Being a leader in the dental field means providing access to both tried-and-true methods of dental care as well as embracing new technologies that allow for even healthier, happier smiles. At Poplar Pike Dental, both are our goal. We include the following technologies for our patients as we always stay in touch with new technologies for their benefit.
iTero Element Flex
Welcome to the next generation of scanning and optics. Through the use of the breakthrough iTero scanners, we can now obtain, with amazing accuracy, scans of patients’ teeth, in real-time, to allow us to create ultra-accurate models for general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry.
Soft Tissue Laser
Laser therapy allows for precise control during soft tissue treatment. In addition, the lasers can perform several functions. In addition to removing tissue, they can also be used to reduce bleeding and swelling, seal blood vessels and seal nerve endings.
Dental radiographs (X-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without X-rays, problem areas may go undetected.
Dental X-rays may reveal:
Abscesses or cysts.
Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
Decay between the teeth.
Poor tooth and root positions.
Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
Are dental X-rays safe?
We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series of X-rays is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources.
Dental X-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe. Dentists take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental X-rays. These precautions include using lead apron shields to protect the body and using modern, fast film that cuts down the exposure time of each X-ray.
How often should dental X-rays be taken?
The need for dental X-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for disease.
A full mouth series of dental X-rays is recommended for new patients. A full series is usually good for three to five years. Bite-wing X-rays (X-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.
Cone Beam CT
A cone beam CT scan can be taken to evaluate bone for implant placement, check for cracks or infections in the teeth, and evaluate the entire oral and maxillofacial area.
Rotary endodontics is a technology that helps make the root canal experience both comfortable and efficient for dental patients.