Digital x-rays have been one of the greatest advancements in modern medicine and dentistry, reducing your exposure to radiation by up to 90%! Digital technology also ensures a quicker image capture, so you don’t have to worry about taking and retaking x-rays over and over to get it just right. Bitewing x-rays can even be taken in a matter of seconds right from the chair!
Standard bitewing x-rays are taken regularly during check-ups (frequency depending on your risk for decay), where panoramic x-rays are taken when planning treatments for dentures, orthodontics, extractions, and dental implants. Panoramic x-rays are also digital and capture the entire mouth in a single image, including the teeth, jaws, and surrounding tissues and structures.
Contact your Brooklyn dentists, Drs. Lee, Yoon, or Lorenzo at Park Slope Dental Arts today to get up to date on your dental x-rays!
X-rays are wonderful for seeing problems below the surface (or, hopefully seeing how healthy you are!), but intraoral cameras give us a better look at the surfaces of your mouth. Thank goodness we no longer have to rely on the magic of sight and a dental mirror to peer around corners—we all know our eyes can deceive us! Intraoral cameras provide us with real-time video images that can be significantly magnified.
Cavities (dental caries) are hard to spot with the naked eye, and even bitewing x-rays can leave cavities undetected sometimes. That’s why we’ve invested in CariVu caries detection technology that allows us to easily see even the smallest cavities, cracks, and lesions with a success rate of 99% (versus 96% with bitewing x-rays).
Where intraoral cameras allow us to better view the surfaces of your mouth, intraoral scanners like the iTero Element allow us to take quick and easy digital impressions. These scans are then converted to real-time 3D digital models that we can use to map out precise treatment plans for restorative work and orthodontics. No messy impressions necessary!
At Park Slope Dental Arts, we pride ourselves on performing minimally invasive procedures when possible. To that end, the LANAP protocol is one of the most effective and successful procedures in treating gum disease. Using a variable pulsed Nd:YAG laser, the LANAP Protocol targets the source of the soft-tissue inflammation without injuring or removing healthy gum tissue. This allows the body to heal from chronic infection without the need for scalpel or sutures.
The future of dental imaging begins here. The biggest step forward in dental imaging and diagnostics since the X-ray is Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), which allows our practice to visualize minute details in all of our patients’ mouths – all in 3D. Every aspect, from your nerves to your sinuses and everything in between, we are able to analyze from every possible angle. Because of this massive leap in dental imaging technology, we can develop the best possible treatment plan for you, decreasing the need for invasive procedures and longer treatment times, while providing the best possible results.
Contact your Brooklyn dentists at Park Slope Dental Arts today to schedule an exam! We’ll use our digital technology to show you what you’ve been missing.