imtec.com.

Lumix Cold Laser

Dr. Billings uses the Lumix Cold LaserThe Lumix Cold Laser is a painless, odorless advancement in technology that helps us aid the patient in the healing process. When the laser is used directly on the tooth or tissue, it stimulates the mitochondria in the cells of the affected tissue. This triggers the cells to produce more ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate). ATP is source for the cell’s chemical energy, and it is required for the tissue to start healing. The laser also activates the cells to produce new proteins. 

The laser was developed to help patients with:

  • Hypersensitivity
  • Pocket Depth
  • Bone Regeneration
  • Post-Scaling Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Dry Sockets
  • Cold Sores & Ulcerated tissue
  • Pulptitis
  • TMJ Disorders
  • Sinusitis
  • Parasthesia
  • Implant Integration
  • Post-Operative Tissue Healing

Clinical Computers

Our practice has technologically advanced considerably. We have integrated clinical computers in each operatory.  Having these computers aids us in treating patients because the records are now digitally recorded. Medical history, previous dental restorations, treatment plans, treatment notes, x-rays, intra-oral pictures, and insurance information can be easily accessed at any of our computers in a few key strokes. Having clinical computers allows us to take digital X-Rays which are automatically uploaded and stored in the patient’s chart. The patient’s X-Rays can be viewed on the computer screen in the operatory during a consultation.  By being able to view an X-Ray on an 18” screen as opposed to a 1” film, we, as well as the patient, are better able to view any dental abnormalities or decay.


Intra-Oral Camera

It lets you see what we see! To help provide you with the best dental care, we utilize the intra-oral camera. The camera is a small, pen-shaped wand used to show problems such as deteriorating fillings, fractured teeth, bleeding gums, soft tissue injuries, or any other dental abnormalities. The camera is painless and does not emit any radiation. Seeing these images helps the patient understand any recommended treatment. When finished, these images are digitally stored in the patient’s chart for permanent record.


ViziLite® Plus

We have implemented a new advancement in oral cancer screening called ViziLite Plus as part of our exam procedure at routine cleaning appointments. 

ViziLite Plus is a quick and painless procedure that helps the dentist or hygienist identify any abnormal or pre-cancerous tissues in the patient’s mouth.

After the regular visual exam, the patient will rinse his or her mouth with a cleansing solution. Then the dentist or hygienist will use a special luminescent light to examine all of the tissues closely. Normal, healthy tissue will appear dark in color; any abnormal tissue will appear white in color. 

Oral cancer is most effectively treated when diagnosed early. The cost of treatment increases and the survival rate of the patient decreases when the pre-cancerous tissue is not caught early.


Logicon Caries Detector Software

This software is a technological tool available to dentists to help detect cavities between teeth, called interproximal cavities. The software compares a digital X-Ray of the patient’s teeth with a database of known problems. It then highlights any areas of concern, indicating the depth of the cavity. This alerts the dentist to check the area more closely for further evaluation. Results are then permanently saved digitally in the patients chart. Early detection of cavities leads to less invasive procedures, reducing the need for more involved treatment in the future.


Kodak Cosmetic IMaging Software

The Kodak Cosmetic Imaging Software enables us to take digital photographs of the patient’s mouth and simulate his or her smile with different cosmetic restorations, such as bleachings, bondings, diastema closures, veneers, and porcelain crowns. Being able to visualize the recommended treatment makes the case more exciting and gives the patient a better idea of what the end results will be.

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Terry J. Billings, DDS, APDC|3101 7th St., Metairie, LA 70002|(504) 832-2222|terrybillings@ymail.com

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