Technology

Dental technology has come a long way in recent years, and we are happy to incorporate it into our office to make each patient’s experience easier, quicker, and more comfortable. Here are some of the ways we are ensuring your next visit to the dentist is safe, efficient, and effective.

Intraoral Cameras

Because x-rays don’t tell the whole story about your mouth, we have invested in an intra-oral camera to get a thorough view of what is going on. This piece of sophisticated technology is about the size and shape of a dental mirror. Its built-in light source guides the way as we use it to tour your entire mouth, zooming in on any suspicious areas.

Because we can view the images on a computer screen, we can see problems that the eye alone—or even an x-ray—cannot, such as cracked teeth, plaque deposits, broken fillings, cavities next to fillings, and areas of excessive wear. You too will be able to see the images, which can help you feel good about making the right treatment options.

 

                                

Digital Radiographs

Traditional x-rays are a thing of the past now that we have access to digital radiography. Not only is the procedure faster and safer (up to 80 percent less radiation than traditional x-rays), but it enables us to view images immediately. It is also easy to enhance images so that further detail is revealed. Digital x-rays also provide a better patient record as they are easy to send to specialists and insurance companies when necessary.

Air Abrasion

Air abrasion is a process by which a stream of clean dry air mixed with tiny abrasives is propelled onto the tooth’s surface and removes decay, stains, and discoloration. It can be used to replace or repair small fillings without discomfort, and it is also used to expose cavities that cannot easily be seen.

Because it is so precise, less of the tooth needs to be removed. The lack of vibration means the procedure is much more comfortable.