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ORTHOPANTOMOGRAPH OP300

ORTHOPANTOMOGRAPH® OP300 is the most comprehensive 3-in-1 platform designed for today and tomorrow. it provides Gold standard image quality, confident diagnosis and unsurpassed cephalometric resultsfor our dentist to provide best care for our patients

Digital Imaging X Rays

  Dental x-rays are important for many reasons. They can expose hidden dental decay, reveal a dental abscess, cyst, or tumor, show impacted or extra teeth, and also help determine the condition of fillings, crowns, bridges, and root canals. Dental x-rays can also reveal bone loss from periodontal (gum) disease, locate tarter build-up, find foreign bodies within the gum or bone, and see if there is enough bone for the placement of dental implants. These are just some of the many reasons why dentists rely on dental x-rays.

Some people worry about their exposure to radiation during dental x-ray procedures. This is very understandable in light of the relatively high radiation of some medical x-rays. They may remember a doctor in the emergency room asking them or a female family member if they are pregnant because they need to take a chest x-ray or an upper gastrointestinal (GI) series. Patients who have had cancer may also have a heightened sense of awareness about the radiation that they are receiving at the dental office.

One new dental technology involving dental x-rays is digital x-rays. They offer the advantage of an 80% reduction in radiation, no need for film or processing chemicals, production of a nearly instantaneously image, and the ability to use color contrast in the image. The main disadvantage is the cost. Digital x-ray units presently cost 3-5 times more than conventional units, and the quality of the image is not any better than film. The speed in which a dentist gets to see the image is about 3 seconds, but with fast developing chemicals, a conventional x-ray can be developed in about 15 seconds. The digital unit does reduce exposure to radiation, but the amount of radiation is so low anyway that the benefit is very slight.

Dental x-rays are an important tool in the diagnosis and treatment of dental problems. They do not, however, replace the need for a visual examination of the head, neck, TMJ, and oral cavity. It is only with a combination of both the x-ray and the visual examination that the dentist can best treat his or her patients

  Einstein Intraoral Camera
 
 

The Einstein Wireless Intra-Oral Camera combines the latest features and digital technology of industry leading camera systems with the freedom of wireless connectivity. Einstein uses a high resolution digital camera with a built in 2.4 GHz microwave transmitter and Fog Free lens technology to ensure the clearest digital images.

Einstein saves and stores images in it's own memory, which can later be transmitted to a patient file, hard drive, or viewed on the Galileo-X multi-functional monitor. The Galileo is designed to by easy to use and provide quick, convenient viewing of pictures for both patients and operatory staff. The compact chairside Galileo-X allows instant patient access to pictures taken with the Einstein camera, while staff can view the pictures from the same monitor, or another computer monitor or television hooked up to the system.

  Air Abrasion Technology used by our Chicago Dentists
 
Air abrasion, also called microabrasion, is essentially a microscopic stream of air and abrasive particles, kind of like a microscopic sandblaster. This method is an effective alternative to removing small cavities rather than using the dental drill. An air abrasion hand piece directs a fine stream of tiny aluminum oxide particles out of its tip and polishes away the decayed tooth structure.

Air abrasion uses the kinetic energy principle, in which the small particles bounce off of the tooth and remove the decay in the process. It is most commonly used for preparing various types of small cavities to be restored with glass ionomer, composites, or “white fillings”. While air abrasion is also effective in repairing cracks in teeth, and discolored spots, prepare teeth for cosmetic bonding, it is primarily used to treat small cavities and areas of the teeth and can often be used without local anesthesia.
  How does it work?
  Air abrasion procedures are virtually painless, which in most cases eliminates the need for an anesthetic injection. Air abrasion procedures don’t produce vibration, friction and heat associated with drills, which makes it a much more comfortable process. Because air abrasion cuts with fine precision, it removes less tooth structure than the drill, and selectively removes damaged tooth structure easier than healthy tissue. It also reduces the microscopic fractures that occur with a drill, and treatment time is usually shorter. The advantages of air abrasion are: more of your tooth is preserved, there is little or no discomfort, and usually no numbness is needed, and the procedure is faster. It is important to diagnose and treat cavities when they are small and first distinguishable. There are no advantages in “watching” cavities, as they will only get larger and require more of the tooth to be removed and result in a larger filling, requiring drilling, and resulting in a weakened tooth which ultimately may need a root canal treatment and a crown.

Air abrasion procedures can leave an accumulation of harmless fine grit particles in your mouth, resulting in a gritty feeling that is eliminated by rinsing with water. Your dentist will require you to wear glasses during the procedure, and a rubber dam may be applied to isolate your tooth, serving as a particle barrier. To reduce dust buildup, the assistant may use a vacuum and water spray while administering the air abrasion.

If you live in Chicago, or anywhere in Illinois, and are looking for an experienced Chicago dentist for fillings, inlays, crowns, bridges, partial or complete dentures, and Implants or please e-mail us or call Family Dental Care for a free consultation at 773-262-5004.
 
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