Advanced Dental Technology - Hixson, TN

Dental Technology

Doctor McbrayerDr. Mcbrayer Talks About The Advanced Technology That He Uses In His Practice

It is important to know that your doctor is keeping up with the constant and rapid advancements in modern technology. Digital x-rays are just one more advantage you will have at your disposal when you visit our office. Instead of using a conventional film, we use a special computer sensor which puts the x-ray picture directly into the computer and which allows us to reduce the amount of harmful radiation by nearly 90%. Since the pictures are in the computer, we can enhance the images to better diagnose conditions–often before they become problems. This proves to be much more convenient for you because the x-rays can then be displayed on the computer right in front of you!

Patient Benefits:

  • Less exposure to radiation
  • Faster turn-around time
  • Shorter appointments
  • Involvement in co-diagnosis
  • Improved understanding of the treatment options

Cone Beam, CT Scan and 3-D Imaging

Dental Technology Hixson, TN

CT Scans and Cone Beam Imaging systems generate 3D, high definition x-rays within seconds. The panoramic images are remarkably clear, which helps with diagnosing and treating dental ailments. These scans allow us to quickly assess your dental needs and get you back out enjoying your life in less time than you might expect from traditional imaging equipment. The health and safety of our patients is our highest priority, which is why we utilize a cone beam imaging system in our office. Unlike traditional x-ray systems, the Cone Beam system produces a very low dose of radiation, thus reducing unnecessary exposure.

Some additional benefits of cone beam imaging include:

  • Visualize anatomy that can not be diagnosed externally or from traditional x-rays
  • Create better, more effective treatment plans
  • Assess benefits and risk of treatment options
  • Analyze the position and orientation of critical structures, such as nerves, prior to the procedure
  • Up to 10x less radiation exposure to the patient than traditional x-rays
  • Faster scan time (10-40 seconds vs. several minutes)
  • Less expensive

The Cone Beam is used in many dental procedures. It can be used to determine a treatment plan for dental implants, helping determine size and placement of the implant. It can also be used to diagnose and treat periodontal disease.

Some additional benefits include:

  • Implant planning
  • Earlier detection of oral infections and tumors
  • TMJ analysis
  • Airway studies (ie: sleep apnea)
  • Impacted teeth
  • Periodontal disease

It is important to us that our patients receive the most advanced care possible. We utilize cone beam technology because it gives us a clear view of facial nerves and bone structure, which allows us to plan a customized procedure to protect your nerve endings. Such advanced technology allows us to minimize pain and speed healing!


Piezosurgery is a technique which utilizes ultrasound waves to affect the same cutting function for which drills and burrs are used. This method of cutting through hard tissue without damaging the surrounding soft tissue affords greater comfort for our patients during periodontal surgery or when extracting loose teeth. Dr. Charles McBrayer and Dr. Strever also performs Piezo surgery for greater accuracy when placing dental implants. To learn more about how Piezo applications impact extraction and dental implant cost in Hixson, TN, schedule a consultation with Dr. McBrayer and Dr. Strever.

Applications for Piezosurgery

Piezosurgery minimizes swelling and bleeding due to reduced trauma to the soft tissue. In a traditional dental surgery for the treatment of periodontal disease, for example, the incision made into the gums and the subsequent sutures that are necessary to complete the procedure can cause gum recession. This gum recession can measure up to 15 millimeters. With Piezosurgery, Dr. McBrayer and Dr. Strever can incorporate an ultrasound wave device to protect your soft tissue. This greatly reduces healing times as well as discomfort post-surgery. Ask Dr. McBrayer and Dr. Strever if you are a good candidate for Piezosurgery when you visit our office to learn about extracting loose teeth or dental implant cost in Hixson, TN. Piezosurgery is a safe, convenient method to replace the traditional cutting tools of dentistry and improve your dental experience.

  • Crown lengthening procedures generally involve the removal of bone. This technique allows Dr. McBrayer and Dr. Strever to pinpoint bone while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed.
  • Periodontal infection can result in a roughening of the tooth surface and treatment may include a smoothing of the bone.
  • Extraction of loose teeth is facilitated with this method as Piezosurgery improves the likelihood of removing loose teeth without fracturing the structure.
  • Dental implants are placed directly into the jaw bone which requires Dr. McBrayer and Dr. Strever to bore into the bone.


We use state of the art equipment for your dental needs. Schedule your consultation today!

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