Nothing beats good old-fashioned preventive care if you want your teeth and gums to be healthy. Dental technology has come a long way in the past few decades, and we are pleased to provide our patients with plenty of high-tech ways to make their treatment options better, faster, and more thorough.
Here are some of the ways we use technology to make your visit to our office as comfortable as possible.
Digital radiography is the new standard for most dental practices. Digital x-rays are not only safer because they expose patients to less radiation, but they are faster than the old-fashioned x-rays of yesteryear.
There are other advantages to digital x-rays, including the ease with which images can be enhanced to give your dentist a clear view of even the finest details. They are also easily transportable, so they can be quickly emailed to specialists and insurance companies, which can mean fewer delays in seeking treatment.
Digital radiographs are invaluable, and a panoramic x-ray adds another perspective altogether.
A panoramic x-ray makes a flat image of your entire mouth that your dentist can study in one shot. All parts of your mouth will show in this type of x-ray, giving your dentist a clear view of your teeth, jaw, temporomandibular joints, and nasal and sinus cavities.
The panoramic x-ray is just one more way your dentist can analyze the current state of your mouth and plan treatment.
We are pleased to operate a nearly paperless office, and that includes keeping digital versions of all patient records. Digital records provide our patients with a number of benefits.
Because all our records are digital, there is no possibility of mis-reading someone’s handwriting, so there is less opportunity for misinformation or mistakes. Patient records are easily accessible, both inside and outside of the office, so we can provide easy and accurate customer service if there are questions. Digital records are also easy to replicate, so it takes just a few seconds to send them to a specialist or insurance company when needed.
We realize that some patients have anxiety about visiting the dentist, particularly if they are scheduled for a dental procedure. Nitrous oxide is a safe, effective way to become completely relaxed during treatment.
After breathing in nitrous through a mask, you will immediately feel more relaxed. After your procedure, the mask is removed and the nitrous leaves your body just as quickly as it entered so you can drive yourself back to work or home safely.
We are happy to announce that we now offer digital impressions to our patients at our Morganton office. This cutting-edge technology means we can capture clear, accurate impressions in minutes—without the goopy, messy, traditional impression materials. With this technology, we can provide our patients with better-fitting restorations and less time in the dental chair.