Technology in dentistry is constantly advancing. Some procedures have tried-and-true successes that have lasted the test of time; however it is the responsibility of your dentist to address your dental concerns and create appropriate treatment strategies based on state-of-the-are dental technologies. In addition to the care, skill, and knowledge needed to produce world-class dentistry, having the latest in technological tools and materials is a necessity. It is our commitment to provide the latest in technological advancements for our patients.
Itero Element Digital Scanning System
A recent upgrade at our office, the Itero Element is a digital scanning device designed to scan prepared teeth for seamless transmission to laboratories where precision fitting restorations are created. This creates products with markedly less distortion than conventional models. Additionally, our Element technology allows us to maintain records of your teeth indefinitely in a cloud-based back-up for retrieval on-demand and for Invisalign treatment. We are very excited to extend this top quality technique to our patients!
AVADENT Digital Dentures
This changes dentures forever. With AvaDent Digital Dentures, Dr. Thakkar can cut your time in the dentist chair in half! The AvaDent system takes digital records and creates your virtual denture right on the computer. Once the design is perfect, it is precision milled for extreme accuracy and fit. Should you ever lose or damage your denture, we can produce an exact duplicate using the records on file.
In addition to its exceptional fit and esthetics, the AvaDent denture is more bio-hygienic. A patented process reduces the buildup of bacteria which can cause sore spots and “denture breath”.
Dexis DEXcamTM 3
Another highly technical digital tool used by Dr. Thakkar and her hygiene department, is the intraoral digital video camera. The tiny device is a video camera that moves around inside the mouth and records a tooth by tooth video exam. The images can be stored and later enlarged and printed. As it is difficult to see inside your mouth the intraoral camera provides a previously unseen magnified view. The pen-sized camera features a disposable cover to prevent contamination and is completely painless to use. As the camera moves around the mouth it sends video images to a computer which are then displayed on a monitor. The images can then be viewed by Dr. Thakkar and her patients. Using the intraoral camera allows the patient to understand their needs by seeing what the dentist sees and then having it explained. Since the intraoral camera generates images that are stored, enlarged and analyzed, dental problems can often be caught in their early stages. Once treatment options are discussed and agreed upon, our intraoral camera can be used to effectively track treatment progress. The digital images allow Dr. Thakkar to:
- Provide a higher standard of care for patients
- Help detect cavities and fractured teeth
- Evaluate the condition of existing restorations under high magnification
- Provide documentation for insurance claims
- Properly inform and educate patients
- Visually observe hard to see parts of the mouth
- Document and to monitor dental problems
Dexis Platinum Sensor Digital X-Ray System
Dexis Platinum Sensor maximizes both patient comfort and ease of use. DEXIS has enhanced its sensor housing design by refining the curvatures, redesigning the cable exit, upgrading the materials, and giving it a slimmer profile.
The ability to take vertical AND horizontal bitewings AND all periapicals with a single sensor eliminates the cost and inconvenience of using multiple sensors of different sizes.
Direct USB Connectivity
Image capture and processing electronics have been fully integrated into the sensor itself, replacing the need for a separate adapter or docking station. DEXIS is the first to offer gold plating on the sensor’s USB connector for better durability.
If you have questions about the iTero digital impression system, please contact our office for more information.