Dr. Andrew Cobb is committed to providing comprehensive dental care and treatments that are comfortable, effective and affordable. Dr. Andrew Cobb utilizes the concept of Minimally Invasive Dentistry by incorporating state-of-the-art technologies in his Washington, DC dental office, allowing him to detect problems in early stages and treat them with extreme precision.
Learn more about our dental technology:
Digital Dental X-Rays
Dr. Cobb uses digital dental x-rays to capture precise images of the teeth, bones, and joints. Dental x-rays are a very important tool that Dr. Cobb uses to diagnose a patient’s dental condition. In addition, dental x-rays can help Dr. Cobb identify hidden problems such as oral cancer, gum disease and TMJ disorders. Routine dental x-rays allow Dr. Cobb to monitor a patient’s health over time, looking for structural changes in the teeth or fit of the bite that could indicate health concerns.
Digital x-rays are the gold standard in modern dentistry. Compared to traditional dental x-rays, digital x-rays are significantly faster and more comfortable. Digital dental x-rays are eco-friendly, because they don’t require chemicals to develop or space to store. The digital images can be kept in the patient’s digital dental records without concern for quality loss over time. The digital format can also be easily shared with other medical professionals when needed.
Intra Oral Photography
The IntraOral Camera is one of the leading technologies in modern dentistry. A tiny video camera on a wand-like probe moves comfortably inside the mouth around the teeth and gums to easily and accurately identify problems in their earliest stages.
The images captured from the IntraOral Camera are magnified and displayed instantly on a computer screen. Both the dentist and patient can see the images, allowing an open discussion about the issues and best ways to treat them. With the IntraOral Camera, it is easy to recognize potential problems in very early stages that might be missed during a traditional visual examination.
As with the digital dental x-rays, a patient’s progress can easily be tracked and recorded using the IntraOral Camera. Before and after pictures can be easily taken and stored in the patient’s digital health record.
Dr. Cobb is among a small percentage of dentists in the Washington, DC to offer laser dentistry. Laser dentistry offers a number of benefits for patients, including precise treatment, increased comfort and reduced recovery time. Laser dentistry has a number of advantages compared to traditional surgical techniques, including the primary benefit of reduced trauma. Laser dentistry procedures result in less bleeding and swelling, improving patient comfort during and after treatment.
Other benefits include:
- Quicker treatment
- More precise, smaller incisions
- Less bleeding
- Faster recovery
- Reduced need for sutures
- More comfortable treatment
- Less need for anesthesia
Digital impressions are an innovative new technology in modern dental practices. Our digital impression technology uses lasers and optical scanning to digitally capture the surface and contours of the tooth and gums. The entire process takes less than five minutes, the time needed for conventional dental impression material to set.
Patients prefer digital impressions to conventional trays which are awkward and uncomfortable. Our system captures impressions with extreme precision and then immediately transmits them to a computer screen so that they can be analyzed by Dr. Cobb. Using sophisticated computer software, Dr. Cobb can view the impressions in 3-dimensions and show them to the patient for the highest level of communication.
Diagnodent – Laser Cavity Detection
Tooth cavities are easiest to treat when they are caught early. Dr. Cobb uses a powerful diagnostic tool called Diagnodent for early detection of tooth decay. Diagnodent uses laser technology to find decay hidden in cracks and crevices of teeth that would otherwise go undetected.
Early intervention of tooth cavities means less pain, decreased risk of tooth damage and therefore a much lower chance of additional dental treatments.
Micro-abrasion is a newer technique in dentistry that allows Dr. Cobb to prepare teeth in a much more conservative manner than is possible with traditional dental tools. Using a fine abrasive spray, Dr. Cobb can remove tooth decay, tooth discoloration and prepare teeth for dental restorations like veneers or crowns. Micro-abrasion delivers great results for patients who have stained teeth, brown spots on teeth and white spots on teeth that are otherwise unresponsive to teeth bleaching.