To maintain healthy teeth, it’s essential to have good oral and dental hygiene. It is also vital to visit the dentist, 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 Southwest Dental Care in Forest Lake, Minnesota, you can expect your oral exam to be accompanied by x-rays or other dental imaging techniques, all of which provide instant results. 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 dentist 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 various 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 Southwest Dental Care are proud to have the technology available to accurately diagnose your dental issues 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.
Throughout the past few decades, dental technology has seen a 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 Forest Lake dentist 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 Southwest Dental Care 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.
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Southwest Dental Care in Forest Lake, Minnesota, 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 651-964-2013. We hope to hear from you soon!