At Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware, we believe in using technology to make your visit more comfortable and more efficient. Televisions in our treatment rooms allow you to stream your favorite shows. Electric handpieces allow us to keep noise levels low and prepare teeth faster. Intraoral cameras allow us to show you your teeth comfortably and closely to help demonstrate problems that may not be visible with the naked eye. Digital x-rays make the imaging process quicker and more comfortable while allowing a higher resolution image and superior diagnostics. Digital records will enable us to quickly pull up your treatment history and information, as well as eliminate paper waste.
3-D Cone Beam Imaging (CBCT)
Cone beam imaging allows us to see detailed, three-dimensional images of the teeth, bones, and soft tissue. These images have an advantage over traditional, 2-D imaging, as they can be moved around to see how the teeth relate to other structures, such as bones, arteries, and nerves, from all angles. This can help us be accurate in implant placement, as well as evaluate fractures in teeth to determine if a root canal will be successful. 3-D cone beam images are also useful when we evaluate the position of wisdom teeth and problems in the jaw joint. Not every patient needs a 3-D scan, but they are quickly becoming the new standard of care for certain aspects of diagnosis and treatment planning.
Dr. Matthews sees a lot when she performs a visual exam, but she can’t see inside your teeth or under your gums. Cavities or gum disease may be developing, and the only way to detect it is with a digital dental x-ray. Seeing these areas is essential because it allows us to identify and fix problems in their earliest stages.
We use comfortable digital sensors in combination with digital x-rays to capture the images we need. With no sharp edges to poke into your mouth, taking dental x-rays is more comfortable than ever before.
Digital x-rays are also valuable because they reduce you to significantly less radiation than film x-rays used in the past. We include the highly detailed images in your patient history, so we have easy access to them as needed. And since no hazardous chemicals are required to develop your x-ray, there is no harmful impact on our environment.
When Dr. Matthews conducts a routine dental exam, she learns a lot of valuable information about your current oral health. When we share what we learn with you, you become part of the process. That is why intraoral cameras are such a valuable type of technology.
Intraoral photos are taken inside your mouth. A small digital camera captures real-time images that our dentist shares with you on your chairside monitor. As Dr. Matthews moves the camera over your teeth, you’ll see what she sees, and she’ll explain what it means to your oral health.
Since we can save still images of what we see to your record, they’re easily available to monitor ongoing conditions or send to specialists or your insurance company with your permission.
Digital impressions use a high-resolution, wand-like camera connected to advanced computer software to scan your teeth and gums and create a virtual 3-D model of your mouth. This model can be used for various purposes, such as designing crowns, bridges, bite guards, retainers, and implant restorations.
Digital impressions are less messy and more pleasant than traditional gooey molding material, reducing gagging and overall waste.
CEREC Same-Visit Crowns
With computer-aided design and manufacture, we can take what used to be a 2-3-week process to get a dental crown into a single, same-day visit with CEREC technology. We use a digital impression camera to take a comfortable impression of your teeth in a matter of minutes.
A ceramic dental crown is then designed in computer software and milled, ensuring accuracy and precision. We can easily correct any mistakes at that time without you having to return for a separate visit. The ceramic crown is then glazed and fired in a furnace to achieve full hardness.
Doing everything in one visit allows us to eliminate wearing a temporary crown, uncomfortable impressions, and reduces post-operative sensitivity and amount of anesthetic needed.
At Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware, we are all for patient comfort! We understand that not everyone loves coming to the dentist. We strive to make your experience as anxiety-free as possible.
For those who need a little extra help to get comfortable, nitrous oxide (commonly referred to as laughing gas) is an inhaled gas that can have a calming and euphoric effect. It is administered through a small mask the fits on your nose, and it functions as a mild sedative that promotes relaxation and reduces dental anxiety. Nitrous oxide is very safe, and its effects quickly wear off after we stop the flow of gas. You'll be able to drive yourself home and go on with the rest of your day feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Before we recommend nitrous oxide, Dr. Matthews will be careful to review your medical history to determine if it is a good option for you.
When you become a patient at Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware, we will start a digital patient record for you. In it, we’ll include your medical and dental history, x-rays and intraoral images, and details and notes related to the health of your teeth and gums.
All your information is stored on our secure in-house network, so it’s immediately available to us. Less paperwork streamlines your treatment and allows our team to focus on you and your needs.