Digital Technology

 

When you seek care at our office, you can be assured that Dr. Garramore and his staff employ the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.

Our practice uses high-power eye loupes to enhance the precision of patient care.

Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using eye loupes that are similar to the one surgeons use enables Dr. Garramore to create dental restorations with incredibly precise fit and finish. You just can’t achieve that level of care with the naked eye.

Many dentists use air-driven “hand-pieces” (the dental term for “drills”). Although they’re acceptable for many procedures, these “whiney sounding,” air-powered hand pieces all have a degree of non-concentricity; they do not rotate perfectly and smoothly.

For the most precise aspects of restorative procedures, Dr. Garramore uses electric hand-pieces. This results in extraordinarily precise interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration (crown, veneer, or filling). It means more comfort to you as well. With a more precise tool, there is less vibration and less noise.

Digital X-rays/Radiographs

Dr. Garramore chooses carefully which and when digital X-rays are taken. There are many guidelines we follow. Digital X-rays allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes.

Digital X-rays give Dr. Garramore more precision when digital radiographs are viewed on a computer monitor, compared to holding up a traditional X-ray film to the light. Digital radiographs enable Dr. Garramore to detect cavities between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone.

This technology can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, and assess damage when trauma occurs.

Digital radiographs are invaluable aids for diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for digital X-rays is extremely minimal: about 50 percent less than to traditional X-rays. Digital X-rays can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information and allow us to see cavities better.

Digital radiographs enable us to store patient images, and to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.

Laser Cavity Detection

Laser cavity detection, also known as Caries I.D., is one of dentistry’s latest advances and the diagnostic treatment Dr. Garramore is most excited about. The cavity detection laser delivers energy in the form of light. Depending on the intended result, this energy travels at different wavelengths and is absorbed by a “target.”

In laser cavity detection dentistry, these targets can be enamel, dentin, or decay. Each tooth material absorbs a different wavelength of light while reflecting others.

Lasers cavity detection is a critical component in the diagnosis of early cavities formation. The device can find hidden decay in teeth in the early stage, and in some cases the decay can be reversed through modified hygiene with fluoride treatments, as well as restored with dental sealants or minimal invasive dentistry.

Dental laser cavity detection has been shown to be safe and effective for diagnosing cavities in both children and adults.

Intraoral Camera

Many patients, especially the younger ones, are very familiar with the latest technology and comfortable with the high-tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.

Dr. Garramore utilizes intraoral camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An intraoral camera is a very small camera; in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An intraoral camera allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth, and gums, in order to make an accurate diagnosis.

With clear, defined, enlarged images, we can see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you!

Intraoral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to create a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab, or insurance companies.

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