At Aspenwood Dental, we incorporate modern technologies for the greatest benefit to our patients. As experienced dentists committed to staying on the cutting edge, we are continuously researching such technologies to determine their benefit.
Digital X-rays are an important part of general dental care that enable our dentists to see many problems, including:
- Cavities between teeth
- Cavities beneath fillings
- Dental infections
- Causes of periodontal problems
- Other dental issues
This technology emits up to 80-90% less radiation than traditional film X-rays, making them safer but no less effective. Although all types of X-rays involve low doses of radiation – much lower than you are exposed to while flying in an airplane, for instance – digital X-rays have the very lowest dose, while producing the clearest, highest-quality images.
Because the process is digital, images are available for you and the dentist to view instantaneously. They are also stored electronically, making it easy to email your X-rays to specialists if such a need should arise.
X-rays are an important part of catching problems early, when they are often easier and less expensive to treat. Many people receive X-rays every other dental appointment, or roughly every 12 months. However, some people benefit from more frequent X-rays, or possibly less frequent, depending on the circumstances.
Panorex Digital X-Rays
Sometimes a digital panoramic X-ray is needed. These images capture the entire mouth and jaw with less radiation than traditional film. The machine makes a half-rotation around your head in order to capture the image. These X-rays are not needed at regular intervals, but may be recommended the first time you visit our practice or when the need for a broader view arises.
E4D CAD/CAM One-Day Crowns
This digital system makes it possible to receive a tooth crown in just one dental appointment. Ordinarily, a temporary crown is worn while the long-term restoration is manufactured at a lab. That waiting period is unnecessary when this in-office machine can be used in our on-site dental crown and bridge lab.
First, images are taken of the tooth that will be restored. Then, our dentists use the computer software to view the images and plan the design of the tooth crown. Then the plan is sent to the milling machine, which makes the crown out of a small block of material. All of this is done at our office, while you wait! The restoration will be matched to the natural color of your teeth.
When this technology is an option, the benefits are many for our patients. The entire process takes only one visit and is very convenient for the patient.
i-CAT® 3D Imaging
You may have heard this device called a “cone beam CT.” It takes a 3D scan of your entire mouth and skull, and provides our dentists with a highly detailed visualization of your teeth, as well as the surrounding bones, nerves and soft tissues. These images are often used to plan implant dentistry or wisdom tooth extractions.
The area scanned is customized to your procedure. Depending on the circumstances, our dentists can use the i-CAT to scan a single dental arch, your lower or upper jaw, the entire head, or any other specific area.
The scan is simple, comfortable and fast. Next, the images are sent to the computer and you and the dentist can view the high-definition 3D images together.
Using the images for reference, you and the dentist can communicate clearly about your dental needs so you can choose the right treatment. These images help our dentists recommend the most effective treatments, tailored to you.
Intraoral cameras are a great way for you, as the patient, to see what we see. This tiny camera displays video of your mouth on a computer monitor. We can also take still images of the teeth and gums, which can be stored electronically, sent to specialists and viewed by you. It is a great way to see clear, sharp images of your dental health.
Learn More About Us
If you have more questions about our advanced technology or if you would like to schedule a dental checkup or free initial consultation, please call Aspenwood Dental Associates and Colorado Dental Implant Center at 303-751-3321. Our Aurora office proudly cares for patients from across Denver, Centennial and all of the surrounding areas.