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Dental Technology

Digital X-rays

X-rays are a primary tool for early identification of dental problems. Detecting issues with X-rays before they become problematic can save you discomfort, time, and money in the long run. Early detection can help prevent the need for more extensive, expensive procedures. X-rays are primarily used to detect the following:

  • Tooth decay
  • Abscesses (fluid-filled sacks at the base of your teeth)
  • Tumors, both cancerous and non-cancerous
  • Impacted teeth
  • Teeth that are still coming in
  • Bone levels supporting the teeth

Advantages of Digital X-rays

At Crafton Dental, we use digital x-rays, which have several advantages over traditional film- based x-rays. Digital x-rays allow us to take images with approximately 1/5 of the radiation that you would receive from traditional dental X-rays.

Large, on-screen x-rays make patient communication more effective. The ability to immediately observe of the images on the screen allows us to discuss your dental health.

Digital radiography has greatly enhanced the practice of dentistry. It allows the patient and the doctor to see images of the teeth in higher resolution, on a large format for easier detection of problems, all while decreasing the radiation exposure to the patient. The process we use further defines the radiograph, resulting in clinically meaningful images that are sharp, detailed and rich in contrast. Together, patient and provider, we can review your radiographs to discuss your dental health.

Images are available instantly after exposure, eliminating the wait and effort spent developing and mounting x-rays. Digital format also allows us to send and receive your images electronically, allowing for faster consultation between providers.

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A new technology that we use is a small laser instrument called DIAGNOdent. This laser scans your teeth with a harmless laser light to search for hidden decay.

Using this tool, we can locate hidden decay before it destroys tooth structure (from the inside out). This is a major advancement in modern dentistry.

X-rays give us a clear view of what we can’t see by simply looking in the mouth, such as between the teeth. Approximately the size of a toothbrush, an intraoral camera gives the patient a dentist’s-eye view.

Broken fillings, fractured teeth, decay, or any other dental problem can be viewed so that we can discuss with you any recommended treatment. With a clear understanding of your dental needs, we can decide together what the best treatment is for you.

We use ultrasonic scalers for many adult dental cleanings. These devices use ultrasonic vibrations to help break down the plaque and calculus on the teeth that cause gingivitis and periodontal disease.

The ultrasonic cleaners create microscopic bubbles that implode on the surface of the tooth, killing microbes and removing plaque and tartar in the process. Our instruments use a thin tip to better navigate in the periodontal pockets to help maintain optimal gingival health.

The procedure uses water and/or an antimicrobial liquid called chlorhexidine. It can remove tartar buildup in hard-to-reach areas, with no damage to the tooth enamel.

After your teeth have been cleaned with the ultrasonic cleaner, your teeth will be hand-scaled to check for any residual deposits and then polished.

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If you have any questions about our dental technology or would like to book an appointment contact our Columbia dental office today!


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