At Clear Lake Dental Care, we stay abreast of the latest techniques in dentistry, such as All-on-4 Implants, and continually add new technology to improve our diagnostic and treatment options for our patients.
Here’s a look at some of the technology we employ at Clear Lake Dental Care:
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X-rays, invented in 1895, are nothing new. While they’ve been used in dentistry for decades, some patients are concerned about the amount of radiation they’ve received at the doctor’s office, for special screenings such as mammograms, and at the dentist. That’s why at Clear Lake Dental Care
we’ve switched to digital x-ray systems. Instead of conventional films our digital x-ray systems use a sensor that the patient bites down on while the sensor transfers the image directly into our computer system where it is instantly available to the dentist or hygienist at your chair.
Digital x-rays have many benefits for our patients:
- Far less radiation — Digital x-rays use about 90 percent less radiation compared to conventional film x-rays.
- Higher quality images — Film x-rays were always constrained by the size of the film. Digital x-rays can be enlarged without losing resolution, making for a better, more precise view of the tooth’s structure.
- Transferring x-rays — If we need a second opinion or need to send your x-rays to a specialist we can transfer it with a click of the mouse.
- Environmentally friendly — Because there is no film involved, there aren’t any chemicals to dispose of. Plus, paper storage of x-rays is non-existent.
Am I a candidate for digital dental x-rays?
Everyone loves our digital dental x-rays, which use an electronic sensor instead of x-ray film to capture the x-ray images. What’s not to love? They deliver 90 percent less radiation, they’re high resolution and scalable, and they don’t create any waste.
We need x-rays as a diagnostic tool, revealing valuable information that we cannot see. They show Dr. Das, Dr. Pham, and Dr. Acevedo what’s going on between your teeth and under your gums. This keeps us up to date on your overall oral health.
With our digital dental x-rays, we can spot these problems:
- Bone loss
- Problems within a tooth
- Problems below the gum line
- Decay between teeth
- Problems with tooth position
- Problems with tooth roots
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
- Abscesses or cysts
That’s why dental x-rays are so important, and we use them for all of our Clear Lake Dental patients. By switching to all-digital dental x-rays, this valuable diagnostic tool is even better.
How often can I get digital dental x-rays?
How often you need dental x-rays varies by the patient. With patients in good oral health, every two years is usually sufficient. If there are ongoing problems with your jawbone or other serious issues, you could need them every six months. With some children and teens, we may need to keep an eye on descending permanent teeth or wisdom teeth, so we may need more frequent looks than with adults.
We keep x-rays to a minimum, but because our digital x-rays deliver such low amounts of radiation compared to traditional x-rays, their benefits far outweigh their virtually non-existent risks.
What are the risks involved with digital x-rays?
Traditional film bitewing x-rays deliver one of the lowest radiation doses in all imaging. Four film bitewings deliver less than one day’s radiation from natural sources, such as the sun and the ground. When you consider than digital x-rays deliver 90 percent less radiation than that, the odds are you’re getting more radiation from the ground walking to our beautiful Webster, Texas offices than you’re getting from our technologically advanced digital x-rays.
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3D CBCT Scan
A 3D CBCT scan is a type of x-ray that creates highly detailed, three-dimensional panoramic images. CBCT scans, also known as cone beam computed tomography, display cross-sections of the mouth. This imaging technique allows our staff to see anything that may be causing you dental issues. These issues can include your facial structure, nerve pathways, soft tissue, and teeth.
3D CBCT scans are most common in cosmetic, restoration, orthodontic or implant procedures because of the comprehensive view it provides. Benefits of using a 3D CBCT scan instead of a typical x-ray includes:
- Minimal Radiation
- Short scan time
What are some common uses of the 3D CBCT system?
At Clear Lake Dental, we use our high-resolution 3D cone beam computed tomography scans to plot orthodontic movement, implant placement, and other purposes. Here are some of the ways we use this amazing technology:
- Accurate placement of implants
- Planning of orthodontic tooth movement
- Diagnosing temporomandibular joint disorder
- Evaluation of the jaw, sinuses, nerve canals, and nasal cavity
- Surgical planning for impacted wisdom teeth
- Determining bone structure and tooth orientation
- Detecting, measuring, and treating jaw tumors
Are 3D CBCT scans painful?
