State of the art digital radiographs provide the doctors with almost instantaneous images of the teeth and adjacent areas being diagnosed. They expose the patient to nearly 80% less radiation than standard x-rays and they can be displayed on a large screen with detailed viewing options for both the doctors and the patient.
Cone-beam computed tomography systems (CBCT)
Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray machine used in situations where regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. This type of CT scanner uses a special type of technology to generate three dimensional (3-D) images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths and bone in the craniofacial region in a single scan. Images obtained with cone beam CT allow for more precise treatment planning.
Cone beam CT is not the same as conventional CT. However, dental cone beam CT can be used to produce images that are similar to those produced by conventional CT imaging.
With cone beam CT, an x-ray beam in the shape of a cone is moved around the patient to produce a large number of images, also called views. CT scans and cone beam CT both produce high-quality images.
Cone beam CT provides detailed images of the bone and is performed to evaluate diseases of the jaw, dentition, bony structures of the face, nasal cavity and sinuses. It does not provide the full diagnostic information available with conventional CT, particularly in evaluation of soft tissue structures such as muscles, lymph nodes, glands and nerves. However, cone beam CT has the advantage of lower radiation exposure compared to conventional CT.
Intra oral camera
The intraoral camera is an amazing diagnostic tool that allows Dr. Peters to view different angles in the mouth that would have been impossible just a few years ago. The camera gives the doctors the ability to view the entire mouth on a monitor and allows you to view exactly what the doctors are seeing.
iTero digital scanner : 3D digital impression
The Itero Scanner can replace those messy, gagging impression materials placed in trays which were previously used to create dental models. Using the Itero Scanner, we are able to digitally capture your impressions for modeling, crowns, orthodontics, Invisalign, appliances and nightguards and transfer this information directly to the lab within minutes minimizing laboratory turnover time.
Epic Pain Therapy
Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) are a very common condition, affecting more than 10 million people in United State. Temporomandibular joint connects the lower jaw and the skull, located in front of each ear. These joints basically makes it possible for us to speak, chew and open or close the mouth. Usually the painful TMD occur, when the joints and jaw muscles are prevented from working together.
For example, they are caused due to clenching of your jaw. This puts pressure on the joint. Also the conditions that affect other joints of the body, such as arthritis, may cause TMD.
Diagnosing Temporomandibular Joints Disorders is the most complex part of the treatment and should be conducted under the supervision of specialized dental surgeons, which are expert in the field of teeth and jaw procedures. At Warner Village Cosmetic & Family Dentistry the diagnosing stage includes the examining of the joints for clicking, tenderness or difficulty moving. Keep your dental office record updated, because your complete medical history will be reviewed. We may take X-rays, to deeply review your mouth and teeth. TMD can result when the temporomandibular joints or jaw muscles are affected.
At Warner Village Cosmetic & Family Dentistry various treatments are available for TMD, which includes medications, relaxation techniques and Epic Laser Pain Therapy. The procedures to be used varies with the severity of the disorder, we will choose the treatment which is most effective for you.
At Warner Village we may use Nightguard to treat; grinding or clenching of your teeth, while you’re sleeping. They are composed of plastic and are placed over your teeth. Some of the people may find it ineffective, resulting in increase in pain, but Nightguard is successful for most of the people.
Sometimes when treatments such as injections, medications, physical therapy and night guards are not found suitable for the patient, another effective Epic Pain Therapy is conducted using the laser technology.
The Epic Laser Pain Therapy temporarily increases your blood circulation and relaxes your muscles. The procedure temporarily prevents joint pain and stiffness. Laser Pain Therapy is fast as it takes 10 minutes for each area to complete. Patient usually are required to 2 – 6 visits. Sometime fewer treatments may be needed.