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Technology

Uptown Dental has equipped its office in Marion, Iowa, with state-of-the-art technology to provide you and your family with the best possible dental care. This includes digital x-rays, on-site equipment for restorative purposes and laser soft tissue treatment. Learn more about our technology for general diagnostics, restorative and treatment purposes.

General Diagnostic Technology

3D Dental X-rays

To make x-rays more accurate and comfortable, Uptown Dental has invested in the Sirona Orthophos SL 3D x-ray system. It offers high resolution images of the entire mouth in one quick pass—a benefit to patients as well as our dentists. These images provide the detail necessary to assist with planning dental implants and other detailed procedures.

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Diagnodent - Early Cavity Detection

The Diagnodent is a simple, fast and painless approach to early detection of tooth decay. A low intensity laser can detect decay in its early stages by measuring the laser light within the tooth structure. This early detection permits the use of minimally invasive treatments when restoring the tooth. Make sure that your teeth are as healthy as possible. Ask us about the Diagnodent exam.

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Isolite - Provides patient comfort!

The dentists at Uptown Dental reduce your time spent in the dental chair by 20% to 30% by using the innovative Isolite Dryfield Illuminator System. This system lights up the interior of your mouth allowing unprecedented visibility, access and moisture control. The soft and flexible mouthpiece affords comfortable retraction of your cheek and provides a rest area for your jaw, making a more enjoyable procedure.

This system provides continuous suction of debris and oral fluids, eliminating the use of cotton rolls and rubber dams. Dr. Lenz and his staff realize a patient's comfort is of the utmost importance. This is why they use the unique Isolite System with patients. Click on the Isolite logo for more information on this system.

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VELscope - The Oral Cancer Screening System

This system helps Dr. Lenz visualize abnormalities in the mucosal tissues of your lips, mouth and upper throat. In just two minutes, with no rinses, stains or discomfort, a VELscope examination improves our assessment of your overall oral health.

VELscope's blue light "excites" molecules called "fluorophores" deep within the layers of oral mucosal tissues. A filter makes fluorescence visualization possible by blocking reflected blue light and by enhancing the contrast between normal and abnormal tissue.

Make sure that your mouth is free of the signs of cancer. Ask us about the VELscope exam, especially if you have a family history of oral or throat cancer.

Restorative Technology

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CEREC Crowns & Veneers

At Uptown Dental, we’re excited to provide convenient Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic — CEREC® for short. This new state-of-the-art method provides tooth restorations in our Marion offices while you wait.

CEREC uses computer-assisted design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to offer single-day restorations for patients. This new technology has revolutionized ceramic restorations such as crowns and veneers. Now you needn’t wait between preparing the restoration and finally receiving the finished product. We use the CEREC technology while you sit in the dental chair. This saves both you time and money.

CEREC restorations are metal-free and tooth colored. They restore your tooth to its natural beauty, strength, and function. With CEREC’s CAD-CAM technology, these ceramic restorations can be completed in a single visit to Uptown Dental.

CEREC has revolutionized the restorative process. Created with the patient in mind, CEREC makes your dental visit as pain-free as possible. There are many advantages to using CEREC. You will appreciate:

  • Saving time and money because most procedures can be completed in just one visit
  • Having fewer painful injections due to the single visit
  • Skipping the need to take messy impressions
  • Avoiding the placement of a temporary restoration to use between visits
  • Saving as much of your natural tooth structure as possible
  • Enjoying longer lasting restorations, as many last more than 10 years
  • Restoring your teeth to their natural beauty, function, and strength
  • Receiving metal-free restorations

Contact Uptown Dental today to learn more about CEREC.

Laser Treatment

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The PICASSO Lite ~ A Soft Tissue Dental Laser

The PICASSO Lite is a soft tissue dental laser designed for a variety of oral soft tissue procedures utilizing solid state diodes. The laser is most commonly used by our hygienist in adjunction to periodontal disease therapy as a means of disinfection.

Dr. Lenz and Dr. Mueller prescribe the Picasso Laser for a number of procedures.

  • To remove of soft tissue abnormalities, such as irritating tissue growths and high frenum attachments
  • To treat and alleviate the pain of a cold sore or other oral trauma
  • To perform esthetic gingival contouring to enhance your smile.

Please ask us if laser treatment is appropriate for your dental treatment plan.