The use of digital radiography has largely replaced the use of traditional photographic film. The technology uses digital x-ray sensors and has several advantages to older x-ray technology. These are some of the major advantages:
- Time is saved since there is no “film” to develop or carry around.
- The quality of the images is much greater.
- The digital images are much easier to store and share.
- Less radiation is used to produce a comparable image to conventional x-rays.
- The images may be enhanced through special processing techniques.
Ultimately, your experience as a patient is greatly improved because of the use of digital x-rays. You will spend less time in the office. You will spend less time in the chair.
Unfortunately, many cases of tooth decay begin in hard-to-see places that are not easily visible to basic x-rays. Diagnodent uses a laser to measure the fluorescence level within your teeth. The higher the fluorescence level, the more extensive the decay is. This non-invasive tool is used to detect tooth decay that is not yet visible to the naked eye. This allows dentists to detect decay in its earliest stages; therefore, treatment can begin earlier and more tooth structure preserved.
Because of the fluoridation of water and a greater focus on oral hygiene, the nature of tooth decay is different that it was a generation ago. Most cavities can be found in the hidden areas of the teeth rather than in between the teeth. Many cavities begin in hidden areas and then penetrate into the inner part of the tooth. The use of diagnodent enables the dentist to diagnose these hidden cavities and deal with them before they destroy a tooth from the inside out.
Intraoral x-rays are, by far, the most common type of x-rays taken in a dentist’s office. Intraoral simply means that the picture is taken of the inside of the mouth. These digital x-rays allow the dentist to see the details regarding the health of your gums, teeth, and jawbone. These details help the dentist to discover any cavities and to monitor developing teeth.
There are several types of intraoral x-rays that may be taken. You may hear terms like bite-wing x-rays, periapical x-rays, and occlusal x-rays. These terms simply refer to different views that the dentist needs to see. They will involve different teeth and different angles. Some will be close-up shots of one tooth, and some will be a wider view of more teeth.
Electric Hand Pieces
The technological advances in dentistry have extended to the dreaded hand piece, commonly known as the drill. The development of high-quality restoration procedures has produced the need for hand pieces with more power and more accuracy. Work that is measured in tenths of a millimeter is greatly enhanced with precision tools. Electric hand pieces allow your dentist to perform smoothly and with less discomfort to you.
During a root canal treatment, a dentist will use a series of files to remove the infected root of the tooth. This process can be time consuming as the dentist is slowly filing by hand using multiple file sizes. The use of the rotary endodontic file has greatly improved the root canal experience. The rotary endodontic file makes use of an engine to rotate the file instead of the hand motion of the dentist.
This tool reduces the time and displeasure of a root canal. The motor-powered file reduces the amount of time needing for filing. It also means the fewer file sizes are necessary.