At Southwood Dental Studio, the technology we use helps us provide patients with efficient dental care including dental lasers, digital x-rays and intraoral scanners.
Technologies at Our Dental Clinic
The technology we use at Southwood Dental Studio helps to inform treatment planning and make your dental appointments run more smoothly. Because we can present digital scans and x-rays on the monitors in our treatment rooms, we're able to show you any issues in your mouth and walk you through your treatment plan.
We strive to provide patients with efficient dental care, and ensure they are fully informed about their oral health. Dental technology helps us do that.
Instead of traditional photographic x-ray film, digital x-rays use digital sensors to produce extremely detailed computer images of your teeth and gums, as well as other oral structures and conditions. This allows your dentist to examine parts of the mouth which are not visible to the naked eye. With the help of digital dental x-rays, our dentists are able to provide more accurate and effective diagnosis and treatment.
With panoramic x-rays, your dentist can create a single image of your entire mouth. This image is a flat representation of the teeth, temporomandibular joints (TMJ), upper and lower jaws, and the sinus and nasal structures. Panoramic x-rays are often used to help plan treatments for dentures, braces, implants and extractions.
Soft Tissue Dental Lasers
At Southwood Dental Studio, dental lasers (extremely focused light beams) are used in a variety of soft tissue procedures, usually for healing and repair purposes. These lasers allow our dentists to complete procedures such as treating periodontal disease, lengthening crowns and reshaping gums while reducing pain, along with limiting the need for medical interventions.
Using intraoral scanners, we can create digital dental impressions - an ideal alternative to the traditional dental impressions that can be time-consuming and messy. An optical scanning wand is used to create a digital image of your teeth in minutes. This device enables your dentist to capture highly accurate data so digital replicas of the hard and soft tissues of your mouth can be produced.
Oral Cancer Screening Device
This oral cancer screening device helps your dentist identify abnormalities and diseases in the mouth, such as cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions. Using fluorescence visualization technology, the VELscope® can be used to complete oral cancer screenings in your dentist's office during routine exams in about two minutes.
CEREC Same-Day Restorations
Typically, you would require more than one appointment for the placement of a dental crown, inlay or onlay. But with the CEREC® (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics), these restorations can be fabricated and placed in a single appointment.