Diagnosing oral health issues requires a thorough dental examination of your mouth. We need to look at the structures inside your mouth as well as your face as a whole. There are certain areas of your mouth, however, that are more difficult to see than others. Through various dental technologies we have here at our Sola Smile Co. office, we are able to take a closer look at your teeth and gums.
Soft Tissue Laser
Lasers are a common technology in patient care, and dentistry is no exception. Lasers are a common technology because they allow us to affect a small amount of tissue with very little heat, both precisely and effectively. Lasers are used to treat many types of dental afflictions and used in many procedures like crown lengthening, soft tissue incisions, gingival contouring, and removing soft tissue lesions. Laser procedures are affordable, extremely safe, minimally invasive, and often require less anesthesia when compared to alternative procedures, as well as fewer stitches and post-op visits.
CAD-CAM, or Computer-Aided Design-Computer Aided Manufacturing, encompasses any kind of software that allows us to perform a wide variety of procedures quicker, more easily, and precisely. This technology is used in a wide variety of dental reconstruction procedures, such as inlays and onlays, bridges, same day dental crowns, and veneers. This technology allows for more affordable pricing for many kinds of procedures, due to the ability to handle more of the reconstructive process in-house. It also cuts out the need for temporary restorations, which save patients time, while also being more economical.
Cone Beam CT Scan
With cone-beam CT, a single round of scanning generates views captured from a wide variety of angles that can be combined to construct highly detailed images of various aspects of a dentition. Unlike traditional x-rays and CT scans, cone-beam CT scanners can capture both internal and external components of a dentition like the soft tissues and jaw simultaneously.
We may use cone-beam CT scans to evaluate tissue structures in complex cases that require the accurate positioning of implants, impacted teeth removal, reconstructive surgery, root canal treatment, evaluation of sinuses, treatments for temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), and the investigation of sources of pain in oral pathology.
Intraoral scanners are typically small, handheld devices that are easy for dental professionals to manipulate inside the patient's mouth. These scanners provide real-time, high-definition 3D imaging, allowing dental practitioners to visualize the scanned area immediately on a computer screen. Intraoral scanning is non-invasive and eliminates the need for traditional dental impressions.
When it comes to the details of digital radiography and how it works, there are two basic types: direct and indirect. Direct digital radiography works by having the patient insert a photosensitive imaging device in their mouth to perform a scan. This device is then loaded into a processor and converted to a digital image.
Indirect digital radiography is the option which offers real-time images of the mouth by bypassing the need for a scanner or processor and converting them directly to a computer. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages.
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We've got even more of the latest and best in dental technology at Sola Smile Co., so give us a call today at 512-615-9405 and find out what we can do for you.