By utilizing the most advanced technology available, Dr. Helen Im ensures that each patient achieves optimal results. Some of the state of the art technology we have implemented at Dr. Im's offices include digital x-rays, intra-oral digital photography, 2 types of advanced lasers and more.
Digital radiography (digital x-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental x-rays. This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems easier. Digital x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.
The intra-oral camera broadcasts images for both the patient and doctor to see. Instantaneously the images of your xrays are sent to a computer screen so that both the patient and doctor can review your oral health together. This wonderful new technology allows you to relax in your chair while simultaneously observing a real-time movie of the inside of your mouth magnified beyond normal size on an adjacent computer monitor. Not only does this make it simple to see and understand what is happening in your mouth, but it makes it simple for us to keep incredibly accurate records from one visit to the next.
The intra-oral technology provides xrays at a much lower dose and delivers up to 60-80% less radiation than standard x-rays. These intra-oral cameras not only increase the dentist-patient communication, but can also aid in insurance claim reimbursement, by including color images along with traditional radiographs.
More and more patients place value on healthy and attractive teeth. In order to maintain them, the earliest possible care is essential. Diagnodent aids in the detection of caries. Even very small lesions are detected at the earliest stage, enabling you to protect and preserve the tooth substance.
i-CAT® scans are advantageous because they allow the dentist to magnify specific areas of the face. In addition, the dentist can easily view cross-sectional “slices” of the jaw, which makes planning treatment easier and faster.
Here are some of the main ways in which i-CAT® scans are used in dentistry:
Assess the quality of the jawbone where the implant will be placed.
Determine where nerves are located.
Diagnose tumors and disease in the early stages.
Measure the density of the jawbone where the implant will be placed.
Pinpoint the most effective placement for implants, including the angle of best fit.
Plan the complete surgical procedure in advance, from start to finish.
Precisely decide on the appropriate size and type of implants.
View exact orientation and position of each tooth.
View impacted teeth.
If you have questions or concerns about i-CAT® scans or 3D imaging, please contact our office.