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Patient Education

We feel patient education is very important. Our goal is that you are completely informed concerning your condition and any treatment that will be performed. We encourage you to voice any questions you may have.

If you are more comfortable discussing your treatment options in Spanish or Vietnamese, please alert us and members of the practice will be happy to assist you.

Patient Safety

We adhere to the highest professional standards of cleanliness, sterilization, and radiation control. Our staff regularly attend safety seminars and are quite knowledgeable on the latest techniques.

Sterilization

We know that preventing the spread of infectious diseases such as AIDS, herpes, hepatitis and even the cold virus is critical. We use extensive sterilization procedures, going well beyond the guidelines recommended by the American Dental Association and Centers for Disease Control.

We use barrier techniques such as disposable masks and gloves and replace them with every new patient. Each piece of fixed operatory equipment is wiped-down with antibacterial solution prior to every clinical procedure. Sterile water delivery systems are utilized. We use autoclave sterilization for all instruments prior to dental examination and treatment. You can be assured that our staff have been specifically trained on sterilization procedures and their importance.

Pre-medication

Patients with certain medical conditions (e.g. valvular heart conditions and artificial joints) may be asked to pre-medicate with antibiotics prior to treatment. We do this with your safety in mind. Please inform us if you have a condition that might require pre-medication.

Post Treatment Instructions

After treatment, home care and medication instructions will be thoroughly explained. For your convenience, you will also be given printed instructions. Of course, we are always available for questions after treatment.

Patient Comfort

We go to extraordinary lengths to ensure our patients are as comfortable as possible during dental procedures. Please click here for more information on this topic.

Special Equipment

We strive to stay on the leading edge of periodontal techniques and equipment. In order to do this, we take a great deal of continuing education. We also utilize advanced equipment in our office. This includes:

Advanced Dental Implant Placement
Recent advances in dental implant technology and bone regeneration allow trained periodontists to place dental implants anchoring dentures and partials immediately. Single tooth implants can also be restored immediately in a number of cases. Dr. Hale is trained to perform these and other advanced dental implant procedures.

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Galileo In-Office CAT Scanning
A key to dental implant safety and success is advanced radiography. Cone beam digital CAT scanning allows us to take 3-Dimensional, high resolution CAT scans of your facial anatomy. We can then view these images from different angles, take precise measurements, and easily share 3-D data with other doctors. A CAT scan ensures that every possible precaution has been made to reduce the risk of involvement of the nerves in the lower jaw, and the sinuses and nose in the upper jaw.

Until recently, CAT scans were only done in hospitals or medical facilities. Our office is one of the very few in the United States with the latest in digital CT scanning.

Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP)
"LANAP" is a laser treatment for periodontitis to remove infected tissue around the tooth. The LANAP procedure is very successful in promoting regeneration of healthy periodontal tissues in place of the damaged tissue.

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Low Radiation Digital X-Rays
Digital X-Rays are taken with very low radiation and have more flexibility in terms of rendition. They are also more convenient when planning treatment with your general dentist.

Occlusal Mapping System
Tekscan is a sensor technology that allows Dr. Hale to see how your top and bottom teeth fit together, or your "occlusion," as well as the distribution of force. Proper occlusion is important for avoiding pain and injury.

Oral Cancer Screening System
We use VELScope to screen our patients for early signs of oral cancer. This technology allows Dr. Hale to detect early lesions that may not be visible to the naked eye.

SimPlant - Computer-Guided Implant Placement
Correct implant placement maximizes safety, longevity and the cosmetic end result. Precision implant placement begins with a CAT scan that must be extensively analyzed.

SimPlant is a computer system that automatically analyzes CAT scan information and provides exact placement perimeters for optimum results. This advanced system gives immediate guidance as to the exact size of implant needed and the ideal placement location. Case planning between Dr. Hale and your restorative dentist can then be done.

Additionally, the SimPlant analysis can be immediately sent to our dental lab who will use it to manufacture a surgical guide. Implant placement becomes completely computer-guided, eliminating any possible surgical error.

Timothy M. Hale, D.D.S. Practice Limited to Periodontics and Dental Implants Tel: (281)392-6000 Fax: (281) 392-6811