Technologies at Our Dental Clinic
At Artistic Smiles, the technology we use helps to inform treatment planning and should make your dental appointments run smoothly. Because we can display digital X-rays and scans on the monitors in our treatment rooms, we can show you any issues in your mouth and walk you through your treatment plan.
Our goal is to provide patients with dental care while making sure they are informed about their oral health. Dental technology helps us do that.
Low Radiation Exposure
The dental technology we use helps us diagnose dental issues with low radiation exposure. You should receive less radiation from four intra-oral x-rays than one day of normal background radiation that we receive in everyday life.
Digital X-rays use digital sensors instead of traditional photographic X-ray film. They produce highly detailed computer images of the teeth and gums, as well as other oral structures and conditions, allowing your dentist to examine parts of the mouth that are not visible to the naked eye.
Panoramic X-rays allow your dentist to create a single image of your entire mouth. This image is a flat representation of the teeth, upper and lower jaws, temporomandibular joints (TMJ), and nasal and sinus structures. Panoramic X-rays are often used to help plan treatments for dentures, braces, extractions and implants.
Cone Beam Cat Scan
Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a special type of X-ray machine that generates 3D images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths and bone in the craniofacial region in a single scan. Images obtained with CBCT allow for more precise treatment planning.
Intraoral scanners create digital dental impressions, an alternative to traditional dental impressions which can be messy and time-consuming. Your dentist uses an optical scanning wand to take a digital image of your teeth within minutes. This device allows your dentist to capture data to create digital replicas of the hard and soft tissues of your mouth.