DEXIS CariVu™ — Caries (Cavity) Detection Device
A brilliant new approach to cavity (caries) detection. By hugging the tooth and illuminating it in safe, near-infrared light, CariVu's transillumination technology makes the enamel appear transparent while porous lesions or cracks trap and absorb the light. This allows the doctor to see through the tooth, exposing its structure and the actual structure of any carious lesions with very high accuracy. The CariVu technology allows us to get another perspective on suspicious areas that may show up on x-rays, which means we can do a better job than ever at detecting decay in its early stages.
Digital radiography is a form of X-ray imaging, where digital X-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photographic film. Advantages include time efficiency through bypassing chemical processing and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images. Also less radiation can be used to produce an image of similar contrast to conventional radiography.
Instead of X-ray film, digital radiography uses a digital image capture device. This gives advantages of immediate image preview and availability; elimination of costly film processing steps; a wider dynamic range, which makes it more forgiving for over- and under-exposure; as well as the ability to apply special image processing techniques that enhance overall display of the image.
Digital X-rays can be sent to a computer to be recorded and saved.
OralID’s fluorescence technology uses a blue light that allows a clinician to identify oral cancer, pre-cancer and other abnormal lesions at an earlier stage, thus saving lives.
ARESTIN® is a prescription antibiotic approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is used together with scaling and root planing (SRP) and is placed by your dentist for the treatment of periodontal (gum) disease.
If you have periodontal (gum) disease, SRP is needed to help improve the health of your teeth and gums. Bacteria are the cause of gum disease. That's why your dental professional may recommend ARESTIN®. It is an antibiotic that helps kill bacteria at the root of the problem. Take your dental professional's advice—choose ARESTIN®.
ARESTIN® contains microspheres—tiny particles—that are smaller than grains of sand and are not visible to the eye. The microspheres are filled with the antibiotic minocycline hydrochloride. These microspheres release the antibiotic over time, killing bacteria so your gums can heal better than with SRP alone.
With SNAP Instant Dental Imaging, visualizing the results of your cosmetic dentistry treatment couldn’t be easier. First, the cosmetic dentist takes a digital photo of your smile. Next, the dentist chooses the desired simulation, which could include porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, etc. The computer does the rest and in less than five minutes, you and the dentist can see a side-by-side comparison of what your new smile will look like.
Your personalized before and after cosmetic dentistry photos can help you see the benefits of treatment before committing yourself to a full treatment plan. And they will also show you how a beautiful, natural smile can help you smile with confidence!
Locating hidden decay before it destroys tooth structure (from the inside out) is a major goal for modern dentistry. The widespread use of fluoride supplements in dental materials, toothpastes and drinking water has made tooth surfaces harder and more resistant to decay. However, diagnosing cavities beneath the hard surfaces is more challenging because the disease process can start through microscopic defects in the hard surface enamel and can readily spread to the softer tooth structure beneath the surface.
X-Rays and probing with an explorer are limited in detecting sub-surface decay, particularly when the cavity is in its early stages. Fortunately, the new DIAGNOdent is a major breakthrough that allows your dentist to monitor the areas below the hard surfaces, locating hidden decay. The use of DIAGNOdent paired with treatment stops the spread of disease before it destroys the tooth from within.
In a nutshell, an intraoral camera is a small video camera that takes an X-ray of the outside of the gum or tooth. The intraoral camera resembles an oversized pen and although usage varies depending on the model-type, this image-taking device is typically outfitted with a disposable protective sheath for each new patient. While simultaneously viewing a monitor, the dentist inserts the camera into a patient's mouth and gently shifts it about so that images can be taken from a variety of angles.
The intraoral camera is especially useful during dental restoration procedures. For example, if you were to have an amalgam tooth filling replaced with a composite resin filling, your dentist could use the intraoral camera to take "before and after" pictures and display the results simultaneously for you to see!
In addition to being a great diagnostic tool, the intraoral camera is a fantastic educational aid. Instead of merely explaining to you what's happening inside your mouth, your dentist can actually show you. And, unlike conventional X-ray images that require processing time, there is no development time associated with intraoral cameras: The immediately available images that this tool renders can be a great time-saver for both you and your dentist.
Chances are you may already be familiar with ultrasonic scalers — or at least, your teeth are. They are the tools of choice for many dentists and dental hygienists. Why? Because they’re so good at removing the buildup of stains, dental plaque and calculus (also called tartar) from the crown (above the gum) and root (below the gum) surfaces of the teeth. Since the removal of plaque and calculus helps eliminate harmful bacteria beneath the gum line, cleaning with an ultrasonic scaler (sometimes called “root debridement”) is a primary means for preventing gum disease.
The piezoelectric variety moves in a linear motion. With its vigorous, repetitive motion, the tip is easily able to break up hardened deposits on the tooth without damaging it. Some tips are so fine that they can be used not only on the crown surfaces of teeth, but on the roots as well. The ultrasonic scaler can rapidly remove tough stains and tartar, meaning less time for the patient in the chair, and less fatigue for the clinician. In fact, the tool’s tip moves so quickly that it must be cooled by a constant stream of liquid, a process called lavage.
Generally speaking, anyone who needs a deep cleaning of the teeth, both above and below the gum line, can benefit from ultrasonic scaling. This treatment is especially important as a preventive measure for people who may be prone to periodontal (gum) disease. In many instances, ultrasonic scalers are used in combination with traditional hand scalers for a thorough cleaning.
Soft Tissue Laser
Laser energy is a form of light that is highly focused and monochromatic, or one color. A monochromatic color allows laser light to be set at a certain wavelength to attract certain molecules.
In laser dentistry, these molecules are hemoglobin, water, and melanin - the molecules that make up your gum tissue.
Because the laser is only attracted to your gum tissue, it's a very safe tool to use. It will not affect hard tooth structure or any metal you may have in your mouth. It only affects the area of tissue your dentist wants to treat.
A laser is more precise, causes less pain, and prevents bleeding better than traditional tools used on soft tissues. The highly focused laser light cauterizes nerve endings, coagulates blood vessels, sterilizes the surgical site, and increases the speed of healing. Instantly cauterizing nerve endings greatly reduces pain during the procedure and after.