Keeping your Teeth for a Lifetime
For Dr. John R. Linstrom, the goal is simple: he wants to help you keep your teeth... for the rest of your life. Most of the time this is possible. Early detection and correction of dental problems are the key.
Microscope Enhanced Dentistry
One of Dr. Linstrom's greatest aids in enabling patients to achieve this goal is his application of microscope enhanced dentistry. Where historically dentistry has been end-stage or symptom based, the microscope can be the key to preventive based dentistry, helping Dr. Linstrom to identify a problem before the patient experiences discomfort or runs out of options.
Dr. Linstrom graduated from top-ranked University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry in 1998. In dental school, Dr. Linstrom saw the microscope being adopted by the Department of Endodontics (root canal treatment) at UCLA School of Dentistry, and recalls, "I realized the tremendous potential for the microscope in general dentistry, as well, to improve upon accuracy in diagnosis and treatment." Dr. Linstrom was invited to return to his alma mater—the UCLA School of Dentistry—to lecture on his application of microscope enhanced dentistry in a general dentistry practice.
Though most dentists use some form of magnification for their work, usually 2.5x – 3.5x power loupes, the microscope is an advanced tool that requires additional training, but can provide magnification up to 25x power. This offers the best means for achieving complete visual information which helps Dr. Linstrom to create more precise, more healthful, and more esthetically pleasing dentistry for his patients.
With microscope enhanced dentistry, there is complete transparency and patients can observe everything he does on an overhead monitor. Dr. Linstrom's patients are amazed and say they have never seen anything close to this technology!
Fluorescence Technology to Detect Decay Accurately
In addition to Dr. Linstrom's use of microscope enhanced dentistry, he uses imaging fluorescence technology.
Dr. John R. Linstrom uses imaging fluorescence technology that allows him to detect irreversible decay in the grooves and on the surfaces of teeth in its early stages. This decay can otherwise be missed by the eyes, the dental explorer (by poking), or by x-rays.
Using the device, light travels through the outer layer of the tooth, or enamel, and excites the dentin, or the inner living portion of the tooth, which in reaction, reflects a light signal named fluorescence. Detecting irreversible decay early allows Dr. Linstrom to provide you with a minimally invasive procedure, often with less time, expense, and discomfort than if the decay had progressed causing a larger, deeper cavity in the tooth.
Highest Standards for Infection Control
Infection control in our office is also of critical importance to us. To protect our patients and ourselves, we strictly maintain sterilization and cross contamination processes using standards recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Make an appointment today... to help you to keep your teeth for a lifetime!