Technology in Sarasota, FL


What is Dental Technology?

Dental technology takes many forms in the field of dentistry. From diagnostic equipment to dental tools, advanced technology improves the level of care we offer our patients.

Benefits of Technology in Dentistry

Dental technology offers many benefits for dentists and patients:

    • Improved diagnostics. Technology allows for early detection of oral health concerns, which can improve the outcome of treatment.


    • Less invasive procedures. Technology can make dental procedures more gentle and less invasive for a more comfortable experience for patients.


    • Faster recovery. Less invasive procedures allow for faster recovery for patients.


  • Convenience. Digital record keeping, online forms, and other uses of technology can make your experience with us more convenient.

Why Choose Meadows Dental Associates of Sarasota

We make dental technology a priority because we believe our patients deserve the highest level of care possible. Our office is equipped with the latest technology in the field of dentistry and we regularly upgrade our equipment as advancements in technology become available.
Technology allows us to provide an individualized approach to each patient in order to create a treatment plan that will best achieve the desired outcome. It also allows us to keep our patients better informed and help them thoroughly understand their own treatment in order to experience better oral health going forward.

Forms of Technology We Provide

Laser Treatment

Dental lasers use a concentrated beam of light energy to manipulate tissues, resulting in increased comfort and reduced bleeding in dental procedures.

CBCT Scanners

Cone Beam Computed Tomography is a form of digital X-Ray that provides 3 dimensional images of the mouth and facial structures, allowing dentists to see intricate details and create more effective treatment plans.

iTero Scanners

iTero intraoral scanners are handheld devices that dentists can use to make digital images of the mouth. These scanners allow dentists to show patients live video footage of the inside of their own mouth for a better understanding of the recommended treatment.

Electronic Apex Locator

This instrument is employed to accurately measure the length of the root canal, allowing the dentist to assess the file’s placement in relation to the root’s apex. This assists in ensuring the canal is thoroughly cleared of debris, thereby minimizing the likelihood of future issues.

CAD/CAM Dentistry

CAD/CAM stands for Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Milling (CAM). 3D images can be uploaded into special CAD software, allowing the dentist to evaluate the exact details of the appearance and function of the restoration. This software can also help the patient to visualize the end result of the proposed restoration. Once the design is finalized, the files are sent to the CAM system for fabrication of the restoration to the exact specifications of the design.

Ultra Quiet and Piezo Electric Handpieces

These handpieces provide less vibration and noise than traditional dental drills. Not only are they quieter, but also more efficient in tooth preparation making dental procedures shorter and more manageable.

Additional Technology

  • Digital X-Ray
  • TENS Unit
  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Digital Caries Detection
  • Digital Intraoral Camera
  • Prophy-Jet Polisher
  • Oral Cancer Screening
  • Wi-Fi

Frequently Asked Questions About Technology in Dentistry

How do dental lasers work?

A dental laser creates a concentrated beam of light energy that is capable of vaporizing both soft and hard tissues. Lasers can be used in the treatment of cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, and more. They can even assist with tooth extractions and cosmetic procedures.

How is a CBCT scanner different from a digital X-ray?

A CBCT scanner uses a cone-shaped beam of radiation to create digital images that are 3 dimensional, rather than a 2 dimensional image created by a digital X-ray. The image can be manipulated on a computer screen to see it from all angles.

When is a CBCT scanner used?

You will not need a CBCT scan for a routine dental appointment. This technology is used for advanced diagnostics or to prepare for more complex procedures such as dental implant placement.

How does an iTero scanner work?

An iTero scanner is basically a video camera on a wand that can be used inside a patient’s mouth. It can take videos and photographs for the purpose of diagnostics, treatment planning, and patient education.

Does the use of technology increase the cost of care?

The use of technology in dentistry improves the level of care we can provide for our patients. The cost of procedures and diagnostics is comparable to what it would be without the use of technology. Outdated equipment and methods can end up resulting in more expensive treatment rather than saving money.

Are digital records secure?

Digital records are stored on secure servers using encryption to ensure that personal information is protected. Your personal information is more secure with digital record keeping than it is in traditional paper files locked in a cabinet.

How do digital impressions work?

Digital impressions are made with digital scanners to create accurate images that are used to create dental prosthetics. Traditional impressions were made with messy plaster in trays placed over the teeth, which often triggered the gag reflex in patients.

Is dental technology safe?

Advancements in dental technology have made dental diagnostics and procedures safer than ever before. Digital imaging uses a fraction of the radiation that was required for traditional film X-rays of the past. Improved imaging and dental lasers make procedures safer and less invasive.

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Meadows Dental Associates of Sarasota

4987 Ringwood Meadow