Technology has entered the dental profession just like it has in every facet of life. There have been great advances in almost all areas of dentistry, from the way we examine teeth to the way we restore teeth.
DEXIS Digital X-Rays
Our practice is committed to bringing the safest and highest quality of care to our patients. The installation of our new digital X-ray system continues that commitment. Using the state-of-the-art DEXIS system enables us to provide greatly improved diagnostic capabilities to our patients while significantly lessening their exposure to radiation by up to 80 percent over the old film X-rays.
While traditional film X-rays have been the standard for diagnosing dental problems for the past 90 years, digital X-rays offer substantial benefits over film. Our patients find it is more comfortable than film, and it's a real time-saver over the older technology.
Digital X-ray technology also enables our patients to see dental conditions. The digital X-ray image is instantly displayed on a large computer screen and can be enhanced and magnified to show conditions such as cavities or structural weaknesses in teeth. It's a wonderful tool for helping our patients fully understand their treatment options.
The x-ray on the left is not digitally enhanced. The x-ray on the right is digitally enhanced. If you look closely inside the orange box you will see a crooked vertical line. This line represents a fractured tooth that is unrestorable and must be extracted. It is this type of detail and information that we are able to view with digital x-rays.
NOMAD Pro is the latest and greatest in x-ray technology. This hand-held, portable unit works more quickly allows the operator to remain with the patient while taking x-rays.
* For our youngest patients, the disabled, those with difficulty holding the sensor in their mouth, this system is faster and more reliable than when staff must leave the room to activate the image. Feedback from our patients and staff has been very positive!
We are very proud that Dr Hughes continues to move forward into new technology for the benefit of his patients and staff!
Because oral cancer screening is critical, Dr Hughes has added the latest in technology to our protocol. VELscope enhanced oral assessment uses tissue fluorescence visualization to detect the earliest stages of oral cancer and abnormalities that might not be apparent or even visible to the naked eye.
Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)
Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) is a special type of x-ray equipment used when regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. Dr Hughes may use this technology to produce three dimensional (3-D) images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan. It is especially valuable in assessing implant suitability and possible pathologies.
They say a picture paints a thousand words and with computer technology, Dr Hughes is able to share current conditions and treatment recommendations not only with you, the patient, but also to facilitate communication with our team of specialists when a referral is necessary.
We’ve made routine communications easy through texting and email. Appointment confirmations and changes or questions you may have about treatment, for example, are all quickly and efficiently engaged for your convenience. Our website is also equipped to send messages and request appointments which are promptly answered. We are always just one click away!
The latest in in-office tooth whitening systems, KOR Whitening has proven to improve even the darkest smiles and can be used with patients who have had sensitive teeth using other products.