Dr. TuAnh Le has had the pleasure of practicing dentistry for many years. During this time, she has committed herself to always be learning and researching new ways to improve your comfort and dental care. In recent years, Dr. Le has seen numerous advancements in dental materials, techniques, and technology. She makes it a point to stay current with these changes to bring you the latest and best that dentistry in Eagan, MN has to offer.
Advances in dental technology have improved the comfort and efficiency of many dental procedures we perform, and that's why we offer them. Please take a moment to browse through the technology we currently use to improve your dental experience. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Wood Park Dental at (952) 431-5088!
Dental issues commonly start to develop inside teeth or below the gum line where we can’t see them with a visual exam. Using digital x-rays to detect these problems when they’re small can save you and your family the pain of toothaches or gum damage.
Digital images of the inside of your teeth help us diagnose decay or gum disease, but they offer other benefits as well. When we view the x-ray image together on your chairside monitor, Dr. Le can point out areas of concerns. Seeing and understanding the problem yourself gives you the confidence to make informed decisions about your dental care.
We also choose digital x-rays at our Eagan, MN dental office because they reduce your radiation exposure by as much as 80 percent. The images produced become part of your permanent dental history, and we can access them easily as needed.
Since no hazardous chemicals are used to process your digital x-rays, they have no impact on our environment.
No dental procedure is as misunderstood or feared as much as root canals. It’s understandable, but it’s time to stop looking at the process as complicated and uncomfortable.
A lot has improved in dentistry, and today we use technology like rotary endodontics to enhance your comfort and streamline your appointments.
This state-of-the-art technology addresses several things that patients dislike about root canals. First, instead of the manual stainless steel files used in the past, rotary endodontics use a nickel-titanium tip. This material is more flexible than manual files and makes your root canal faster and more comfortable. This technology also helps ensure that Dr. Le can remove all the infected pulp from your tooth.
It’s your oral health, and you deserve to be fully informed about any problems you’re experiencing. Being involved and understanding what’s happening helps you make decisions about your dental care with which you’re comfortable.
At Wood Park Dental, we use intraoral cameras because the technology makes you part of the diagnostic and planning process. An intraoral camera is a small digital device that we guide over your teeth to take visual dental exams to the next level.
As Dr. Le moves the camera, real-time images appear on your chairside monitor so that we can view them together. Since you see what she sees, Dr. Le can point out problem areas, explain what’s happening, and tell you what treatment she recommends.
We can also save still images as an essential part of your dental history or to send to specialists or insurance companies with your permission.
3-D Cone Beam Imaging
Digital and panoramic dental x-rays are invaluable, but they are two-dimensional and lack the intricate details we need for planning specific procedures.
Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT or Cone Beam CT) offers a 3-D view of all the hard and soft structures of your mouth. Since Dr. Le knows what she’ll be dealing with before a procedure begins, she can reduce the need for invasive procedures, shorten treatment times, and improve long-term outcomes.
Dr. Le uses CBCT to plan dental implant placement because it provides a detailed, three-dimensional view of sinuses, nerves, and areas of low bone density. By planning the precise placement of your dental implant in advance, we ensure that it is placed in the optimal position. We also use CBCT to diagnose and plan root canals and tooth extractions.
We only take dental x-rays when necessary, and when they are, we’ll explain exactly what it is we hope to learn. In some cases, Dr. Le needs to see a single image that includes all the structures of your mouth, including your upper and lower jaw.
Panoramic dental x-rays are valuable when planning root canals, orthodontic treatment, and precise placement of dental implants. Since we take panoramic x-rays outside of the mouth, they’re an excellent solution for children or adults who can’t tolerate x-rays taken inside the mouth.
CEREC Same-Visit Dental Restorations
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. Using CEREC, we can create dental restorations like crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, and onlays here at our Eagan, MN dental office in a single appointment.
With CEREC, you don’t have to wait for two weeks, and you don’t have to sit through multiple appointments, injections, or impressions. We don’t have to wait for an outside dental lab to fabricate your restoration because the process takes place here at Wood Park Dental.
During the procedure, Dr. Le uses digital technology to scan your teeth instead of messy impressions. The CAD/CAM software we use renders a 3-D virtual model of the tooth or teeth we’re addressing.
We send the specifications to a milling machine here in our dental office. It works like a 3-D printer and creates your new dental restoration from a block of ceramic material while you wait. You’ll leave our dental office that day with your natural-looking CEREC restoration cemented securely in place.
Dental anxiety is a widespread problem, but it doesn’t have to be. At Wood Park Dental, we do everything to ensure that you get quality dental care even if you’re a nervous patient.
Nitrous oxide or laughing gas is a type of gentle sedation we use to help you relax during your procedure. It’s safe and mild and doesn’t leave any lingering effects after we stop administering it.
You inhale nitrous oxide through a comfortable nasal mask, and in moments, you’ll start to feel very relaxed and drowsy. You will remain fully conscious and able to communicate with your dental team so you can still feel in control. But nitrous oxide will help the noise and activity around you fade into the background so you’re not aware of it.
The effects of nitrous oxide last only as long as you are inhaling it. Shortly after we turn off the nitrous, you’ll start to feel refreshed and alert. You’ll be able to safely to drive yourself from your appointment and return to your usual daily routine.