As an oral surgery practice, we are committed to staying on the leading edge of emerging technologies. This ensures that you receive the highest standard of comfortable and efficient care that delivers predictable results and successful long-term outcomes.
We utilize technology for diagnostic purposes and to plan dental implant placement and surgical procedures like impacted wisdom tooth extractions and bone grafting. Some of the technology we use is designed to include you in the diagnostic process so you can see the problems that exist and why treatment is necessary.
Please take a moment to browse through some of the technology we use and let us know if you have any questions!
3-D Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)
State-of-the-art digital imaging using Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT or Cone Beam CT) provides us with a clear, three-dimensional image of the structures of your mouth, including root canals and sinuses, without the need for surgery or invasive procedures.
At Lake Forest Oral Surgery, we use cone beam technology because it measures the quality and quantity of bone available in the jaw. Using CBCT, we can plan the precise placement of your dental implant before we begin treatment.
This detailed information helps us shorten treatment times and reduces the need for invasive procedures. Since CBCT provides a detailed 3-D view of sinuses, nerves, and areas of low bone density, we can prepare a surgical guide to ensure that your implants are placed in their optimal position for the best outcome.
Cone beam technology can also be used to plan root canals and extractions and to diagnose TMJ and sleep apnea.
At Lake Forest Oral Surgery, we use digital radiography (x-rays), producing highly-detailed images that assist Dr. Um in making accurate diagnoses and planning successful treatment.
Another reason we choose digital x-rays is that they produce about 80 percent less radiation than conventional film x-rays. The process is also more comfortable because the images are digital and you don't need to clench bulky x-ray film between your teeth. Instead, flat, smooth digital sensors are used to capture images that Dr. Um can share with you on your chairside monitor. You become an active part of the process when you can see for yourself what the problem is and why you need treatment.
Since digital x-rays are stored on our in-house network, they can be accessed quickly and used to monitor conditions or sent securely to your dentist, other specialists, or your insurance company as needed. And digital x-rays require no chemicals to process, making them better for the environment.
Another important diagnostic tool used at Lake Forest Oral Surgery is the panoramic x-ray. The images are extra-oral, meaning they are taken outside your mouth. As you stand in place, the camera rotates around your head and takes pictures of your entire mouth in one easy step.
This image shows us your teeth and all supporting structures, including your jaw, giving us a detailed view of the overall condition of your oral health. Panoramic x-rays are especially useful for adults and children who can’t tolerate intraoral (inside the mouth) x-rays.
People experience dental anxiety for many reasons, but one is the unsettling sound that some dental equipment makes. At Lake Forest Oral Surgery, we care about your comfort, so we use electric handpieces. Compared to air-driven tools, they are quieter and produce significantly less vibration.
We believe that it is essential for you to be involved in making decisions about your dental treatment so that we can help you achieve your oral health goals. An intraoral camera is specifically designed and adjusted for dentistry and is a valuable diagnostic and patient education tool.
The camera allows us to share immediate detailed images of your teeth so that you see what we see in real-time. With this information, we can better explain to you the reason for treatments and discuss your options. The intraoral camera helps our team see conditions with greater visual clarity, making diagnosis easier and more accurate.
At Lake Forest Oral Surgery, your comfort is one of our highest priorities. It is common to be a little overwhelmed when you first hear you need oral surgery. But the truth is that advanced technology and approaches used by a dedicated oral surgeon like Dr. Um allow us to perform procedures with a high degree of success and increased comfort for you.
Dr. Um is board certified by the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, so you know that you will always receive the highest standard of safe and effective care. One of the many sedation options we offer is nitrous oxide.
Nitrous oxide is a gas that is inhaled through a small nasal mask. When you breathe normally, you will feel the immediate effects of its calming properties. You won't go to sleep, but you will achieve a deep level of relaxation and feelings of slight euphoria. After a few moments, the activity around you will fade into the background, and you will be able to sit back and relax while we provide the necessary care you need.
Patients appreciate the fact that the effects of nitrous dissipate quickly, and, in most cases, you will be able to leave our office and immediately return to your usual routine.
Televisions in Rooms
We believe in making treatment as pleasant as possible. Having televisions in our treatment rooms to pass the time is something that our patients appreciate. We invite you to relax while you are with us.
Your records are a vital history of your oral health, so it’s essential that we have easy access to the information Dr. Um needs to monitor ongoing conditions. At Lake Forest Oral Surgery, all your forms and patient records are stored digitally on our secure in-house network for your privacy.