At Riviera Family Dentistry, our dentists pride themselves in being able to provide quick yet effective dental care, and the best way to do that is to take advantage of the best instruments and techniques available. We’ve kept ourselves educated about the latest technology and how it can be used to produce more accurate diagnoses in less time and just generally make our dental office more efficient. Learn more about our technology below before calling for an appointment.
Thanks to intraoral cameras, it’s finally possible for you to see your smile the same way your dentist does. The camera is a small wand like device that easily fits in your mouth and can be used to take pictures at different angles. Once the images are displayed on a nearby monitor, you’ll be able to see signs of tooth decay and gum disease for yourself. We hope that this helps you understand why we might be making specific recommendations.
X-rays are a cornerstone of modern dental care, of course, but many patients may not realize the difference that digital technology has made to the process. Not only is there far less radiation involved, but you can now enjoy the convenience of having the images available right away instead of waiting for us to develop them in a separate dark room. Digital X-rays are also more convenient for us, as they can easily be enhanced as needed and are stored electronically.
Also referred to as a cone beam scanner, a CBCT scanner is an incredibly advanced dental imaging machine that’s designed to capture thorough impressions of a patient’s smile. The device uses a cone-shaped ray of radiation to develop 3D images of your teeth, jaw, nerve pathways, and connective tissues. This scanner is an exceptional tool for both diagnosing complicated oral issues as well as creating a detailed map for intricate treatments, including dental implants and root canal therapy. Furthermore, the scanning process is straightforward and entirely non-invasive, making it a valuable and convenient device for ensuring reliable dental care.
Soft tissue lasers have a few different applications in dentistry, such as removing infected tissue to treat gum disease. Lasers have an advantage over traditional dental tools because they cause far less discomfort; in fact, they can often eliminate the need to numb the mouth for a given procedure. They also cause less bleeding and help accelerate the healing process. Furthermore, the energy from the laser kills harmful oral bacteria, thus sterilizing the mouth and lowering the risk of a reinfection or further issues.