High Tech Diagnostics
Skill coupled with technology is everything.
If we do not detect decay or fix a tooth that does not have decay; both hurt you.
Sometimes it is easy to see decay or a crack. But if we treated only the easy-to-see areas we would be missing 60% of the decay in your mouth, leaving it to get larger and damage your teeth more. Accurate sensitive diagnostic tools let us treat you very conservatively while not missing anything. Catching a small cavity early, or not treating a spot that looks like decay but won't change for 5-10 years; these come from accurate sensitive diagnosis.
Mirror and Explorer (pick)
Of course we still use the mirror and explorer and with our head lights and magnification glasses even this old technology has improved. Studies still show that mirror and explorer exams with x-rays miss 50%-60% of active decay. That's not good enough. Our office wants to see every cavity and repair your teeth before anything gets any worse. That's conservative.
Dexis Digital X-rays
Digital x-rays have reduced radiation to about 1/10th of what it was with E speed film. We have been using digital x-rays since 1997 to see bone level and decay between teeth. We can manipulate the density, contrast and value to see much more than even the best film x-rays could show. Digital x-rays can be quickly sorted and compared for see if starting decay is progressing or stable. And we can blow them up to full screen size instead of squinting at tiny little teeth. Today almost every office has digital x-rays.
Carivu is a wonderful new technology which uses infra-red light to give our office an additional look in between your teeth, without any radiation. Where x-rays view teeth from the side, CariVu views teeth from the top biting surface so it gives us even more information. CariVu helps us make accurate diagnosis and not over treat or under treat.
This small tool is a portable laser that allows our office to detect cavities on the chewing surface of the back teeth that would have otherwise gone undetected by previous methods. Diagnosing cavities in the back of the mouth using traditional methods is difficult; studies even show that 50% of cavities are left undetected in these areas. However, the new DIAGNOdent enables our office to locate and treat these cavities early, putting a stop to further decay. The laser is easy to use, harmless, and will alert us with an audible signal if it detects a cavity. It will even calculate the approximate size of the cavity so we can better plan treatment. By using this device, you can rest assured that cavities will be accurately detected and treated in their infancy.
A Digital Panograph provides a very broad view of teeth, upper and lower jaws, sinuses, jaw joints and nasal areas.
A Digital Panograph is not designed to find cavities, but rather it reveals impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, fractures, infections, cysts and/or tumors. A Panoramic X-ray provides information that other dental x-rays cannot show. Based upon this information, we can assist you in securing the proper dental care.
3D Cone Beam Imaging
The Cone Beam Machine provides advanced, state-of-the-art 3D images that increase the quality and accuracy of dental care.
When using 3D imaging, dentists have the most accurate anatomic information to plan the placement of dental implants, perform better root canals, and provide safer removal of wisdom teeth. We purchased a 3D imaging system to have more accuracy and precision planning the treatment needed and wanted, therefore giving the dental team and the patient peace of mind in achieving a predicatable desired result.