At Montague River Dentistry, the technology we use helps us provide patients with efficient dental care including dental lasers, digital x-rays, and an oral cancer screening device.
Technologies at Our Dental Clinic
At Montague River Dentistry, we use technology to help us plan effective treatments and make sure your dental appointments run smoothly. Because we can display digital scans and x-rays on monitors in our treatment rooms, we can show you any issues in your mouth and guide you through your treatment plan.
We're on a mission to provide patients with efficient dental care, and ensure they are fully informed regarding their oral health. Dental technology helps us accomplish this objective.
Instead of traditional photographic x-ray film, digital x-rays use digital sensors to create highly detailed computer images of your gums and teeth, in addition to other oral structures and conditions. This allows your dentist to examine parts of your mouth that the naked eye cannot see.
With panoramic x-rays, your dentist can produce a single flat image of your entire mouth. In this image, the teeth, upper and lower jaws, nasal and sinus structures, and temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are all represented. These x-rays are typically used to help plan treatments for extractions, implants, braces and dentures.
Soft Tissue Dental Lasers
Dental lasers use extremely focused light beams in several soft tissue procedures, typically for healing and repair purposes. These help our dentists perform dental procedures such as lengthening crowns, reshaping gums, or treating periodontal disease while reducing pain, as well as minimizing the need for medical interventions.
Oral Cancer Screening Device
The VELscope® oral cancer screening device helps your dentist find any abnormalities in the mouth, such as cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions. With fluorescence visualization technology, this test can be performed in your dentist's office during routine exams within about two minutes, under normal lighting conditions - no need to attend a separate appointment.
With the CEREC® (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) Omnicam, we can eliminate the messiness involved in taking traditional dental impressions. As this digital camera moves over your teeth, it captures crisp, clear images of your mouth. Restoration designs for inlays and onlays and dental crowns can be exported to a lab for fabrication. No mold needed, and no returning for multiple appointments.
Cone Beam Cat Scan
This special type of x-ray machine produces 3D images of soft tissues, nerve paths, dental structures, and bone in the craniofacial region, in a single scan. An x-ray beam in the shape of a cone is moved around specific areas to obtain the required images with cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). These images allow us to plan treatments more precisely. CBCT is used when regular facial or dental x-rays are not sufficient.