Dr. Chris Kaplan is an experienced dentist in Randolph whose goal is to provide the ultimate experience in oral healthcare. He and his team participate in countless hours of advanced training to bring you the best and latest that modern dentistry has to offer, including state-of-the-art technology.
We offer a wealth of technology, all designed to improve the comfort, efficiency, and outcomes of your treatment. Please take a few minutes to check out the equipment we currently offer, then call us to schedule your next appointment.
Your dental and medical history contains vital information that gives us an overall picture of your oral health over a period of time. Part of providing efficient treatment is streamlining the processes we use to manage this information, which is why we use digital records at Randolph Dental Associates.
With digital record-keeping, you can be assured that your personal information is stored securely on our in-house network. Our dental team can access your history quickly and easily, making treatment planning more efficient. We can also share your information securely with specialists and your insurance company with your permission.
3-D Cone Beam Imaging (CBCT)
Digital x-rays are essential for diagnosing problems accurately and planning the appropriate treatment. However, some procedures like dental implant placement require more detail than a two-dimensional dental x-ray provides.
Cone Beam Computerized Tomography or CBCT, as it’s commonly known, provides Dr. Kaplan with a 3-D image of all the structures of your mouth.
This technology helps us determine the quality and quantity of bone as well as the position of teeth, nerves, sinuses tissues, and airways. These details are invaluable because accurate planning ensures that your implant is placed in the optimal position and location. Pre-planning treatment with CBCT helps reduce the need for invasive procedures, shortens treatment times, and improves long-term outcomes.
Dr. Kaplan also uses cone beam technology to plan root canals, tooth extractions, and help diagnose TMJ problems.
Nobody likes to hear that they need a root canal, but it’s a myth that it’s a painful or complicated process. Still, we understand these fears and have invested in rotary endodontics to ensure a comfortable, efficient procedure.
If you’ve had a root canal in the past, you may remember your dentist using a series of small steel files to remove the infected material from inside your tooth. This was a methodical but slow process that often produced uncomfortable sensations for the patient.
Instead, rotary endodontics use a flexible nickel-titanium tip that reaches deep inside the root canal to ensure that we remove every trace of infection. The process is comfortable and so efficient that patients are often surprised to learn that we have completed the procedure.
We use digital x-rays at Randolph Dental Associates because they are safer for our patients, provide highly-accurate images, are easy to refer to, and are better for the environment.
The biggest benefit of digital x-rays is that they emit about 80 percent less radiation than traditional film x-rays. They are also an invaluable tool that we use to keep you informed about your oral health. We take the x-ray using comfortable digital sensors that don’t poke into your mouth. Dr. Kaplan displays the resulting image on your chairside monitor and reviews it with you. He can point out problems like cavities so you can see the problem with your own eyes and understand why you need treatment.
Dental x-rays are essential, so we want to make the process of obtaining the images as simple as possible. We use state-of-the-art digital sensors that capture highly-detailed pictures of your teeth, so Dr. Kaplan can see what’s happening inside your teeth. Taking x-rays using digital sensors is comfortable because they are flat with rounded edges, and fit comfortably in your mouth.
When planning certain procedures like root canals, extractions, and orthodontic treatment, it's helpful for Dr. Kaplan to see your entire mouth in a single image.
A digital panoramic x-ray shows us your jaws, upper and lower teeth, and surrounding structures. They also show the position of your teeth and roots, help us gauge bone levels in your jaw, and analyze your jaw joints to diagnose TMJ problems.
To take a panoramic x-ray, you stand still in front of the x-ray machine, and the arm rotates 180 degrees around your head. The fact that they are taken extra-orally (outside the mouth), makes them perfect for young children and adults who can’t tolerate intraoral x-rays.
With everything we do at Randolph Dental Associates, we make your comfort a priority. We understand that there are triggers in a dental office that can start anxious feelings, and two big ones are the sounds and sensations produced by a high-speed dental drill.
Dr. Kaplan has found a way to address both issues by investing in electric handpieces that eliminate the shrill whining sound and uncomfortable vibrations produced by air-driven handpieces used in the past. The result is a quieter, more comfortable procedure and less anxiety for you.
One of the safest, gentlest ways to relax and get quality dental care is nitrous oxide sedation that many people refer to as "laughing gas." Nitrous is strong enough to help you relax, but it's so mild that it produces no drowsy after-effects.
Since nitrous oxide is a gas, it's delivered through a small nasal mask. All you need to do is sit back, relax, and inhale normally. In a few minutes, you'll feel a warm and calming sensation wash over you that will help you relax but will not put you to sleep. The activity around you will fade into the background, but you will be alert and awake enough to communicate with our team during treatment.
We'll stop the flow of nitrous and switch to pure oxygen that you inhale until the drowsy sensations disappear. You will be able to drive yourself home safely from your appointment and resume your usual activities, feeling alert and refreshed.
If you have ever had a dental impression taken, you probably didn't enjoy the process very much. You had to bite down on a big metal tray filled with cold, gooey impression paste. Then you waited for it to set, and if the initial impression wasn't usable, the procedure would need to be repeated.
At Randolph Dental Associates, we've done away with the entire process and instead use leading-edge digital impressions. Taking an impression this way is as easy as passing a specialized digital scanner over your teeth, which produces a virtual 3-D model of the part of your mouth we're treating. We get highly accurate impressions the first time, and the detail they provide results in more accurate outcomes when designing restorations like dental crowns and bridges.
Achieving optimal oral health isn’t complicated, and at Randolph Dental Associates, we provide all the services and support you need. But we’ve found it’s so much more meaningful for our patients when we include them in the diagnostic process, and intraoral cameras take you inside your mouth so you can see what Dr. Kaplan sees during a dental exam.
This small handheld digital camera lights up the inside of your mouth and captures close-up images as we pass it over your teeth. The images are instantly displayed on your chairside monitor, so you can see what Dr. Kaplan sees. When you can visualize problems like cavities or broken or worn teeth, it’s much easier to understand why you need treatment.
We also save still images of what we see that we can refer to as needed in the future or send to specialists and insurance companies.