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Technology

At Richland Dentistry we are very proud of the technology that we have available to you to make your visit more comfortable. We offer the very latest equipment in order to give you the best care that we can.

THE ADVANTAGE OF DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHY

Digital radiography has many advantages over traditional dental x-rays:

  • It's faster
  • It's safer, with no chemical development and less radiation
  • Images can be viewed instantly
  • Images can be enhanced to improve viewing
  • Images are stored electronically and can be e-mailed to specialists and insurance companies.

Taking x-rays is faster because the sensor is merely moved from tooth to tooth, and your x-ray can be seen on a computer monitor just moments after exposure. There's no waiting for chemical development, as with film packets. It's also faster because the x-rays are available within moments on the computer monitor, with no development step in between.

The lack of chemicals also makes digital x-rays safer for the environment. Digital radiography is safe for you, too. Because the unit is so sensitive, the amount of x-ray radiation is up to 80% less than with conventional x-rays.

Digital x-ray technology enables more efficient diagnosis and treatment because it provides a large, easy-to-see image, and it allows us to make adjustments and see details in the x-ray images. The digital x-rays can then become part of your dental record and be easily emailed to specialists and insurance companies.

With digital radiography, we can offer you faster and safer diagnosis and dental treatment.


INTRAORAL CAMERA


An intraoral camera is a highly advanced innovation in dentistry that allows us to get a close-up view inside your mouth. The intraoral camera handpiece is dental mirror. It has a built-in light source, so it gives us easy-to-see video and still pictures. We can zoom in on one tooth or give you a video tour of your entire mouth. The images are displayed on a television or computer monitor, so you'll be able to see problems such as worn or broken fillings, cracked teeth, plaque deposits, cavities next to fillings, gum disease, or excessive wear. And after we've treated your dental condition, the intraoral camera lets you see, up close, your beautiful, healthy teeth and gums. Images captured with an intraoral camera can often be printed out for you to take home for for us to store with your dental record. They can also be sent to specialists and insurance companies.

YOU CAN SEE WHAT WE SEE

The intraoral camera allows you to be an active partner in your dental treatment by enabling you to see what we see inside your mouth. With a clear understanding of your dental conditions, you'll be able to make treatment decisions with confidence.

Visual examination and dental explorers x-rays to help us find advanced decay and decay between teeth. We add DIAGNODENT to help us locate decay that's hidden inside the tooth where visual examination, explorers, and x-rays can't find it.

HOW DOES DIAGNODENT WORK?


The tip of the DIAGNODENT handpiece scans the teeth with harmless pulses of laser light. When the laser reaches decay under the surface of the tooth, the decay emits a fluorescent light. This fluorescent light bounces back to the sensor, and is translated into an audible signal and a digital readout. In general, the higher the number, the greater the amount of decay in the tooth.

With DIAGNODENT, we can more accurately and reliably find decay in its earliest stages, before it causes more widespread damage. This early detection enables us to provide treatment before your tooth is at risk of more extensive and expensive treatment. Your restorations will be smaller and less costly, and you'll be able to retain more of your own natural, healthy tooth.

Because the tip of the handpiece does not physically touch the tooth, there are many advantages to air abrasion. Little or no heat generated Less need for anesthetic, so the uncomfortable numb feeling can often be avoided.

Precise removal of the minimum amount of tooth structure, preserving the strength of your natural tooth. These advantages make the procedure healthy, quiet, and comfortable. Air abrasion is a wonderful technology that enables us to quickly and comfortably prepare your teeth for the next step toward a terrific new smile.