At NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry, we have invested in latest technology to ensure that we are giving each of our patients the best care possible while ensuring maximum safety and best possible experience.

Panoramic X-Rays

Panoramic X-ray machine | Gretna LA Dentist

Panoramic x-rays are wonderful as they allow dentists and patients to see the entire mouth in one image. 

The first advantage of a panoramic is for our patients who are gaggers.  All that you the patient has to do is bite down on a small block which is very comfortable and the machine rotates around your head within 15 to 30 seconds.  This is wonderful for people who have had difficulty in the past with intraoral x-rays

The second advantage is that we can monitor bone levels in the mouth easily and check for periodontal disease more easily.  Periodontal disease can be easier to diagnose by using a panoramic because we can more easily compare all teeth

The third advantage is that we can monitor growth of children.  The panoramic x-ray often shows us which teeth a child has before the baby tooth has come out.  From this we can make sure that all teeth are developing normally as well as screen for orthodontic issues

The final advantage is screening for possible non dental problems that aren't found on smaller x-rays.  With this we can check the jaw joints as well as bone that isn't often seen on smaller x-rays.

Digital Patient Management Software

Computer with patient management software on it | Gretna LA Dentist

Paperless charting allows us to more easily access your records to schedule you and see your progress.  It also keeps your records safe in the event of a hurricane or other disaster as all data is routinely backed up.  Also by keeping everything on computers, we do not need to waste paper which saves trees and the environment.
To keep your records safe, we work with IT professionals who only work with dental offices and therefore are familiar with what our office needs to give you the best experience possible.  Our IT professionals are national experts in HIPAA compliance and computer safety.

NextDent 5100

NextDent Technology | Dentist Gretna LA

The NextDent 5100 is one of the premier dental 3d printers on the market.  Dr. Schafer primarily uses it for his one day dentures as it prints dentures that are smooth and strong.  Its speed is the biggest advantage it has over the Moonray S.  It can print out 8 dentures in 70 minutes whereas the Moonray S would take 3 hours to print the same models.  Also the models are much smoother compared to the Moonray S.

Digital X-ray sensors

Digital X-ray sensor | Dentist Gretna LA

Digital x-rays are one of the most fundamental parts of ensuring high quality care.  With digital x-rays, we can see cavities between teeth and see how deep they go.  We can also check bone less to monitor for periodontal disease.  Also with digital sensors, we use 90% less radiation than traditional film x-rays.  Because the images are stored on computers, we are able to better show you what is going on in your mouth by making the images bigger so that you can see what we are seeing.
Our dental sensors are top of the line and we like them not only for the quality of images they produce, but also for their comfort.  With the rounded edges, many people (especially gaggers) find these x-rays much easier to take than traditional film or other types of x-ray sensors.


Surgical Equipment for dental implant placement | Dentist Gretna LA

To place implants, Dr. Schafer and his team utilize surgical equipment that is leading edge to make sure that implants are placed properly to minimize any discomfort and to ensure that our patients get the best outcomes.

3D and Full Face X-Rays

This is the Morita R100 CBCT and is one of the most useful pieces of equipment in Dr. Schafer’s office. Dr. Schafer likes this unit because it takes accurate and clear images that not only helps him diagnose well but also is easy to show his patients what is needed. With this system, Dr. Schafer takes both panoramic x-rays and 3D CT images.

Panoramic x-rays have been used for decades in dentistry and are useful for getting a snapshot of the entire mouth. While panoramic x-rays cannot diagnose small signs of infection like cavities that are just beginning, they are useful for seeing bone levels around teeth, evaluating the jaw joints, making sure the jaws are developing properly, and checking for bigger cavities. They are also useful for gaggers as the x-ray is taken outside the mouth, it is easy for more patients to do it.

