Dental Technology

Daryle Mahnke DDS is a general dentist in Bay City, Michigan. We believe in providing our patients with comprehensive care. That includes access to the latest treatments, techniques and technology in modern dentistry. The technology that we have incorporated into our Bay City dental office allows us to perform faster, safer and more comfortable treatment for our patients.

Digital Dental X-Rays

Dr. Mahnke uses digital dental x-rays to capture clear and precise images of the inner workings of the oral system. Our x-ray technology is safe, fast and comfortable. With digital x-rays, images are sent to a computer to be viewed and analyzed instantly. Dr. Mahnke can compare images easily with digital radiographs, giving him the opportunity to identify even the most minor changes.

How often do I need dental x-rays?
Many patients want to know how often they need a dental x-ray. The frequency depends on the patient and their specific dental condition. Adult patients usually benefit from x-rays taken once every 2 years. Patients with gum disease, cavities, or TMJ problems may need more frequent imaging. Dr. Mahnke will evaluate your condition and recommend a treatment plan that is right for you.

CEREC – Single Appointment Crowns

Dr. Mahnke is among the few dentists in Bay City, Michigan to offer CEREC Single Visit Dentistry. This sophisticated technology allows Dr. Mahnke to restore damaged teeth with tooth-colored restorations that are made right in our Bay City dental office. Where two or three visits were traditionally needed for restorative dentistry treatments, Dr. Mahnke can create and place natural looking restorations in just one visit.

What is CEREC?
CEREC is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. The CEREC system incorporates digital imaging, CAD/CAM technology, and an in-office milling machine. Dr. Mahnke can design, fabricate and place the dental restoration all in one visit, in the comfort of his Bay City dental office.

How it works
Using an intra-oral camera, Dr. Mahnke will take an optical impression of the damaged tooth. The image is transferred to a computer for analysis. Using computer aided design (CAD) technology, Dr. Mahnke will design the restoration and then have it manufactured in his office using a sophisticated milling machine, usually while you wait.

T-Scan III: Digital Bite Analysis

Only a handful of dentists in Bay City, MI have the training and experience to diagnose and treat TMJ disorders. If you have pain in the jaw, frequent headaches or worn teeth, Dr. Mahnke may recommend a bite analysis. In addition to a visual examination, Dr. Mahnke will use the T-Scan III, a computerized device the measures the timing and force of your bite.

The digital bite analysis gives Dr. Mahnke insight into problems with the occlusal system. He is able to identify which points are making contact first and the relative force of contact. With this knowledge, he can make adjustments that will result in a more comfortable, stable bite.

The T-Scan III is also helpful to measure the force of the bite after treatment, to ensure that restorations are going to be a long term success.

Spectra Intraoral Cavity Detection

Spectra is an advanced cavity detection technology that works like no other cavity detection system. Similar to Doppler radar, the Spectra system uses fluorescence to detect changes in the surface of tooth enamel. Dr. Mahnke takes a digital scan of the tooth using a wand like device. The images are sent to a computer screen; healthy tooth enamel will show in green, areas of concern will show: blue, yellow, orange or red, with red being the carious region.

This analysis allows Dr. Mahnke to clearly identify hidden cavities, even those between teeth, that could go undetected in a visual exam or dental x-ray. With this technology, Dr. Mahnke can intervene quickly to provide more conservative treatment options and preserve natural teeth.