The early diagnosis of decay has historically been subjective and interpretive.
Recognizing this, we at Dedicated Dental Services P.C. have added an instrument with 21st century technology called the DIAGNODENT to our practice.
The Diagnodent is a small hand held laser that helps detect dental cavities at the earliest possible stage so that the most appropriate treatment can be presented to you. These are often cavities that x-rays do not find. This advanced technology helps to preserve a greater amount of your natural tooth by uncovering dental decay early.
Accurate and early diagnosis means minimally invasive treatment!
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 computer program, there are a number of tools that enable 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 and has been specifically designed with the patient in mind.
ORAL CANCER SCREENINGS
While most Americans take care to get their regular dental checkups, most—especially non-smokers—never even consider the dangerous possibilities of oral cancer. Advances in modern technology allow us to pinpoint a potential health concern years before it develops. We use an ultraviolet light or similar device to view tissues that would otherwise be invisible under normal circumstances.
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 firsthand the problems we are seeing. These digital images are also excellent for gaining procedure acceptance from insurance companies when needed.
There are basically two types of handpieces, air-driven and electric. Electric handpieces are much stronger than air-driven due to the fact that a motor is spinning the instrument as opposed to air. This allows the doctor to remove decay more efficiently. This reduces the time it takes to complete a procedure.
Endodontics, more commonly known as root canal, is a procedure where the roots or nerves of the tooth are removed. This is often due to the fact that they are infected and the tooth is causing pain.
Rotary Endodontics is a way of performing the root canal utilizing a specific handpiece. This tool often makes the procedure faster and allows the dentist to perform the process with greater ease and patient comfort.