Along with air-driven hand-pieces, we also employ the use of electric hand-pieces when performing restorative procedures. There are many benefits with the use of electric hand-pieces. They produce less noise and is therefore more comforting to children and phobic patients. Electric hand-pieces also allow the ability to adjust the speed of the hand-piece for different procedures as well as the ability to perform more precise work. This results in extraordinarily precise interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration (crown, veneer, or filling).
We choose carefully which and when radiographs (i.e. x-rays) are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. X-rays allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes; they enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dental x-rays are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. We utilize Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50% less when compared to traditional x-ray films and exposure to radiation is reduced by more than 50% as well. Digital imaging software allows the doctors to adjust the contrast and coloration to better explain what is happening with their patients.
Digital imaging allows us to store patient images and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
We utilize intraoral camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An intraoral camera is a very small camera–in some cases, just a few millimeters long–which allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you!
Intraoral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.