Workman Family Dental

State-Of-The-Art Technology in Columbia, IL

If it's been a while since your last dental visit, you will be pleasantly surprised to see the way that technology has made treatment easier and more effective than ever. Dr. Workman and our team are committed to bringing you the highest level of oral health care available, and modern technology helps us achieve that goal.


3-D Cone Beam Imaging

When planning placement of your dental implant, it’s important to take into consideration the positioning of surrounding anatomy like nerves and sinuses. Our 3-D cone beam imaging technology allows Dr. Workman to easily view these structures and pinpoint the optimal positioning for your dental implants.

Bone measurements provided by the scan give us a precise evaluation of bone thickness and help us determine in advance where the safest locations are to place implants. 3-D cone beam imaging is a significant improvement over traditional x-rays that only provide a two-dimensional image of your facial structure.

This technology also allows us to easily and comfortably take routine x-rays for children and adults who may have a strong gag reflex.

Rotary Endodontics

If you’ve ever had a root canal, you probably didn’t think too much about the tools your dentist used. The traditional method is to use stainless steel manual files. However, at Workman Family Dental, we use rotary endodontic technology that makes your treatment smoother and more comfortable.

Rotary endodontics are electrically powered instruments equipped with a nickel titanium tip, which is up to five times more flexible than traditional stainless steel tools. This flexibility combined with the unique movement of the rotary instrument makes for a more efficient and reliable procedure.

Laser Dentistry

Both adults and children can enjoy the benefits of laser dentistry.

For most patients, the vibration and pressure of the traditional dental drill is a source of fear and discomfort. At Workman Family Dental, we use state-of-the-art dental lasers to get the job done quickly and comfortably. Lasers also allow us to perform multiple treatments during a single appointment.

Hate the thought of shots for yourself or your child? Lasers make your dental care so easy and comfortable that most patients do not require any anesthesia. 

Intraoral Camera

We are always happy to invest in new technology when it will provide our patients with an accurate picture of their oral health and a better understanding of our recommendations.

Until recently, there was no way for patients to see exactly what the dentist was seeing during an exam. Now, intraoral cameras provide us with the perfect tool for sharing important information about your oral health with you. 

An intraoral camera is a small handheld instrument about the size of a pen. As Dr. Workman directs the camera over your teeth, the images are projected directly onto a computer monitor mounted next to your chair. Since you see what Dr. Workman sees, you can better understand what the problem is, why it needs to be addressed, and what we can do to fix it. 

Electric Handpieces

We understand that the noise and sensation of a dental drill can trigger anxiety for many patients. At Workman Family Dental, we're pleased to use advanced electric hand pieces that are quieter and more comfortable than traditional drills.


The Oral Cancer Foundation estimates that nearly 50,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed in America each year. Unfortunately, oral cancer can be difficult to detect with the naked eye, and many cases go undiscovered until the disease has reached advanced states.

Your safety and well-being are important to us, so every exam includes an oral cancer screening. We perform this simple exam using a piece of equipment called a VELscope, an effective device that allows us to identify cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions long before they can be detected during a visual exam.

Early oral cancer screening is vital to your overall health as these early exams have been found to increase the survivability rate to as much as 90 percent.

Digital X-Rays

Digital Dental X-Ray | Workman Family DentalWhen it comes to prevention, x-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool because they allow us to see deep into each individual tooth and underneath your gums. We are pleased to offer a state-of-the-art digital x-ray system that minimizes your exposure to radiation and maximizes our ability to detect developing problems deep within your teeth.

Digital x-rays make routine exams safer because they provide all the information we need yet focus only on the small area being x-rayed. In fact, digital x-ray systems can use up to 90% less radiation than traditional film-based x-rays. With no film to develop with harsh chemicals, digital x-rays are also better for the environment.

Nitrous Oxide

We want you to take care of your oral health, so we strive to make every aspect of your care as stress-free as possible. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) has been safely used for over a century, bringing patients relief from anxiety and allowing them to get the care they need.

Nitrous oxide is a gentle type of relaxation that makes you feel very calm and detached from the activity around you. You will not go to sleep, so you will be able to communicate with our team if you need anything.

Our patients like nitrous oxide because it doesn't produce any lingering side effects like drowsiness. After your procedure you will be able to return to your normal daily activities.

Have Questions? Get in Touch
If you have difficulty using our website, please email us or call us at (618) 281-7178
View the ADA Accessibility Statement