Our office employs a number of advanced technologies in order to identify and prevent the onset of potential dental issues.
The physical process for digital X-rays is very similar to traditional dental X-rays that use film. With digital radiography, we use a sensor to capture images of your teeth. Although it resembles the film, the digital sensor is electronic and connected to a computer. Once the X-ray is taken, the image is projected on a screen for you as well as us to view. There are several benefits to using digital radiography over tradional — less radiation, shorter appointments, more comfortable, higher quality images, and ease in transferring dental records.
ViziLite® Plus is an innovative new oral cancer screening system that allows dentists to quickly identify and evaluate precancerous and cancerous cells that may be difficult to see. You start by using a special rinse for 30 seconds. A fluorescent lightstick is then used to identify any abnormalities within the mouth; normal tissue shows up dark and abnormal tissue shows up white. The procedure is an adjunct to the normal exam and is used annually to detect early signs of cancer.
How can a dentist interrupt developing cavities that are not yet visible? This challenge from an earlier era has been met with the DIAGNOdent system, a laser that enables Dr. Murphy to detect decay early. The pen sized instrument glides over the tooth shining a light through the tooth. If decay is present, the sensor will alarm and indicate the existence of the hidden cavity. This breakthrough tool allows us to address the issue before decay causes further damage to the tooth.
Until recently, dentists employed x-ray images, verbal descriptions, and models to explain and illustrate the conditions that existed in the mouth of the patient. Our office has upgraded our communications allowing patients to see what we see in full color on a large flat screen monitor. This imaging technology, called an intraoral camera, allows dentists to observe every corner of the patient’s mouth and enables our office to make highly accurate diagnoses. The intraoral camera is located at the end of a slender wand device and allows both the dentist and the patient to view the patient’s mouth before, during, and after treatment. Video can be saved and archived for later analysis.
Going to the dentist to have an onlay, inlay or crown restoration used to require several visits and a partnership with an external lab. Those procedures can be condensed to one day in our office with the use of our CEREC®, computer-aided design and manufacturing device that allows us to produce onlays, inlays or crowns in one visit without messy impressions. CEREC®, or CEramic REConstruction, takes digital images of your teeth and creates a nearly identical restoration with exact dimensions of your tooth. The machine creates strong and natural looking crowns that allow us to preserve much more of the tooth structure.