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Dental Technology
Digital X-Rays
X-rays are a primary tool for early identification of dental problems. Detecting issues with X-rays before they become problems can save you money in the long run by preventing the need for more extensive, expensive procedures or surgeries. X-rays are primarily used to detect:


• Internal tooth decay
• Cysts (fluid filled sacks at the base of your teeth)
• Tumors, both cancerous and non-cancerous
• Impacted teeth
• Teeth that are still coming in

We use digital x-rays, which have several advantages over traditional film based X-rays. Digital x-rays allow us to take x-rays with 1/2 of the radiation that you would receive from with traditional dental x-rays. The worry of exposure to excess radiation is eliminated.

Large on-screen X-rays make patient communication more effective. The immediate observation of the images on the screen allows us to discuss your dental health quickly and accurately.

Digital radiography has greatly enhanced the practice of dentistry. It allows the patient and the doctor to see images of the teeth in higher resolution on a large format for easier detection of problems, all while decreasing the radiation exposure to the patient. The process we use further defines the radiograph, resulting in clinically meaningful images that are sharp, detailed and rich in contrast.

Images are available instantly after exposure, eliminating the wait and effort spent developing and mounting X-rays. If an image needs to be retaken, it can be done immediately. Digital format also allows us to send and receive your images electronically for consultation that can be presented to you quickly.



Intra-Oral Camera
An intraoral camera gives you, the patient, a view of what the dentist sees. An intraoral camera is a device that is about the size of a toothbrush. Broken fillings, fractured teeth, decay, or any other dental problem can be viewed so that we can discuss with you any treatment needed. With a clear understanding of your dental needs we can decide together what the best treatment is for you.




UltraSonic Scalers
We often use ultrasonic scalers for adult dental cleanings. These devices use ultrasonic vibrations to help breakdown the plaque and calculus on the teeth that cause gingivitis and periodontal disease. The ultrasonic cleaners create microscopic bubbles that implode on the surface of the tooth, killing microbes and removing plaque and tartar in the process. Our instruments use a thin tip to better navigate in the periodontal pockets to help maintain optimal gingival health.

•  The procedure only uses water, no chemicals are used.
•  It can remove tartar buildup in hard-to-reach areas, with no damage to the tooth enamel.
•  The cleaning process is faster than manual scaling making your visit more comfortable.


After your teeth have been cleaned with the ultrasonic cleaner, your teeth will be hand scaled to check for any residual deposits and then polished.



DIAGNOdent
Diagnosing cavities and treating them at the earliest stage possible is one of the most important things we can do for our patients. The DIAGNOdent is a small laser instrument which scans your teeth with laser light exposing hidden decay. Locating hidden decay before it destroys tooth structure (from the inside out) is a major goal for modern dentistry.

How Does It Work?
The DIAGNOdent is a class 1 laser that emits safe, painless pulses of light through the tooth structure at 655nm wavelength. It uncovers hidden decay by comparing the reflected florescence of tooth structure against your established baseline reading to uncover decay. Healthy tooth structure exhibits little to no fluorescence. Decayed tooth structure exhibits fluorescence that increases proportionate to the degree of decay. Whenever the DIAGNOdent encounters tooth structure that registers fluorescence outside your healthy baseline range it produces an audible signal and displays a value on its LED screen. The higher the value displayed, the greater the amount of decay.

While laser fluorescence by DIAGNOdent is an outstanding adjunct to oral examination, it is not a substitute for clinical judgment and evaluation of other clinical parameters used by Dr. Guthrie. It is, however, able to provide an objective means of quantifying decalcification of tooth structure. In addition, not everyone is a candidate for DIAGNOdent examination, for example, it is not effective for the examination of previously restored teeth.








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