Intraoral cameras are small devices that capture images of the mouth that allows the doctors to view various angles of the mouth that cannot be seen by the naked eye. It provides an educational piece for our patients to understand our proposed treatment.
Using intraoral photography, we can detect a variety of oral health issues, including the following:
- Crack or Fractured Lines
- Tooth/Gum Abnormalities
Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)
The Cone Beam Computed Tomography or CBCT x-ray provides an in-depth, three dimensional view of your entire oral cavity including your teeth, jaws, gums, nerves, and sinuses. The benefit of a three-dimensional machine allows our team to manipulate the x-ray image from all directions to uncover what cannot be seen with normal two-dimensional radiographs.
The CBCT machine is often used in the following areas of dental care and to improve overall health:
- Early Detection of Oral Cancer
- Healthy/Abnormal TMJ’s
- Gum Disease due to bone loss
- Tooth/Jaw Development
- Impacted Wisdom Teeth
- Dental Restorations
- Nasal Anatomy: Septum, Turbinate’s, and Sinuses
- Preparation for Oral/Implant Surgery
- Airway Sleep Disorders
- Other complications: Root Infections, Root Canals, etc.
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 thousands of pictures 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!