When you seek care at CARLILE DENTAL CARE, you are assured that Dr. Carlile and his staff utilize the latest in technology to enhance the quality and fit for your dental service.
Dr. Carlile 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. Carlile 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.
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.
At CARLILE DENTAL CARE we sometimes recommend Laser Dentistry.
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 may 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.
Here at CARLILE DENTAL CARE, we know that many patients, especially younger patients, are familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with, and in fact expect the high tech experience provided on computer screens. Utilization of the intraoral camera provides technology that helps enhance understanding of your diagnosis. An intraoral camera is a very small camera, really not more than just a few millimeters long. This valuable technology allows Dr. Carlile to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums. With clearly defined, enlarged images, our patients can see can also these details, and it makes discussion and understanding of your special case easier. This can also mean a faster diagnosis, with less chair-time for you!
Intra oral cameras also enables CARLILE DENTAL CARE to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images are can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.