Technology has revolutionized various aspects of life, and it also has an impact on dentistry. Dental technology has brought a lot of improvement in the field of dentistry, and patients have experienced many benefits. The field of digital dentistry is quickly growing as more and more dental offices across the country are adopting digital technology into their practices. Digital dental technology refers to any dental device or technique that uses electronic or digital means to perform its intended function. Visit Darren Gonzalez DDS, to learn about the benefits of the latest technology.
CEREC Same-Day Crowns
CEREC stands for “Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.” Using state-of-the-art technology, we can craft dental crowns in just one day! In contrast, conventional crowns take two or three visits to complete and require a temporary crown to be worn until the permanent crown is ready. But with the CEREC system, you won’t have to wear an uncomfortable temporary crown, and you can walk away with your beautiful new smile the same day the implant is placed!
3D Dentistry: Sirona Cone Beam Imaging
The Sirona Cone Beam CT system provides three-dimensional images that help diagnose potential issues and plan cosmetic procedures such as dental implants or veneers. This digital scanning technology allows our dentist to explore a patient’s oral health in more detail than standard two-dimensional X-ray images can allow. Additionally, the scanned data makes it possible for our dentists sometimes to perform restorative procedures in a single visit!
The digital X-rays we use at our practice use radiation that is over 90% lower than the radiation used by traditional film-based X-rays, which are already low to begin with. These high-resolution images are also instantly available for viewing on our computer screens. With these images, we can easily spot cavities and misalignments in your smile and identify any other potential oral health problems that may develop.
Laser Dentistry in Santa Rosa, CA
In recent years, lasers have gained popularity as a way to provide patients with efficient and precise dental care. Laser dentistry uses concentrated beams of light to perform various dental procedures, such as root canal therapy and teeth whitening. Our dentist conducts laser dentistry at our Santa Rosa dental office. Lasers are handy tools when it comes to the treatment of periodontal issues.
A panoramic X-ray is a dental X-ray showing the entire mouth in a single image. It is used primarily to identify problems with wisdom teeth and other teeth that have not yet surfaced. However, this X-ray can also show other issues, such as impacted teeth and bone damage. These X-rays are faster and more painless to conduct compared to different types of X-rays. They benefit dentists by enabling them to see everything inside a patient’s mouth simultaneously. Dentists use panoramic X-rays in conjunction with other diagnostic imaging tools to make a complete diagnosis.
A CT (computed tomography) scan is a type of X-ray that uses multiple, finely focused beams of radiation to create detailed images of your mouth or body taken from different angles. These scans provide dentists with highly detailed images to pinpoint potential issues within your mouth that could be causing pain or discomfort.
The scanner uses X-rays to produce detailed images of your oral structures, including the teeth, jawbones, and sinuses. You will be positioned on the machine table by a cone-shaped device to prevent your head from moving. You will also be asked to sit still until the scan is complete to reduce blurring. During scanning, the detectors and the X-ray tube rotate around you, resulting in several images from different angles. A digital file of images is produced and sent to your dentist to examine the results.
Unlike traditional X-rays, CT scans produce three-dimensional images of the teeth and bite for a better perspective of the teeth’s structure. As a result, dentists can plan treatment more accurately and effectively than when using conventional 2-D radiographs. Dentists can also examine the jaw joints, airways, and other facial structures.
Get in touch with Darren Gonzalez, DDS, at 1515 Montgomery Drive Ste B, Santa Rosa, CA 95405, or call (707) 542-1532 for the best dental care tailored to your unique needs.