Dr Rick Kava's Sioux City Dental Sioux City IA

(712) 258-6169
Sioux City, IA 51104

Dentistry Sioux City IA

Technology

No More Goopy Impressions!

Digital Dental Impressions Sioux City IARemember the old tray-and-putty impressions we used to have to make for things like crowns? Not anymore! We have a digital scanner that allows us to take three-dimensional impressions for a whole list of dental needs, including crowns and bridges, inlays and onlays, veneers, clear aligners, and even mouthguards. Dr. Kava takes a digital impression of the area, which goes right into the computer and is available for viewing to design your new smile. Then the files can be used to create the tooth or sent to the lab for your ClearCorrect™ aligners or veneers. The accuracy is unparalleled, all but guaranteeing a perfect fit and an easy application. You spend less time at the dentist’s office and more time enjoying your new smile!


Early Cavity Detection with the Laser Scanner

Laser Scanner Sioux City IAHave you ever experienced this surprise scenario? You just had a dental visit six months earlier with a clean bill of health and now, at your next appointment, the dentist finds a rather large cavity on an X-ray. You sit in the dental chair and wonder how a cavity grew so large in such a short time. The answer is that the cavity was there all along, but it was not yet detectable with X-rays or other examination methods. At our practice, we utilize the laser scanner to locate even the smallest cavity and repair it before it becomes large. This type of laser also allows us to accurately diagnose pain and sensitivity and follow up with proper treatment, relieving any discomfort and maintaining good dental health.


Crowns in a Single Visit

Dr. Kava is pleased to be able to provide his patients with crowns in a single visit, using CEREC™. This highly precise computer milling machine creates your crown, inlay, or onlay right in the office, while you wait! No more temporaries, additional visits, or crowns that don’t seem to fit right. These restorations reduce cracking, fit precisely, and look beautiful. If you have ever had a crown placed the traditional way, we are sure you will notice the difference!


You May Not Need Gum Surgery

Non-surgical Gum Treatment Sioux City IAYou may have been told gum surgery is your only option. However, there is an alternative that is easier and as effective as surgery. Dr. Kava uses laser technology that is minimally invasive and produces positive results. He has treated many cases of gum disease with a laser, eliminating the pain that often results from surgery. The laser is FDA approved and safe. It also helps to regenerate bone loss in the dental arches that often is caused by chronic gum disease.

A teacher as well as a student, Dr. Kava has lectured at the Western District of Nebraska State Dental Association and trained other dentists in soft tissue laser treatment at several venues, including the American Dental Association annual meeting. He is a contributing author to The Principles and Practice of Laser Dentistry by Robert Convissar.


Faster, More Comfortable Root Canals with the WaveOne™ System

Dr. Kava has successfully saved and restored teeth to full functionality for many of our patients. And now the procedure can be done faster, more efficiently, with even better results thanks to our new WaveOne System. These high-tech instruments for performing root canals allow Dr. Kava to be even more proficient, and the rotary style makes them more comfortable for you, too.


Technology Lets You Be Part of the Team

Dr. Kava strives to build teamwork with each of his patients. With the help of modern technology, you will be able to see for yourself which teeth need work and which are doing just fine. The intra-oral camera provides a clear, close-up picture of your teeth. It gives you the advantage of making confident decisions about your dental care. Patients love being a part of this process!


Introducing Digital X-rays – 75% Reduction in Radiation

Dental X-Rays Sioux City IAUsing this technology, an image is taken of your mouth with a digital sensor and downloaded directly to our computer, where it is immediately available. We can also view your entire mouth in one photo, including the upper and lower jaws, with panoramic digital X-rays. These methods result in 75% less radiation than traditional X-rays. We no longer need to wait for images to develop and there is no chemical waste to pollute the environment.


A Sneak Preview to Put a Smile on Your Face

With cosmetic imaging, you can stop guessing what your new smile will look like and feel confident about the makeover you choose. Computerized images can preview changes with gums, straightened or whitened teeth, and the look of a full smile with dental implants. It is a great way to see what modern dentistry can do to give you your best smile!


State-of-the-Art Sterilization and Cleanliness

Dental Care Technology Sioux City IAProtecting patient health is one of our top priorities, so we use the A-dec™ Preference ICC Sterilization System for safe, efficient sterilization. Instruments are sterilized after every use with a special unit called an autoclave, which is regularly monitored by an independent lab to ensure the highest level of safety and cleanliness. As necessary, disposable tools may be used and discarded.

Because dental water lines can be contaminated with bacteria, we have implemented the use of Dentapure™ purification cartridges in all of our treatment rooms. Originally designed by NASA and used for 20 years to purify water consumed on all space flights, this technology reduces bacteria to safe drinking levels. Your health is far too important for us to take even the slightest risk.


As Clean as It Gets

It is important to have plaque and calculus (tartar) regularly removed from your teeth. We use the Piezo Scaler™, a high-tech tool that removes these deposits using high-frequency vibrations. It works fast, with little or no discomfort, and leaves your teeth feeling cleaner than you might have ever experienced.


Treatments without Shots or Drilling with Air Abrasion

Most patients’ dental fears center around having to get a shot or the drilling of a tooth. This fear can be relieved with anesthetics, but now they can also be calmed by an amazing advance in dental technology. With air abrasion, a stream of tiny particles and air mist away decay! It is virtually pain-free, and a shot or drilling is usually not even necessary. You will appreciate this advancement that makes treatment remarkably easy!


Headache and Migraine Sufferers – We May Have Your Miracle Treatment!

The NTI™ device is an FDA-approved, drug-free treatment for the prevention of migraine and tension headaches. It works by relaxing the muscles under the scalp and preventing most headaches. In clinical trials, 82% of migraine sufferers had relief of their headaches, with a 77% reduction in migraine events. It’s painless, fast, and NOT expensive. If you experience migraines or know someone who does, be sure to ask us about this exciting treatment.


Mouthguards to Safely Protect Your Teeth and Mouth

Athletic Mouthguards Sioux City IAThose who are active in sports may have already dealt with missing teeth due to injury or accident during a favorite athletic pastime. Millions of teeth are lost this way each year that could have been prevented with a custom-made mouthguard. The mouthguards found in stores do not fit properly or protect well. They often even make it difficult to breathe during exertion. We can provide mouthguards that fit properly and give you maximum protection.

The American Dental Association recommends wearing a custom-made mouthguard for these sports: acrobatics, basketball, boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, shotputting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weight lifting.


Who doesn’t love an easier, more comfortable dental visit? If you have questions about the latest dental technology, contact us today at (712) 258-6169.