Our Dental Technology In Warrensburg And Oak Grove, MO
The Importance Of Dental Technology
Advancements in dental technology have made taking care of your smile and oral health easier than ever. Dental visits are not only faster and more comfortable but also treatments are more precise and more effective. Some of the most advanced techniques include computer-assisted technology, digital X-rays, 3D printing, and laser dentistry.
At Ridgeview Family Dental, we incorporate advanced dental technology as part of our diagnostic tools in order to improve your experience when you visit us. Dr. Young’s goal is to ensure the longevity of your oral health by providing our patients with the latest technology to assist with prevention, early detection, and intervention. Early intervention and prevention measures can make all the difference if issues with your oral health arise.
Learn how the technology in our dental practice can help you achieve the best results possible!
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 back teeth that would have otherwise gone undetected with previous methods.
Studies have shown detecting and diagnosing cavities in the back of the mouth using traditional methods is difficult, which is why we incorporate the DIAGNOdent™. This tool 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.
Digital 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. Digital X-rays are not only faster and more accurate, but also emit up to 90 percent less radiation than conventional film X-rays, which is safer for both patients and staff.
At Ridgeview Family Dental, we are proud to offer digital intraoral X-rays, which involve taking the picture from inside the mouth. This allows us to have a more accurate idea of the health and status of your teeth and their roots.
Types Of Digital Intraoral X-Rays
Bitewing X-rays are taken every 6 to 12 months and are used to look at specific parts of your mouth. This type of X-ray allows Dr. Young to see the visible parts of your teeth and parts that lie beneath the gum line. This type is most commonly used to detect any signs of decay in between your teeth. This can also help us detect any changes to your jawbone as a result of gum disease.
Periapical X-rays, or PAs, are single, problem-focused X-rays that can see the whole tooth from root to crown. They’re taken when needed and allow Dr. Young to check for bone loss, gum disease, abscesses, and infections.
Panoramic X-rays are used to see your entire mouth. They show the position of all of your teeth, whether they have emerged or not. Panoramic X-rays are usually 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
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
Yes! Because we use the latest digital X-ray technology, our patients are only exposed to 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.
Visit Ridgeview Family Dental For Quality, Modern Dentistry
With two 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 at the bottom of this page.