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Digital Practice

What is a digital Practice and the benefits?

Keeping up with the latest technology in dentistry is important. In selecting technologies that we use, Dr. Kitzmiller evaluates how accurate or effective new technologies relate to your care, and he brings the most effective ones to you. We have chair-side computer monitors that help us educate you during your procedure. We are able to show your current dental health and what different treatment options mean to you. Dr. Kitzmiller will integrate these technologies to help you make the best informed decisions about your dental health.

Digital X-rays

  • All x-rays are prescribed for you according to your condition!
  • We use a sensor similar to your digital camera.
  • Digital sensors lower the amount of radiation when compared to their traditional film exposures.
  • They can be modified with dental software to help show disease.
  • They can be electronically sent to referred providers. (No need to bring x-rays with you!)
  • They can be changed for better viewing on the computer screen.

Here are the American Dental Association guidelines for prescribing dental x-rays - http://www.ada.org/2760.aspx

What are Periapical X-rays?

  • They isolate individual teeth in a smaller area.
  • They help evaluate bone and the tip of the root for infection.
anxiety controlPanorex that is a digital x-ray

What are Bitewing X-rays?

  • Helps evaluate cavities between the teeth.
  • Good evaluation of bone loss when combined with periapical x-rays.

What is a Full Mouth Series?

  • A collection of periapical and bitewing x-rays of all your teeth.
  • It is used in evaluation of periodontal disease and complex dental disease.

What is a Panorex?

  • Identifies pathology (abnormal conditions) on a larger scale
  • Helps examine growth and development.
  • Assists in extraction of wisdom teeth.
  • Identifies critical structures in surgical evaluation such as crowns and implants.
  • Lower radiation over older Panorex techniques.

What is a Cone Beam X-ray? (Dental “CT”)

  • This is a dental “CT” scan.
  • They have about the same radiation exposure when compared to a full mouth series.
  • It gives a 3D representation of your bone and associated structures.
  • They help in more accurate placement of dental implants.
  • It aids the dentist in identification of critical structures in a 3D relationship.
anxiety controlCone Beam machine to make Panorex digital x-rays

CEREC Dentistry / CAD CAM Technology

Cerec dentistry is the newest technology where your crown is designed and milled in the office. It is very similar to 3D printing. This process is also called Crowns in a day.

It can’t be used every time, but in most instances, we can make a digital impression through a video capture. The computer transforms the video into a 3D representation of your teeth. The crown can be made in the office or sent to a lab electronically.

  • No more sticky, gagging impressions!
  • A second appointment is not needed, and your crown procedure is completed on the same day.
  • There are no temporary crowns to fall off.

Planning and design for implant crowns can be tied together with cone beam. This allows for well-planned and thought out restorations that are designed specifically for you. Learn more about Crowns in a day at your next appointment.


Download this PDF to learn more:
PDF fileCerec Patient Technology

 

CEREC ® Application Video

Dr. Kitzmiller specializes in CEREC ® dentistry. The video animation below shows how your onlay procedure is completed in one day with CEREC ® Technology, only one of the applications Apex Dental Group is providing with this Cerec system.

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Diagnodent Laser

How does the Diagnodent laser work?


Download this PDF to learn more:
PDF fileDiagnodent Laser Readings

The laser allows us to accurately diagnose cavities in their earliest stages. This means a smaller filling and less expense for you.

  • Healthy teeth reflect light differently than teeth with cavities.
  • A laser light is directed to the tooth and the light is reflected back.
  • The laser digitally compares demineralize areas (cavities) with healthy areas.
  • A sound and corresponding numerical reading shows this difference.
  • 30 and above are indicate a cavity may be present.
  • 30 and below indicate a cavity is progressing and may need to be filled.
  • This laser does not damage teeth or oral tissues.
  • Identifies cavities at an early stage.
  • Keeps fillings small and conservative.

Apex Locator (Root Canals)

  • The length of the tooth root can be measured electronically without pain!
  • This very accurate resistance measurement helps determine root length.
  • There is better success, less soreness and less need for pain medication with accurate measurements.
  • Cleaning out the infection from an infected tooth can be difficult with only x-rays.
  • Beeping sounds & a graphic bar increase as the root tip is approached.

Learn more:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_apex_locator

Intraoral Photography

  • We use a Schick Intraoral camera to educate you about your oral health.
  • We explain and show your condition with close up photos of your teeth and gums.
  • Helps kids to see their own teeth!

 

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