High Tech Dentistry
Cone Beam Computerized Tomography (CBCT)
CBCT (3-D X-Ray) is a compact, faster version of the regular medical CT scan utilizing less radiation. Through the use of a cone-shaped x-ray beam, the size of the scanner and radiation dosage and the time needed for scanning are all dramatically reduced. The time needed for a CBCT scan is typically under one minute and the radiation dosage is up to a hundred times less than that of a regular medical CT scanner.
How does a CBCT help the Dentist?
It allows him to:
- visualize internal anatomy that cannot be diagnosed externally
- analyze the position and orientation of critical structures, like nerves, teeth, roots, sinuses
- assess risk
- plan treatment and surgery more precisely
- prepare necessary aids such as surgical guides
Is it painful?
No, the CBCT scan process is completely painless.
As with all imaging modalities that use ionizing radiation, the use of CBCT does involve a consideration of risk to the patient. When the dentist recommends a CBCT, he has made the determination that the benefit outweighs the risk. The risk of most x-ray examinations are much less than other risks we commonly accept in daily life.
Lifestyle and X-rays
Radiation is measured in Microsieverts. Some examples of typical radiation are:
Exposure from natural sources:
Cosmic radiation – 400 Microsieverts
Radioactivity from rocks and soil – 4,000 Microsieverts/year
Average daily exposure – 8 Microsieverts (Higher if you live in the mountains and high plains such as Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Flight from New York to Paris and return – 30 Microsieverts
Astronaut on a 3 day mission – 2,000-3,000 Microsieverts
Medical sources of radiation:
Mammogram – 4,000 Microsieverts
Brain CT scan – 800-5,000 Microsieverts
Chest CT scan – 6,000-18,000 Microsieverts
Dental Sources of Radiation:
One dental x-ray (one film) – 5 Microsieverts
Full mouth series of dental x-rays – 170 Microsieverts
Cone beam CBCT- 50 Microsieverts
X-ray exposure from CBCT imaging is in the same range as dental films
This exposure is considered ‘negligible risk’ to ‘minimal risk’
Dental x-rays account for a small percentage of total radiation exposure in the average person’s life.
Same Day Crowns!
We have the latest technology available enabling us to fabricate a crown in one appointment, right in the office: Computer Assisted Design/Computer Assisted Manufacture or ‘CAD-CAM’ using CEREC technology. The porcelain crown is milled by a computer to fit your tooth precisely while you wait, thus eliminating the laboratory step in creating the new crown. There is no need for a temporary crown; this saves time and reduces discomfort. CEREC technology can also be used to manufacture porcelain fillings (inlays) and veneers.
At our office, we utilize computerized digital radiography to take safer, faster, and highly detailed radiographs of your teeth and jaw. Used throughout our office for both intra-oral (bite wings and periapical) x-rays as well as extra-oral (Panorex) x-rays. Digital radiography requires 90% less radiation and is environmentally friendly, requiring no chemical processing. Digital Panorex machines produce up to 25% less radiation than conventional units. These x-ray images are automatically stored on our computers and can be recalled instantly. Because CDR computerized digital radiography can reveal more than regular film, dentists can make more precise diagnoses and provide better care. This amazing technology allows you to view any potential problems yourself and discuss them with the dentist. The real-time dental information provided by digital radiographs allows you to make better decisions with regard to your dental health.
Worn by Dr. Smith, these magnification glasses make the smallest details of your teeth and gums visible. Because dentistry is a very precise science being performed in the smallest of spaces (your mouth!), magnification allows for more controlled and meticulous results. For today’s complex procedures, magnification is a must.
ZOOM Advanced Whitening System – One Hour Whitening
Whiter teeth in just one hour; it’s that simple. The ZOOM Advanced Teeth Whitening System is the world’s #1 light-activated teeth whitening system. It magically erases years of yellowing and staining that has occurred from virtually everything you eat, drink, and inhale. And this can be achieved in one treatment!
The ZOOM Advanced Whitening System has a new and improved professional teeth whitening treatment that is safe, simple and can whiten your teeth an average of 8 shades lighter!
More information about ZOOM whitening …
The Periolase is a laser designed especially for periodontal therapy. This is a new option for treating periodontal disease and if you are faced with losing your teeth due to gum disease, this treatment is an exciting advancement in therapy.
Laser energized water (hydrokinetics) replaces the drill in many instances. Waterlase does away with the whine of the drill. Since there is no heat or vibration, the Waterlase reduces the need for needles and anesthesia. Decay is washed away. The Waterlase works gently and precisely to remove a wide range of tissue including tooth enamel (the hardest substance in the body), and soft tissue (gum tissue) with no heat and minimal discomfort in most cases.