Using the most advanced dental technology is just as important as staying up to date on the latest treatment techniques. Because our practice is dedicated to providing you with the safest and most convenient treatment options available, we utilize advanced digital X-ray technology in our office.
Digital X-rays provide several advanced imaging options designed to save time, provide clearer dental photos, and expose patients to less radiation than traditional X-ray technology. Our office system is Dexis. This is considered the top of the line in terms of diagnostic quality.
It is sometimes said that the bad thing about digital X-rays is you can see everything. The good thing about digital X-rays is that you CAN see everything. This means treatment can begin earlier and the chance of catching lesions, decay, or infection early is tantamount to enjoying a successful, long-lasting prognosis.
Our practice is focused on making your dental experience as comfortable as possible. At your next appointment, we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
There are two different types of laser dentistry: hard tissue and soft tissue. Hard tissue treatments include cavity detection, dental fillings, and tooth sensitivity improvements. Soft tissue treatments include gum reshaping, gum surgery, and muscle attachment improvements.
Procedures such as removing benign oral tumors, regenerating nerves, overcoming sleep apnea, whitening teeth, and treating TMD are also considered laser dentistry treatments.
To learn more about laser dentistry and how you may benefit from a laser treatment, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment.
Many laser treatments do not require anesthesia, and the recovery time is much quicker than with traditional treatment methods.
Treatments are more comfortable.
There is less potential for bacterial infection because laser treatments are so precise.
You know the importance of prevention when it comes to your dental health, and we’re always looking for new, improved ways to help you achieve a healthy smile for life.
While X-rays provide valuable information, they don’t give a complete view of everything going on inside your mouth. With the use of an intraoral camera, we can see every aspect of your teeth and mouth with incredible detail, uncovering cracked teeth, plaque deposits, cavities next to fillings, and excessive wear. When we can discover oral problems early on, your treatment is much less invasive and much more cost effective.
Our intraoral camera is small: about the size of the mirror we use during your regular hygiene appointments. You probably wouldn’t even notice we’re using it, except that with the intraoral camera, you have the opportunity to see everything we see on a monitor.
This is a great tool to help you become more informed about your dental health, because it gives you a clear understanding of your teeth’s condition, and it allows you to make a more informed decision regarding your treatment options.
ITERO® DIGITAL IMPRESSION SYSTEM
CONVENTIONAL VS. DIGITAL IMPRESSIONS
No more goop, gagging, or discomfort. Using an iTero scanner, we can take a highly accurate digital impression. The new technology completely eliminates the tray-and-putty impressions, in which the experience is comparable to stuffing a big wad of gum in your mouth.
The old technique is incredibly unpleasant and frequently results in taking multiple rounds of impressions that can be rejected, broken, or misplaced. The iTero scanner ensures a more accurate impression from the start, and results in improved treatment and a more comfortable patient experience.
Digital impressions give you the ability to see your teeth instantly in 3D, which improves communication during the consultation and treatment process.
HOW IT WORKS
The iTero scanner digitally captures the structure of the teeth and gums using the latest optical technology. The scanner is a compact, hand-held wand. Once Dr. Beckman begins the scanning process, it can be stopped and started as many times as necessary. Your mouth is scanned with a radiation-free laser that, in as little as two to three minutes, renders a digitally perfect, 3D impression of your teeth and soft tissue structures. Through digital software, you’ll then be able to follow the progress of the scans, including a 3D model of your teeth on our computer screen.
The iTero scanner can be used for any restorative treatment, including crowns, veneers, inlays/onlays, bridges, and implants, as well as orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign®.
I-CAT® 3D IMAGING
The i–CAT Cone Bean 3D Dental Imaging System allows our office to provide quick, comfortable, and effective dental imaging for the most precise dental health diagnosis possible. i–CAT technology provides 3D data for:
Wisdom teeth extractions
Airway assessments and sleep apnea
Full facial and jaw 3D images
Patients can take advantage of a more complete dental treatment with i–CAT imaging. Special features for patients include:
One eight–second scan that provides enough data for a complete diagnosis
A safer diagnosis with less radiation than traditional CT scanners
Increased comfort: patients are seated in an open environment with plenty of space
A more cost-effective imaging system
Doctors can easily share the data with patients, so they stay informed and are able to make educated decisions on their course of treatment
CAD / CAM
Dentists can create customized fittings of crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, and other dental restorations using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM). Through the CAD/CAM technology, our office can provide you with the most precise restorations possible.
By using CAD/CAM, Dr. Beckman is able to create durable, well-fitting, individual or multiple-tooth restorations. CAD/CAM technology also delivers advantages when it comes to office visits. Traditional tooth restorations may take several days and multiple office visits, but with CAD/CAM technology, we are able to perform single-visit tooth restorations! In just one visit you can have a beautiful, healthy smile.
To learn more about CAD/CAM technology and how it can benefit you, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment with Dr. Beckman.