Dr. Ron Ko is committed to staying on the leading edge of emerging dental trends, technologies, and techniques. He has invested heavily in state-of-the-art technology because it is an investment in you, your oral health, comfort, and general well-being.
Much of our technology also supports our core values of honesty and transparency. We want you to be a confident participant in your dental care, and simply telling you about an issue doesn’t give you the complete picture. So we use the latest dental technology that helps you visualize the problem, understand our recommendations, and make more confident, informed treatment decisions.
Please take a few minutes to browse through the technology we currently offer. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (253) 848-7281.
CEREC Same-Visit Crowns and Veneers
The process for getting lab-fabricated restorations like dental crowns and veneers involves multiple appointments spread over several weeks. With CEREC, Dr. Ko uses CAD/CAM software to plan, design, and fabricate your dental crown or veneer in-house in a single appointment. This eliminates unnecessary wait times for lab-fabricated crowns and gives Dr. Ko full control over the fit, shade, and shape of your dental crown.
Modern digital x-rays give us many ways to view your oral structure, including your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Sometimes it’s beneficial to see your entire mouth in a single image, which is what panoramic x-rays do. Similar to a pano image that you take on your phone, a panoramic x-ray gives our dentist a comprehensive view of your dental structure.
Another benefit of panoramic x-rays is that they are extra-oral (outside the mouth). If you can’t sit for x-rays, have a strong gag reflex, or have a child who can’t tolerate intraoral x-rays, panoramic x-rays are the ideal solution.
3-D Cone Beam Imaging (CBCT)
We use dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) to take a specialized 3-D x-ray image when a two-dimensional x-ray doesn’t provide enough information. 3-D cone beam imaging technology (CBT) shows our dentist detailed images that locate your jaws, dentition, nasal cavity, sinus passages, and hard and soft structures.
This information allows us to determine the accurate placement of dental implants, evaluate the orientation between your jaws, sinuses, nerve canals, and nasal cavity, and detect jaw tumors.
An intraoral camera is a small handheld device that gives you a front-row seat at your dental exam. As Dr. Ko performs his exam, you can follow along as he explains what you see and what it means to your oral health. Since you can see what he's referring to, you not only gain an understanding of your overall oral health but also of the particular issue that he is recommending.
Another way we improve your comfort at 12 Dentistry is with gentle, non-invasive laser dentistry. Dental lasers allow our dentist to pinpoint the area he’s treating, which results in a more comfortable, conservative approach.
Laser dentistry also minimizes post-treatment bleeding and shortens recovery times for procedures like gingivectomies around dental crowns and cosmetic gum recontouring.
Digital X-Rays & Digital Sensors
Digital x-rays give us a full picture of your oral health that we can’t get with a visual examination alone. Instead of having you bite down on an uncomfortable film clip to take your x-ray, we use digital sensors with comfortable rounded edges.
With digital x-rays, we can see inside your teeth to identify cavities and under your gums to look for signs of periodontal disease. Dr. Ko will take plenty of time to explain to you his findings and show you the x-rays so you can see for yourself why you need treatment. Since we use digital x-rays instead of film, your radiation exposure is reduced by as much as 80 percent.
Hate the high-pitched whine and vibration created by some dental handpieces and the anxious feelings they produce? At 12 Dentistry, we use electric handpieces that eliminate the uncomfortable sensations experienced with air-driven equipment. Discover the difference electric handpieces make at your next dental appointment!
If you dread root canals, we have great news for you! With leading-edge rotary endodontics, we can streamline the procedure to make it more comfortable than you can imagine and get you out of the dental chair faster.
Rotary endodontic technology is not only more efficient, but it does a much more thorough job of ensuring that the root canals are clear and all traces of infection are gone.
You can forget messy, uncomfortable dental impressions—at 12 Dentistry, we use digital impressions instead. Taken with a quick scan of your teeth, digital impressions are highly detailed and allow us to customize dental restorations like crowns, bridges, and veneers for optimal results.
If you want a relaxing experience at the dental office but don’t want to deal with lingering side effects, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is the perfect solution. We administer nitrous oxide through a small breathing mask, and it induces dreamy, drowsy, and relaxed sensations. You’ll remain comfortable throughout your procedure, and those effects quickly diminish after we stop the flow of gas.
In a few minutes, you’ll feel awake and alert enough to drive yourself home from your appointment with no drowsy side effects.
TVs in Treatment Rooms
Your comfort is important to us, and you'll find thoughtful touches everywhere in our dental practice. We also understand the value of distraction and are pleased to offer a pleasant diversion with TVs in all of our treatment rooms. Get comfortable with a neck pillow and blanket, switch on your favorite TV programming, and relax while we do all the work!