1. Digital X-Ray
The use of digital x-rays is quickly becoming standard within the dental industry. Digital x-rays allow the dentist to take a high quality image of teeth and transfer it to an imaging program, where they can see your teeth with amazing accuracy. As an added benefit, the digital x-rays also exposes the patient to 80% less radiation than a standard x-ray.
2. Intra-oral Camera
The intra-oral camera is a diagnostic tool used to view the mouth and teeth from all angles, giving us a closer look and allowing us to more accurately diagnose problems. It also gives patients the opportunity to see what the dentist is seeing. These digital images are also excellent for gaining procedure acceptance from insurance companies.
3. Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer screenings are a very important part of the dental visit for the patient. With the advances in modern technology, we are now able to pinpoint the start of a potential problem much earlier in its evolution. The ability to do so is extremely important in being able to treat any issues prior to them becoming a major irreversible problem.
The oral cancer screening is often completed with an ultraviolet light or similar device that allows us to view issues that can’t always be detected by the human eye under normal conditions.
Certain lifestyle choices can have a great impact on the health of tissues and your overall health in the mouth. If you are a smoker or heavy drinker, make sure to get regular screenings when you visit the dentist.
A panorex is an imaging machine that is capable of identifying issues and structures that x-rays are not. After sitting in the machine, it will rotate around you and take a 360 degree image of your teeth, head, and sinuses. It is especially useful for viewing specific types of structural problems, infections, and asymmetry among other things.
5. Rotary Endodontics
Root canal therapy, often referred to as a “Root Canal”, is a procedure in which the infected roots of a tooth are removed, usually because they are causing pain. Rotary endodontics utilizes an electric hand-piece, speeding up the process and allowing the dentist greater ease of use.