Diagnostic x-rays have long been invaluable to dentistry. The emergence of digital technology in the past decade, however, has made dental x-rays safer and even more useful. Digital technology cuts radiation exposure to patients by as much as 90% over traditional x-rays. And there are other advantages including the elimination of waiting time for pictures to develop, and sharper images that can be enhanced instantly to show detail.
A picture is worth… plenty, when it comes to helping you understand your dental examination, diagnosis and treatment! With these tiny cameras, you can see what the dentist sees, on a small chair-side monitor. The images of your teeth can be saved as stills or video — or even printed out — so you can see exactly what’s happening in your mouth.
Laser Diagnosis and Treatment.
They’re inside DVD players and scanner wands — and now, they are making their dental debut. Lasers are being used to, treat gum disease, and remove cancerous cells in the mouth. They are also employed in gum surgery treatments!
Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas)
Nitrous Oxide is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe. Nitrous Oxide has been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years. Nitrous oxide is safe, the patient receives 50-70% oxygen with no less than 30% nitrous oxide.
The patient is able to breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions.
The patient may experience mild amnesia and may fall asleep, not remembering all of what happened during their appointment.
Dental Microscope for Root Canal.
The dental microscope not only helps dentists in root canal treatments and other procedures that require microscopic techniques, but it also improves the quality of treatment given to patients.
The dental microscope offers the following benefits:
- Better visualization. The magnification ability and clear coaxial illumination of the working field addresses the unique or specialized treatment procedures more efficiently and with more accuracy.
- Improved treatment quality. Microscopic techniques are generally superior than traditional treatment concepts.
- Ideal treatment ergonomics. The use of dental microscope allows appropriate working posture and ergonomics which is important in maintaining the dentist’s health and personal well being.
- Fun factor during procedure. Dentists who use a dental microscope find enjoyment during procedures as a result of the ideal working conditions and predictable treatment outcomes. A greater level of satisfaction is brought about by performing procedures assisted by illumination and magnification as dentists recognize greater detail and visualize more root canals and anomalies and treat them with precision.
Electrosurgery is the use of high frequency electrical energy in the radio transmission frequency band applied directly to tissue as a mean to cut and coagulate tissue. Like laser treatment, electrosurgery is thermo-dynamic and develops heat directly within tissue cells.
Unlike laser however, electrosurgery works over the entire surface of the electrode tip in contact with tissue, which makes it ideal for sculpting living tissue. It is also useful particularly in its ability to control the bleeding for instance during an impression or excision of the gum.