Dental Technology

Staying up to date on dental technology helps our clinic deliver patient care that goes above and beyond. Our tools and equipment are designed to offer quick, minimally-invasive dentistry that gets you in and out of our chairs quickly and with everything you need to succeed in at-home dental care.

 

iTero Scanner

Digital Imaging for Dentistry

The iTero intraoral scanner is an intraoral scanning device used by dentists to capture detailed 3D images of the teeth, mouth, and jaw. iTero scanners are often used as a component of treatment planning for restorative and orthodontic procedures, including Invisalign treatments.

iTero Digital Scanning

iTero scans are a very non-invasive form of imaging technology that does not use radiation. A wand is moved over the teeth, and the scanner works quickly to collect images, capturing all the necessary data in a matter of minutes. Then, it compiles the images into a complete 3D model that can be viewed on a computer screen.

VELscope Exams

The VELscope VX Enhanced Oral Assessment System uses natural tissue fluorescence to detect mucosal abnormalities in the mouth that cannot be seen with the naked eye. In particular, it can be used to detect oral cancer.

What is a VELscope?

The VELscope provides dentists with full visualization of oral mucosal abnormalities, including oral cancers. The technology can reveal issues that can’t be seen under normal white light.

Although very useful, a VELscope is a very simple tool. A bright blue light is shone into the mouth, and the refracted wavelengths can indicate abnormalities. Typically, the healthy soft tissue in the mouth absorbs the light, whereas unhealthy areas will stand out.

Detecting Oral Cancer

Early detection of oral cancer can make all the difference. Oral cancer responds better to treatment when it is in the early stages, which can mean life or death for patients.

VELscope technology is designed to show cancerous and precancerous changes to the soft tissue of the mouth using fluorescence. It can often detect cancer in the early stages, which may increase a patient’s chances of survival.

Intraoral Camera

Intraoral Cameras and Scanners

Intraoral cameras are digital imaging tools used by dentists to create images of the teeth and mouth. The cameras are small enough to fit comfortably into the mouth on the tip of an intraoral wand that can be moved over and around the teeth.

How Intraoral Scanners Work

Intraoral (inside the mouth) cameras take high-resolution images of the teeth and mouth using a small camera. In most cases, after the images are captured, an imaging software (such as computer-aided design or computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) applications) is used to piece hundreds of images together to create a digital 3D model of the intraoral cavity.

Dentists can use the cameras (also sometimes called scanners) for different purposes and to capture different types of images. For example, a single tooth that requires a restorative procedure could be enlarged on its own. The camera could also be used to create images of a full arch or both arches of teeth. Finally, a dentist or periodontist may use intraoral cameras to capture images of the soft tissues of the mouth, such as the gums and soft palate.

 

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