Dr. Thomas Rhodes, Cockeysville, MD – Dentist
At Hunt Valley Dental, we offer a wide variety of state-of-the-art technology to provide you with the absolute best that cosmetic dentistry has to offer.
Same Day Crowns: Dr. Rhodes of Hunt Valley Dental is able to offer same-day crowns and restorations due to the use and expertise of CEREC. CEREC allows Dr. Rhodes to create all-porcelain restorations during the same day as your appointment, which allows you to enjoy a beautiful smile faster and without needing to schedule a second appointment. Dr. Rhodes is one of the few dentists in the area to offer such services.
Digital X-Rays: Digital dental X-rays offer many advantages. Although the risk of radiation damage from normal X-rays is small, digital X-rays limit exposure by up to 50%, enhancing your safety significantly. To take a digital X-ray of your teeth, we insert a tiny sensor into your mouth. The sensors are scanned instantly transmitting them to a computer screen, where Dr. Rhodes will review them with you. You can see any problems for yourself while reviewing your treatment options together. Digital X-rays help you to be more informed about your own dental health.
VibraJect: This device attaches to the syringe creating a vibration. The purpose of the vibration is to make the injection more comfortable. Our patients love it!
Micro-Dentistry: Micro-dentistry is a new, alternative way to treat decay in teeth. The idea behind this technology is to remove as little of the natural tooth as possible while removing all of the decay. With the advent of our new bonding techniques, decay indicating dyes, magnification, fiber-optic lights and white filling materials, decay can be conservatively removed from a tooth and a filling placed that will restore a tooth to its original strength and beauty. Over 90% of the time, we do not need to make you numb to do micro-dentistry so we can eliminate the need for a shot. With the reduced need for anesthetic, we can complete more work in a shorter amount of time since we can work in multiple areas of your mouth in the same appointment. In addition to saving time, you will enjoy the reduction of noise normally caused by a traditional dental drill.
How is this done? We use air-abrasion, which is a relatively new process in which a fine, pressurized stream of aluminum oxide powder is used to remove the small decayed pits and fissures in teeth. Research studies have shown that in the absence of smoking and coffee drinking, if a patient presents with dark stained pits in their teeth, decay is present over 90% of the time underneath the stains. In our office, we believe very strongly in prevention and early treatment of disease. It just makes good sense to treat small cavities early with conservative micro-dentistry than to wait for things to get worse.
Lasers: Hunt Valley Dental utilizes the DIAGNOdent cavity detection device. The DIAGNOdent is a laser device that allows Dr. Rhodes to detect cavities quickly and easily, spotting them well before they become visible. This laser is completely painless and allows cavities to be seen within grooves of the teeth where decay can be difficult to discover.
Dr. Rhodes also uses what is called a soft tissue laser in order to address gum disease, and uses another laser in place of a traditional scalpel. All of these devices allow Hunt Valley Dental to provide comfortable services to their patients without having to worry about the patient experiencing pain or discomfort during their dental appointments. Technologies such as these make positive dental experiences possible for patients of all ages.