Technology


Technology
Advantages of 3D digital imaging vs traditional x-rays 3D dental imaging (also known as Cone Beam Computed Tomography, or CBCT) allows Dr. Middleton to see more anatomy, and with more clarity than traditional film-based dental x-rays. The focused x-ray beam reduces scatter radiation, resulting in better image quality and a lower dose of radiation. With an enhanced visualization of your teeth, bones, and surrounding hard and soft tissue, Dr. Middleton will understand more about your diagnosis and treatment plan. The accuracy, precision, and clarity of images produced by 3D scans allows Dr. Middleton to provide a better diagnosis, and helps prepare for a wide range of dental procedures, such as:

  • Accurate placement of dental implants
  • Extraction planning for impacted teeth
  • Diagnosing temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Evaluation of the jaw, sinuses, nerve canals, and nasal cavity
  • Determining bone structure and tooth orientation

How is 3D Imaging performed?

A typical 3D panoramic scan of your entire head, neck, and jaw takes approximately 14 seconds to complete. You will be asked to stand (or in some instances, sit) and our team member will position you so that the area of interest is properly centered. You will be asked to remain very still while the cone beam scanner revolves around your head. Most 3D dental imaging units have grasp handles to help you stay still comfortably, and a small stabilizing mouthpiece or chin rest bite block to stabilize or reduce your movement and it’s non-invasive.

How should I prepare for my 3D Imaging scan?

A 3D scan does not require special preparation. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and leave jewelry, such as earrings and necklaces at home, as metal objects may interfere with the imaging. Other objects that may contain metal, such as eyeglasses, hairpins, and hearing aids should also be removed prior to the scan. If you have any removable appliances in your mouth, you will be asked to remove them prior to taking the 3D scan.

An intra-oral camera combines the latest video technologies with dental care. Both the patient and dentist can see detailed images of the teeth and mouth in real time.  With an intraoral camera, you are able to better understand what is happening in your mouth and review the status of your oral health.
The use of lasers in dentistry has brought about many great advancements. The use of lasers allows for procedures that are less painful, reduce the amount of tissue loss, and provide a reduction in bleeding. The use of a laser allows some procedures to be performed without the use of a drill or the need for a shot. Our practice uses lasers to improve your experience in our practice allowing us to provide technologically advanced care.
Soft tissue lasers are used for periodontal (gum) surgeries. These lasers are more efficient, cause less discomfort, promote a faster healing time, and decreased risk of infection, providing a better outcome.
These television monitors are found next to every patient chair. Patients can watch a movie or TV show. Patients can also view their dental x-rays when speaking to the doctor about the findings for a better understanding of their oral health.
Our office offers free Wi-Fi for our patients use while visiting our office.
These handpieces provide less vibration and noise than traditional dental drills. Not only are they quieter, but also more efficient in tooth preparation making dental procedures shorter and more manageable.