- Our doctors use loupes (glasses with 3x-5x magnification) with a light to enhance the precision of patient care.
- For the most precise aspects of restorative procedures, we use electric hand-pieces. This results in extraordinarily precise interfaces between your tooth and your new restoration (dental crown, tooth veneer, or tooth filling). This will bring more comfort to you as well. With a more precise tool, there is less vibration and less noise.
Drs. Fetner or O'Neil chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves 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. Drs. Fetner and O'Neil utilize Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better.
Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
Digital X-Rays (2D imaging):
- Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital X-rays results in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.
CBCT X-Rays (3D imaging):
- Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) is a three dimensional image that allows the doctor to seae teeth, soft tissue, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan. The doctor may choose the use of a CBCT scan when a two dimensional image does not provide sufficient information.
- Diode Laser is one of dentistry’s latest advances. The laser delivers wavelengths ranging from 810 to 980 nm in a continuous or pulsed mode and is used for soft tissue related procedures. For soft tissue (surgical) procedures it can eliminate the need for suturing and healing is much faster. Areas of dental care that benefit from laser technology: Apthous Ulcer treatment (canker sore), Frenectomy (tongue-tie release), Crown lengthening, gingivectomy and other gum corrections. Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.
- An Intraoral Camera is a very small camera – in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An Intraoral Camera allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. Drs. Fetner and O'Neil utilize Intraoral Camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you! Intraoral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.