In general, technology is becoming faster, more powerful, and easier to use at a quicker pace than ever. Thankfully, this rapid evolution can be seen in the dental world as well! The team at Temple Choice Dental works hard to stay on top of the latest breakthroughs and integrate the most advanced, proven instruments into our dental office, so we can provide care that’s comfortable, precise, and continues to improve as the years go by. Read on below to learn about some of the technology you’ll benefit from when you come to see us!
Most patients have had the experience of their dentist trying to explain something to them, but it’s difficult to understand because they can’t see what they’re talking about. Our intraoral camera is the perfect solution to this problem. This small device not only helps our team perform more thorough examinations, but we can also show the images it captures to a patient so they and their dentist are always on the same page about their oral health and treatment options.
X-rays are an essential part of our checkup process, as they allow us to clearly see below the gum line where issues like cavities, infections, and even cancer can develop hidden from the naked eye. Instead of using slow film X-rays, we’ve gone 100% digital. Not only are digital X-rays much faster, but they capture sharper images as well, plus the process emits 90% less radiation by comparison. We can also easily store and reference our X-rays to better monitor a patient’s long-term oral health.
We’ll often take an impression of a patient’s bite so we can design a prosthetic to comfortably fit into their mouth, whether it’s a denture, veneer, or crown. Instead of using a physical impression, which requires a patient to bite into messy dental putty, we can now just scan the teeth with a handheld instrument. In seconds, it captures thousands of data points, and then software puts them together to form a perfect digital impression the first time, every time.
One of the most important things we do is try to find cavities as early as possible, which helps us take care of them before they damage teeth and cause our patients to experience pain or sensitivity. Rather than just poking and prodding the teeth to search for signs of decay, we can instead expose them to a special light that can find even the slightest indication of enamel thinning. This enables us to discover potential problem spots even sooner and take care of them right away.