Ryan Rush DDS PLLC

Technology

Dental technology plays an increasingly important role in providing comfortable, efficient dental care and more favorable long-term outcomes. At the dental office of Ryan Rush DDS, we offer a wealth of leading-edge technology that we use every day.

Please take a moment to see what we offer and call us if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment. 

Digital X-Rays & Digital Sensors

There are several reasons why Dr. Rush has chosen to use state-of-the-art digital x-rays at our Fort Collins dental office. One of the most important is that they minimize our patients' radiation exposure; some estimates indicate about 80 percent less exposure than traditional film x-rays. Instead of the bulky x-ray film that you may be used to, leading-edge digital sensors fit comfortably in your mouth and capture highly detailed images of your teeth that we can share with you on your chairside monitor. 

The images obtained with digital x-rays provide a high-resolution view of your teeth, that our dentist uses to diagnose conditions and plan your treatment. Digital x-rays don’t require any chemical processing as traditional films do, making them healthier for you and safer for our environment. 

 

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Electric Handpieces

Our dental team cares about your comfort and wants to ensure that every aspect of your experience with us is pleasant and stress-free. One way we can provide a more comfortable visit is by using electric handpieces.

One of the drawbacks of traditional air-driven handpieces is the high-pitched whining sound and uncomfortable vibrations they produce. We use electric handpieces because they are quieter, produce less vibration, and provide greater precision than air-driven tools.

Electric handpieces help our dentist efficiently remove decay and perform other tasks, streamlining your appointments, so you spend less time in the dental chair.

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Panoramic X-Rays

We use routine dental x-rays to see what we can’t see with a visual exam. However, sometimes it’s beneficial for Dr. Rush to view your entire mouth in a single image. In this case, he would recommend a panoramic dental x-ray.

Dr. Rush commonly recommends panoramic images to diagnose the following conditions:

  • Jaw joint problems (TMD)
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Advanced gum disease
  • Sinusitis
  • Cysts in the jawbone
  • Tumors and oral cancer

Panoramic are also beneficial for patients who can’t tolerate intraoral (in the mouth) x-rays, because they are taken outside the mouth (extra-orally).

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Digital Impressions

If you are getting a dental restoration like a crown, you probably dread the thought of sitting with messy impression material in your mouth. The traditional process involves waiting while the material sets, with the possibility that the impression isn’t usable and the process needs to be repeated.

Fortunately, updated technology allows us to produce digital impressions that are more comfortable, highly accurate and detailed. Instead of the usual uncomfortable process, Dr. Rush uses a small handheld scanner that takes 3-D images of your teeth.

During the process, our dentist views the image and adjusts it to ensure that we obtain the most precise results. We can then send the digital impressions electronically to a custom dental lab that prepares your high-quality restoration is created.

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Intraoral Cameras

Your dentist obtains invaluable information about your dental health simply by performing a visual examination of your mouth, but intraoral cameras take the process to a new level.

An intraoral camera is shaped like a wand, so it fits comfortably in your mouth. As Dr. Rush moves the camera, the digital images appear on your chairside monitor so that you can follow along. You can see what he sees as he points out cavities, cracked teeth, broken fillings, and other issues that need our attention.

The benefit is that you are an active participant in your oral health and treatment planning. When Dr. Rush recommends a crown or a filling, you can understand why and how it will benefit your oral health.

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3-D Cone Beam Imaging (CBCT)

Cone beam computerized tomography (CBCT or Cone Beam CT) is leading-edge digital imaging that shows us a clear, 3-D image of nerve pathways, tooth roots, sinuses, and other anatomical structures.
 
Dr. Rush uses 3-D cone beam technology to measure jawbone levels to determine the quantity and quality of bone present. When planning dental implant placement, it’s imperative that the implant posit is positioned in the optimal location in the jawbone. 

Using CBCT, Dr. Rush can pinpoint the location and designs 3-D surgical guides that assist him during implant placement and help ensure the best outcome.
We also use 3-D cone beam technology to plan tooth extractions, root canals, and diagnose TMJ problems. 

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Nitrous Oxide

Our patients know that when they visit our Fort Collins dental office, they can expect gentle, supportive care to soothe any anxious feelings they have. However, many patients struggle with dental anxiety, and we are pleased to offer them the benefits of calming nitrous oxide.

Nitrous oxide is a gas mixed with oxygen and delivered in controlled amounts through a small breathing mask. After just a few moments, you’ll feel a strong sensation of well-being and a wave of relaxation that lasts for the duration of your appointment.

You will remain conscious so you can communicate with your team, and we will monitor your safety and comfort level throughout. When your procedure’s finished, we switch the flow to pure oxygen to clear your head and leave you feeling alert enough to drive yourself home safely.

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