At Northern Trails Dental Care, we know that keeping up with the latest trends and advancements in technology can be tough. One day you’ve got the latest, hottest smart phone, the next it’s yesterday’s trash.
Dr. Gwendolyn Buck is dedicated to continuing education to learn the latest techniques and technology in dentistry. She invests in only the most advanced equipment that will benefit her patients.
For our patients, better technology means:
We provide genetic testing in our practice because we know how vital oral health is for overall wellness, and OralDNA tests provide information that further customizes your care according to your needs. With the quick and painless collection of your saliva, we can find hidden oral pathogens that put you at an increased risk of periodontal disease, which is linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and many other illnesses we’d like to help you prevent.
Inflammation is the connection, and OralDNA testing can tell us if you were born with the gene markers associated with increased inflammation, as well as whether you have high-risk types of HPV that are associated with oral cancer.
OralDNA testing can provide you with peace of mind or help us devise a plan of action to fight back against chronic infection and disease. By keeping your mouth healthy, you can increase the health of the rest of your body. We think that’s something to smile about!
Our WaterLase® dental laser system allows us to perform many treatments with minimal to no anesthetic, and without a dental drill. This eliminates the fear anxiety that many patients have, and makes for a much more comfortable experience with faster healing time and more conservation of healthy tooth structure – and most of all, better oral health.
Our cutting-edge E4D® CAD/CAM system allows us to design, fabricate and place restorations like crowns and veneers in a single visit! E4D® offers digital impressions (no more goop), fewer injections, no more temporaries, and no return visits. With same day dentistry, you will come in with a problem tooth and leave with a restored smile the same day.
Air abrasion is a new way to remove tooth decay without the use of a dental drill. Air abrasion uses a tiny but powerful stream of air and fine particles to remove decay – sort of like a sandblaster. This means a more comfortable experience and more conservation of healthy tooth structure, which is always our goal.
Digital x-rays have revolutionized the dental and healthcare industries. They use less radiation so they’re safer than traditional x-rays and more convenient as they can be taken in a matter of seconds and viewed right from the dental chair. This gives patients the power to take a more active role in their oral health.
In the past, the only way we could get an up close and personal look at the surfaces of your mouth was through the magic of sight, with the help of a tiny dental mirror. Today, intraoral cameras give us a new perspective with large, high resolution images that allow us to detect disease, decay or abnormalities that may otherwise go unseen.
We know that the injection is often the worst part of any dental treatment. That’s why we’re proud to offer painless injections. Painless injections use subtle, soothing pulsations that send a message to the nerve receptors, essentially closing the “pain gate” to the brain. Painless injections offer a pain-free dental experience and less stress in the injection process.
Have you ever seen your dentist wearing a funny pair of glasses? That is what’s called dental loupes or telescopic loupes. These glasses contain powerful magnifiers that allow Dr. Buck to see in greater detail for better detection of disease and decay, and higher precision dentistry.