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Harbor Point Family Dentistry
Dr. Cory McMahan

Technology

At Harbor Point Family Dentistry, we strive to stay up to date on the latest and greatest dental equipment, materials, and systems to make sure we are providing the best possible service to our valued patients.  Dr. McMahan has added new dental technology to make your appointments even more comfortable, precise, and efficient. 

The technology we currently use is listed below. We welcome you to keep checking back to see what we're doing to provide you with an exceptional dental experience.

iTero 5D+ 3D Intraoral Scanner

A digital scanner makes treatments such as Invisalign easy and comfortable. Rather than a gooey, inaccurate paste impression, we can simply scan your teeth to create clear Invisalign aligners for your orthodontic treatment. 

In addition to Invisalign, we also use iTero to take digital impressions for:

  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Implants
  • Partials
  • Nightguards
     

iTero digital impressions improve accuracy and efficiency as well as being far more comfortable.

Digital Dental X-Rays and Sensors

Dental x-rays are a crucial technology that our dentist uses to see what he can’t see with a visual examination. He can’t treat what he can’t see, and dental x-rays give us the complete picture of your oral health. 

Digital x-rays and sensors make enhancing images easy for earlier and more accurate diagnosis. Digital x-rays provide instant images for fast diagnosis and can be stored in your digital records over time. Since they do not require chemicals for development, they are also better for the environment!

A dental x-ray shows our dentist an image of the entire tooth, from the root to the crown. He then uses the x-rays to diagnose cavities, impacted teeth, fractures, infections, and more.

Dental x-rays are also a great educational tool because when Dr. McMahan shares them with you, you can see what he sees. They say seeing is believing, and when you visualize a cavity on an x-ray, you can understand why you need treatment and how it will benefit you. This keeps you informed about your needs and allows you to make more confident treatment decisions.

Learn more about where we use this technology:

Intraoral Camera

An intraoral camera is a small handheld camera designed to fit comfortably in the mouth. It captures pictures of individual teeth or sections of the mouth so that you can see exactly what Dr. Cory McMahan sees when he looks in your mouth.

Intraoral images can also be used to track changes in your mouth over time, monitoring such conditions as worn teeth, gum recession, cavities, broken or cracked teeth, and bite patterns.

Digital Panoramic X-Rays

When planning specific procedures, our dentist needs to see your entire mouth in a single image, so he turns to panoramic x-rays.

Your jaw is curved like a horseshoe, but a panoramic x-ray flattens the image and provides a wide view of structures like your teeth, upper and lower jaws, bone, and surrounding structures and tissues in one x-ray.

Digital Records

Your dental and medical history allows us to keep an ongoing record of your overall oral health. The way we manage this information contributes to more efficient treatment planning that helps gets you out of the dental chair faster. 

All your records and personal information are safely stored and secured on our in-house network. We can also easily and safely share your information with specialists and your insurance company. 

 

Nitrous Oxide

Dental anxiety often leads to missed appointments and poorer oral health as a result. At Harbor Point Family Dentistry, we offer comforting nitrous oxide (laughing gas) that helps you relax through your appointment.

Since nitrous oxide is a gas, it’s administered through a small nasal mask. Just sit back and inhale normally, and in a few minutes, you’ll be in a very calm and relaxed state. The effects will last through your appointment, and a member of our team will monitor you carefully.

Before you leave, we’ll have you inhale pure oxygen, which clears your mind and makes you feel alert and refreshed. Because nitrous is short-acting, you can drive yourself home from your appointment.

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