Advanced Dental Technology – North Dallas, TX
Where Innovative Solutions Await You
It’s no secret that dentists have relied on traditional equipment and technologies to complete some of the most minor and complex procedures. For decades, patients have maintained healthy smiles thanks to these additions to the dental office. However, nowadays, researchers and technology aficionados have discovered newer, more advanced tools. Dr. Patel believes in the importance of providing only the best to his patients, which is why you will find clear explanations regarding each of the technologies used in our office below.
CT / Cone Beam Scanner
A CT/Cone Beam Scanner consists of a 360-degree rotating arm that circles the patient’s head and captures hundreds of photos that combine to create a single three-dimensional model of the oral and facial structures. Within these images are details surrounding the blood vessels, nerve pathways, tissues, bones, and teeth. When preparing a patient for dental implant placement, root canal therapy, or another similarly invasive procedure, we can use this 3D model to better formulate a treatment plan that will lead to success.
Instead of using the traditionally cold, messy dental putty that often causes a bad gag reflex in many patients’ mouths, we now use a digital impression system. Scanning the teeth allows us to provide a more comfortable experience while also retrieving higher-quality images for treatment planning. This three-dimensional model also makes it easy to send to lab technicians to create a customized restoration that is needed to better protect a patient’s smile.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Considered the mildest form of sedation, nitrous oxide is also referred to as laughing gas. When the nasal mask is placed over the nose, patients begin to inhale the mixture so that it causes them to become sleepy and more thoroughly relaxed. In a matter of minutes, individuals can feel a warming sensation and are almost euphoric. Once Dr. Patel is finished with treatment, the mask is removed and the gas is turned off. Quickly after, the effects dissipate and allow you to return to work without the assistance of someone else.
Instead of dentists attempting to view lackluster images that often took much time to develop, we now turn to digital X-ray machines. In seconds, we can capture high-resolution images that make it easy for our team to pinpoint areas of concern and better explain the reason for treatment. With digital X-rays, patients can expect safer imaging solutions, as they emit less radiation than traditional ones. Also, they develop in just seconds, making it easy to view on a nearby screen and retrieve later on because they’re stored digitally.
Instead of simply explaining what is going on inside the mouth, Dr. Patel uses an intraoral camera that projects images from inside the mouth onto a nearby computer screen. Patients can now see for themselves what is happening with a particular tooth or area of soft tissue. This device makes it easier to pinpoint problem areas as well as provide valuable patient education so that individuals can make more well-informed decisions about their oral healthcare needs.
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