At Driftwood Dental, the technology we use helps us provide patients with efficient dental care including dental lasers, digital x-rays and intraoral scanners.
At Driftwood Dental, we leverage technology to help us plan treatments and ensure your dental appointments run smoothly. Because we can use monitors to display scans and digital x-rays in our treatment rooms, we can show you any issues in your mouth and explain your treatment plan in terms you can understand.
We strive to provide patients with efficient dental care, and empower them by making sure they're fully informed about their oral health. Dental technology helps us accomplish this goal.
Instead of traditional photographic x-ray film, digital x-rays use digital sensors to give us highly detailed computer images of the teeth and gums, in addition to other oral conditions and structures. This enables your dentist to see parts of the mouth not usually visible to the naked eye.
With panoramic x-rays, we can create a single flat image of your entire mouth. This image represents your teeth, upper and lower jaws, temporomandibular joints (TMJ), and sinus and nasal structures. These x-rays are often used to assist in planning treatments for braces, extractions, implants and dentures.
Dental lasers (extremely focused light beams) are useful for a range of soft tissue procedures, typically for healing and repair purposes. They assist our dentists in completing procedures such as lengthening crowns, reshaping gums and treating periodontal disease while reducing pain.
With intraoral scanners, we can create digital dental impressions - an ideal alternative to traditional dental impressions which can be messy and time-consuming. Your dentist uses an optical scanning wand to take a digital image of your teeth within minutes. This captures highly accurate data to construct digital replicas of the hard and soft tissues of your mouth.
Leveraging cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), we can create 3D images of soft tissues, dental structures, nerve paths and bones in the craniofacial region in a single scan. This special type of x-ray machine allow us to plan treatments more precisely, including examining a patient's airway for snoring and sleep apnea treatment purposes.
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