Advanced Dental Technology
When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. Ostler and his staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
Dr. Ostler chooses carefully which and when radiographs (x-rays) are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. X-rays allow us to see things we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health, hieght, and relative density 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 x-rays are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. They are medically necessary. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal, especially when compared to a chest x-ray, CT, or MRI. Dr. Ostler utilizes Gendex Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is 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 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.
Laser dentistry is one of dentistry’s latest advances. The laser delivers energy in the form of light. Depending on the intended result, this energy travels at different wavelengths and is absorbed by a “target.” In dentistry, these targets can be enamel, decay, or gum tissue. Each one absorbs a different wavelength of light while reflecting others. Laser dentistry can be used for both tooth and soft tissue related procedures.
For soft tissue gum procedures it eliminates the need for suturing and healing is much faster.
Lasers can be used to diagnose cavities. They can find hidden decay in teeth in early stages that can’t be seen on an x-ray.
Areas of dental care that benefit from laser technology:
- Cavity diagnosis
- Crown lengthening, gingivectomy and other gum corrections
- Gums around a crown preparation instead of cord
- Apthous Ulcer treatment (canker sore)
Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.
Many patients are familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.
Dr. Ostler utilizes Intraoral Camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An Intraoral Camera is a very small camera allows us 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. This can mean earlier and faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you!
Intra oral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office server to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.