The digital age is here, but what does that mean for dentistry? Nothing can replace the human element in dental care. To maintain ideal oral health, you’ll still need to brush and floss every day and visit our office twice a year for professional cleanings and exams.
There will always be hands-on aspects to maintaining your dental health, but by using advanced technology, we can make your dental care faster, more effective, and more comfortable than ever.
When it comes to diagnostics, most likely you’ll think of X-rays. In our office, it’s no different. X-rays have been the cornerstone of diagnostic imagery for decades. But with the invention of digital X-rays, our diagnostic and treatment-planning capabilities have never been better.
Digital X-rays involve several advanced imaging options designed to save time, provide clearer dental photos, and expose you to less radiation than traditional X-ray technology.
Although X-rays provide valuable information, they don’t furnish a complete view of everything that’s going on inside your mouth. With an intraoral camera, we can see every facet of your teeth and mouth with incredible detail, and uncover cracked teeth, plaque deposits, cavities next to fillings, and excessive wear. When we can discover oral problems early on, your treatment is less invasive and more cost-effective.
Our intraoral camera is small: about the size of the mirror we use during your regular hygiene appointments. The camera projects images onto a monitor, so you’ll be able to see exactly what we do. It’s a great tool to display the condition of your teeth and why treatment may be necessary.
Digital CT Imaging
Digital CT imaging systems give us quick, comfortable, and detailed three-dimensional images for the most precise diagnosis possible. Digital CT technology provides 3D data for:
- Dental implants
- Wisdom teeth extractions
- TMJ treatment
- Airway assessments and sleep apnea
- Full facial and jaw 3D images
One 20-second scan provides enough data for a complete diagnosis, and a digital CT scan employs less radiation than traditional CT scans.
A digital impression scanner captures the structure of your teeth and gums using the latest optical technology. The scanner is a compact, hand-held wand. Once we begin the scanning process, it can be stopped and started as many times as necessary. The entire scanning process typically takes about two to three minutes.
Digital impressions can be used for any restorative treatment, including crowns, veneers, inlays/onlays, bridges, implants, and orthodontic treatments—including Invisalign®.
Digital Advances outside the Clinic
Some of the latest innovations reach beyond the clinical aspect of our practice as a convenience to our clients. If you have studied our website for information, made online appointments, or emailed our staff with a question, you have taken advantage of these digital opportunities. Also, digital advancements in recordkeeping enable us to use less paper, which helps the environment.