To maintain healthy teeth, it’s essential to practice good dental hygiene. It's also important to visit a dental care provider at least two times a year, who will assess the current state of your oral health and provide input on how to take care of your teeth properly. During your initial visit to Smiles of Katy, you can expect your oral exam to be accompanied by x-rays or other dental imaging techniques. With digital imaging, the storage, retrieval, and manipulation of images is made much easier, meaning less time spent with us and more time spent doing what you love!
Dental imaging helps our provider make a thorough, well-informed diagnosis and treatment plan catered to your unique needs. During the last three decades, this technology has improved tenfold alongside the benefits that these systems provide. Today, there are many types of x-rays and other imaging methods available that can be used to detect oral diseases and abnormalities such as oral cancer, cavities, hidden dental structures, and bone loss. Depending on your symptoms, some procedures will be more suitable than others. Take a closer look at some of the modern dental imaging procedures we may use during your visit.
Advancements in technology have offered experts the ability to use faster and more precise ways to diagnose a problem, and that is no different in dental imaging. We, at Smiles of Katy are proud to have the technology available to accurately diagnose your dental issues quickly and have the assurance that we need to provide you with the ideal treatments available. Below are some of the technologies that we may use during your visit.
Bien Air Hand Pieces
Our top priority is making sure you’re relaxed, calm and comfortable during each dental visit. Our team utilizes the most up-to-date technology, including Bien Air Handpieces, to ensure optimal patient experiences. These handpieces allow for a closer inspection of the teeth and for detailed cleaning and microsurgery. With this extremely reliable dentistry tool, treatment is more precise, and features less vibration and noise. Unlike a belt-driven handpiece, this instrument offers constant torque and excellent speed to cut tooth structure for faster and more precise margins with less effort. With Bien Air Handpieces, Our dental team is able to deliver quiet, controlled procedures with a higher level of comfort for both our patients and our doctors, as well as enhanced esthetic results.
A cephalometric analysis, or CEPH X-ray, is a diagnostic radiograph used primarily for orthodontic treatment planning. Ceph X-Rays are extraoral, so patients do not have to insert any sort of trays, bitewings or films into the mouth. They are also safe, fast, painless and extremely effective.
Cone Beam 3D Dental Imaging
Dental cone beam computed tomography (also known as cone beam CT) is a special type of x-ray that is necessary when regular dental or facial x-rays do not apply to the facial condition being treated. Your doctor may use this technology to produce accurate, efficient, three-dimensional images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan. With cone beam CT, an x-ray beam in the shape of a cone is moved around the patient to produce a large number of non-invasive 3D images for a higher-quality evaluation than 2D traditional X-Rays. This makes it much easier to analyze the issue and make an accurate diagnosis, allowing for successful treatment planning and completion of in-depth surgery. CEPH x-ray helps your dental care provider select the course of action for the patient.
Over the past few decades, dental technology has seen drastic advancement as the need for more precise diagnostic tools has increased. This includes the digitization of X-ray technology. Offering superior resolution with less radiation exposure, digital radiography at your Katy dental care provider is an excellent way to help diagnose oral problems. Digital X-rays not only use 90% less radiation than traditional film X-rays but are also much less time-consuming, making them one of the most important advancements in modern dentistry.
An intraoral camera is a small video camera that takes an image of the outside of the gum or tooth. The intraoral camera resembles an oversized pen. While simultaneously viewing a monitor, the dentist inserts the camera into a patient's mouth and gently shifts it about so that images can be taken from a variety of angles.
iTero® Dental Impressions
The iTero Intraoral Scanner is a cutting edge imaging tool that allows doctors to take a 3D digital scan of a patient’s teeth and bite using a non-intrusive wand rather than a viscous impression material. This simple digital impression scanner can be used for veneers, crowns, bridges, surface inlays, onlays, implant abutments from single units to full arches and even modeling an Invisalign treatment. Patients are also able to instantly view high quality, clear “before” and simulated “after” images of their dental treatments on an in-office computer display.
KaVo DIAGNOdent™ Laser Cavity Finder
The KaVo DIAGNOdent™ laser is a revolutionary, ADA approved method for detecting cavities using sound instead of X-rays. The low-density KaVo laser is slowly swept across the enamel of the teeth and finds hidden decay in the same way a metal detector locates metal objects in the ground. When the laser pinpoints a cavity, it produces a sound. Thanks to this new technology, your dentist at Smiles of Katy can discover unseen decay long before other conventional methods and provide treatment before larger problems develop. The procedure is quick, pain-free, and yields results with maximum efficiency.
Smile Vision technology
Imagine being able to see your new smile before your cosmetic dentistry procedure is even scheduled. At Smiles of Katy, this glimpse into the future is a reality, thanks to our Smile Vision technology. Through Smile Vision, we can generate custom-created before-and-after images of your smile and simulations of potential treatments you may receive afterward. This revolutionary capability allows you to see realistic results of any cosmetic procedure performed on your own smile before the changes even take place.
The high magnification and illumination provided by an endodontic microscope have become indispensable for both diagnosis and therapy. At Smiles of Katy, we utilize the latest technology to improve diagnosis, increase precision and predictability in procedures, and provide a more thorough cleansing of the root canal systems.
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Smiles of Katy in Katy, Texas, has a dedicated team to answer any questions or concerns you may have. To schedule an appointment, please feel free to call us today at 281-391-8882. We hope to hear from you soon!