Our 3D CBCT scans provide incredibly detailed visuals of your entire jaw. These scans are painless. Our staff positions you in the CBCT equipment chair. You’ll have a chin and head rest to lightly press into. This keeps your head absolutely still. Once you’re in place, the scanner has a rotating arm that then simply rotates around you in a complete 360-degree rotation. During a single rotation, the detector can generate between 150 to 200 high-resolution two-dimensional images. The system software then combines all of these images into a complete three-dimensional panorama of your entire face, jaw, and mouth.
“This is hands down the best dentist I’ve ever been too. The place is such a friendly environment and very clean. Not only were they good too me they also were amazing with my kid’s while they were dealing with me and also was very friendly with my husband. They treated my whole family with respect even though I was the patient. So if you need a dentist I highly recommend coming here. You won’t be disappointed.” – L.K.
When we need to show you what’s going on in your mouth, we use our intraoral camera. This is a small video camera, about the size of a large pen, which provides instant/real-time images on the computer monitor next to your chair. We use our intraoral camera to show patients exactly what we’re seeing, such as a crack in a tooth or gum disease, letting you see our diagnosis. This helps our patients understand why they need a procedure which may not be exhibiting painful signs yet.
We also use our intraoral camera when performing restorations such as dental implants, crowns, and even replacing old amalgam fillings with composite resin. The before-and-after images can be very striking.
This camera is also a great tool for appealing to your insurance company. We can send digital (or printed) images directly to your insurer to verify a treatment need.
Monitors in every Operatory
We’re a fully digital dental practice. That’s why in every operatory your hygienist and dentist can view your history, x-rays, even images taken with our intraoral camera. We don’t have to sift through paper charts and x-ray film because everything is at our fingertips throughout our offices. Plus, we can show you what we see with our intraoral camera and x-rays.
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We use high-magnification loupes, usually with a mounted lamp, for added precision when performing various restorations and for diagnoses. This magnification can be especially helpful when identifying dental cavities or decay in a tooth. Loupes are also very helpful when placing implants.
You’ve heard of ozone gas in the atmosphere, shielding us from much of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. At Clear Lake Dental Care
, we use this cutting-edge treatment to address caries (decay), periodontal disease, tooth sensitivity, and to protect against infection when we extract wisdom teeth.
Ozone is very powerful when treating caries because we can do less drilling, especially in early caries detection. Ozone therapy kills all bad bacteria, viruses, and their breakdown products that are usually highly acidic. These acidic byproducts form when bacteria consume food particles and sugars in the mouth. This is the initial beginning of decay attacking tooth enamel.
Ozone therapy is also very effective in reversing infections in abscesses caused by gum disease.
How does ozone therapy work?
Ozone dental therapy works to disinfect and prevent common dental issues through the use of ozone gas. Ozone has the interesting characteristic of having a negative charge, which attracts it to areas of inflammation and infection. When we expose an area of decay to ozone gas, the gas kills the bacteria surrounding the tooth and it alters the tooth environment to make it inhospitable to the bacteria. It does this by neutralizing the oral acidity that the bacteria thrive upon.
Is ozone therapy painful?
Ozone therapy is completely painless. It’s a great way to treat the early signs of tooth decay and gum disease without any injections or drilling. It is completely noninvasive.
How long does dental ozone therapy take?
Because we can avoid drilling and having to place a filling in cases of early tooth decay, the use of ozone therapy can actually shorten your appointment. We also use ozone therapy to turn around early gum disease and to protect against infection in everything from wisdom tooth extraction to root canals. Our patients love that it is painless, and it can simplify, and shorten, their treatments.
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Air Purification System
We care about the quality of air in the office and understand that in any dental or medical setting there are viruses, bacteria, chemicals and toxins in the air. We now have a medical grade air purification system that removes 99% of bacteria, viruses and fungus.
We use the Cascade White Air Purifier by Surgically Clean Air. This purification system is used in hospitals, universities and other dental practices across the country. Its six stage filtration system has the ability to capture dust, pollen, chemicals, mold, allergans, viruses, odors and more all while keeping sound volume at a minimum.