Dr. Schafer uses 3D CT images to evaluate bone levels for implants as well as check for other signs of infection in specific areas. Implants need to be placed in healthy bone otherwise they will not heal well. By using a 3D CT image coupled with digital impressions, Dr. Schafer can evaluate where implants should be placed so that the surgery to place an implant is routine. Also Dr. Schafer uses the 3D x-ray images when a small infection is present, but it is not clear where the infection is coming from. This helps Dr. Schafer diagnose the appropriate treatment for his patients better rather than going through more costly and invasive procedures.

Magnification Loupes

Magnification Loupes | Dentist Gretna LA

Mouths is a dark place and teeth are small.  To help see better, Dr. Schafer always wear magnifying loupes with a led headlight.  With the led mounted on top of the loupes, the light never shines in the patient's eyes and Dr. Schafer can see the smallest areas of your mouth and teeth.  This allows him to do a better job whether it is filling a cavity or doing surgery.

3D X-rays

3D x-rays or CBCT x-rays are the foundation of dental implants.  Dental implants need to be placed in healthy bone and a 3D x-ray helps Dr. Schafer decide where to properly place the implant.  By using implant software, Dr. Schafer can actually plan out the implant digitally by integrating the 3D x-ray with a digital scan of the mouth.  By combining the model of the mouth with the x-ray, Dr. Schafer fabricates an implant guide which shows him exactly where to place an implant to get the best position possible.  Also by using this technology, Dr. Schafer can help show his patients what treatment makes the most sense.

The 3D x-rays are also useful for checking bone health as well as other issues that traditional 2D x-rays can’t show.  While 2D x-rays are useful in diagnosing cavities and periodontal disease, 3D x-rays can show the entire picture of what is going on around a tooth.  Also they look really cool.

3D Digital Model Scanning

Dr. Schafer uses a 3D digital scanner to scan his dental models.  While there are many different models of 3D dental scanners, Dr. Schafer loves his Shining 3D scanner because it is tailor made for dentures.  Unfortunately, very few 3D scanners do a good job with dentures because dentures require an impression of the gums, cheeks, and lips which are difficult areas to image.  Dr. Schafer also likes the Shining 3D because the accuracy is phenomenal.  Dr. Schafer is able to take a traditional impression and scan that into his computer and manipulate the 3d image so that he can either fabricate a denture or plan out implants.  Also with this scanner, he can more effectively communicate with his lab as he can send all models through the simply click of a mouse which reduces shipping times and makes for better outcomes

3D Printing

Dr. Schafer has embraced 3d printing technology for dentistry.  3D printing works by using a certain material to print out dental parts one thousandth of an inch at a time allow and get exceptional precision and accuracy.  By utilizing 3d printing, Dr. Schafer can do treatment for better faster and less expensive than through traditional methods.  Dr. Schafer relies on three different printers for his practice which each serve a different purpose.

Moonray S

The Moonray S is the work horse of Dr. Schafer’s 3D printers.  It is a loved machined because it is tough and strong and can use a variety of resins.  Dr. Schafer uses it to print surgical guides, red bases for his dentures, and toys. The Moonray can also be used to print out monolithic dentures or one day dentures in a pinch if the NextDent 5100 is being used. 


Dr. Schafer has an affinity for printing out toys as well as random parts for stuff around the office.  The Prusa fits the bill for these things.  The Prusa is a different printer from the Moonray S and Nextdent 5100 because it uses filament and acts more like a hot glue gun to lay material down layer by layer whereas the other two printers use a laser to build material line by line.  While the prusa is not as accurate as the other two printers, it is certainly more fun.  This printer can use more materials in more colors and can make useful tools around the office that Dr. Schafer uses in his day to day practice.

Blue Sky Bio

Dr. Schafer uses the dental modeling software called Blue Sky Bio.  He mainly uses this software to design both his one day dentures and 3d printed dentures.  Dr. Schafer scans in models of the upper and lower jaw as well as a bite using his shining 3D scanner and is then able to choose the teeth that best fit the person’s face.  Dr. Schafer also uses this software to plan out implant cases.  He merges a 3d x-ray as well as a 3d model and is able to evaluate the best position for an implant so that the tooth looks great and feels natural as well.

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