Learn more about dentistry in the digital age with the video below.
We continue to invest in technology that allows us to provide the most accurate and comfortable care possible. From digital x-rays to CAD/CAM design of smiles we have the best in industry’s best equipment to ensure a seamless process.
3-D and 2-D Digital Imaging
Dr. Torrey or Dr. Erickson utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is approximately 50 percent less when compared to traditional x-rays. Digital imaging allows us to store patient images easily and rapidly compare previous films and transfer them to specialists or benefit companies when needed. Because digital films are viewed on a computer monitor it allows patients to see what we see more easily.
Drs. Torrey or Erickson chooses carefully which and when x-rays are obtained. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes, enabling us to detect cavities in between your teeth, analyze the health of your bone and evaluate the health and quality of previous dental work. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs. If you have experienced significant dental work in the past including root canal therapy a low dose 3-D CBCT(cone beam CT) is often a better option to evaluate the quality of your dentistry and diagnose problems that are not visible in 2-D films.
Drs. Torrey or Erickson utilized digital impressions for that large percentage of cases requiring crowns, implants and night guards. The accuracy of digital impressions are significantly better that conventional putty and tray types. Furthermore, the comfort, speed and re-makes are far superior that standard impressions. Additionally, return from the laboratory is much quicker as we sent the encrypted file via the cloud allowing the case to begin production quicker and hasten return of the prosthetics to our office. Individuals who have a low gag threshold will be amazed at the comfort and tolerance to this technology. We utilized a Trios 3-Shape scanner which is the top rated scanner in the industry.
Drs. Torrey or Erickson utilized in office 3-D printing to assist with certain aspects of practice. 3-D printing allows better work flow control for bigger cases as well as the fabrication of surgical guides, models and oral appliances. The Sprint Ray printer, curing cabinet and wash station insures the perfect flow for flawless appliances. Utilizing a digital impression file and a CBCT file we can merge the two studies and plan implant cases with a high level of success and safety over ‘free hand’ methods. This allow us to treatment plan dentistry from the tooth position frame of mind which gives the best esthetic and functional results.
There are many types of dental lasers available in dentistry. We utilize an Odyssey diode laser for many soft tissue related issues. The great feature of the diode laser is that it is incapable cutting hard tissue or teeth. That makes it a perfect selection for those delicate soft tissue procedures such as gum re-contouring or the removal of small lesions for biopsy.
Areas of dental care that benefit from laser technology
- Apthous Ulcer treatment (canker sore)
- frenectomy (small tissue release of the upper or lower lip)
- crown lengthening, gingivectomy and other gum corrections
Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.
Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.
Drs. Torrey or Erickson utilizes Imagecam intraoral camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An intraoral camera allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. Often small cracks can be diagnosed early and therefore more conservatively than allowing a crack to grow.
Intra oral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, or your benefits company.
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