We want to offer all our patients top-quality, precision dental care. The best way to do this is with new technology proven to make treatments and services safer, more efficient and promote patient education. In our office, we prepare to best serve your needs and have invested in several advanced technologies to improve your dental experience. These modern tools include:
X-rays allow Dr. Castle to see problems she would otherwise miss with the naked eye, which is why she is so particular about the images she decides to take. Digital radiography provides so many advantages over traditional X-rays. Most importantly, the images allow our office to provide higher quality care. Dentists and assistants can control the exposure of each image in real time and can enlarge, lighten and enhance images on demand.
With this type of precision, our staff can detect cavity formation between teeth as well as examine tooth roots, canals and nerves. The dentist can see bone levels and determine the health of your jaw bone and the connective tissues. These special features also give patients clear visuals of the current state of their mouths and allow us to offer more efficient patient education. Additionally, digital radiography is safer, reducing radiation exposure by 75 percent or more.
In addition to digital X-rays, intraoral cameras are helpful, especially for curious young patients accustomed to advanced technology. The intraoral camera consists of a small camera, sometimes just a few millimeters long, attached to what looks like a pen. The dentist uses it as a wand to create magnified live video and capture images inside your mouth. It feeds data into the computer and produces precise, clear images of your mouth, teeth and gums on an enlarged screen. This gives the dentist a clear picture of microscopic problems she needs to view or track. In dentistry, early intervention is best and these specialty magnification cameras allow us to offer early detection, diagnosis and treatments for potentially dangerous oral health conditions.
With our high-tech digital cameras and monitors, our patients can see what Dr. Castle sees in real time. Not only do these tools improve diagnosis, but also reduce chair time and enhance your own understanding of oral health and the need for certain treatments. We can save your images and keep record of your oral health and treatments. If you choose, we can print these images for you to take to another specialist, lab or insurance.
In our office, we use state-of-the-art, full-cranial cone-beam compound tomography (CT) technology to help in diagnosis, planning and treatment. A CT scan is basically a highly accurate 3-D radiographic image. It gives our dentist an undistorted, anatomically correct view of your teeth, jaws and facial structures, which is vital in advance procedures.
This technology can generate panoramic, cross-sectional (bucco-lingual), radial and several other views depending on your needs. Dr. Castle often uses these images in orthodontics, implantology, TMJ analysis, oral surgery and other advanced treatments. These images ensure proper diagnosis and precision during treatment to guarantee the desired outcome.
This is one of the latest advancements in dentistry and is revolutionizing dental care across the United States. With this technology, the laser delivers energy in the form of intense light. It travels at different wavelengths and is absorbed by an intended “target,” and causes a reaction depending on the desired outcome. Some targets include enamel, tissue, decay or even dental stains. The most common uses for laser technology include:
- Cavity diagnosis and removal
- Root canal therapy
- Whitening teeth
- Curing or hardening bonding materials
- Periodontal (gum) therapy
- Gum corrections
- Canker sore treatment
- Frenectomy (tongue-tie release)
Dental lasers are highly effective and safe to use on both adults and children. The precision allows dentists to treat only intended areas without damaging neighboring teeth or soft tissue. Also, because of the nature of laser therapy, patients rarely need drills or anesthesia. Healing times are much faster because the laser can treat and cauterize simultaneously.
The best dental care comes from the best dentists and the right tools. We at Brighter Days Dental take great pride in using the most sophisticated tools available. If you have any questions, concerns or just want to know more about our advanced technology, please contact our office at 937-335-8014.