At Schultz Center for Cosmetic Dentistry we want you to be well-informed about every facet of your dental care options. An intra-oral video camera is a tool that we utilize on a regular basis and it has been a great addition to our office. Roughly the size of a pen, this piece of invaluable technology allows us to view broken or cracked fillings, potential periodontal or gum problems, and small tooth imperfections. It even gives us a comforting or non-invasive way of viewing the back of your mouth.
An Enhanced Understanding
Our use of the intra-oral camera gives us the capability to view a tooth magnified up to 25 times its normal size and basically give you a “tour” of the inside of your mouth. Dr. Schultz can show you exactly what he sees, so you have a better understanding of your needs and treatment options.
Early Detections and Treatment
The intra-oral camera is critical in detecting a problem at the early stages, which is always a positive and generally allows for easier treatment. The full-color images provide you and your dentist with a detailed assessment, allowing you to make informed decisions about treatment options and care.
Sirona Panoramic Digital X-rays
Recent advancements in technology now allow our team to take x-rays digitally. In the past, our only option for obtaining oral X-rays was to position an uncomfortable film packet in your mouth and use a conventional dental X-ray machine. The exposed film packet would then take up to 10 minutes to develop. With digital radiography, the process is computerized, and as a result it is more comfortable and the photos are instant. The digital images also allow Dr. Schultz to make the most accurate diagnosis.
The benefits of administering x-rays with digital radiography technology are twofold. Asides, from collapsing the time frame to complete the process, digital radiography is also much safer for patients as their radiation exposure reduced by up to 90%. A sensor is placed next to your tooth, and within a few moments your X-ray is shown on a computer screen in concise, high definition detail.
The X-ray image can be enhanced or magnified once it has been displayed on the computer monitor; it allows Dr. Schultz to make a very accurate assessment and diagnosis. The images are also saved digitally on our computer which allows for instantaneous retrieval, we can easily send the images to specialists or insurance providers, if necessary.
DIAGNOdent – Laser Cavity Detection System
By utilizing the KaVo DIAGNOdent Dr. Schultz can recognize tooth decay easier and earlier than ever before. Catching tooth decay as soon as possible is critical to preventative dental care and preserving oral health. The DIAGNOdent is also extremely accurate which aids Dr. Schultz in diagnosing the best treatment.
The process and Function
Patients love this technology because it is easy, quick, and completely painless. A pencil like instrument is placed on the tooth to scan the surface. It essentially uses a reflection of fluorescent light and acoustic signal to identify the slightest signs of tooth decay. There is no X-ray or radiation exposure with the DIAGNOdent porcess.