Whether you’re visiting us for a standard checkup and cleaning or to beautify your smile with cosmetic dentistry, we use the latest dental technology to make sure that each of your appointments is more thorough. Not only do these devices help us capture clearer images of your mouth, but they also allow us to provide you with faster, more precise, and convenient care that fits into your busy schedule. To learn more about some of the gadgets that we use throughout our office, read on.
In the past, dentists used film X-rays that took awhile to develop, used chemicals that were toxic for the environment, and had moderately high radiation exposure. Today, our team utilizes all-digital X-rays that are safer, faster, and clearer, helping us provide you with accurate diagnoses and treatment plans. They reduce radiation exposure by up to 90 percent, making them completely safe for adults and children. They also aren’t as grainy, allowing us to easily see dental infections and other problems hidden below the gums.
Some oral health problems, like cavities between the teeth, are practically impossible to see with the naked eye, even for a trained professional. That’s why we use our intraoral camera to conduct even more thorough inspections of your teeth and gums when you visit us. This hand-held device is small and can easily fit into your mouth to provide our professionals with a clear, magnified view of an area. The footage appears on a chairside monitor that allows us to show you exactly what problem we’re looking at and explain how a certain treatment can help solve it.
Advanced treatments like orthodontics and dental implants require in-depth planning to ensure beautiful results. We utilize our CT/cone beam scanner to help us create treatments that are exact and detailed. This machine allows us to capture a panoramic, 3D view of your mouth, jawbone, and soft tissues. The process of capturing the image is also fast and completely pain-free, allowing us to get a complete evaluation of your facial structure without making you uncomfortable.
Traditionally, taking dental impressions for customized bruxism nightguards or sportsguards means completely drying your mouth and having a piece of gag-inducing putty placed in it. At The Dental Smile Center, we utilize our advanced digital impression system to capture an accurate blueprint of your dental structure. It’s fast, effective, and more accurate than putty impressions, allowing us to create more comfortable oral appliances.