Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS

Dental Technology – It's Not Just Fancy Gadgets!

July 24, 2014
Posted By: Dr. Bruce Matthews
Modern Dental Technology | Intra-Oral Camera

We’ve seen some amazing advances in dental technology over the last several years. Innovative new treatments and state-of-the-art equipment allow us to provide you with the very best that dentistry has to offer.

You know that it’s nice to have the best technology available, but you may wonder why all these fancy gadgets should matter to you. Consider the cost benefits; using updated technology, we can diagnose and treat problems long before they become complicated and costly to fix. Because we can pinpoint problems with greater accuracy, dental treatments are also more efficient and more comfortable.

Digital Imaging

Say goodbye to those little pieces of uncomfortable plastic that had to be inserted into your mouth so an x-ray could be taken. Good riddance!

Today, we take pictures of your teeth using a small, unobtrusive sensor. The information is stored on our computer system, allowing us to access it easily in the future when needed.

These computerized images give us highly-detailed pictures of your teeth, making it easier for us to spot potential problem areas. Using digital images, we can focus on these areas of your mouth, and help you make informed decisions about treatment that will eliminate the problem and protect your oral health.

An enormous safety benefit is that our digital X-ray system reduces exposure to radiation by about 90 percent when compared to standard dental radiography. Also, the images are so detailed that the need for a second X-ray is eliminated.

State-of-the-Art Oral Cancer Screening

Over 40,000 people in America are diagnosed with oral cancer each year. Surprisingly, only a quarter of these patients had any existing risk factor for the disease.

We use a small handheld instrument called Identafi 3000 instrument that helps us detect early signs of oral cancer that would not normally be found during routine examinations.  Early detection can increase the survival rate of oral cancer by as much as 90%, which is why every exam at our Wilmington dental office includes an oral cancer screening.

Intra-Oral Cameras

Using intra-oral cameras allows us a complete, detailed picture of the condition of your teeth. This tiny pen-shaped instrument captures high-quality pictures of your teeth that are instantly transferred to a viewing screen over the dental chair.

These images allow us to see even the tiniest problems that may not be visible during a routine exam. Since you can see exactly what we see, you can be an active part of the process and participate in the decisions we make about your dental treatment.

See the Difference Advanced Technology Makes

It’s all well and good to hear about all these wonderful advances, but we know that it’s important for you to actually see the difference that updated technology makes to your treatments. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact our Wilmington dental office.

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