Dental Technology Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Dental technology is constantly evolving, with new methods of diagnosing, treating, and preventing oral health issues emerging every year. Dr. Jordan offers advanced dentistry in Santa Rosa, backed by the latest technologies, to ensure her patients receive the finest care possible. With so many new advances in dental technology, you may have questions. We hope our FAQs can address any concerns you have.
How do new dental technologies help me?
Dental technology benefits both your dentist and you as a patient. Optimal results in less time are possible when relying on dental technology. Among the benefits for our patients are the following:
- Greater accuracy for procedures such as dental implant placement
- Higher resolution, 3D images make it easier for patients to visualize treatment results
- Reduced healing times
- Less bleeding
- Less invasive
- More comfortable treatment
- Shorter recovery times
- Earlier diagnosis of dental issues
- Fewer appointments are needed for treatment
- Improved patient involvement in treatment plans
Do dentists still take dental x-rays?
Yes, many dentists still use traditional dental x-rays as a starting point. X-rays can show your dentist whether you have cavities, impacted teeth, or tooth decay. However, more effective options are now using less radiation than traditional x-rays. Dr. Jordan prefers using 3D dental imaging and CBCT scanning whenever possible due to their higher resolution and reduced radiation levels.
Is dental imaging safe?
Yes. Dr. Jordan uses various imaging methods based on patient needs. All forms of dental imaging, including traditional x-rays and 3D imaging using a CBCT scanner, are considered safe for adults and children. However, Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) scans provide better resolution and 3D images using less radiation.
What kinds of advanced dental technologies are used by Dr. Jordan?
3Shape Intraoral Scanners
These slender scanning wands allow us to quickly scan the mouth’s interior and display the images on a computer monitor within seconds. Patients can see detailed images of their teeth and gums during their visit, making it easier to understand their oral health.
The CBCT scan is a type of CT scanner that rotates around the head using a cone-shaped x-ray beam. The data collected is then used to create a three-dimensional image of the mouth, teeth, gums, jaw, and throat. Due to its large imaging field, CBCT scans aid in diagnosing and treating Temporomandibular Joint Disorders. The scans are also helpful in the placement of dental implants. CBCT uses lower levels of radiation than traditional x-rays while offering superior imaging.
3D printers are one of the most exciting developments in advanced dentistry. In Santa Rosa, we utilize two different digital printing options, Sprintray and RapidShape, to maximize the accuracy of our 3D-printed dental prosthetics. With 3D printing, we can create precision machined dental prosthetics, including:
With 3D printing, we can create dental prostheses for our patients on the day of their appointment, eliminating return visits and long waits while outside labs create dentures, crowns, or splints.
Photogrammetry is one of the most important advances in successful dental implant technology today. Photogrammetry images provide the most precise modeling for designing dental restorations and placing dental implants with extreme precision. Photogrammetry uses multiple, overlapping photographs of the teeth and gums to create a detailed, highly accurate 3D model of the mouth.
Our Biolase laser is an alternative to more invasive dental surgical procedures. The laser cuts through soft tissues without using a scalpel, leaving cleaner margins, reducing bleeding, and promoting faster healing. We also use the Biolase laser to treat gingivitis and remove bacteria during root canals or dental implant procedures.
Digital x-rays are taken using sensors to capture images and create highly detailed computer images to detect, diagnose and treat dental problems. Advantages include crisper, more detailed images, immediate results with no need to develop film, and lower radiation levels.
Our office operates in a paperless, electronic format. Patients benefit from our online portal, making scheduling and access to their health information. Dr. Jordan and her team can easily access patient records instantly on our office computers, so we spend less time on paperwork and more time with our patients.
Cutting-edge care backed by the latest dental technology ensures patient satisfaction and exceptional results for everything from simple tooth extractions to complete dental implant restorations. For your appointment with Dr. Jordan, contact us at Santa Rosa Office Phone Number 707-544-2811.