Technology/Equipment

Technology/Equipment in the Office

We are armed with the latest and the best technology could offer for our patients' safety and satisfactory treatment outcome.
 
Imaging/Computer Aided Planning
The office has a cone beam CT (Computerized Tomography) machine, which is the cutting-edge technology for 3 dimensional visualization of a patient's maxillofacial anatomy and computer guided implant planning and surgery.
 
This technology also is being increasingly used by Dr. Woo to improve the safety of other types of surgeries.  The best example is wisdom teeth surgery.  While the standard for imaging is the 2-dimensional panoramic x-ray, Dr. Woo often times in difficult cases recommends using CT to see the inside anatomy of a patient's jaw to show the 3-dimensional relationships between the impacted teeth and nerves and sinuses to be more precise in surgical approaches and placement of instruments such as drills to minimize the chance of damage to nerves and sinuses.
 
Critical Patient Care Systems
Our critical patient care systems, such as oxygen, vital sign monitoring, surgical tool power source, sterilization, surgical suction, and computer equipment, are designed with a backup system. Many has more than one back-up; for example, the surgical tool power sources in the office includes electrical, compressed nitrogen, and compressed air.
 
The suction systems, vital to surgery and patient airway management, has two separate systems using two entirely different technologies.  In the case of failure experienced by one, there is another that will kick into effect.
 
We have end-tidal CO2 monitoring capability.  This is the standard of care in hospitals but has not yet been widely adapted in dentistry.  We just want to stay one step ahead for patients' safety.
  
X-ray Machines
Our x-ray machines, including the cone beam CT machine, are all digital.  They use the lowest levels of radiation to produce the best imaging results compared to film-based x-ray machines. They produce almost instantaneous images to save our patients time, and they also allow the use of computers to manipulate and enhance the images for better quality of care.
 
Computer Systems
The office is run by a computer practice management software for efficient patient service and security in patient information.  This software allows the office to be paperless.
 
There are two computer servers running mission-critical software programs essential for patient care.

Sterilization
We go to the extreme to assure that our patients are protected from cross-contamination. We use a class B sterilizer to sterilize our instruments used in surgery.  This technology is recognized as the best but is still not commonly found in the US due to its high cost.  We have two back up sterilizers to ensure that there is no compromise.  Sterilizers are tested weekly by sending out samples to an outside laboratory to make sure that items coming out of the sterilizers are indeed sterile.  This outside validation is then backed up by our in-house capability to do the same test.