The intraoral camera is an amazing diagnostic tool for viewing different angles in the mouth that we would not have been able to just a few years ago. The camera gives us the ability to view the entire mouth on a monitor so that we can get a closer look at any potential issues or problems that may arise. In addition, the patient will have the ability to see for themselves first hand the same images we are seeing. These digital images are also excellent for gaining procedure acceptance from insurance companies.
Digital x-rays are quickly becoming adopted by a large percentage of the dental industry. A digital x-ray allows the dentist to take an image of the tooth or teeth and put it into an imaging program. Within this imaging program, there are a number of tools that will allow the dentist to take a very close look at the teeth and surrounding structures with amazing accuracy. As a benefit to the patient, the digital x-ray also provides nearly 80% less radiation than a standard x-ray. This is due to the fact that the digital version of the x-ray is much more sensitive to this radiation and has been specifically designed with the patient in mind.
Cone Beam CT Scan
One of the technologies that we utilize is the NewTom Cone Beam CT Scanner. This imaging technology produces a 3D image of the patient’s mouth. This allows us to plan exactly where the implants will go and what the final restorations will look like befpre the surgery is perfomed. The surgeon is also be able to tell whether it is necessary to perform any additional procedures, such as bone grafting or sinus lifts to complete the total procedure. The 3D technology provides a level of accuracy that is not present with 2D technology.
Spectra Cavity Detection Aid
Spectra is the only cavity detection aid that works like Doppler radar to discover cavities earlier. Early detection means pinpointing problems at an earlier stage, which traditionally go undetected. This leads to more conservation of tooth structure and a better overall prognosis.