Advanced Dental Technology – Pleasant Hill, CA
Improving Our Treatments with Advanced Technology
We are dedicated to a super conservative approach to dentistry that always puts the best interests of our patients first. As part of this goal, we’ve made sure that we’re up to date with the latest in diagnostic technology. Now, it’s easier than ever for us to find oral health issues at their very earliest stages, which means we can intervene long before your teeth are at serious risk. Before you schedule a consultation with Dr. Lavino, learn more about the advanced instruments that he may use to thoroughly examine your mouth during your visit.
Our SoPro intraoral camera has changed the way we communicate with our patients. Instead of having to rely on description alone, we can show them exactly what we’ve found in their mouths so that they have a full grasp of the situation. We can take pictures of your mouth from various angles and point directly to problematic areas. If you’ve ever been confused about why a specific treatment was being recommended, you’ll likely find that having a clear visual aid can make all the difference.
Anyone who has been to the dentist before already knows that taking X-rays is all part of the process. Nowadays, dental practices have switched from traditional radiography to digital X-rays to diagnose otherwise unseen dental problems. Schick digital X-rays offer the convenience of X-ray images that are available immediately without having to mess with environmentally harmful chemicals in a darkroom, and they significantly limit the amount of radiation that patients are exposed to.
Cavity Detection System
While dentists are of course trained to detect cavities through visual and tactile examination, the initial signs of decay are often so small that they can be rather easy to miss. With the DiagnoDent cavity detection system, we can identify tooth decay no matter where it’s hiding. The system utilizes a fluorescence detector that highlights the areas where cavities have started to form. The readings on the display will alert us to the presence of decay and its severity.
Sirona Panoramic X-Ray
A traditional X-ray that takes a picture of the inside of the mouth from a single angle has its uses. In cases where we need a complete picture of the oral cavity, however, we use our Sirona panoramic X-ray. It works by rotating around your head in a semicircle while scanning the inside of your mouth with a small burst of radiation. This type of X-ray gives us valuable information about the maxillary sinuses, the positions of your teeth, and bone abnormalities; it can be used to reveal a variety of dental and medical problems, and it is a useful aid in planning certain treatments such as placing full dentures.