Our Dental Technology in Warrensburg, Oak Grove, & Windsor, MO
The Importance of Dental Technology
Technology has made our lives easier in ways we’d never thought possible. Dental technology also continues to advance, making dental visits quicker and more comfortable. That’s why it’s crucial to find a dentist who keeps their technology up to date.
Dr. Young ensures that his office’s dental technology can improve both his team and patients’ experiences. Learn how the technology in our dental practice can help you achieve the best results possible!
What is DIAGNOdent?
To aid in providing the best service to our patients, 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 with previous methods.
Diagnosing cavities in the back of the mouth using traditional methods is difficult. Studies show that 50 percent of cavities are left undetected in these areas. However, the DIAGNOdent allows us to locate and treat these cavities, putting a stop to further decay and complications. The laser is easy to use, harmless, and will alert us with an audible signal if it detects a cavity. It even calculates the approximate size of the cavity, allowing for a more accurate treatment plan.
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. We utilize x-rays to reveal 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 percent less radiation than conventional film x-rays.
Types of Digital X-Rays
- Bitewing x-rays are taken every 6 to 12 months and allow the dentist to evaluate for decay in between your teeth.
- Periapical x-rays, or PAs, are single, problem-focused x-rays. They’re taken when needed and allow the dentist to evaluate for bone loss, gum disease, abscesses, and infections.
- Panoramic x-rays are taken every 3 to 5 years and allow the dentist to evaluate the wisdom teeth, as well as look for cancer, tumors, abnormalities, and issues with the TMJ.
We use small, intraoral cameras to help patients clearly see the condition of their teeth and better understand the recommended treatment. With this advanced technology, we can zoom in on hidden diseased areas, cracks, chips, and worn metal fillings with extreme precision.
The full-color images taken with the intraoral camera are sent to the computer screen so we can 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 can gain a clear idea of dental procedures being performed.
Frequently Asked Questions
How will your technology benefit me?
Our advanced dental technology provides our team and patients with a variety of benefits, such as:
- Faster recovery times
- Accurate and effective treatment plans
- Stronger, more durable results
- Natural-looking restorations
- Shorter and more comfortable dental visits
- Restore the function, feel, and look of your smile
Are dental x-rays safe?
Yes! Because we use the latest digital x-ray technology, our patients are exposed to only very low levels of radiation. Digital dental x-rays are safe for children and adults, and are a key component in monitoring your oral health.
What is the latest in dental technology?
Dentistry has significantly progressed throughout the years and continues to evolve. This means that the latest technology involving treatment has advanced, too. Some of the most advanced techniques include computer-assisted technology, digital x-rays, 3D printing, laser dentistry, and more!
Visit Ridgeview Family Dental
With three convenient locations, all of our dental offices feature the latest dental technology. Our advanced technology creates effective treatment plans, ensuring that you get the best results possible. If you have any questions about our dental technology, call us today at (660)-747-9117 or get in touch through our online contact form found here.