Family Care with State of the Art Dental Technology
Dr. Mandera’s commitment to implementing the latest technology has allowed our practice to remain highly efficient, using cutting edge techniques. Thanks to constant research and development in dentistry, the modern techniques we employ allow our patients to receive dental treatment without the discomfort associated with old-fashioned dentistry. At our practice, our team offers modern dental technology in Manchester, NH.
One of the newer technologies that we employ is digital radiography, or digital x-rays.
While traditional dental x-rays emit low amounts of radiation and every precaution is taken to protect patients from exposure, some patients still put off x- rays. And there are other issues of concern when doing traditional x-rays.
Digital x-rays are a vast improvement in all areas. The sensitive sensors used allow for reduced exposure to radiation. The images are immediately seen on a computer screen in the operatory, which leads to no wait time for film development, and an easier way to discuss issues with patients, as the images are easy to read. The sensors are ergonomic for more patient comfort, and the images are clinically meaningful.
The standard size of traditional X-rays can make viewing difficult, but digital radiography has done away with the “one size fits all” mentality. Once on the screen, digital X-rays can be enlarged or magnified for a better visual of the tooth’s structure. Brightness, contrast and color can also be adjusted, allowing your dentist to see small cavities easier. If you need a hard copy of your X-ray, digital images can also be printed out.
Digital images can be e-mailed to a dental specialist for immediate review. Digital X-rays are taking away the expense and time needed to copy files and mail them to another dentist, making it easier to transfer dental records.
At NH Family Dentistry we believe that an educated patient is a happy and satisfied patient. To help achieve this we use intraoral cameras. These small, lightweight cameras are about the size of a dental handpiece. They fit easily into the mouth and allow us to take digital photographs that produce images immediately on the nearby computer screen. Being able to show patients any issues that they may have is a real benefit – it is far easier for us to explain conditions, and far easier for you to understand.
You know the saying ” A picture is worth a thousand words”!
We are proud to offer the latest laser technology to our patients. Laser dentistry can be a precise and effective way to perform many dental procedures. The potential for laser dentistry to improve dental procedures rests in our ability to control power output and the duration of exposure on the tissue (whether gum or tooth structure), allowing for treatment of a highly specific area of focus without damaging surrounding tissues.
Benefits of Laser Dentistry?
Here are some of the major benefits associated with laser dentistry:
- Procedures performed using soft tissue dental lasers may not require sutures (stitches).
- Certain laser dentistry procedures do not require anesthesia.
- Laser dentistry minimizes bleeding because the high-energy light beam aids in the clotting (coagulation) of exposed blood vessels, thus inhibiting blood loss.
- Bacterial infections are minimized because the high-energy beam sterilizes the area being worked on.
- Damage to surrounding tissue is minimized.
- Wounds heal faster and tissues can be regenerated.
Digital Panoramic X- rays
One type of x-ray commonly used in dentistry — the panoramic X-ray gives a broad overview of the entire mouth. This X-ray supplies information about the teeth, upper and lower jawbone, sinuses, and other hard and soft tissues of the head and neck.
One advantage of the panoramic X-ray is its ease of use. Unlike other X-rays where the film is placed inside the patient’s mouth, the panoramic image is taken by a machine that moves around the patient’s head. Some people may be familiar with the panoramic X-ray because it is usually taken when the wisdom teeth are being evaluated. The X-ray will also reveal deep cavities and dental gum disease, but it is not as precise as bitewing or periapical X-rays. The panoramic X-ray has many other applications, including evaluating patients with past or present TMJ or jaw joint problems; those who require full or partial removable dentures, dental implants or dental braces; those who are at risk or suspected of having oral cancer symptoms or other tumors of the jaw, have impacted teeth (especially impacted wisdom teeth) or have had any recent trauma to the face or teeth (i.e. can help identify a fractured jaw); and for those who cannot tolerate other types of films (severe gaggers).
The panoramic X-ray can also identify some not so common problems, such as calcification within the carotid artery that may indicate the potential for a stroke. The panoramic X-ray is an important part of a thorough dental examination. We usually recommend a panoramic X-ray once every five to seven years for most patients. Although the panoramic X-ray does not provide as much detail when evaluating the teeth and gums as other dental X-rays, it can pick-up potential problems that the other x-rays cannot. We are happy to provide digital panoramic x-rays- another way to minimize radiation and share information with specialists and patients more easily!
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