The old saying “A picture is worth a thousand words” is so true. In the past, a dentist would check your teeth and then explain their findings in terms that were difficult for some patients to understand. With the aid of this new and exciting camera, the doctors and staff of West Family Dentistry can show you exactly what they are seeing. Even better, the image is magnified 35 times its normal size and displayed on a flat screen monitor. This dramatically improves our ability to diagnose small cavities, dental fractures and leaking fillings which allows for earlier treatment and the prevention of more serious problems. The intra-oral camera is also great for before & after photos as well as supporting documentation for insurance claims. You have to see it to believe it.
When the doctors and hygienists work on your teeth, they will most likely be wearing a funny looking pair of glasses. These are actually surgical telescopes that allow them to see and evaluate intricate details as they work. These special “glasses” help us to make tiny but important adjustments to the procedure that would go unnoticed with the naked eye. They are an invaluable tool in providing the most precise, beautiful dentistry possible.
Laser Cavity Detection
Studies show that 50% of tooth decay goes undetected by present diagnostic methods. The new KaVo DIAGNOdent aids in diagnosing hidden decay more accurately and confidently. Most tooth decay occurs in the complex anatomy on the chewing surfaces where deep pits and grooves are difficult to keep clean. This also makes diagnosis with traditional methods difficult, because the outer tooth surface often appears to be intact.
The DIAGNOdent is a new high tech laser system. It utilizes laser light of a defined wavelength to help detect and quantify demineralized tooth substances without x-ray exposure.
This revolutionary new device is easy to use and turns caries detection into a harmless, measurable, more reproducible and exacting procedure.
With DIAGNOdent the doctor will be able to make better treatment decisions earlier, whether they call for further watching of suspect areas to monitor changes, preventive measures or placing a small filling. With the new KaVo DIAGNOdent, we are able to detect the invisible.
Low Radiation Digital X-Rays
There is an unstoppable revolution taking place in dental radiology. For the first time in the 100-year-history of dental radiography, an extraordinary new computer technology that surpasses the diagnostic abilities of traditional film – and it does so with substantially less radiation exposure for the patient and the clinician.
This combination of computer hardware and software creates the very best dental X-Ray image from which we can diagnose with the utmost confidence.
If you have any questions or want to learn more, give us a call at 512-778-9977 or click here to schedule a consultation.