When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Drs. King, Gardner, and their staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
Our dentists and hygienists use high power magnified glasses, called loupes, to enhance the precision of patient care.
Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using loupes enables us to create dental restorations with incredibly precise fit and finish. You just can’t fulfill that level of care with the naked eye.
In addition to allowing precise, close-up work, the loupes directs a beam of light directly on the teeth, minimizing glare for you.
Drs. King or Gardner chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Drs. King and Gardner utilize Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better.
Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
Digital X-Rays and CT Scans
Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital X-rays results in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.
Drs King and Gardner have invested in a state of the art CT machine. CT scans, or computed tomography scans, offer our staff a detailed and clear 3D picture of your teeth and bones. Unlike the CT scanning machine used for full-body imaging, dental CT scanning machines work much like a dental x-ray machine. Patients stand as an x-ray device rotates around the skull to capture a three-dimensional image. The process is fast and compared with other CT scans and emits a relatively low amount of radiation. A CT scan allows us to properly diagnose oral conditions and treatment plan appropriately.
iTero Intraoral Scanner
The iTero Scanner is a machine that has a small, wand-like instrument attached to it. We move the wand around a patient’s mouth, and it captures thousands of frames per second. The attached software reassembles those images into a detailed, three-dimensional representation of the patient’s teeth.
The iTero Scanner is great for restorative dentistry, orthodontics, and labs. But two of our favorite features on the iTero Scanner include TimeLapse and the Invisalign Outcome Simulator. The TimeLapse compares a patient’s records over time, helping to visualize tooth wear, movement, and gingival changes. If you’re a candidate for Invisalign, we can use the Simulator to help you visualize what your teeth might look like at the end of your Invisalign treatment.
The iTero Scanner also functions as an Intraoral camera. We are able to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.