Advanced Dental Technology Bellevue WA
When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. Mitchell and his staff utilize the latest in [...]
When you seek care at our office, you are assured that Dr. Mitchell and his staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental care.
Our practice uses telescopic loupes to enhance the precision of patient care.
Dentistry is micro-surgery. Using these mini-microscopes with headlamps that are the same as surgeons use enables us to create dental restorations with incredibly precise fit and finish. You just can’t fulfill that level of care with the naked eye.
In addition to allowing precise, close-up work, the microscope directs a beam of light directly on the teeth, minimizing glare for you.
We also use air-driven “hand-pieces” (the dental term for “drills”) which are extremely precise and, for your safety, lube free so there’s no lubricating oil sprayed while we work. This allows us to create precise restorations (crowns, veneers or fillings) in the safest environment possible.
Dr. Mitchell chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health 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 radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Dr. Mitchell utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent 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.
What is the importance of having regular dental x-rays?
- Answer: Dentist can only see 30% with their own eyesight and 70% with x-rays. This important in detecting your oral dental health.
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.
In Dentistry hard and soft tissue lasers still have limited use, and although we’ve tried them for a variety of procedures, our traditional techniques have so far yielded better results.
However Lasers can be used to diagnose cavities, and we’ve been using a Diagnodent Laser successfully for several years. They can find hidden decay in teeth in early stages, and in some cases the decay can be reversed through hygiene and fluoride treatment and may never need filling.
Areas of dental care that benefit from laser technology:
- Cavity diagnosis and removal
Many patients, especially younger patients, are very 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. Mitchell utilizes intraoral camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An intraoral camera is a very small camera – in some cases, just a few millimeters long. An intraoral camera allows our practice 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 faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you!
Intra-oral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.