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.

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.

CEREC System

Offering Cerec, same day crowns. These same day crowns make the multi-visit crown procedures a thing of the past. Within one 90-minute session, you will have a visually-appealing solution to a decaying or chipped tooth, no need to book another appointment.

Laser Technology

Our office provides laser technology for any cosmetic need.  Lasers are less invasive and reduce the amount of bleeding during a procedure.  Making for a more pleasurable visit as little to no pain is involved.  Since there is no cutting, patients will not need stitches and there is virtually no chance of infection.  Laser technology also helps dentists treat cavities and conserve as much as your natural tooth as possible. 

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

Your overall well being is important to us, and that’s why our practice has switched to using all digital radiography. Unlike conventional radiography, digital radiography keeps exposure  to a minimum by reducing your exposure by at least 75%. These digital X-ray systems allows us to control the exposure of each image in real time and make the process more efficient while maintaining high-quality results. This new technology enhances our ability to detect disease and problem areas with more precision and gives you an instant visual of the proposed treatment plan.

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 are an efficient and safe  way to keep radiation to a minimum. Through the use of a charged coupled device (CCD), patients will be able to see the inside of their mouth from a dentist’s perspective. The images help to visualize what the dentist is referring to as they walk through your treatment plan. CCD identifies potential threats to your dental health and collaboratively works with dentists to figure out the best treatment plan for your needs.

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. www.OralDNA.com

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

No Insurance? We’ve got you covered.

100% Inclusive Membership Plan!

Includes:

Cleanings • Exams • X-Rays • Special Discounts on other Treatments

Plans to Fit Any Budget

Plans Starting at

ONLY $33/Month

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