Dental technology is constantly evolving. Designed to improve the patient experience, we can utilize higher-end software and equipment to ensure greater accuracy and precision when creating treatment plans. Review the list of technologies below to learn what you can expect during your next appointment.
If you’ve ever been interested in seeing what your dentist sees when looking in your mouth, now you can with intraoral cameras. Our team at Arts Family Dentistry of Dallas uses these small, handheld, camera-tipped devices to scan images of your teeth and gums, projecting them onto a nearby computer screen for you to view. This makes it easier for us to explain areas of concern and the importance of treatment.
Instead of relying on traditional radiography that emits harmful radiation, takes many hours to develop, and uses harsh chemicals to produce semi-accurate images, we now use all-digital X-rays. This new technology makes it possible to capture enhanced images of your oral anatomy without high levels of radiation. Also, the limited time it takes to complete helps to keep appointments on time. Not to mention, these X-rays are digitally stored, making them easy to transfer to labs or other specialists if necessary.
When preparing to undergo complex dental treatment, we use a 3D Cone Beam Imaging system. In addition to digital X-rays, this device takes a 360-degree scan of your oral and facial structures to gather a three-dimensional model. Designed for accurate and precise treatment planning, this unique technology allows our team to better prepare for services such as dental implant placement or root canal therapy.
Also referred to as a cone beam scanner, a CBCT scanner is an incredibly advanced dental imaging machine that’s designed to capture thorough impressions of a patient’s smile. The device uses a cone-shaped ray of radiation to develop 3D images of your teeth, jaw, nerve pathways, and connective tissues. This scanner is an exceptional tool for both diagnosing complicated oral issues as well as creating a detailed map for intricate treatments, including dental implants and root canal therapy. Furthermore, the scanning process is straightforward and entirely non-invasive, making it a valuable and convenient device for ensuring reliable dental care.
Soft tissue lasers have a few different applications in dentistry, such as removing infected tissue to treat gum disease. Lasers have an advantage over traditional dental tools because they cause far less discomfort; in fact, they can often eliminate the need to numb the mouth for a given procedure. They also cause less bleeding and help accelerate the healing process. Furthermore, the energy from the laser kills harmful oral bacteria, thus sterilizing the mouth and lowering the risk of a reinfection or further issues.