Investing In Technology For Advanced Care
At Redmond Art of Dentistry, Dr. Daniel Bickel is dedicated to using only the very best dental technology to provide better results for all of his patients. At our practice, we use a high-quality SOPROLIFE camera to provide intraoral photography and cavity detection as part of your regular 6-month oral examinations. We invest in technology to provide our patients with quality, efficient care.
What Is An Intraoral Camera?
An intraoral camera is any camera used to examine the inside of your mouth, hence the name “intra” (inside) “oral” (related to the mouth).
We use a specialized SOPROLIFE camera. This camera is small and flexible enough to give Dr. Bickel a panoramic view of your entire mouth. It’s about the size of a dental mirror or another small dental tool, so there is no discomfort during the process.
Intraoral cameras include a built-in light source, and connect to an HD video monitor, ensuring that Dr. Bickel can take high-quality video and photographs of every area of the mouth. In turn, this allows for easy and accurate diagnosis of issues such as damaged teeth, gum deterioration, and cavities.
The SOPROLIFE camera can be used in diagnosis aid mode, treatment aid mode, or to take high-quality images of the teeth in “daylight” mode. Dr. Bickel will catalog all of the images and videos related to your appointment, which means that your oral health will be recorded with perfect accuracy.
How Does An Intraoral Camera Help Detect & Treat Cavities?
Most dentists can detect cavities early on by simply using a high-quality light source and optical magnification. However, there is always a chance that a simple visual examination will overlook some of the earliest signs of cavities.
An intraoral camera helps Dr. Bickel get a better look at your teeth, and identify the earliest stages of tooth decay that are difficult to detect. Oral cameras are also beneficial for tracking your overall level of oral health. Because Dr. Bickel will have photos of all of your 6-month dental appointments, he can compare photos from each appointment. This lets him quickly assess changes in your oral health, such as issues like gum disease and tooth decay, or teeth shifting.
What Are Digital Dental Impressions?
Forget the trays of putty and the awkward and uncomfortable impression process. With a 3D intraoral scanner, Dr. Bickel can take digital impressions of your smile in preparation for any type of dental restoration.
Scans are taken of your teeth, and special software translates the images into a digital blueprint of your mouth. From this data, lab technicians can create precise dental prosthetics, like crowns, bridges, and dentures, that fit seamlessly to match your smile.
What Is A CBCT Scan?
CBCT stands for Cone Beam Computed Tomography and is a special type of x-ray that produces three-dimensional images of your mouth. These scans provide imagery of the soft tissues of the mouth as well as the bone structure and nerve pathways. This enhanced view of your oral health allows our team to better diagnose obvious and potential dental issues and create more precise treatment plans.
Since the images from the scan are so detailed and include the position of the nerve pathways, CBCT scans are also used in implant dentistry. They help guide the placement procedure planning as it allows your doctor to accurately map where the dental implant post should go.
These scans are also useful in other oral surgeries, like the removal of impacted wisdom teeth, and in complex root canal therapy.
At Redmond Art of Dentistry, we use modern dental technology such as intraoral cameras and digital x-rays to ensure that your mouth is healthy and free of cavities and tooth decay.