Our commitment to providing outstanding dentistry starts with the instruments we use in the dental office, like our cone beam CT scanner and our dental microscope. These gadgets help minimize the risk of complications following treatments and allow us to provide patients with more accurate diagnoses. You can learn a little more about the dental technology that we use in our dental office by reading below.
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Our intraoral camera is a small, handheld device that allows Dr. Smith to take an up-close view of hard-to-see areas of your mouth. It has a camera on the end of it that’s connected to a large, chairside monitor, which is a great resource to show patients the troublesome symptoms that we’re looking at and better explain how our recommended treatment plan will take care of the issue at hand.
Digital X-rays work similarly to a digital camera. Our team will snap photos of the mouth, and they’ll immediately be transferred to a computer, making them quickly visible to Dr. Smith, much like how a camera takes a picture and stores it to a memory card so you can view the image on a digital screen. These images allow us to view the area below your gumline that isn’t visible to the naked eye, which is where cysts, tumors, infections, and other common oral health problems develop.
The cone beam CT scanner is a neat device that builds a 3D, panoramic blueprint of a patient’s mouth. It shows Dr. Smith the location of facial nerves, dentition, sinuses, and the density of the jawbone. This information is important to know in order to perform successful dental implant placements and other complex treatments. Plus, it only takes the scanner about 30-seconds to capture, so you won’t have to worry about sitting uncomfortably for a long period of time.
The soft tissue laser is a small device that’s about the size of a pencil. It emits a concentrated beam of light that kills bacteria on-the-spot and can perform more advanced procedures without the use of a scalpel and sutures. This is because the beam of light, or laser, can seamlessly and precisely remove damaged soft oral tissues while immediately cauterizing the area being operated on. This helps reduce recovery times, minimize the risk of infections developing after treatment, and reducing any bleeding.
Have you ever needed a restoration or teeth grinding nightguard and had to go into the dentist to get a mouthful of putty to capture an impression? At Shane Smith DDS, we use a more accurate and comfortable device, called a digital impression system. It captures and forms a detailed digital blueprint of your tooth or mouth that we can send off to our dental laboratory to craft a perfectly-fitted restoration or mouthguard.
When conducting emergency dental treatments like root canal therapy, precision is the key to a successful treatment. All of the infected pulp needs to be removed, and if it’s not, it could lead to the need for retreatment down the road. Dr. Smith uses a dental microscope while treating the inside of teeth to make sure that no harmful oral bacteria linger. This allows more patients to enjoy their natural, cured teeth for the rest of their lives.