Dental Technology Houston, TX
3D Digital X-rays
At Edge Dental, we utilize 3D imaging which allows us to better understand the anatomy of your mouth. By using this state-of-the-art technology, Dr. Justin Lai will be better prepared to accurately diagnose potential issues and develop the best possible treatment program for you.
A typical dental x-ray will just focus on the teeth, and for each image you’ll need one exposure. Therefore, to get the same picture as a 3D image, you’d need many exposures. 3D imaging shows considerably more than a simple 2D x-ray, as this newer technology will provide more accurate and complete visual information from every angle. Additionally, the data can be easily shared and duplicated without the worry of film getting lost.
The field of dentistry has seen some pretty incredible technological developments in recent years. All of these developments have greatly improved our ability to diagnose issues, your dental treatments, and the quality of care you receive. At Edge Dental, we are proud to use the latest dental technologies in our office to provide you with the effective dental care you deserve.
3D digital X-rays provide us with a unique look at all of the structures inside your mouth, including the soft tissues, bones, teeth, and nerves. A cone-shaped X-ray beam rotates around your head, capturing a series of images that are pieced together to create a single 3-dimensional image on a computer monitor. We are then able to use this image for a variety of different purposes, including diagnosing impacted wisdom teeth, determining optimal placement for dental implants, determining the need for a bone graft or sinus lift, and assessing the internal anatomy of a tooth for a root canal. 3D digital X-rays use technology similar to digital X-rays while producing images that are similar to those produced by a traditional CT scan. It takes less than 60 seconds to capture an image and you are exposed to much less radiation.
LANAP® Laser Dentistry
LANAP is an FDA approved laser treatment for gum disease. The laser uses a concentrated beam of light that enables us to selectively remove diseased or infected gum tissue, leaving all of your healthy gum tissue intact. The laser wavelength can be adjusted to meet specific needs. After removing infected gum tissue, we can then use the laser to disinfect periodontal pockets while also breaking up hardened deposits on the surfaces of your teeth. By doing this, it is made easier to scrape the surfaces of your teeth clean. Finally, the laser can be used again to sterilize the pockets, eliminating any lingering bacteria and seal the periodontal pockets, stimulating tissue growth, to help your gums heal from the inside out
An intra-oral camera provides us with a technological advantage over the traditional metal mirror used during dental exams. This handheld wand, approximately the size of a large pen, has an optical camera on one end and is attached to a computer on the other. As the camera is moved around in your mouth, it captures real-time images, which are displayed on the monitor, allowing us to take a look at the hard to see areas of your mouth in a much more comfortable manner. We can also capture still images, which enables us to take a closer look at different areas of your mouth without you having to keep your mouth open while we examine the details. Specialized software allows us to zoom in and enhance the images for clarity so that we can spot the smallest details. These features, then allow us to make much more accurate diagnoses of different oral health issues and therefore provide you with much more effective treatment plans.
Dental images are an important part of both preventative and restorative dental care. In the past dentists had to rely on x-rays and manual impressions to get a proper model of teeth. Dentists need detailed images of the teeth, gums, and jaw to make equipment for patients. Patients can enjoy higher quality products, such as dentures, after Prime Scan use.
Dental care is changing for the better. CAD/ CAM (computer assisted design/ computer aided manufacturing) technology helps dentists give patients an increasingly comfortable experience.
The dental technology we use in our office has enabled us to provide you with the highest quality of care, optimizing your oral health. For more information on any of the equipment we use in our office, call Edge Dental at (281) 940-8940 today.