Dental Technology in Oklahoma City, OK
The dental field is continually changing and improving upon the way dentists and dental teams treat patients' dental health. At Grand Dental Studio, we believe that remaining up-to-date on technological advances is our responsibility to our patients. We think that patients should also have access to information about dental procedures and other issues (such as gum disease) so as to be well informed about options for dental care. Our dentists use a variety of modern innovations to educate patients and to make effective diagnoses.
The iTero Scanner enables us to take a digital 3D impression of your teeth without the use of messy, gooey materials. You simply place your teeth onto a device held by your dentist and watch the image be created right before your eyes. It gives you a chance to see your teeth from your dentist’s point of view, enabling them to better inform you about your treatment. Your impression is taken much faster and can be sent to a dental lab instantly, shortening the turnaround times for treatments such as crowns, bridges, and Invisalign. It also is able to create a much more accurate model of your teeth than the traditional method, meaning that your restorations will fit better and last longer. Overall, you’ll be more comfortable while getting high-quality care in much less time.
The DIAGNOdent is a small, portable laser unit that can detect these cavities and alert us with an audible signal and provide a numerical readout, so we have an idea of its size. The value is that we can stop cavities in their infancy, whereas in the past they would have to be significantly bigger before we could find and treat them.
Digital X-rays are fast and incredibly precise. What's even more amazing is that we can produce a large, clear, and accurate digital image immediately on a monitor right next to your chair.
Digital x-ray technology speeds up and simplifies the diagnostic part of your treatment, and most importantly, it allows us to provide a much higher level of care. Digital X-rays emit 50% to 90% less radiation than old-fashioned X-rays. Additional benefits include the elimination of toxic darkroom chemicals, which is better for the environment. The highly detailed image of your teeth on our computer screen can be rotated, magnified, adjusted for contrast, and even color-coded for educational purposes. Further, we can store it on our computer files, thus saving paper. For insurance purposes, referrals, or patient education, a digital X-ray file can be accurately reproduced any number of times and transmitted quickly. In summary, digital X-rays are faster, cleaner, and allow us to provide better quality care.
When you decide to correct or enhance your smile, it's often difficult to determine ahead of time exactly what kind of results to expect. After all, a smile is a pretty personal thing, and changing your smile can feel like you’re changing your identity. That's where cosmetic digital imaging comes into play. Digital imaging is computer software that allows us to take your photograph and manipulate it to reflect the procedures you’re considering. The result is a photo that shows you what your smile would look like after treatment. Whether you're considering teeth whitening, straightening, bonding, veneers, or a complete smile makeover, digital imaging technology lets you see into your future.
The process is quite simple. Once your dentist has completed your oral exam and discussed your smile goals, a treatment plan will be created. Various digital photos of your current smile will be taken and change factors will be keyed into the computer. The computer will immediately generate one or more graphic images that accurately demonstrate how the changes will affect the appearance of your mouth, as well as your overall facial appearance. It's a fun process, and it can instigate excitement similar to when a sonogram reveals the gender of a new baby. Plus, you can take a photo of the new you home to share with family or friends.
Informed patients make wise decisions, and digital imaging allows you the opportunity to actually glimpse your future before committing to treatment. What more could you ask for?
People seldom have a clear idea of the actual status of their dental health. Even with lights and mirrors, a patient can’t see what the dentist can – that is, until now.
We use intraoral cameras so that when you visit the dentist, you can sit comfortably back in the chair and get ready for the show. The dentist or hygienist will insert a pen-sized, camera-tipped wand into your mouth. Covered with a disposable plastic sheath for contamination prevention, the wand simply takes a video of the inside of your mouth and transmits the images via cable to a computing unit. The computing unit enlarges the full-color images and sends them to a TV screen that you can comfortably view from the dental chair. The dentist can point out problem areas and explain his recommendations for treatment, so you’ll become an informed partner in your dental care instead of a clueless bystander.
Seeing your dental problems may seem overwhelming at first, but consider the experience the first step toward a healthier, fresher smile. The camera may reveal the early stages of potentially serious problems, allowing you the opportunity to prevent small problems before they escalate. This is especially helpful with gum disease and conditions that cause damage without causing pain. The camera's honest survey can also show you how your regular home hygiene routine is paying off. The dental hygienist or dentist can recommend ways to improve your homecare based on their findings.