At Ridge Smile Dental Clinic, dental technology helps us provide our Ridgetown patients with efficient dental care. From digital x-rays to soft-tissue lasers and intraoral scanners, we aim to provide dental care using our technological capabilities.
Technologies at Our Dental Clinic
At Ridge Smile Dental Clinic, we use technology to help inform our treatment planning and to make your dental appointments more efficient. Since we can display scans of your mouth and digital x-rays on a monitor in our treatment rooms, we are able to show you any issues in your mouth and walk you through your treatment plan with ease.
Our main goal is to provide each and every one of our patients with efficient dental care to make sure that they are fully informed about their oral health. Dental technology is key to helping us accomplish this.
Digital x-rays use digital sensors instead of photographic film like in traditional x-rays. They are able to produce highly detailed images of our patients' teeth and gums, as well as their other oral structures and conditions. This allows our dentist to examine the parts of your mouth which aren't visible to the naked eye.
Panoramic x-rays allow your dentist to create a single image of your entire mouth. This image is a flat representation of the teeth, upper and lower jaws, temporomandibular joints (TMJ), and the nasal and sinus structures. Panoramic x-rays are often used to help plan treatments for dentures, braces, extractions and implants.
In dentistry, lasers (extremely focused light beams) can be used in a variety of soft and hard tissue procedures. They allow our dentists to perform dental procedures with less pain and fewer medical interventions. At Ridge Smile Dental Clinic, our dentist uses lasers to remove overgrown or decayed tissue, to reshape the gums, to harden dental restorations quickly, or to whiten teeth.
Intraoral scanners create digital dental impressions as an alternative to the traditional methods of producing dental impressions, which can be quite messy and time-consuming. Your dentist will use an optical scanner wand in order to take a digital image of your teeth. Devices like the 3Shape TRIOS® Scanner allow your dentist to capture highly accurate data about your oral health and bite in order to construct digital replicas of your mouth's hard and soft tissues.
Oral Cancer Screening Device
The VELscope® is an oral cancer screening device that helps the dentist to identify abnormalities and diseases in the mouth, such as cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions. Using fluorescence visualisation technology, it can be performed in your dentist’s office during routine exams and under normal lighting conditions in about two minutes.
Cephalometric radiographs use x-ray technology to display a side-view of your entire head, displaying your jaw, teeth, gums and surrounding hard and soft tissues in high detail. Dentists use these devices to help create treatment plans for procedures and conditions for which its wide field of view is helpful, including sleep apnea, orthodontic treatments and temporomandibular disorder (TMD).