State-of-the-Art Dental Technology in Odessa
At Boyles General Dentistry, part of our dedication to providing dental care that exceeds even the highest expectations is an investment in the latest dental techniques and technologies. That includes advanced diagnostic tools, laser dentistry, and more. We use those technologies that offer more comfortable treatments, improved convenience, and above all those that protect patients’ oral health helping them to keep their smiles whole and healthy for life. Contact our Odessa dental team to find out more or schedule an appointment today.
We utilize an extraoral camera to aid us in helping design your smile. Whether it’s veneers, crowns or dentures, we use our cameras to help aid in your perfect smile. This also allows you the patient to see your before and after photos.
In order to make patients true partners in their treatment planning, intraoral photography gives them a view of the dentist’s perspective of their smiles. Viewing intraoral images of their smiles, patients see exactly what our team sees. We can even use specialized software to enlarge, color code, or otherwise enhance the images of patients’ smiles in order to help them understand their current areas for concern and potential treatment options. We use the Acteon system to capture the images for display on our chairside computer monitors.
We utilize the Dexis digital x-rays system and the Planmeca ConeBeam scanner to capture x-ray images of patients’ teeth. Unlike traditional x-rays, digital radiography exposes patients to significantly less radiation while producing higher definition images. These scans are immediately viewable on our chairside computer monitors. No need to develop scans using hazardous chemicals or view them with a special light board. Additionally, the digital files are easily transferred to a dental lab, specialist, insurance company, or even the patient. No need to worry about storing or transporting large, fragile x-ray images. Digital x-ray images can also be enhanced and manipulated in order to serve as an education tool to help patients understand their oral health concerns and areas for improvement.
We use the Planmeca CT/ConeBeam scanner to capture panoramic views of the inner workings of patients’ bites, how they fit together, and areas for concern. These x-rays that capture the full bite allow us to better understand how teeth are fitting together making planning for complex treatments like orthodontics or dental implant placement simpler, more effective, and safer for patients. The system emits a low amount of radiation, and produces high quality images. We recommend patients have a full set of ConeBeam scans completed every three to five years in order to allow our team to diagnose and treat any large areas for concern in the earliest stages.
Soft Tissue Laser
Laser dentistry is becoming increasingly popular, and as the field expands and research continues, new and different laser dentistry systems and techniques are developed. One such innovation in dental laser technology is the cold laser. These unique laser dentistry systems promote faster healing due to decreased inflammation. The heated lasers irritated gum tissue which could lead to inflammation that might slow healing times though the heat worked to cauterize the surgical site. The cold reduces bleeding during treatment and inflammation following care for optimal comfort and minimal healing time.
Cavity Detection System
While digital x-rays have significantly improved our ability to diagnose tooth decay in its earliest stages, the Acteon cavity detection system allows our team to go a step further and determine areas of weakened enamel where decay is more likely to occur. Using a laser, we track the density of every surface of every tooth. We then help patients focus their at-home hygiene to target these areas preventing decay. We may also recommend topical fluoride treatments if we notice a significant amount of weakened enamel.