In recent years, trips to the dentist have become quicker, easier, less painful, and more reliable than ever before. This is thanks to the expansion of knowledge in dentistry as well as advancements in the technology used to diagnose and treat oral health issues. Dr. Davis is dedicated to continuing his education so that he can make sure that he’s truly offering the best that modern dentistry has to offer. Call our dental office today if you have any questions about the technology that will be used during your next appointment.
It’s unfortunately an all-too-common scenario: your dentist says there’s a problem in your mouth, but you have no idea what they’re talking about. Intraoral cameras give us a way to directly share our findings with our patients by displaying high quality images on our chairside monitor. This way, we can point directly to the cavities or warning signs of gum disease so that you fully understand what’s going on and what needs to be done to protect your oral health.
X-ray technology has come a long way. While you used to have to wait for us to develop the images in a separate dark room filled with environmentally unsafe chemicals, today your X-rays will be available in just a few seconds so that we can immediately start examining them for warning signs of damage and decay. The advent of digital technology has also allowed dentists to dramatically reduce the amount of radiation they expose their patients to when taking X-rays.
A CT scan is the next step up from a traditional X-ray. Instead of just taking a picture of your mouth from a single angle, CT scans combine multiple images to create a three-dimensional model of the teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways, and bone in your mouth. Since these scans are so detailed, they’re invaluable for planning certain treatments. For example, they can help us figure out the best way to place implants without damaging any nerves.
Crowns, dentures, and other types of restorative dentistry must be custom designed for each patient, which is why we might sometimes need to take impressions of your teeth. But instead of putty, we can use digital scans to create much more reliable impressions. This approach is preferable for patients with strong gag reflexes that might make taking traditional impressions more difficult. It can also be completed in much less time and is less likely to need to be redone.