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Dental Technology used at Matthews Family Dentistry

Cone Beam CT Imaging

Matthews Family Dentistry is proud to offer Cone Beam CT Imaging in their office, a service that very few
dentists are currently using!

Cone Beam CT scanning machines allow patients to sit upright in a chair while an arm rotates around their head, capturing multiple images of their head from different angles.  The images will then be put together to produce a 3D image of the patient's anatomy.  This advanced technology will help your dentist diagnose you more accurately and plan treatment and surgery accordingly.

The machines can be used to help diagnose a variety of dental conditions including impacted teeth, tumors, TMJ, periodontal disease, implants and more.  The procedure is painless and non-invasive and is accessible to all our patients including those requiring handicap access.  And because the scan time is shorter than with a regular CT machine, x-ray exposure for the patient is up to 10x less.

 

Contact the office today to find out how this exciting technology can make your treatment easier than ever!

 

Cerec Single Visit Crowns

CEREC 3D is a new technology that is used to replace failing restorations, broken teeth and old mercury fillings with beautiful full porcelain fillings or crowns in just one visit. CEREC uses CAD/CAM technology, incorporating a camera, computer and milling machine all in one instrument. Using a special camera, the dentist takes a precise digital image of the prepared tooth, avoiding the traditional physical impression. This optical impression is transferred and displayed on a color computer monitor where the CEREC specialist design the restoration by 3D CAD technology. Then CAM takes over and automatically creates the life-like porcelain restoration right in our office, while our patients enjoy a few minutes for business calls, emails or relaxation. Finally, the dentist bonds the restoration to the surface of the prepared tooth producing a “new” tooth that rejuvenates the smile instantly.

To learn more about what crowns are and how they can benefit you, click here.

Matthews Family Dentistry is proud to be one of about only 14% of dental offices nationwide that use this technology.

For more info on the CEREC technology visit: CEREC Online

Watch this video clip of when Cerec 3D technology was featured on The Doctors TV show.

Digital X-Ray

The digital xray uses an electronic sensor (not x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image of the teeth on a computer. The image can be instantly viewed and enlarged thus helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems or issues quicker and easier. Digital x-rays also reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.

It is important to have dental x-rays done as they are used in preventative care and as a diagnostic tool that provides valuable information that is not visible during a regular oral dental exam. We use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected and an undetected problem will normally get worse.

Digital Dental x-rays can reveal:

  •       Abscesses or cysts.
  •       Bone loss.
  •       Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
  •       Decay between the teeth.
  •       Developmental abnormalities.
  •       Poor tooth and root positions.
  •       Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.

Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and 
your teeth.

Are Dental Xrays Safe?
Dental x-rays today are used judiciously by most practitioners, and are necessary at regular intervals to detect and 
diagnose disease at itʼs earliest stage.  Dental x-rays have one of the lowest radiation doses. A routine exam which 
includes 4 bite wings is about 0.005 mSv, which is less than one day of natural background radiation. It is also about 
the same amount of radiation exposure from a short airplane flight (~1-2 hrs). The proper shielding with the use of the 
lead vest and thyroid collar make the risk even lower.

Intraoral Camera

The Intraoral Camera is a great patient education tool that will improve both your 
comfort and understanding of any current dental conditions in a gentle, touch-less manner. Since the IOC wand is smooth, slender and contained, 
it will be unobtrusive in the oral cavity.

It is a comfortable miniature camera wand that will allow us to tour and capture magnified pictures of your current 
dental conditions, then display them on a monitor. The images will allow us to see fractures, leaks in fillings and 
deteriorating areas close-up, so we can discuss potential problems together. We will pair these visual findings with 
other traditional diagnostic tools to plan any necessary treatment.

Further, these findings can be stored, shared with specialists, emailed with insurance claims, reprinted and 
cosmetically enhanced. 

Soft Tissue Laser

Soft-tissue diode lasers use an energy wavelength of 810 to 980 nm, a level proven to demonstrate a high affinity for soft tissue.  As a result, patients tend to experience 
far less post-operative discomfort, as well as significantly less collateral damage to otherwise healthy surrounding tissue areas.

Benefits of the soft tissue laser:

  • Achieves simultaneous cutting and coagulation. This advancement in laser technology 
    provides an immediate hemostasis with and a reduction of bacteria that lessens the 
    incidence of post-procedure bacterial and viral infections.
  • Less bleeding, swelling and discomfort compared to conventional methods and 
    instruments, such as scalpels.
  • No-touch method can be used to immediately eliminate discomfort associated with 
    apthous ulcers (canker sores).

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