Dr. Peter D. Gold keeps abreast of the latest dental technology, adopting technologies that increase the comfort of the patient while improving the efficiency of the procedure. Learning about new procedures and technology is his passion and, because of this, he has been able to provide the residents of Schenectady, Albany, Saratoga, and surrounding areas with the most advanced general, cosmetic, restorative, and laser dentistry for the last 30 years.
Those patients who break into a cold sweat as soon as they hear the sound of the drill can rest easy when they visit Dr. Gold’s office. We proudly offer air abrasion, a technology that sprays tiny abrasive particles onto the teeth to remove decay without the use of drill. Not only does air abrasion cause less anxiety than drilling, but it also takes less time. A truly all-purpose technology, we use it to:
- Fix small cavities and chipped porcelain crowns and veneers
- Remove stains from the teeth
- Prepare teeth for bonding procedures
- Repair fillings, crowns, or bridges
PICASSO Soft Tissue Laser
The PICASSO soft tissue laser is used for soft tissue surgery, often to trim back the gums to uncover a beautiful smile. This innovative tool of laser dentistry allows Dr. Gold to perform more precise cuts with less recovery time for the patient.
The PICASSO soft tissue laser offers a quick and painless way to fix a gummy smile. Used for the procedure known as soft tissue recontouring, or gum lifting, PICASSO is a diode laser that cuts back the gums to make the teeth appear longer, thus creating a more even, balanced-looking smile. This laser dentistry procedure is a dramatic improvement from the previous more invasive procedure. Soft tissue recontouring with the PICASSO laser is completed in less time, with less pain and blood loss, and a reduced chance of infection. This technology can also be used to treat apthous ulcers (a type of mouth sore), help with certain orthodontic problems, do less painful biopsies and even help with every day fillings, crowns and bridges.
The Wand® by Compudent™
Many patients fear needles even more than they fear the drill. For some, just the sight of the syringe can cause panic. To make all patients comfortable, Dr. Peter D. Gold utilizes the Wand®, a computer-controlled pen that injects anesthetic into the gums and mouth in a stealthy manner. Operated by a foot pedal, the computer base of the unit measures the anesthetic while Dr. Gold places the attached pen on the gum where the procedure will take place. The pen, which has a tiny needle at its tip, administers the anesthetic quickly and painlessly. The pen and the computer base look harmless; indeed, most patients don’t even know it’s a needle.
DIAGNOdent®, another device used in laser dentistry at our Schenectady office, makes visits a less stressful experience for the patient. Through the use of a handheld laser, DIAGNOdent® uses fluorescent light to detect decay and accurately diagnose cavities in their earliest stages. DIAGNOdent® also makes it easier to diagnose cavities that form beneath the surface of the tooth. Because it scans the whole tooth-inside and out-it provides a reading that is shown to be more accurate than x-rays and conventional methods alone. Since cavities are caught earlier, they can be treated immediately and painlessly, often before the need for extensive treatments and procedures such as root canals and dental crowns arises.
VELscope® (Oral Cancer Screening)
VELscope® is a non-invasive technology that accurately detects oral cancer when used in conjunction with a conventional oral cancer screening exam. Oral cancer-a form of cancer that can affect anyone-often turns deadly because it isn’t detected until it has progressed to its later stages.
The innovative VELscope® technology gives Dr. Peter D. Gold and his staff a better view of your mouth so they can properly assess and diagnose oral cancer in its earliest stages. In comparison to healthy tissue, unhealthy and potentially cancerous tissue appears dark, alerting Dr. Gold to examine the area further. VELscope® allows Dr. Gold to see changes in the mouth that he would not normally see using only traditional screening methods. This early detection allows Dr. Gold to devise a plan to treat the cancerous tissue before it spreads elsewhere.
Advanced Sterilization Standards
Dr. Gold cares about your safety and employs the latest, most stringent standards of sterilization. We closely monitor the sterilization practices, from ultrasonic cleaners to disposable tools, so you can be sure that every instrument used during your procedure is sterile. Your safety is our top priority.
Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.
Dr. Gold utilizes intraoral camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An intraoral camera is a very small camera – in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An intraoral camera allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you!
Intra oral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.
Dr. Gold chooses carefully which and when x-rays (radiograghs) are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental x-rays is extremely minimal. Dr. Gold utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional x-rays. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better.
Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.