The future of dentistry is here.
We believe that you deserve the very best care available. At City Smiles, Dr. Chris Hill and our team of clinical care experts observe, audition and invest in dental technologies that improve outcomes and comfort you and all of our patient family.
Our paperless office is equipped with contemporary tools and deluxe amenities for an exceptional dental care experience.
Innovative Dental Tools Empower Well-Informed Dental Patients
Our high tech tools are blended with state of the art techniques to deliver dental care that is custom designed for you.
During your checkup or new patient exam, we take pictures of your teeth and gums with our professional digital camera and display the images on a high definition flat screen. Dr. Chris Hill uses these images to explain his findings and suggestions for dental treatment.
Seeing your dental problems may seem overwhelming at first, but consider the experience the first step toward a healthier, fresher smile. The camera may reveal the early stages of potentially serious problems, allowing you the opportunity to prevent small problems before they escalate. This is especially helpful with gum disease and conditions that cause damage without causing pain. The camera’s honest survey can also show you how your regular home hygiene routine is paying off. The dental hygienist or dentist can recommend ways to improve your homecare based on their findings.
Dental radiographs, or X-rays, provide us with valuable information because with them, we can see what’s going on beneath, between, and under your teeth and gums. We can also detect problems in existing dental work, as well as receding bone and abscesses. For instance, cavities and gum disease show up as dark places on white teeth and bone images. Not only do X-rays help us diagnose dental problems and develop customized treatment plans, but they document your dental health status, establishing a baseline from which to monitor changes over time.
Digitally rendered smile previews are also available thanks to our imaging software which allows you to see what your new smile will look like before any work begins.
We also use digital impressions, so you don’t have to bite into a tray of goo to get dental crowns or veneers.
We have replaced invasive tools with gentle, effective lasers. Dr. Chris Hill uses a soft-tissue laser to perform a variety of procedures from cold sore treatment to cosmetic gum lifts. With laser therapy, there is minimal bleeding, and recovery time is faster. The laser seals as it goes, so you do not need stitches.
Cosmetic laser dentistry is used to treat a variety of issues, such as:
- Cold sores
- Gummy smiles
- Teeth bleaching
- Cavity detection
- Sensitive teeth
- For increased lip and tongue movement
DIAGNOdent Laser Pen
DIAGNOdent by KaVo uses a small laser to accurately locate decay, as well as areas prone to decay. Studies show that DIAGNOdent is more accurate than X-rays, and it emits no radiation because it is not taking an image, but rather scanning the teeth. The process is completely comfortable and requires no anesthesia.
Conservative dentistry is always the best option for patients. When we find decay early, teeth incur less damage and more natural tooth structure can be retained during restoration. DIAGNOdent can also find areas prone to future decay. Demineralization in teeth makes them susceptible to decay. By re-mineralizing with fluoride, patients may deter cavity formation. Our team believes prevention is best for the patient because it will reduce your need for future reconstructive dental procedures. Modern advances in dentistry, like DIAGNOdent, allow us to give you the most conservative and precise treatment available, and you deserve it. Now that’s something to smile about!
Advanced Dental Diagnostics
At City Smiles, Dr. Chris Hill and our care team use computer aided diagnostics to help aid in the treatment of TMJ disorder which can be associated with headaches and migraines. Using this technology, Dr. Chris Hill is able to more precisely determine the true cause of your pain as well as provide you with options that can reduce your symptoms and alleviate pain.
Some of the technology that Dr. Chris Hill Hill and his team use includes:
- K7: Jaw tracking that allows us to better understand the movement of your jaw and joints
- Sonography: Allows Dr. Chris Hill to listen to the joints, much like a physician would listen to your heart
- CBCT: Allows Dr. Chris Hill to have a 3D look at the joints, head and upper cervical area of your spine
- T-Scan: Digital bite analyzer that accurately measures the balance of your bite
- EMGs: Measures muscle activity of the head and neck that gives better insight to problem areas
Most of the restorations and appliances used to restore and protect your mouth involve extremely high levels of customization. Traditionally, hours of hand labor in a dental laboratory are invested in these products. With the adoption of more technology into dentistry, CAD/CAM continues to grow in importance with unsurpassed benefits to you.
Computer-aided design (CAD) involves the design and creation of three-dimensional models for services such as crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays and bridges with absolute precision. Even dentures, mouthguards, and some forms of orthodontic treatment result from this technology. Sophisticated software allows these highly detailed procedures to become more controlled than ever before.
Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) sends the geometrical design data to an automated milling machine. This digital manufacturing process offers many enhancements for you, including:
- Precise metal-free beauty
- Undetectable surface texture
- Single dental visit convenience
- Exceptional fit and function
- Durable, long-lasting service
We will talk to you about your restorative options and we can decide together whether CAD/CAM is the best approach for your treatment. Even if you opt for lab-made restorations, you can benefit from our digital impressions, which can simply scan your teeth–no need to bite into impression material to get your dental restorations.
Other Technology in our office includes:
- NuCalm: Allows our patient to have anxiety free dental visits
- Noise-Cancelling Headphones: Allow you to block out the noise of your procedures
- Smile Imaging: Allows you to preview the possibilities of what your smile could look like
- Metal-Free Dentistry: Allows your smile to look as natural as possible
- Mercury-Free Dentistry: At City Smiles, Dr. Chris Hill will use only the safest materials for his patients. We also offer BPA-Free dentistry.
Do you want to learn how these technologies can improve your dental experience and your results, please call (314) 375-5353
(Downtown St. Louis) or (314) 678-7876
(Clayton) today for an appointment with St. Louis dentist Dr. Chris Hill
at City Smiles in downtown and Clayton.