Just like your phone and computer, dental technology is constantly changing, making it easier for practitioners to find, diagnose, and treat problems faster than ever. At NaLa Smiles, our dentists are constantly updating our dental office and attending continuing education so they can stay on the leading-edge of dentistry. From intraoral cameras to low-dose radiation X-rays to laser cavity detection and more, you can trust you’re only experiencing the very best whenever you come to see us.
One of the most basic challenges in dentistry is simply getting a good look inside of a patient’s mouth. Even with a bright light and handheld mirror, there are many areas that remain hidden from the naked eye, which could allow problems to develop unchecked. With our intraoral camera, however, we can easily capture high-definition images of the entire oral cavity and display them on a large monitor in the treatment room, ensuring we catch any issues as early as possible.
For patients with advanced gum disease, the only solution used to be a minor surgical procedure in which the roots of the teeth were exposed so they could be thoroughly cleaned. Instead of incisions and sutures, our soft tissue laser enables us to achieve the same results in less time while keeping a patient much more comfortable. Its light is able to instantly eliminate harmful bacteria without affecting the gums themselves, making for a painless procedure as well as a quick recovery.
Our digital X-rays enable our team to accomplish things that are simply impossible with traditional film. The images they capture are much sharper, and they only take a few seconds to develop, helping speed up routine appointments. Plus, the process emits about 90% LESS radiation by comparison, which gives many patients (and parents!) peace of mind. The X-rays can also be quickly and easily referenced to help us observe changes in someone’s dental anatomy over time.
Finding dental decay used to involve us poking and probing the teeth, which often allowed the smallest cavities to go undetected and worsen over time. Now, we can use laser technology to literally scan the teeth and find even the smallest hint of enamel thinning. Thanks to this tool, we can treat decay even sooner and help a patient preserve as much of their enamel as possible, which will enable them to have stronger teeth as time goes on.