Our practice uses CBCT to enhance the precision of patient care.
Drs. Molina or Robledo 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. Drs. Molina and Robledo utilize Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. 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.
With digital imaging, exposure time is about 75% percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. They allow us to retrieve valuable diagnostic information and improve our ability to detect dental disease and its current state.
Digital imaging can also help to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
Dental 3D Cone Beam
Our office offers amazing new technology that display virtually limitless views of the face, neck and teeth for more comprehensive evaluation and treatment planning. We offer ORTHOPANTOMOGRAPHTM OP300, the most comprehensive 3–in–1 platform designed for today and tomorrow.
OP 300 combines an advanced Panoramic imaging system with a Cephalometric and Cone Beam 3D, giving you a truly adaptable platform for imaging applications, with the advantage of lower radiation exposure compared to conventional CT.
From extractions to endodontics, orthodontics to implants, OP300 provides valuable information vital to diagnosis and determining the best course of treatment, improving the health and safety of our patients.
Our OP300 is commonly used for treatment planning in more complex cases that involve:
- accurate design, planning and placement of dental implants
- diagnosing temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
- surgical planning for impacted teeth.
- evaluation of the jaw, sinuses, nerve canals and nasal cavity.
- detecting, measuring and treating jaw tumors.
- cephalometric analysis for successful orthodontic treatment
- airway analysis for evaluation and treatment of snoring or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
For patients who do not look forward to needles, drilling, or numbness, Laser Dentistry may be the right choice.
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, gum tissue, or whitening enhancers. Each one absorbs a different wavelength of light while reflecting others. Laser dentistry can be used for both tooth and soft tissue related procedures. Oftentimes no local anesthesia is required. Unlike with the dental drill, with laser dentistry there is no heat or vibration, making the procedure quite comfortable for most patients. For soft tissue (surgical) 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, 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
- Curing, or hardening, bonding materials
- Whitening teeth
- Periodontal, or gum related, care
- Pediatric procedures
- Apthous Ulcer treatment (canker sore)
- Frenectomy (tongue-tie release) without anesthesia or sutures
- Root canals and apicoectomies
- Crown lengthening, gingivectomy and other gum corrections
Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.
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.
Drs. Molina and Robledo utilize 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!
Intraoral 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.