Digital X-rays and Panorex Digital Imaging
Using the most advanced dental technology is just as important as staying up to date on the latest treatment techniques. Because our practice is dedicated to providing you with the safest and most convenient treatment options available, we utilize advanced digital X-ray technology and digital imaging in our office.
Digital X-rays provide several advanced imaging options designed to save time, provide clearer dental photos, and expose patients to less radiation than traditional X-ray technology.
Digital imaging is an extremely important and innovative tool in dentistry. This method of imaging differs from traditional dental X-rays primarily through the benefits it provides for both the patients and the providers. Digital imaging makes your visit not just safer, but more comfortable as well!
The process is much faster and more comfortable than traditional X-rays. To ease the scheduling commitment of visiting the dentist, it also saves our patients a lot of time with instant images that allow for shorter appointments and waiting times. Digital imaging even makes our jobs a little easier by helping us explain and demonstrate treatment plans for our patients!
Digital imaging protects the health of the environment as well by eliminating the need for chemical waste usually produced during the process of developing film.
A Clear Vision of Your Dental Health
You know the importance of prevention when it comes to your dental health, and we’re always looking for new, improved ways to help you achieve a healthy smile for life. While X-rays provide valuable information, they don’t give a complete view of everything going on inside your mouth.
With an intraoral camera, we can see every facet of your teeth and mouth with incredible detail, to uncover cracked teeth, plaque deposits, cavities next to fillings, and excessive wear. When we can discover oral problems early on, your treatment is much less invasive and much more cost effective.
Our intraoral camera is small: about the size of the mirror we use during your regular hygiene appointments. You probably wouldn’t even notice we’re using it except that with the intraoral camera, you have the opportunity to see everything we see on a monitor.
This is a great tool to help you become more informed about your dental health, because it gives you a clear understanding of your teeth’s condition, and it allows you to make a more informed decision regarding your treatment options.
DIAGNOdent Laser Cavity Screening
DIAGNOdent is a revolutionary new way for us to find even the smallest areas of tooth decay and cavities. By using the advanced DIAGNOdent technology, we are able to treat small cavities and areas of tooth decay before they become larger issues that require multiple procedures.
DIAGNOdent is a quick, comfortable process that helps you and Dr. Grimley keep your smile healthy and happy for a lifetime.
How does DIAGNOdent work?
DIAGNOdent uses a precise laser scanning system to scan over all your teeth while sending out an audio signal and registering a digital read-out. By measuring the fluorescence within each tooth’s structure, Dr. Grimley can identify where cavities might be developing in the small spaces between, on, and around your teeth.
DIAGNOdent is comfortable and takes only a few short minutes to scan your entire mouth for cavities and decay. Detecting tooth decay as early as possible helps eliminate the number of costly treatments you may need down the line, and addresses small problems before they become serious dental situations.
Not all cavities are noticeable without the help of the advanced DIAGNOdent laser screening.
Most tooth decay begins in the tiny cracks and grooves of a tooth’s surface. By the time the cavities are noticed, it’s often become a much larger problem, though the cavity itself was never seen or felt by the patient.
Given the widespread use of fluoride, many of these cavities never make it to the tooth surface, and instead, begin eating away at it from the inside out. The DIAGNOdent laser helps locate these small areas of decay.