State of the Art

Advanced Technology

Your time is important to us and we aim to ensure that we deliver a thorough and positive experience with every visit.

Advanced Dental Technologies

At Downtown Dental in Wilmington, NC, we have the advanced technology and the expertise to provide the best in modern dentistry.

CEREC System

Downtown Dental in Wilmington offers CEREC crowns. These same day ceramic crowns make it possible to fix a damaged tooth in one session, instead of multiple visits over time. Using computer aided design (CAD) technology, you can have a custom shaped crown created and placed in under two hours.

The precision of this technology allows for maximum use of your natural tooth. CEREC crowns are made of aesthetically appealing tooth-colored ceramic material that is also plaque-resistant and anti-abrasive. After one 90-minute session you will leave with a durable, attractive solution to a chipped or decaying tooth.

Laser Technology

Imagine dental treatment that causes no bleeding, reduces numbing, and recontours gums or repairs tissue with precision and speed.

The Odyssey Laser performs oral tissue therapy with reduced swelling and discomfort including bacteria removal, uncovering implants, endodontics and other related procedures. Because the unit is handheld, it travels from room to room with Dr. Rich. This makes it a ‘greener’ option than larger, stationary units.

Computerized Charting System

While computerized charting measures and stores your oral status, it also predicts vulnerable areas and provides easy retrieval for accurate comparisons in the future. This ‘trail’ is a beneficial aid in helping you avoid problems that could result in costly repairs in the future. Another advantage of computerized charting is its paperless operation, which is good for the environment.

All Digital Radiography - no chemicals, Low Radiation

Much more comfortable than traditional ‘bite wings,’ digital imaging provides clear, enlarged images in seconds while reducing radiation exposure up to 90%. The process also eliminates the need for film and processing chemicals, creating an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional dental x-rays. You’ll be able to view images on a chair-mounted monitor, giving you more involvement in treatment decisions.

In-Office Dental Lab

Our in-office dental lab greatly speeds the process of creating crowns, bridges, full and partial dentures, custom mouth pieces for bite problems or snoring, and other prosthetics for a variety of dental procedures.

Intraoral Digital Cameras

Intraoral digital cameras make delivering top patient care more efficient and safe by keeping radiation to a minimum. The way these cameras work is very similar to digital radiography. Through the use of a charged coupled device (CCD), it allows you to see the inside of your mouth from the dentist’s perspective. These images help you to visualize what the dentist is talking about as he walks you through your dental treatment plan, to be proactive in identifying potential problems in the future, and to collaboratively work with the dentist to figure out what treatment plan is the right fit for you. And you can take these images home with you to further consider the proposed work.

We aim to take all the guesswork out of dentistry, and these intraoral digital cameras give you a tangible reference in which you can base your decisions regarding future dental work.

Vizilite Plus Oral Cancer Screening

Every hour, an American dies of oral cancer. Oral cancer is one of the most curable diseases when it’s caught early, which is why the ViziLite Plus exam has been developed. ViziLite Plus uses technology that identifies soft tissue abnormalities that might develop into oral cancer. The ViziLite Plus exam is painless and fast, and could help save your life.

Oral DNA Labs

At our office, we use OralDNA LabsTM laboratory services to ensure we are giving our patients the best oral health information possible. OralDNA LabsTM is a specialty diagnostics company designed to provide reliable, definitive and cost effective clinical tests that guide oral health professionals in detecting and prognosing disease at an earlier, more treatable stage.

Advanced Sterilization System

The advanced heat sterilization process that we have incorporated into this practice meets or exceeds standards required by OSHA and the Center For Disease Control. To protect your health, dentists use “universal precautions.” That means we use the same protective measures with every patient to prevent transmission of the virus that causes AIDS or any other infectious disease.
These infection procedures include:

  • Wearing gloves, masks, and protective eyewear.
  • Washing hands before and after each treatment, and changing gloves after each patient.
  • Sterilizing or disinfecting dental instruments after each use.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting the surfaces in the treatment room and equipment after each patient.
  • Disposing of needles and other sharp items in special containers.
  • Disposing of waste items and contaminated material properly.

Communication & Consultation

In addition to the extensive list of technology that Downtown Dental features, you will find our team is very communicative, whether explaining options for tooth replacement or what is taking place during a crown preparation procedure. You’ll also find the practice is structured to support this level of patient involvement through consultation rooms, so conversations with Dr. Rich can occur while you are comfortable in an arm chair rather than a treatment chair. You can be more involved in treatment decisions by viewing images, such as digital radiography or close up photos of back teeth, on chair mounted monitors. Regardless of where you are in the office, you’ll feel the practice has been designed to accommodate YOU!

Our In-House Membership Plan

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100% Inclusive Membership Plan!


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ONLY $33/Month

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