We are proud to offer our patients state of the art technology that includes:
Our mission to provide our Chattanooga dentists patients the absolute best care possible means that we are committed to staying up to date with new technology. Actually, go even farther, invest in the best technology available to care for our patients. Digital x-rays are a wonderful advancement in dentistry and a standard part of our patient care. With digital x-rays, our patients benefit by:
- less than 1/10 of the radiation exposure than traditional film x-rays
- less wait time (digital x-rays are instant and do not have to be developed)
- clearer x-rays
- better visibility for the dentist of what is on the x-ray (because of a variety of digital software imaging views)
Our practice uses the DIAGNOdent laser to provide our patients with state-of-the-art cavity detection. This laser is the greatest advance in dental diagnosis since the x-ray. This incredible laser painlessly finds very small cavities YEARS before they would have been found by visual exams or x-rays.
Has your dentist ever found a cavity that wasn’t seen just six months before and when the filling was done, it was very large? Have you wondered how it was so large when the cavity wasn’t even present just six months before?
The fact is that the cavity WAS there for quite some time, perhaps even years. It was just hidden by the grooves in the tooth and undetectable so the dentist couldn’t see it and it wasn’t big enough to show up on x-rays. So, by the time the dentist could see the decay or it shows up on x-rays, it is already large cavity.
The DIAGNOdent uses laser technology to extend the dentist’s vision into those hard-to- reach and hard-to-see sites where cavities can develop, multiply and thrive. Left undetected, these cavities can cause major damage to a tooth’s structure, resulting in extensive restorative work or even tooth loss. Because the laser uses laser light technology, there is no radiation exposure or discomfort.
Using the DIAGNOdent laser to find new cavities months or years before they would have normally been found means that treatment is usually less invasive and easier to treat. This saves our patients time and money, while making them healthier!
The intra-oral camera makes going to the dentist easier for both our patients and our dentists. We use intra-oral cameras to allow patients to be more interactive in the exam process, which provides a greater sense of understanding of personal dental health. Patients can actually see what our dentist or hygienist is talking about!
The intra-oral camera is very small, approximately the size of a pen. Because of its small size, the camera can reveal images of the teeth from angles that can’t always be seen with the naked eye. It also magnifies the tooth, which allows for better visualization of all surfaces of the teeth.
Early Detection of Dental Health Problems
The intra-oral camera enlarges the inside of the teeth to more than 40 times their actual size on a full color screen display. By zooming in on problem areas in affecting the teeth, our dentists are capable of seeing much more than they could with the human eye alone. Often, dentists find the beginnings of periodontal disease or tooth decay that would have otherwise gone undetected if examined without the intra-oral camera.
Better Patient-Doctor Communication
The intra-oral camera is not just a diagnostic tool, but it also serves as an educational one too. Without an intra-oral camera, some dentists have struggled to explain dental decay and other health problems to patients. Most people cannot see well into their own mouths, which leaves dentists to drawing diagrams or using props to attempt to explain what is going on in the mouth of their patients.
With the intra-oral camera, however, our patient sees exactly what the dentist sees on an in-office screen. If necessary, the dentist can pause on a particular tooth or area of the mouth to point out problems and explain possible treatment options. This also frees the patient to ask questions and become a part of the examination process. When dentists can point out specific places on the actual teeth that are decaying, patients may have a better idea of how home hygiene practices and brushing techniques are affecting them.
Better Record Keeping
The intra-oral camera makes record keeping a breeze. Because the camera can take pictures of decay or the beginnings of oral health conditions, images can be printed and placed into patient files. Previously, dentists merely attempted to write an explanation of problems found during exams. Now, our dentists can accurately track the progress of treatments or problems for years following a visit. Furthermore, patients can receive printed pictures of the conditions that the dentist finds, which may be beneficial for filing insurance claims.