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Technology

Smile Select is a state-of-the art facility equipped with the most advanced dental technology available today. We work to constantly optimize the technology in our dental offices to ensure that we can take care of any dental needs our patients may have. We offer Dental Digital X-rays, intra-oral cameras, diagnostic lasers, as well as Zoom!™ Patients often recognize the brand name Zoom!™ from the hit television show Extreme Makeover. The Cosmetic Dentists on Extreme Makeover choose Zoom!™ as the leading teeth whitening procedure available to dentists today.

Digital X Rays

Traditionally, dentists use x-rays to find out what's going on below the surface, developing them in a darkroom full of chemicals, and examining the resulting films on a special light board.

Digital radiography entirely out modes that cumbersome process. Now, a tiny sensor is placed in the where it acts like a miniature VCR camera with an x-ray sensitive chip, exposing you to 50%-90% less radiation than with traditional x-ray techniques. This process results in a highly detailed image of your mouth that is almost instantaneously translated onto our computer screen, carrying with it all the conveniences of other digitized images. We can rotate it, magnify it, adjust it for contrast, and even color-code it for educational purposes. Digital X-rays help our patients clearly understand and visualize the dental complication they are facing, this allows us to work together to determine the very best treatment options to treat their complication.

Hard and Soft Tissue Lasers

Our office uses state of the art sterilization to ensure patient safety. All of our dental instruments go through an intense process of sterilization and disinfection before coming near any of our patients. Sterilization refers to the use of a physical or chemical procedure to destroy all forms of microorganisms, including the highly resistant spores.

We use Rapid Steam Autoclave at 275º F(35psi), for 15-20 minutes

First, the instruments are prepared for the sterilization process. Patient debris and fluids are removed by placing the instruments in 3.2% glutaraldehyde for 40 minutes. Following this pre-disinfection step the instruments are transferred to an ultrasonic cleaner for another 15 minutes. Then the instruments are rinsed, dried, placed in self sealing sterilization pouches and sterilized in the autoclave. Instruments which can not be heat sterilized, are immersed in 2% glutaraldehyde for 10 hours to cold sterilize.

We use Biological, Chemical and Mechanical indicators to monitor our sterilization process.

Using bacterial spores to monitor the sterilization process is referred to as biologic monitoring (or spore-testing), and the bacterial spores used for monitoring the sterilization process are referred to as biologic indicators (BIs). Of the three methods, biologic monitoring is regarded as the most valid for monitoring the sterilization process, for it uses live, highly resistant bacterial spores.

We biologically monitor our sterilizer once a week to ensure complete sterilization using spore strips and keep accurate records for our monitoring. These strips are enclosed in a glassiness envelope and processed through the sterilizer. They are then sent to our spore testing center where they are tested for live spores.

Chemical monitoring involves using chemical indicators (CIs) that change color or form when exposed to specific high temperatures or to the sterilizing conditions within a sterilizer. This is referred to as chemical monitoring (or process monitoring). We use sterilization pouches that have special marking that change color when subjected to sterilizing temperatures.

Mechanical monitoring involves observing and recording the physical aspects (e.g., temperature, pressure or time) of the cycle when the sterilizer is being operated. Our Sterilizer is serviced regularly to ensure proper functioning.

Intra Oral Camera

This wonderful new Dental Intra Oral Camera technology allows you to relax in your chair while simultaneously observing real-time pictures of the inside of your mouth magnified beyond normal size on an adjacent computer monitor! Not only does this make it simple to see and understand what the doctor is telling you, but it also makes it simple for us to keep incredibly accurate records, from one visit to the next.

Cancer Screening

Patients who use tobacco and alcohol heavily are prone to oral cancer. Cancer screening is done in order to detect the signs of cancerous cells at early stage and take necessary steps to cure the same. This can be done during routine dental visit. Dentists make a note of the medical history of patients and check out for abnormal cells using special equipment. The process may involve removal of some of the cells from the mouth and performing biopsy to find out if they are cancerous. The tests performed can help in taking early steps to cure oral cancer.

CBCT

CBCT abbreviated as Cone Beam Computed Tomography is one of the proven technologies for dental medicine. The technology helps in taking 3D digital images of hard bone tissues in teeth and jaws. A cone shaped X-ray beam rotates around the head of the patient to develop a 3D digital image of the dentition. The technology is vastly used in dentistry in recent times because the time taken is much less and the images help in coming up with an effective treatment plan. CBCT can be very helpful when performing dental implant surgeries, orthodontic treatment and other oral surgeries. The complex technology has several advantages and it truly is a boon to the field of dentistry.

WAND

WAND is technological equipment which is used to inject controlled amount of local anaesthesia. It is computer controlled and the device regulates the flow of the anaesthesia in the injection. This can reduce pain and anxiety in patients. It is an advanced dental machine which has made the delivery of local anaesthesia simpler and more precise. Most patients report pain caused from injection when administering local anaesthesia. This pain is essentially caused by the quick in flow of the anaesthetic. WAND slows down the flow of numbing agent and hence solves the problem.

Sterilization and Patient Safety

Our office uses state of the art sterilization to ensure patient safety. All of our dental instruments go through an intense process of sterilization and disinfection before coming near any of our patients. Sterilization refers to the use of a physical or chemical procedure to destroy all forms of microorganisms, including the highly resistant spores.

We use Rapid Steam Autoclave at 275º F(35psi), for 15-20 minutes

First, the instruments are prepared for the sterilization process. Patient debris and fluids are removed by placing the instruments in 3.2% glutaraldehyde for 40 minutes. Following this pre-disinfection step the instruments are transferred to an ultrasonic cleaner for another 15 minutes. Then the instruments are rinsed, dried, placed in self sealing sterilization pouches and sterilized in the autoclave. Instruments which can not be heat sterilized, are immersed in 2% glutaraldehyde for 10 hours to cold sterilize.

We use Biological, Chemical and Mechanical indicators to monitor our sterilization process.

Using bacterial spores to monitor the sterilization process is referred to as biologic monitoring (or spore-testing), and the bacterial spores used for monitoring the sterilization process are referred to as biologic indicators (BIs). Of the three methods, biologic monitoring is regarded as the most valid for monitoring the sterilization process, for it uses live, highly resistant bacterial spores.

We biologically monitor our sterilizer once a week to ensure complete sterilization using spore strips and keep accurate records for our monitoring. These strips are enclosed in a glassiness envelope and processed through the sterilizer. They are then sent to our spore testing center where they are tested for live spores.

Chemical monitoring involves using chemical indicators (CIs) that change color or form when exposed to specific high temperatures or to the sterilizing conditions within a sterilizer. This is referred to as chemical monitoring (or process monitoring). We use sterilization pouches that have special marking that change color when subjected to sterilizing temperatures.

Mechanical monitoring involves observing and recording the physical aspects (e.g., temperature, pressure or time) of the cycle when the sterilizer is being operated. Our Sterilizer is serviced regularly to ensure proper functioning.

Office Hours

Monday 8:00 AM5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM5:00 PM
Thursday Closed
Friday 8:00 AM5:00 PM
Saturday 7:30 AM2:00 PM
Sunday Closed

Our Address

Advanced Restorative Dentistry
1401 South Beretania Street
Suite #470, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

808-732-0291

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