We’re just going to be honest. We love technology. We know technology has its faults, but it has brought us so many wonderful advances in our practice, and in our lives in general. Sure, when you first think of technology, you think of the cell phone, or maybe your streaming device. But we also think of all of the good things dental technology has done with our dental techniques. Let Fay Periodontal Associates take a minute to give you some more information about advances in dental technology.
Digital Intraoral Cameras
There are cameras we can use inside your mouth, called an intraoral camera. The camera allows us to do several things, such as spot trouble areas, and look at possible changes over time. Having a tiny camera allows us to spot and treat small problems before they become big problems. An intraoral camera allows us to take a digital impression of your teeth and gums. This device takes hundreds of photos per second to produce a detailed, colored, and three-dimensional visualization of your mouth. Digital impressions have revolutionized the way we place dental implants. It can also give us a detailed look at minor instances of tooth decay and gum disease.
Ultrasonic Scaler and Electric Handpieces
Ultrasonic scalers are used to perform cleanings. The scaler produces ultrasonic vibration that loosens plaque and debris from the tooth and root surfaces.
Oral Cancer Screening
An oral cancer screening is a precautionary measure that can give you peace of mind. We use the latest diagnostic tools during our screenings to provide a more comfortable and effective experience. We may recommend screening if you are at a greater risk for developing cancer due to factors like genetics and poor personal habits.
Cone beam computed tomography, or CBCT scans, are an important diagnostic tool. Unlike traditional dental x-rays, a CBCT scan gives us a 3D view of your teeth, supportive bone, and soft tissues. This can be immensely beneficial during the treatment planning for dental implants and other surgical procedures. We may also recommend a scan to help us better diagnose periodontal problems that are not initially visible to the naked eye.
Guided Implant Surgery
CBCT technology is an important part of a revolutionary system known as guided dental implant navigation. This 3D navigation system allows us to improve the precision and accuracy of implant placement. Using a CBCT scan and the guided implany surgery system, Dr. Ann Fay can develop a surgical guide tailored to your smile.
Digital Panoramic X-ray
We use and love digital panoramic x-rays, because they allow us to expose our patients to less radiation. They also take a lot less time to develop than traditional x-rays do. With digital x-rays, we can see your x-rays in seconds across all of our technology- including computer screens and tablets. These x-rays also allow us to take fewer x-rays that in the past as well, and the pictures are clearer.
If you want to know more about our newest technology, give Fay Periodontal Associates a call at (913) 348-4774.