Advanced Dental Technology for Exceptional Patient Care
For nearly 20 years, Dr. Carl Futenma has been delivering comprehensive, compassionate care to our patients in Vancouver, WA and surrounding communities. During that time, the world of dentistry has evolved. At Creative Smiles, we are committed to changing with it. With today’s dental technology, we can offer high-quality care like never before. From diagnosis to treatment, our cutting-edge equipment provides unparalleled accuracy and precision. As a result, patients can enjoy faster, less-invasive, and more comfortable treatment.
Patient safety is our top priority. That’s why we are proud to offer digital diagnostic imaging at Creative Smiles. Our digital x-rays emit 90 percent less radiation than traditional x-ray units. In addition to being a safe alternative to conventional films, our complete digital system allows Dr. Futenma to manipulate the images for a more accurate diagnosis. When we take digital images, they are ready to be viewed immediately. This means shorter appointment times for our busy patients. The x-rays can also be easily shared via email with other specialists who may be a part of your treatment team.
Lasers deliver energy in the form of light. In dentistry, this energy can be used to incise or vaporize hard or soft tissues. Because laser therapy is minimally-invasive, patients experience significantly less bleeding and discomfort following treatment. The laser can kill bacteria on contact, so risk of infection is also reduced. At Creative Smiles, dental lasers can be used for:
- Gum Contouring: Dental lasers are quite effective for reshaping the gum line. Therefore, patients who have excess gum tissue or a “gummy smile” can benefit from laser treatment.
- Treating Gum Disease: The bacteria that causes periodontal disease can be eradicated with the use of a dental laser. The light energy from the laser targets necrotic (dead) tissue, while leaving healthy tissue intact.
- Removing Lesions: Abnormalities in the oral cavity can be addressed with a dental laser. Questionable tissue can be incised and sent to a laboratory for a biopsy. Non-cancerous lesions such as canker sores can be vaporized to alleviate discomfort.
- Treating Tooth Decay: Lasers can also be used to prepare a tooth for a dental filling. Because lasers offer astounding precision, they can remove only the damaged portions of the tooth while leaving the rest of the structure intact.
The Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST™)
One of the most groundbreaking procedures in dentistry is The Pinhole Surgical Technique™, created by Dr. John Chao. This minimally-invasive method can address generalized gum recession, which is a condition that could previously only be treated with extensive gum graft surgery. During the PST, the gums are gently repositioned over exposed teeth roots to protect them from further damage. Because the entire procedure is performed through tiny pinholes in the gums, this innovative procedure requires zero incisions and zero stitches. Patients who receive this treatment can often return to work or school on the same day.
The PST can only be performed by a certified doctor who has undergone rigorous training. Dr. Futenma is proud to offer this revolutionary treatment at our practice.
Comprehensive Training for Advanced Care
Dentistry is constantly changing and improving. Therefore, training should continue, even well after dental school. Dr. Futenma and his entire staff frequently attend continuing education courses so they can stay up to date with the latest technology and treatments. Devoted to advanced training in his field, Dr. Futenma is skilled and qualified to provide the utmost dental care for his patients.
Contact Creative Smiles Today
If you would like to learn more about the advanced technology we offer at Creative Smiles, reach out to a team member. You can call our office at (360) 574-3061 or contact us online anytime.