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Advanced Dental Technologies

State-of-the-art tools and techniques for optimal dental health

Learn about the technologies we use at SF Dental

We know patients in San Francisco expect their dentists to stay up to date with the latest in dental tools and technologies. Rest assured, when you visit SF Dental, you’ll receive the latest in evidence-based, patient-centered dentistry. Below you’ll find descriptions of some of the modern dental technologies used in our practice to increase your comfort and protect your health.


The VELscope Vx is the most powerful tool available for assisting in the discovery of oral abnormalities. The VELscope’s distinctive blue-spectrum light causes the soft tissues of the mouth to naturally fluoresce. Healthy tissues fluoresce in distinctive patterns—patterns that are visibly disrupted by trauma or disease. Using the VELscope, a wide variety of oral abnormalities can be discovered—often before they’re visible to the unassisted eye. Discovering soft tissue abnormalities is particularly important in the fight against oral cancer. Because the VELscope Vx assists in early detection, cancer can be caught before it has time to spread, potentially saving lives through less invasive, more effective treatment. Velscope exams are performed at no charge once per year.


The Diagnodent laser removes the doubt from decisions regarding hidden or possible cavities. The device’s ability to see into occlusal pits and grooves enables treatment of decay with greater precision. Translated into plain English, that means:

  • No annoying dentist’s probe
  • Early detection of decay
  • Conservative treatment by avoiding “exploratory” excavation of suspect teeth
  • Permits minimally invasive treatments that avoids unnecessary preparation
  • For the first time, allows us to obtain a reliable measurement—no more “watching” teeth. Instead, we record a numerical reading and retest to see if the area has changed
  • Reproducible results permit checking and charting of suspected decay
  • Extremely accurate diagnostic aid—proven to be over 90% accurate

Digital X-Rays

We use the top-of-the-line digital x-ray sensor from Dexis. Digital x-rays are one of the greatest modern advancements in dentistry, offering increased detail, better clarity, and only a fraction of the radiation of traditional x-rays. The full list of benefits includes:

  • Reduced exposure to radiation
  • Large imaging with more detail means you get a better understanding of your treatment
  • Environmentally friendly (no chemicals for developing film)
  • Instant results—less waiting time and shorter appointments
  • Images can instantly be sent to a specialist for co-diagnosis and treatment
  • Can compare images over time to better determine your dental condition
  • Can interlay measuring instruments, color markings and other clinical tools for more accurate treatment

Picasso Laser

At SF Dental, we use a soft-tissue laser to trim the gums when possible, because with lasers, you don’t feel a thing. It’s the ultimate in pain-free dentistry. Plus, lasers create excellent isolation of the tooth and moisture control. And laser dentistry is also a cost-effective method, so we can provide it to you at no extra charge.