The Dental Place uses digital radiography and imaging in the practice. This reduces patient exposure to radiation and also eliminates the harsh chemicals and waste materials of traditional radiography. (Digital is green.) Digital imaging takes just seconds to show results and the entire process is comfortable and quiet. Our imaging technology is cutting-edge and helps our team make accurate diagnoses and treatment plans.
DIAGNOdent is one relatively new technology that uses lasers to identify cavities. It’s a portable laser system that detects decay based on the wavelengths reflected by the laser.
A baseline wavelength is determined by targeting the laser on healthy enamel. Then, as the laser continues to scan the rest of the teeth, it alerts the dentist when it encounters a different wavelength reflection that indicates decay. DIAGNOdent also measures the size of the suspected decay.
With DIAGNOdent, your dentist can find areas of decay that might not be detected in a regular visual exam. By finding cavities at such an early stage, your dentist is able to preserve more of your biological tooth structure and prevent advanced decay that can cause bigger problems.
Intraoral cameras, another important tool, give your dentist a bird’s eye view of your mouth, supplementing the images obtained through x-rays. The intraoral camera also can help the dentist zoom in on a particular area of the mouth to get a closer look.
By projecting the images onto a screen, the intraoral camera also lets you observe what your dentist sees in real-time, acting as an important tool for patient education.
We recognize that an informed patient is a good patient, and to further that goal, we use the CAESY educational system to provide comprehensive information on a variety of dental issues, their causes and treatments. The colorful multi-media presentations are sure to hold your attention as they educate you on your dental care.
Rest assured that our dentists work to educate themselves on the latest dental technology and use that technology to improve on our patient care. At your next visit, feel free to ask Dr. Robert Maxey or Dr. Cecil George for an overview of all of the ways that technology may be used to improve your oral health.
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Imagine that your dentist possesses technology to detect tooth decay at its earliest stages with a special laser. While this may sound like something from a science fiction film, it is actually possible. In fact, our skilled dentist is proud to use some of the most state-of-the-art technology available including the DIAGNOdent device that detects cavities sooner than normal examination methods can.
DIAGNOdent is a portable device that utilizes a laser light beam to detect cavities. It works by measuring and recording wavelengths reflected by the laser. This technology can detect tooth decay in its earlier stages before the cavity deepens and causes more damage to a tooth. Read More…
Veneers are very thin, tooth colored shells that are created to match your natural teeth that will be used to cover teeth that are imperfect due to being deeply stained, broken, chipped, misshapen, or poorly spaced.
Veneers are most often made from porcelain. This is significant as this material is stain resistant, yet provides a most natural appearance when placed over teeth.
Your cosmetic dentist will prepare your teeth for veneers by taking dental impressions and photographs to make sure the finished result will create a natural appearance designed to cover the offending teeth while maintaining the shape and shade of neighboring untreated teeth. Read More…
Tooth sensitivity is a very common problem and can occur for a variety of reasons. There are multiple solutions to overcome tooth sensitivity and your dental office has a wealth of information to offer relief.
Understanding the origin of sensitivity and what triggers the discomfort is a good place to start. The surface of the tooth is covered by enamel. Underneath enamel lies another layer called the dentin. Simply put, when the dentin becomes exposed due to receding gums, decay or a crack in the tooth, the root of the tooth is no longer protected from the zinging sensations of hot, cold or sweet foods, as well as beverages. Even cold air might trigger a zinging response. Read More…