Advanced Dental Technology – Rockwall, TX
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Dentistry is not the same as it was a few short decades ago. Where patients once had to entirely rely on descriptions to understand what was going on inside their mouths, now they can get a firsthand look thanks to intraoral cameras. Where they once need to have impressions taken with bad-tasting putty, now they can just have their smiles scanned with a digital impression system. Below are some examples of how the technology you’ll find at Courtin Dental can improve the care you receive.
An intraoral camera is a small wand-like device that we can place in your mouth and use to take pictures of the teeth and gums. These images are invaluable for diagnosing decay and other dental problems, but one of the biggest advantages they offer is improved dentist-patient communication. Now we can show you exactly what we’re seeing in your mouth so that you aren’t left wondering what the problem actually is and why specific treatments might be needed.
To get a full picture of your oral health, we need to take X-rays in order to examine your jawbone and the hidden portions of your teeth. We’ve upgraded from traditional radiography to all-digital X-rays due to their efficiency and safety; not only does the process involve much less radiation, but the final images can be produced right away without a chemical-filled dark room, and they can be stored in an easy-to-access computer file instead of a crowded filing cabinet.
3D Cone Beam Imaging
Normal X-rays do have their limits in the level of detail that they can capture, which is why, when planning certain advanced procedures, we may scan your mouth using 3D cone beam imaging. Instead of a single image that only shows your smile from one angle, we take multiple pictures that are combined into a comprehensive 3D model that shows us where various dental structures area so that we can plan our treatment approach accordingly.
Digital Impression System
Do you remember having physical impressions of your teeth and gums taken? No one really enjoys the traditional impression process; biting down on the material is highly uncomfortable, and you have to sit there for quite a while to complete the process. With digital impressions, we can save you a lot of discomfort time in the dental chair by simply scanning your mouth to get the information that we need. Digital impressions tend to be more accurate and precise than traditional impressions, so they’re less likely to need to be redone.
Soft Tissue Laser
Laser dentistry is a gentler and less frightening alternative to more traditional dental instruments. There is so little discomfort associated with procedures that use a soft tissue laser that most people do not even need to have their mouths numbed first. Also, the energy from the laser will cauterize any exposed blood vessels, so at the end of the procedure, there won’t be much bleeding, and the mouth won’t need as much time to heal.