To ensure each and every patient receives treatment with precision and accuracy, and to provide a comfortable experience, we often employ advanced technology. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist talks about how we use digital dentistry for everything from diagnosing smiles to even replacing missing teeth.
To make a thorough diagnosis and plan major treatments, we will often use digital x-rays. This system uses a fraction of the radiation that a traditional system employs, and the images will be available to view instantly. There is no need to wait for them to develop in harsh chemicals. We can then walk you through the diagnosis as we examine your smile, so you better understand the current state of your oral health. This pinpoints the position of teeth that requires extraction, and helps us identify decayed or infected portions of a tooth with great detail.
At one time, creating an appliance or a restoration meant taking a physical impression of your smile. A mild was filled with a sticky material, one that tasted like chalk despite whatever flavor it claimed to have, and the patient bit down on the mold. The bite needed to be held for several minutes to get a good impression, and would often have to be redone. But! Now we use the iTero® system. A tiny digital camera at the end of a thin wand was used to take several images at several angles, combining them to create a 3D computer impression. We then use this to create the appliances we use to treat issues like TMJ disorder or bruxism (teeth grinding). We can also create orthodontic aligners, like the kind used in Invisalign® treatment. From missing teeth to misalignment, we can address a number of oral health issues!
Other Imaging Options
We also have digital technology to help with the planning and placement of dental implants for people with missing teeth. We can oversee root canal treatment, deliver local anesthetic with greater precision, and offer periodontal maintenance and treatment to ensure healthy, stable gums and teeth. These systems limit how long you spend in the chair, and offer treatment with greater accuracy. If you have any questions about our approach to treatment, or how we use digital technology, then contact our team today to learn more.
Talk To Your Kansas City, MO Dentist About Advanced Treatment Technology
We strive to offer the best care possible for our patients and their families. If you would like to learn more about our technology, then contact your Kansas City, MO, dentist, Dr. Murphy, by calling (816) 531-8000. You can schedule a checkup and cleaning now, so we can examine your smile and find out if there are areas of concern that need treatment, returning your smile to optimal health, function, and beauty,