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LifeSmiles Dental uses the latest in state-of-the-art techniques to ensure your health and safety, including Digital Radiography, also called a Digital X-Ray, to take pictures inside your mouth. This method of taking X-rays is done instantly via a computerized X-ray system. Unlike conventional X-rays, you no longer have to bite down and hold still on rigid film plates. Now we simply position a tiny digital sensor inside your mouth and take the picture.
With the use of this revolutionary technology your exposure to radiation is reduced by as much as 90% compared to conventional X-ray equipment! It also allows us to see in greater detail any areas of periodontal disease, un-erupted teeth, abnormal growths, and the overall condition of your mouth.
A direct connection to our computer equipment is all it takes, so we don't have the previous waiting time for X-rays to develop. With these digital pictures we can instantly lighten, darken, or view your teeth as a 3-dimensional image on the computer screen. Therefore, digital X-ray speeds up diagnosis time for your dentist and gets you on your way faster!
LifeSmiles Dental was one of the first dental offices in South Winnipeg to implement the use of digital X-ray machines.
Dental X-Rays using Digital 3D Technology
Our goal is to provide you with the best, most accurate and thorough diagnosis possible. Fortunately, recent technological breakthroughs have made it possible for us to make major advances in achieving that goal. Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) (“dental cone beam” or “cone beam”) is a new technology that is similar to CAT scans, in that it will give us a 360 degree 3 dimensional view of the area we are examining.
Previously, we were limited by dental X-rays, even digital dental X-rays, to a 2-dimensional picture of a 3-dimensional problem. There were many things we could not see because X-rays did not have the resolution to show them. Despite our best efforts we were forced to infer, project, surmise, calculate, and interpret. Often, we could only give our best educated guess, based on what we could see on the X-ray. Additionally, X-rays were often just not sensitive enough to show very small or beginning problems. That has all changed significantly with the advent of the J. Morita dental cone beam technology. With its extremely high resolution and exceptionally low radiation it has literally changed our world with respect to what we can now see.
Cone Beam 3D imaging offers a large volume of information and subtle details that simply cannot be obtained by any 2-dimensional X-ray, whether intraoral or panoramic. One 3D scan will allow us to examine the region of interest at a high resolution and from many different perspectives. Clinical studies support this technology’s improved diagnostic capabilities. We are very proud of cone beam 3D and feel strongly that this state-of-the-art technology will allow us to provide our patients with the very highest level of care possible today.
Taking the image is as simple as standing still. The 180-degree scan takes only 9.4 seconds and the images are transferred directly to a computer. A common question about 3D imaging is the amount of radiation that is emitted in obtaining this type of image. In an effort to provide the best care and lowest radiation dose possible, we selected the Veraviewepocs 3De unit by J. Morita. This machine offers extremely low radiation exposure. In fact, Morita units offer the lowest radiation exposure available in the dental industry today.
Veraviewepocs 3De exposure comparisons:
If you have any additional questions about 3D technology, please contact our office. We would love to discuss it with you. We look forward to providing you with exceptional care that utilizes the most current and advanced technology available in dentistry.
At LifeSmiles Dental we have a piece of equipment to help you better understand your dental health. It's called the intraoral camera, and it is really just a tiny video camera that looks like a pen. It connects to our computer system and links to the TV in the ceiling above you. The main advantage of the intraoral camera is that we can show you what condition your teeth are in, or what we are doing to your teeth.
The intra-oral camera is a sterilized small probe that can easily be moved around the inside of your mouth. It provides a tooth-by-tooth video exam of your teeth and allows you to see your teeth enlarged in living color on the TV screen. We can freeze and store the picture of the inside of your mouth for a bigger and better look and then take an instant photograph for your records.
This painless, no-radiation technique allows you to see problems such as worn-out or defective fillings, fractured teeth, decay, bleeding gums and plaque. Together you and your LifeSmiles Dentist can discuss the best treatment plan for restoring your mouth to optimal health.
The intraoral camera is a tremendous educational tool which shows you what is going on with your teeth rather than your dentist merely trying to describe it to you in words!