We always want to offer care for patients with precision and accuracy, so you and your family can enjoy good oral health. As part of this process, we often use digital technology, from planning care to guiding the placement of dental implants. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist talks about digital dentistry.
X-Rays and Intraoral Cameras
Digital x-rays provide an in-depth look at your roots and oral structures, so we can pinpoint teeth that need to removed or plan the placement of dental implants. The digital system means it uses a fraction of the radiation, and that results are available instantly chairside. No need to wait for development in harsh chemicals! Intraoral cameras allow us to take detailed images of the surfaces of your smile, so we provide a diagnosis with more accuracy and precision, making issues like tooth decay much less likely. We then treat problems before they have a chance to compromise the health, beauty, and function of your smile.
At one time, creating restorations or oral appliances meant we needed to create a physical impression, having you bite down on a mold filled with a sticky material. Often, this had to be redone for an acceptable impression. But we use a digital option! The iTero® system uses a digital camera at the end of a thin wand to gather images from multiple angles. We then combine them to create a 3D computer impression. This enables us to create an oral appliance to treat issues like TMJ disorder, bruxism, and sleep apnea, or Invisalign® aligners to treat misalignment. We also use them to help craft custom restorations, and dental prosthetics like implants, bridges, and dentures.
We could also use this top pan and guide dental implant placement, root canal treatment, and to deliver anesthetic to portions of the smile undergoing treatment. Periodontal maintenance is also possible, such as gingivectomy and scaling and root planing procedures. If you have any questions about the technologies we use to help treat your smile and offer relief from uncomfortable oral health issues, then please contact our team today. We could love to see you and your entire family for checkups and cleanings, so we can make sure everyone continues to smile with confidence, and enjoys a healthy smile that functions properly.
Your Kansas City, MO, Dentist Offers Advanced Dentistry
Whether you need Invisalign® or implant placement, we can help with advanced systems. From morn oral health issues to major improvements and tooth replacement, this can offer a strong and healthy smile. If you would like to learn about how we plan and complete treatment with advanced technology, then contact your Kansas City, MO, dentist, Dr. Murphy, by calling (816) 531-8000.