Digital Technology

Intraoral Camera

Intraoral cameras are small, pen-shaped devices that the team at All in the Family may use to get a closer look at your oral health. These tiny cameras capture digital images of your teeth and gums, giving our doctors a better view of your mouth, with angles that are hard to see with the naked eye. We can instantly see the images from the intraoral camera on a screen in the treatment room, which allows us to discuss the findings immediately. We can also use the images to help you understand why we recommend certain treatments.

Using intraoral photography, we can almost instantly detect a variety of oral health issues and nonissues, including the following:

  • Cavities
  • Problems with the gums, such as gingivitis when the gums are puffy and bleeding
  • Crack lines or fracture lines
  • Leaking fillings
  • Tooth and gum abnormalities
  • Healthy areas of the mouth

Unlike digital dental X-rays, intraoral photography is not necessary for all patients and it is not needed at every check-up. If we decide to take photos of your mouth, our dental assistants or a dental hygienist will be happy to explain why intraoral photography is the right choice for your oral health. Ask as many questions as you like!

Panoramic X-Ray

Much like a panoramic picture, the Panorex X-ray provides a full view of the scenery -- in this case, your entire oral cavity!

A panoramic radiograph can provide a view of the upper and lower jaw, temporomandibular joints or TMJ as it is often talked about, teeth and their supporting structures on one film.

The Panorex X-ray is a single picture of all your teeth and surrounding bone.  The Panorex X-ray is often used in the following areas of dental care:

  • Early Detection of Oral Cancer
  • Healthy /abnormal TMJ’s
  • Gum Disease due to bone loss around the teeth
  • Tooth and Jaw Development
  • Impacted Wisdom Teeth
  • Dental Restorations
  • Sinus Problems
  • Preparation for Dental Surgery

Intraoral Scanning

At all in the Family Dental we use a Trios 3-Shape intraoral scanner. This is a wand like camera that scans your entire mouth stitching 1000s of picture together to create a 3D image of your mouth on our computer screen.

One of the most important benefits of TRIOS® and intraoral scanners in general, is improving the patient experience. We have all been to the dentist and at one time or another and needed to take an impression.  Or the "goop" as our patients refer to it! It’s not fun. The ability to offer digital impressions instead enhances our patient’s experience.

Taking digital impressions is more comfortable for patients. It is so much faster to digitally scan a mouth. It goes by so quick and there’s no gooey mess. The Trios scanner can be used in the process of making crowns, veneers, night guards, study models, implants and much more!

The accuracy of digital impressions and the resulting crowns means a much better fitting restoration. The accuracy also cuts down on the need for remakes. So patient-visits are quicker and usually require fewer adjustments.

Another interesting benefit when working with 3D digital color impressions is that you now have your mouth on the big screen. You can see what we see and how the teeth look as we prep them for the crown.

TRIOS® was ranked #1 in the American Dental Association study for trueness and precision in intraoral scanners.

We are excited about this new technology and we hope you are too!