At Tuttle Crossing Dental Group, we embrace new technology to make your appointment faster and more comfortable. We know how valuable your time is, and new technology can expedite your time spent in the office. We use paperless charts to maintain your dental record on our secure server which allows us to keep your information accessible and up-to-date.
Digital dental radiographs use less radiation than previous dental x-rays and are of significantly higher quality. Digital images allow us to zoom in on specific areas which can lead to an earlier and more accurate diagnosis. Combining digital x-rays with an intraoral camera lets us see the teeth clearer and can help us find and fix any problem areas while they are small, which could save you money and time. Our intraoral camera allows us to take high quality pictures of the teeth so we can help educate our patients and make diagnosis of dental decay or other problems easier. There is a big difference between looking at a tooth in the mouth and looking at a tooth magnified on a large computer monitor!
We also use CariVu, which is a compact, portable cavity detection device that uses transillumination technology to support the identification of occlusal, interproximal and recurrent carious lesions and cracks. It is similar to a camera with a high-powered light that lets us see inside the tooth for the first signs of decay or fractures. Since there is no radiation used, it provides a safe alternative in some cases to repeated dental radiographs.
In some cases, it is possible to offer same day digital crowns using our state-of-the-art Cerec crown system. For this procedure, a camera takes images of the tooth and we create a digital crown on a computer. The information is sent to a milling machine here in the office and about 20 minutes later we can have a ceramic crown or restoration ready to be permanently cemented, saving you another visit and no temporary crown to worry about.
If a lab crown is desired, we can take digital impressions using a high definition camera that renders a 3D model of your mouth that is sent to the lab. This means we no longer need to make a five-minute impression with material that has to set up within your mouth, so no gagging or discomfort.