Dentistry is always marching forward. New techniques, materials, and tools are being incorporated into dental offices across the country all the time. Here at ProSmiles Dental & Orthodontics of Hurst, we aim to stay at the forefront of all the latest developments so that we can ensure that your next treatment is a complete success. This page contains more details about the variety of technologies we use at our dental office; contact us today to schedule an appointment with our doctors and see the benefits of these advancements firsthand.
Using traditional techniques, X-rays would have to be captured on traditional film, exposing patients and staff members to high levels of radiation. They would then have to be slowly developed in a chemical-filled darkroom. Digital technology has changed the way radiography works for the better. Now instead of relying on a darkroom, we can develop the X-rays in just a few seconds so that they can be viewed right away. The radiation emitted during the process is significantly lower, making it much safer for everyone involved. As a matter of convenience, digital X-rays also eliminate the need for bulky filing cabinets; we can just store them all neatly in our computer system.
Do you ever feel lost when the dentist starts explaining what’s going on inside your mouth? Wouldn’t you like to see your teeth and gums for yourself so that you can be a more active participant in these conversations? An intraoral camera is a sleek camera-tipped wand that can be carefully placed through your mouth in order to capture a variety of images of your teeth, gums, and other oral structures that might be damaged or diseased. The images will be transferred to a monitor in our operatory so that we can show them to you right away. You’ll then have a clear visual reference while we explain our treatment recommendations.
As useful as digital X-rays are for identifying common dental problems, they do have limitations – namely, they only show the mouth from a single angle. During dental implant placement or another specialty treatment, we need to have as much information as possible, which is where our CT scanner comes in. The devices will rotate around your head and take multiple X-rays of the mouth, jaw and skull. All of these images are combined into a single 3D model that captures even the smallest features (such as nearby facial nerves) to ensure a successful procedure free of unnecessary complications.
Digital impressions eliminate the need to hold a mouthful of uncomfortable dental putty in your mouth in order to create a mockup of your mouth. A digital scan will give us all the information we need to create a model of your mouth that will help us design dental crowns, oral appliances, and other devices used to improve your oral health. The results are quicker and are less prone to error.
It’s important to be as gentle as possible while we work with the soft, vulnerable tissues that protect your tooth roots. Instead of traditional metal instruments, we can instead use a soft tissue laser, which emits a highly focused beam of energy that not only removes infected or unneeded tissue, but also sterilizes the area and cauterizes blood vessels to minimize bleeding afterwards. Studies show that lasers also help speed up the recovery process afterwards. For many patients, the process is so comfortable that no anesthesia is required.
Many procedures require us to numb your mouth with local anesthesia so that you don’t experience any pain during the process. For some patients, that’s easier said than done due to a fear of needles. The Wand offers an alternative; the needle is carefully hidden inside the pen-like device, and it carefully controls the flow of the sedative as it’s being administered so that you don’t feel anything at all during the injection. It also helps ensure that the sedative only affects the parts of the mouth that actually need it.
Cavities develop slowly over time, and you’ll have a better chance of treating them successfully to save your teeth if they’re found early on rather than in the more advanced stages where significant portions of the tooth have already been destroyed. Our cavity detection system allows us to scan your mouth so that we can quickly check for signs of tooth decay that might have been overlooked by the naked eye. (For example, some cavities might be hiding in the spaces between your teeth.) Improved cavity detection ultimately leads to improved preservation and protection of the natural enamel.