Dentist Fairfax, VA
Sensational Smiles utilizes state-of-the-art technologies to ensure accuracy, efficiency, and comfort. Our dental equipment is safe, effective, and well-maintained. Some of our dental technologies include those listed below:
Sensational Smiles is a Mercery-Free dental practice. For many years, mercury was used in “silver” fillings. However, it is now known that mercury is a toxic substance and can be harmful to both patients and dental teams. There has been a growing trend towards mercury-free dentistry in recent years. Mercury-free dentists use different tooth-colored materials to restore teeth, such as porcelain or composite resin which is safer for both the patient and the dental team. Our office is also equipped with the proper equipment for safe removal of previously placed “silver” fillings to reduce mercury exposure.
Sensational Smiles uses advanced digital x-rays system to reduce your radiation exposure and uses a more comfortable sensor that does not poke your soft tissues. It clearly magnifies the images of your teeth and bone and allows you to see and understand what Dr. Mary-Stuart Gallian is evaluating for your dental needs. This digital technology allows us to take images of your teeth and display them on a computer screen quickly and easily.
Sensational Smiles has a Digital Panoramic x-ray machine in house. The Panoramic x-ray machine rotates around your entire head to take a 360-degree view of your teeth, sinuses, and the bone structure of your head and jaws. This provides a more complete image than standard x-rays. Panoramic x-ray images are essential for planning cosmetic dentistry treatments and help Dr. Mary-Stuart Gallian identify potential oral health issues well before they become serious.
Soft Tissue Lasers
Laser technology is revolutionizing dental care. With soft tissue lasers at our disposal, Sensational Smiles can provide precise high-quality treatments that are pain-free, less invasive, and useful for a wide variety of dental treatments.
A laser is essentially a tiny beam of highly concentrated light. This beam can be used to provide pinpoint accuracy in treatments. Because the laser sterilizes the tissues and seals off blood vessels as it is used, the chance of infection or bleeding following laser treatment is minimal. The soft tissue laser is minimally-invasive, but highly effective treatment that does not harm healthy surrounding tissue.
With the highly versatile soft tissue laser, Dr. Mary-Stuart Gallian can seal nerve endings and blood vessels and treat soft tissues simultaneously. This creates less stress on the gums, which significantly reduces both swelling and bleeding. By using the soft tissue laser, Dr. Mary-Stuart Gallian can minimize discomfort both during and after the treatment and lessens recovery time so you can back to your life with minimal disruption.
The Cavitron is a handheld device used in both routine and periodontal deep cleaning. While scaling can be completed by hand, the Cavitron uses ultrasonic technology to remove calculus and stain from teeth and gums quickly, gently and effectively.
With the Cavitron, patients enjoy a more comfortable experience and time spent scaling and polishing is decreased.
Rotary Endodontics Handpiece
A rotary endodontics handpiece is a tool designed to be used in root canal therapy. By using this handpiece, we can complete the treatment gently and efficiently. This allows you to have a quicker and more comfortable treatment experience.
Velscope Oral Cancer Screening Light
When it comes to oral cancer, early diagnosis and treatment are essential to good health outcomes. The Velscope is a handheld screening tool that uses high intensity blue-spectrum light to scan the tissues in the mouth. This light passes through tissue and creates a distinct visual pattern of health and unhealthy tissues through natural fluorescence. With this screening light, we can more accurately discover potential oral cancers before they are visible to the naked eye. In most cases, abnormal cells are nothing to worry about, but we recommend using Velscope once a year as part of a quick and painless addition to the periodic neck and head exam conducted at hygiene appointments.
Portable X-Ray Gun
The portable handheld x-ray system is battery-powered for completely cordless portability. With our x-ray gun, we can take accurate, efficient radiographs with less radiation exposure than most conventional systems. It is comfortable, convenient, and can be used in any treatment room and the hygienist doesn’t have to leave the room for your radiographs.
Digital Wellness Scanner
The Sensational Smiles team uses an iTero Digital Intraoral Scanner to get the clearest picture of your overall dental health. We conduct annual wellness scans on all our adult patients to help educate you on ways to improve your oral hygiene and overall oral health. These annual scans also allow us to conduct long term tracking of teeth movement and gingival health over the years. The iTero shows where there is a risk of trauma in your bite through various color coding. It provides a clear visual representation of any areas that may need treatment – like worn, chipped, cracked, or damaged teeth.
When having dental restorations placed, the Intraoral scanner can be used to take highly accurate photographic impressions with are digitally transmitted to the lab for processing. No more need for the goopy trays that don’t allow you to easily swallow or breath.
This iTero Intraoral Scanner also allows us to create visual representation of what clear aligner therapy has the potential to do for your oral health and your smile.
Clear Aligner Therapy
If you’re ready to say goodbye to crooked or gapped teeth for good but don’t want the hassle of caring for metal or clear braces, Sensational Smiles can help. We use Invisalign’s trusted technology to create the beautiful smile of your dreams.
Invisalign aligners are made with clear plastic to be transparent. They blend right in with your teeth—most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them. Are you giving a presentation? Are you going to be in wedding pictures? Smile confidently while Invisalign works its magic. Invisalign trays are made with smooth plastic. Slim and form-fitting, Invisalign won’t irritate your gums or the insides of your cheeks. Many users begin to see changes in the first few weeks, with an average treatment duration of 12-18 months. Let Sensational Smiles get you on the road to your dream smiles today.