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  • Our commitment to technology continues to evolve as new and better procedures and equipment become available which offer more efficiency and comfort for our patients. Every team member understands how the various technologies incorporated into our practice benefit our patients and referring dentists by enhancing the quality of care.

Copper Cactus Award

We are honored to have been awarded The Nextrio Innovation Through Technology Copper Cactus Award by the Tucson Chamber of Commerce!

Panoramic Imaging

Panoramic radiography, also called panoramic x-ray, is a two-dimensional (2-D) dental x-ray examination that captures the entire mouth in a single image, including the teeth, upper and lower jaws, surrounding structures and tissues.

The jaw is a curved structure similar to that of a horseshoe. However, the panoramic x-ray produces a flat image of the curved structure. It usually provides details of the bones and teeth.

Unlike a traditional intraoral x-ray where the film/x-ray detector is placed inside the mouth, the film for a panoramic x-ray is contained inside the machine

We use this x-ray to reveal dental and medical problems such as:

  • Impacted teeth including wisdom teeth
  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Cysts in the jaw bones
  • Jaw tumors and oral cancer
  • Jaw disorders
  • Sinusitis

A panoramic x-ray examination requires no special preparation. However, you may be asked to wear a lead apron as a safety precaution to protect the rest of your body. You may be asked to remove any jewelry from the region being imaged, eyeglasses and any metal objects that might interfere with the x-ray images.

i-CAT FLX 3D

Associates in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery offers the most technologically advanced i-CAT FLX 3D Imaging System available. A full 3D scan can be captured using a lower dose of radiation than a 2D panoramic x-ray. This accurate 3D scan can be employed to enhance diagnosis, to educate and empower patients, and to maximize outstanding oral surgery results.

With a quick scan around the patient’s head, we can view 3-D patient anatomy to accomplish more precise evaluation for predictable treatment results in shorter appointment times for the patient.

Using this technology, we can obtain highly accurate and detailed three-dimensional views of all anatomies such as bone, teeth, tooth orientation tooth and nerve relations, airways and sinuses. This 3-D dental imaging is used for implant planning, airway analysis, oral surgery planning, and to detect pathologies such as cysts and tumors.

Once the scan is complete, we will be able to share an immediate visual diagnosis to help our patients truly visualize and better understand treatment options. These pre-treatment scans are easily shared with our referring doctors as well helping you perform less invasive procedures through increased precision, thus reducing risks for our patients.

X-Guide® Dynamic 3D Navigation

Just as low-dose 3D imaging has helped to transform Associates in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, the X-Guide provides the next technological leap for our implant procedures.  Navigation is commonplace for medical procedures and we are excited to offer this technology to our office for better dental implants.

The X-Guide system is designed to allow for even more control and precision over the entire implant process, including virtual planning and placement of the dental implant.  This gives us the ability to deliver to our patients minimally invasive surgery thanks to smaller incisions, and therefore less pain, minimizing complications, faster recovery, and ideal functional and aesthetic results while optimizing the patient’s time.

Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF)
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

These are new approaches to tissue regeneration and it is becoming a valuable adjunct to promote healing in many procedures in dental and oral surgery. PRF/PRP derives from the centrifugation of the patient’s own blood and it contains growth factors that influence wound healing, thereby playing an important role in tissue repairing mechanisms. PRF/PRP can be used in soft tissue and bone tissue surgeries, implant surgery and bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (BRONJ) surgery. In our surgical practice, we have seen the use of PRF/PRP has had many beneficial outcomes, reduced bleeding and enhanced soft tissue healing and bone regeneration.

Piezosurgery

The technology of controlled three-dimensional ultrasonic micro vibrations was developed specifically for cutting bone tissue while minimizing trauma to the soft tissue. This micrometric cutting action provides surgical precision, while the selective cutting action maximizes the safety of our patients. Other benefits including providing high intra-operative visibility and a blood-free surgical site.

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