Dr. Ray Alavanja
Dr. Mystie Pieters
Dr. Robert Pieters

Hours of Operation:
Monday- Thursday 7:00am- 8:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

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Dental Technology Provided by Schererville & Chesterton Family Dentistry in Indiana

In order to provide nothing but the best to our patients, our office uses state-of-the-art technology that allows us to detect dental concerns at early stages, treat your dental issues with precision, and provide stunning and customized restorations

Our dental software system maximizes your time and our office efficiency. When you visit our office you can be confident that you are receiving quality dental care. There is a reason why we have been a trusted dentist serving Dyer, Schererville, St. John, Valparaiso, Chesterton and Porter for years.

Click the Technologies below for more information on each subject.

X-Rays & Digital X-Rays

X-rays are a focused beam of x-ray particles passed through bone which produce an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed. This provides the familiar black and white images doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems and disease. Without an x-ray of the whole tooth and supporting bone and gum tissues, there would be no way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.

In our office, we use digital radiography which allows us to take x-rays using up to 90% less radiation than conventional film x-rays. Using this technology, we are able to take an x-ray of your mouth by using a small sensor which records the image of your teeth and sends it to a computer. The result is a highly detailed image of your mouth that can easily be enhanced to better diagnose dental concerns and determine the very best treatment for each case. Furthermore, these images are are available immediately saving you time and making your trip to our office even more convenient.

Air Abrasion

Air abrasion is a drill-less and more gentle approach to remove decay from the teeth. An air abrasion unit is a small instrument that blasts a fine stream of air and particles onto the teeth to spray away decay. The small particles are made of silica, aluminum oxide or baking soda and aid in cleaning the tooth surface. Air abrasion allows for decay to quickly be removed while conserving healthy tooth structure. The particles and decay are then suctioned out of the mouth.

Air abrasion is gentle because it generates no heat, sound, pressure, or vibration. In addition, the procedure can be done without the need for anesthesia, making it an ideal choice for children and those who experience dental anxiety.

OraVerse®

OraVerse is Anesthesia Reversal process that allows the effects of anesthesia to wear off in an hour rather than the typical 4 -5 hour time period. Learn how we can help reverse numbness after a dental procedure with the revolutionary technology called OraVerse®. Simply click on the link to learn more.

Electronic Claims

Our office utilizes electronic claims processing. This means that rather than sending your dental claim through the mail, it is sent electronically to your insurance company with the click of the button. By filing your claim electronically, information is submitted more efficiently and with fewer errors. This benefits our patients because the turnaround time on claims is faster, and fewer claims are returned or denied. We are happy to submit your dental claims to your insurance company on your behalf.

Telescopic Loupe

The dentist performs most of his dental procedures while wearing a pair of funny looking glasses called surgical telescopes. These powerful glasses have magnifiers on them, allowing the dentist to see fine details that would go unnoticed to the naked eye.

Intraoral Camera

We use small cameras about the size of a pen, called intraoral cameras, to help clearly see the condition of your teeth and gums.

With this advanced technology we can zoom in on small diseased areas, cracks, chips, and worn metal fillings with extreme precision. The full color images taken with the intraoral camera are sent to a computer screen so we can clearly see and diagnose dental problems much earlier than with traditional dental technology. Because images are displayed on our screens, patients will also be able to see areas being worked on and are able to gain a better understanding of dental procedures being performed.

Paperless Charting

Our office is a completely digital (paperless) dental office. This means all x-rays and charting are made and recorded with the aid of the computer. This technology allows us to maintain your dental records electronically, and cuts down the unnecessary paperwork used with traditional paper charting.

Traditional paper charting is difficult to keep standardized from doctor to hygienist to assistant. Even handwriting differences and coding make the charts look different. The computer eliminates this problem by using consistent charting methods that are accurate and precise, making it easy to read your dental chart and see up-to-date information.

Digital charting standardizes the charting process so it is clear, easy to understand, and enables us to provide on the most accurate and precise care to our patients. When needed, this method also allows us to quickly and securely share information with your other health care providers.

DIAGNOdent

Providing the absolute best service to our patients is of the highest importance to our office. To aid in achieving this goal, we use a new high tech device called the DIAGNOdent. This small tool is a portable laser that allows us to detect cavities on the chewing surface of the back teeth that would have otherwise gone undetected by previous methods.

Diagnosing cavities in the back of the mouth using traditional methods is difficult; studies even show that 50% of cavities are left undetected in these areas. However, the new DIAGNOdent enables us to locate and treat these cavities, putting a stop to further decay. The laser is easy to use, harmless, and will alert us with an audible signal if it detects a cavity. It will even calculate the approximate size of the cavity so we can better plan treatment.

By using this device, you can rest assured that cavities will be accurately detected and treated in their infancy. Click HERE to learn more.

Email Reminders

We use an email reminder system that will send you a reminder email two days prior to your scheduled appointment for your convenience. 

 

Schererville Family Dentistry

1050 Caroline Ave
Schererville, IN 46375
Call or Text Us: 219.322.3232

Chesterton Family Dentistry

751 East Porter Ave, Suite 1
Chesterton, IN 46304
Call or Text Us: 219.929.9289