At Healthy Roots Dentistry, we invest in the latest dental technology to make sure we’re providing our patients with quality care. Because you trust us with your oral health and general wellness, we won’t settle for anything less than trusted equipment.
3D Cone Beam Scanner
The 3D Cone Beam CT scanner is a specialized x-ray. In just one scan, it can produce detailed 3D images of your bones, teeth, nerve pathways, and soft tissue. At Health Roots Dentistry, we routinely use a 3D x-ray to visualize and identify problems that a traditional 2D x-ray commonly will minimize or miss.
The Cone Beam gets its name from its cone shape. To produce a 3D image of your mouth, the Cone Beam takes up to 600 pictures in less than a minute, each picture a piece of a puzzle that it then assembles using software.
These images can be moved and manipulated by our team, allowing us to get multiple views of your teeth. When determining the exact location of an impacted tooth in relation to nerves or arteries, or whether or not your jaw has enough mass to support an implant, these 3D images come in handy.
Other reasons to use a 3D Cone Beam scanner include:
- Ensure accuracy in the placement of implants
- Identifying infections near or around the roots of teeth
- Checking the sinuses for infection or blockage
- Searching for the source of dental pain
- Getting a clear view of teeth or bone fractures
- Determining the necessity of an extraction
As with any x-ray procedure, we are sure to limit your exposure to radiation as much as possible.
Laser Dentistry for Adults and Children
Many adult and pediatric dental procedures can involve laser technology. These include but are not limited to:
- The break up enamel
- Frenectomies and oral restriction revisions in adults, children, and infants
- The exposure of teeth that have yet to break free of the gumline on their own
- Cavity fillings and diagnosis; lasers can detect cavities in their early stages, and even eliminate the need for fillings at all
- The removal of pulp tissue
- The removal of gum lesions
Laser dentistry is new, but quickly becoming the preferred method for many dental procedures in adults and children alike.
Hard and Soft Tissue Lasers
Different types of tissues require different types of lasers for removal. Hard tissue includes bone, enamel, cementum, and dentin, while soft tissue consists of tissue that supports and connects hard tissue or organ structures. Examples of soft tissue include muscles, nerves, blood vessels, fat, fibrous tissue, skin, ligaments, or tendons, among others.
Hard tissue lasers enable us to chip away at decay while preserving your healthy enamel. This method is optimal for preserving long-term the original structure and material of the tooth.
Soft tissue lasers carefully remove gingival tissue so problems in the gum and root areas can be treated, such as periodontitis or root canal infections.
Fotona Lightwalker Laser
The Benefits of Laser Dentistry
There are many benefits to laser dentistry, particularly when it comes to children:
- They are quiet, making them ideal for the treatment of children or infants who may be bothered by dental sounds.
- Anesthesia is rarely required, so lasers are a good option for children or infants who are unable to handle high amounts of anesthesia.
- Lasers cauterize wounds as they create them, so little bleeding or swelling occurs.
- They come with quick healing times due to the lack of sutures.
- Lasers are safe for patients with pacemakers.
- Lasers generate little to no heat. Unhealthy heat levels can wear away at crowns and implants.
- Lasers provide gentle treatment for anxious patients.
- They are a comfortable treatment option for over-sensitive teeth.
Whether or not your child receives laser treatment is ultimately your decision. Our staff are excellently trained and prepared to give your child safe, effective treatment in whatever way you prefer.
To learn more about laser dentistry and decide whether or not it’s the right option for you or your child, give us a call! We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.
A Holistic Office with Cutting-Edge Technology
Your health is our number-one priority. That’s why we’ve invested in the latest dental technology in an ever-advancing industry. To learn more about the equipment you’ll encounter during your visit, give us a call or visit our office.