At Downtown Dental Care, providing you with the highest quality care to optimize your oral health is important to us. In order to achieve this goal, we invest in the latest dental technology.
X-rays have always been important to give you an accurate diagnosis and make the best treatment plans. For many years, x-rays involved a large machine that uses radiation taking pictures of the inside of your mouth. These pictures then needed to be developed in a dark room, which could leave you waiting quite some time. Now, we offer digital x-rays, which use computer technology. A sensor placed in your mouth captures images, which are immediately displayed on the computer screen. The wait time is lessened significantly (which shortens your appointment time), as the need for developing pictures is no more. This gets you out of the office faster and back to your normal life.
Digital x-rays offer several other benefits as well. For one, images can be kept in a digital file, and found easily. They can be enhanced – enlarged, shown in negative, have color added – to make a more accurate diagnosis and find small details that might otherwise have been missed. Digital x-rays also reduce your exposure to radiation by up to 90%. More on Digital X-rays.
Cone Beam Imaging
We use the Cone Beam CT for a wide variety of reasons. One of the more common ways that we utilize this special piece of machinery is to help us plan a complex dental procedure like implant placement or wisdom teeth extractions. When we can visualize what’s going on inside your mouth, it takes all of the guesswork out of the procedure and allows us to create a plan. More on Cone Beam Imaging.
If you have gum disease, treatment is necessary, or else it will only get worse. A common treatment for getting rid of tartar (plaque that has hardened on the surface of your teeth), and bacteria on your teeth, both above and below the gum line, and promoting healing is scaling. Scaling has long required the use of a hand tool that had the dentist manually scrape your teeth. In our office, we employ the use of ultrasonic scalers.
Ultrasonic scalers use technology to rapidly move the tip of the scaling tool (either in a circular motion or back and forth depending upon the exact technology) to remove buildup on your teeth, rather than the teeth being scraped. These devices are faster, more effective and less painful. Many models are also equipped with a sprayer, which can be used to administer antimicrobial solutions below the gum line at the same time. More on Ultrasonic Scalers.
Intraoral cameras are essentially high-tech versions of the small hand mirrors traditionally used to check behind your teeth and in hard to see areas. The small device is used to project real time images onto a video monitor. It can also take pictures and save images to a digital file. Dr. Dr. Christianson is able to zoom in on certain images to get a closer look at smaller details, which can help diagnose an issue before it becomes serious. Another great advantage to this technological advancement is that it allows you to see exactly what is going on in your mouth as it’s happening, rather than having things described to you. If you suffer from dental anxiety, this can offer a great relief. More on Intraoral Cameras.
It used to be that when you needed a crown, veneer, or inlay/onlay, the process took two visits, with a wait time of up to two weeks in between. CEREC offers a time saving alternative. Now, crowns can be made right in our office, with the use of a digital mold, providing you with your permanent restoration in one visit.
Staying on top of the latest technological advancements allows us to provide you will exceptional care. For more information on the technology in our office, feel free to give us a call at (503) 420-7600.