The Latest in Dental Technology
We live in the greatest age of dentistry. Advancements and understanding are increasing at a staggering page and staying up to date with these changes is critical to the care of our patients. Evidence continues to mount liking the state of the mouth to the overall condition of the body. Providing patients with knowledge and care that can change and improve their quality of life is our ultimate goal. The bar has been raised. When patients come to our office that is the level of care they will receive.
We are constantly striving to give our patients the finest dental care possible, and our investment in advanced technology is also a long-term investment in your oral health. We understand that using updated technology leads to more informed decision-making, allowing our patients to make the best possible decisions about their oral health.
Our dental center features the latest state-of-the-art technology, including 3D imaging and digital impressions. Our 3D cone beam imaging system allows us to support a high level of patient care, as this system offers 3D computer-generated scans in order to provide a detailed and advanced look at the teeth, nerves, bone, and tissues, with cross-sectional and 3D views. This provides critical information that won't be available with a traditional "flat" dental x-ray.
Our 3D imaging technology will allow us to provide you with a much more comprehensive evaluation and consultation, at which time our surgeons will:
• Evaluate the shape, width, density, and quality of the jaw bone, especially if you are considering dental implants
• Determine proper treatment options to correct your oral or facial issue
• Fully examine critical anatomical structures, such as the nerves and sinuses
Below are the services we provide that will accomplish those goals:
3D xrays (CBCT)
A typical dental x-ray will just focus on the teeth, and for each image you’ll need one exposure. Therefore, to get the same picture as a 3D image, you’d need many exposures. 3D imaging shows considerably more than a simple 2D x-ray, as this newer technology will provide more accurate and complete visual information from every angle. Additionally, the data can be easily shared and duplicated without the worry of film getting lost.
X-rays are a primary tool for early identification of dental problems. Detecting issues with x-rays before they become problematic can save you money in the long run. Early detection can help prevent the need for more extensive, expensive procedures or surgeries. X-rays are primarily used to detect:
• Internal tooth decay
• Cysts (fluid filled sacks at the base of your teeth)
• Tumors, both cancerous and non-cancerous
• Impacted teeth
• Teeth that are still coming in
At Arrowhead Dental, we use digital x-rays, which have several advantages over traditional film based x-rays. Digital x-rays allow us to take x-rays with 1/5 of the radiation that you would receive from traditional dental x-rays. The worry of exposure to excess radiation is eliminated.
Large on-screen x-rays make patient communication more effective. The immediate observation of the images on the screen allows us to discuss your dental health quickly and accurately.
Cerec, 3D Scans, Printing, and Milling
The process for receiving a same-day crown is very similar to the process for receiving a traditional crown but it is crafted in our office as soon as we take the impression of your tooth. The method for taking an impression of your teeth is different, in that instead of taking a putty mold of your tooth, we take a digital impression of it. This is accomplished by dusting your tooth with a reflective powder and scanning it with a handheld wand. Using this method we get an accurate 3D model of your tooth which we use to construct the same-day crown. Learn more about Same Day Crowns
Traditional gum disease treatment methods involve cutting or amputation of the gums. While these methods are generally effective, they are extremely invasive and often require a long recovery time. LANAP® uses a laser light in the deep pockets between the gum and tooth to remove and prevent the bacteria that causes periodontitis. The gums are left completely intact and are compressed against the tooth.
Advanced Cavity Detection
At Arrowhead Dental, we have invested in advanced technology to allow us to detect small cavities before they cause pain or sensitivity and before they can be seen on a radiograph. In order to maintain healthy and attractive teeth, the earliest possible care is essential. The DIAGNOdent aids in the detection of caries. Even the very small cavities can be detected with this technology, enabling you to take the proper action.
An intra-oral camera is a small, toothbrush shaped/sized camera. The video taken with it is projected onto a monitor that we adjust so you may view the feed. We frequently use inter-oral cameras to show patients issues that have arisen within their mouth, since it is not easy to view much of your own mouth using a mirror. With the camera we are able to show you in high detail what is going on in your mouth.
Sonic fill technology ensures that we are not leaving voids in restorations, and is a much more efficient way to treat decay. This means less time in the dental chair, and accurately placed fillings.
This handheld screening device is used to identify whether there are any indications of oral cancer. Using a blue flourescent light, abnormal and cancerous areas will turn bright green under the light, while normal areas remain dark.
The Isolite® Illuminated Dental Isolation System is used to provide comfort to our patients while assisting our team with continuous hands-free vacuum suction and shadowless intraoral illumination.
Whole Body Dentistry & Technology
Technology is able to assist us in myriad ways while also providing support in our mission of treating the whole body through the mouth. Read more about our commitment to your whole health.
OPTISLEEP is a custom-designed oral appliance prescribed by your dentist to treat snoring or mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. It is also recommended for patients with more severe OSA who are unable or unwilling to tolerate CPAP therapy and/or surgery. The two-piece appliance is designed to prevent apneas by keeping the upper airway open. The lower jaw is moved forward comfortably to relax the tissue at the back of the throat and prevent the base of the tongue from collapsing and blocking the airway.
If you have questions about the technology used in our practice, or if you are ready to schedule your consultation, contact us today.