Technology helps us in so many ways – staying more connected, having information at the touch of a finger, and learning new things! Dentistry is no different. Modern dentistry helps us understand our oral health and wellness and allows dentists to identify and diagnose conditions earlier than ever.
At Central Kentucky Dental, we use modern dental technology to help us do just that! Read on to learn more about the bells and whistles that help us provide state-of-the-art dentistry to patients in Winchester and the surrounding communities.
Digital Dental X-Rays
Gone are the days of radiographs that took time to develop. Today, we offer digital dental x-rays that emit less radiation for improved safety for you and our environment.
Not all dental conditions are visible to the naked eye. Dental x-rays help us see what is lurking below the surface.
Using digital technology, your dental assistant or hygienist will take pictures of your teeth that are immediately available to your dentist for review. Unlike traditional x-rays, digital dental x-rays make it possible to find dental issues like tooth decay (caries), broken roots, bone loss, cysts, and tumors in their earliest stages.
Panoramic X-Ray (OPG)
Dental x-rays have specific jobs to do. Bitewings (horizontal) take an image of the crown of your tooth to look for decay, fractures, and abnormalities not visible to the naked eye. Periapical (vertical) dental x-rays take images of individual teeth from the tip of the root to the crown and can identify root fractures, infection, and bone loss.
For a “big-picture” view of your teeth, bone, and jaw joints, we use panoramic x-rays. If you think of the panoramic feature on your smartphone camera, panoramic dental x-rays work in much the same way. You stand in front of the panoramic x-ray machine, and the camera revolves slowly around your head. The result is an image of your full smile.
Dr. Peavler uses panoramic x-rays to evaluate wisdom teeth, plan for extractions and surgery, and to monitor our denture wearers’ bone levels over time.
Panoramic x-rays also help us plan for orthodontics with Invisalign and ClearCorrect.
We understand that the dental chair is not everyone’s favorite place to be, and we try not to take it personally.
Some people actually have anxiety and stress associated with dental appointments. If that sounds like you, talk to our Winchester dentist about sedation dentistry with nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is an inhaled gas that helps relax you and makes you feel “far away” during your dental procedures. It is considered the gentlest form of sedation and is safe for most patients – even kids!
Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a small nose mask. Blended with oxygen, nitrous oxide stops providing a sedation effect as soon as we stop administering it, so you can drive yourself home safely.
If you have a fear of the dentist, contact our Winchester dental office to learn more about sedation dentistry, which may help you feel more comfortable being in the dental chair.
Intraoral scanners are small handheld devices that take digital 3-D pictures inside your mouth. These images can then be displayed on monitors, manipulated, and resized for enhanced diagnostics and treatment planning.
Because the scanners are digital, you can count on a safer x-ray compared with traditional radiographs. Additionally, digital impressions are far more comfortable and reliable than the goopy impression materials used in the past. When a specific technology makes your experience more comfortable and improves diagnostics, we take measures to bring it to Central Kentucky Dental.
With this technology, your Winchester, KY, dentists can quickly transmit images to labs for prosthetic and restoration fabrication and keep digital images on file to monitor oral health changes between dental checkups.
Patient education is important to us!
It’s more effective to show patients what we see rather than just talking about it. For example, intraoral cameras help our patients see what our dentist and hygienist see to better understand dental conditions.
We believe that having all of the information helps our patients make informed choices for the future of their smiles.
An intraoral camera is small – about the size of a marker or highlighter – and provides high-resolution images on our chairside monitors. Your Winchester dentist, Dr. Walter Peavler, can pull up those images to explain them to you.
We can also forward them to insurance companies and specialists to ensure everyone is on the same page regarding your dentistry.