At Ridgeview Family Dental, We offer a variety of different technologies to ensure our patients get the best results possible !
What is DIAGNOdent?
Providing the absolute best service to our patients is of the highest importance to our office. To aid in achieving this goal, we use a high-tech device called the DIAGNOdent. This small tool is a portable laser that allows us to detect cavities on the chewing surface of the back teeth that would have otherwise gone undetected by previous methods. Diagnosing cavities in the back of the mouth using traditional methods is difficult; studies even show that 50% of cavities are left undetected in these areas. However, the DIAGNOdent enables us to locate and treat these cavities, putting a stop to further decay. The laser is easy to use, harmless, and will alert us with an audible signal if it detects a cavity. It will even calculate the approximate size of the cavity so we can better plan treatment.
What are Dental x-rays?
Dental x-rays work by creating an image of the denser parts of your body, such as teeth and bone, revealing dental problems that may not be apparent to the naked eye.
At Ridgeview Family Dental, we are proud to offer digital x-rays. Digital x-rays are not only faster and more accurate but also emit up to 90% less radiation than conventional film x-rays.
Types of Digital x-rays
- Bitewing X-rays are taken every 6-12 months and allow the Dentist to evaluate for decay in between the teeth.
- Periapical X-rays, or PAs, are single, problem focused x-rays. They are taken on an as needed basis and allow the Dentist to evaluate for bone loss, gum disease and abscesses or infections.
- A Panoramic X-ray is taken every 3-5 years and allows the Dentist to evaluate the wisdom teeth, as well as look for cancers, tumors, abnormalities, and issues with the TMJ.
What is Intraoral Imaging?
We use small, intra-oral cameras, to help the patient clearly see the condition of their teeth and better understand why treatment is recommended. With this advanced technology we can zoom in on small diseased areas, cracks, chips and worn metal fillings with extreme precision. The full-color images taken with the intra-oral camera are sent to a computer screen so we can clearly see and diagnose dental problems much earlier than with traditional dental technology. Because images are displayed on our screens, patients will also be able to see areas being worked on and are able to gain a better understanding of dental procedures being performed.