Advanced Dental Technology
Digital Radiographs (X-rays)
Dr. Fletcher chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. Our office follows the most recent (2012) RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PATIENT SELECTION AND LIMITING RADIATION EXPOSURE published jointly by the AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION Council on Scientific Affairs, and the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Public Health Service, and Food and Drug Administration.
Radiographs allow us to see things we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth and around fillings and crowns, determine bone level changes, and to plan the right care for you. We can also examine the roots of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Dr. Fletcher utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is less and because the sensors are so sensitive, each image results in less than half the radiation exposure to you when compared to traditional radiographs.
Digital imaging provides valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better and at an earlier stage allowing for more conservative restorations. Digital imaging allows us to more easily store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
Digital Cavity Detection
Coupled with the use of digital radiographs, Dr. Fletcher can use software to detect cavities at their earliest stages, sometimes even before they are visible on your X-rays. This allows Dr. Fletcher to find and treat dental decay before it becomes painful and more costly to restore.
For patients who do not look forward to needles, drilling, or numbness, Laser Dentistry may be the right choice.
Laser dentistry is one of dentistry’s latest advances. Our laser can be used for both tooth and soft tissue related procedures. Oftentimes no local anesthesia is required. Unlike with the dental drill, with laser dentistry there is no heat or vibration, making the procedure easier for many patients. For soft tissue (surgical) procedures it usually eliminates the need for suturing and healing is very fast.
Areas of dental care that benefit from laser technology:
- Cavity removal
- Periodontal, or gum related, care
- Pediatric procedures
- Cold Sore treatment
- Apthous Ulcer treatment (canker sore)
- Frenectomy (tongue-tie release) without anesthesia or sutures
- Removal of oral soft tissue overgrowth
- Cosmetic re-contouring of gums (Gingivoplasty)
- Crown lengthening
Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.
Acoustic Rhinometer and Pharyngometer
Dr. Fletcher is able to use acoustic signals (sound) to make measurements of the nasal and upper airway passages. This is used to evaluate for obstructions that prevent proper breathing during sleep. The information provided by this technology is used to properly treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea using an oral appliance.
Dr. Fletcher utilizes intra-oral camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An intra-oral camera is a very small camera that is used to allow you and Dr. Fletcher to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis, educate you, and monitor problems areas over time. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you can see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations.
Intra-oral camera images along with digital photography allow our office to educate our patients and communicate better with Dental and Medical specialists, dental laboratories, and insurance companies.