Tuesday, December 2, 2014

How Digital Treatment Aids Help you Get a Healthier Smile

Your dentist uses a number of tools and pieces of equipment to get a better look at your smile. Most commonly, you’ll have x-rays taken of your teeth at your twice yearly dental check-up to make sure that there are no outstanding problems with your smile. Like many dental treatment methods, dental equipment has gotten an upgrade over the last decade or so to make getting a view into patients’ oral health easier and more detailed.

As a family dentist in Sorrento Valley, Dr. Chadkewicz uses the following digital treatment aids to help patients of all ages have healthy smiles:

Intra-Oral Cameras – This small, hand-held piece of imaging equipment is used to show patients, in great detail, just what’s going on with their oral health. The camera is typically hooked up to a chair-side monitor, so patients can see what the doctor is seeing and know exactly what they’re up against. Intra-oral cameras are excellent tools for patient education; Dr. Chadkewicz can tell you what’s going on while you’re looking at a visual aid that supports what she’s telling you about your teeth and gums.

Digital X-Rays – Like a standard dental x-ray, digital x-rays produce images of important oral structures. However, with a digital x-ray, you no longer have to bite down on uncomfortable bite wings. This is happy news for many, as bite-wings can trigger gag reflex in sensitive or anxious patients. Digital x-rays also expose patients to less radiation than standard x-rays, making them safer for everyone.

Loupes Magnifying Glasses – Dr. Chadkewicz also uses special magnifying glasses to get an in-depth look at your oral health. These glasses magnify objects up to 7,000-8,000x and make spotting decay and cracks much easier. These glasses help you get treatment you need now, before your small problem develops into a bigger oral health issue. Dr. Chadkewicz’s magnifying glasses provide her with significantly improved visibility for planning any dental treatment.

With her efficient digital equipment, Dr. Chadkewicz makes the most out of your yearly checks-ups and treatment consultations. She is better able to pinpoint areas of concern and create the treatment plan that will help you and all of your family members achieve excellent oral health. 

For more information about family dental care in Sorrento Valley, contact Dr. Chadkewicz’s office today!

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