Advanced Technology, Canyon View Dental, Hamilton MT
When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Drs. Simmons and Simmons and their staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
Our practice uses high power microscopes to enhance the precision of patient care.
Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using microscope that is similar to the one an ophthalmologist uses 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 microscope directs a beam of light directly on the teeth, minimizing glare for you.
Many dentists use air-driven “hand-pieces” (the dental term for “drills”). While acceptable for many procedures, these “whiney sounding” air-powered hand pieces all have a degree of non-concentricity; they do not rotate perfectly smoothly.
For the most precise aspects of restorative procedures, we use electric hand-pieces. This results in extraordinarily precise interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration (crown, veneer, or filling). This will bring more comfort to you as well. With a more precise tool, there is less vibration and less noise.
Drs. Simmons and Simmons choose 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. Simmons and Simmons 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 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.
Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.
Drs. Simmons and Simmons utilize intra-oral camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An intra-oral camera is a very small camera – in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An intraoral camera allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you!
Intra oral cameras also enable our practice 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.
Dental Caries Detection – DIAGNOdent
Early Cavity Detention
For years dentists relied only upon the use of a dental explorer or radiographs (x-ray pictures) to detect decay in a tooth. Unfortunately using these two methods required a lot of decay to be present in a tooth to be detectible.
No longer! Our office still utilizes the older techniques but has added to them a Dental Laser Decay Detection System.
We use a device called the DIAGNOdent to detect dental caries (cavities). It is a laser-probe handpiece that uses a specific wavelength of light. The laser light of a specific wavelength is pulsed onto the tooth surface via specially-designed tips. When a cavity is present, the laser light fluoresces at a different wavelength and bounces back to a sensor, which is translates the amount of decay to a digital read-out. In general, the higher the number read by the DIAGNOdent, the greater the amount of decay in the tooth. When a cavity is present, the DIAGNOdent also produces an audible signal.
An almost undetectable cavity can aggressively penetrate a deep groove in the tooth or through the enamel inward towards the soft surfaces of the middle of the tooth. Using the Diagnodent Laser we can find decay when it is much small and has done less damage to the tooth. This also allows us to do much smaller fillings.
For the first time, we can also measure the caries activity over time. The DIAGNOdent allows us to detect early pathological changes that are going on in the pits and grooves of your teeth. We can watch smaller pits in your teeth and be sure we are only treating your tooth when it needs to be treated.
Digital Panoramic Radiograph
Full Scope Dental X-Rays
Our dentists are careful about prescribing radiographs (x-ray pictures). Our guidelines dictate only those x-rays as prescribed by the dentist. A major advance in digital radiography is our use of digital panoramic x-rays. Panoramic radiographs (x-ray pictures) are screening xrays which enable the dentist to see all the teeth, the entire jaw complex, the maxillary sinuses and the temporomandibular joints. Not only are we concerned about dental decay and bone level, but panoramic images permit the dentist to examine the jaw structure for bone abnormalities.
Since the panoramic x-ray shows all the teeth, we no longer have to take all the multiple individual x-rays (that we used to take) to perform a radiographic examination, thus vastly reducing the amount of radiation exposure. However, we still need to take individual digital images to get the maximum detail for cavities. As with all our digital images, these radiographs are stored in our computer system, allowing immediate access to all images. Digital technology also means that our new panoramic x-ray reduces the standard radiation exposure by 50%.
If you wish more information regarding DIAGNOdent or Panoramic advanced technologies or wish to find out how our highly trained staff might assist you, please call us at Hamilton Office Phone Number 406-375-1192 to schedule an evaluation and consultation. You may also email us through the contact us page on this website.